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The Surprising Benefits Of Seeing A Medical Resident

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When it comes to health care, many patients opt for the experienced and tested provider over the latest medical resident. Perhaps this is because of the common misconceptions about medical residents, unfamiliarity with the term or fear they’ll be used as a teaching tool.
However, you may be surprised to learn there are many benefits that medical residents offer their patients. Before looking at these advantages, let’s take a closer look at what it means to be a medical resident.
What are medical residents?
After completing a rigorous and lengthy amount of education to graduate with a degree of either medical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO), graduates enter into their residency program to receive specialty training.
Most residents will spend between three to seven years, depending on the specialty, receiving on-the-job training. During this time they are working with patients, but they are working with the guidance of a fully-licensed physician and other residents.
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Seasonal Superfoods: Summer Edition

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As summer kicks into high gear, you’ve likely been enjoying the sunshine, the warm temperatures and the fresh air, but what about the fresh produce? While you may not think of summer as a season rich in fruits and veggies, there are a surprising number of nutritious favorites you can enjoy.
In fact, much of summer’s bounty includes some of the most popular fruits and veggies. And by enjoying them while they’re in season, you’ll get the added benefit of peak flavor and nutrition.
So with all of these delicious options in season, it’s the perfect time to replenish your body with heart-healthy foods. Whether it’s a healthy snack at the pool, a nutritious burger topper for your next barbecue or a sweet treat, these healthy options are sure to become a staple of your summer.
Avocados: With almost 20 different vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, avocados are rich in nutrients your heart will love. This includes folate, monounsaturated fats and L-Carnitine, just to name a few.
Tomatoes: A…

Hot vs. Cold: Which Burns More Calories?

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Whether you’re someone who enjoys working out on the elliptical, going for a swim or lifting weights, there are nearly endless options when it comes to getting a good sweat on. And with the addition of the summer heat, it’s easy to break a sweat before you even start your workout.
So amidst these high temperatures, you’re likely wondering, is there actually an advantage to enduring the grueling weather? Or should you opt for the air-conditioned gym instead? Well, as it turns it out, there is an advantage to exercising outdoors, whether it’s hot or cold. Depending on what your goals are, one may be better than the other.
What are the benefits of working out in the heat?
The bottom line is working out in the heat is likely to burn more calories. This is because your body has to work harder to cool itself than it does to heat itself. In an effort to cool down, your body produces sweat, which is the result of your heart pumping blood to your skin. Therefore, the hotter you get, the harder …

Posture Pointers For Computer Jockeys

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Do you spend most of your day sitting at a computer? Chances are you’re like millions of people who sit hunched over your keyboard for hours on end. Unfortunately, those hours add up putting stress and strain on your whole body. For instance, poor posture can lead to decreased energy, stress and tension headaches, just to name a few.
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Computer Workstations eTool, focusing on sitting with neutral body positioning is one of the best things you can do.
So what exactly is neutral body positioning?
It’s a comfortable working posture, with your joints naturally aligned. Keep your head level or bent slightly forward, in line with your torso. Relax your shoulders, with your upper arms hanging naturally at your sides. Keep your elbows close to your body and bent at a 90- to 120-degree angle.
Your thighs should be parallel to the floor. Your knees should be level with your hips, with your feet slightly forward. You might need…

7 Tips For Weight Loss That Have Nothing To Do With Food

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When you first begin your weight loss journey, feeling excited and motivated comes easily. However, once you’re a few months in, the newness begins to wear off. The strict diet and exercise routine you were following become stale and you’re ready for something new.
While diet and exercise are an essential part of any successful weight loss journey, they certainly aren’t everything. So, instead of trying yet another new exercise or the latest diet fad, Devin Vicknair, PhD, a Behavioral Health Coordinator at GMC’s Center for Weight Management, provides some helpful tips for weight loss that you may be overlooking.
1.Be mindful. “We are such as fast paced society that we are not even paying attention to how much and how fast we are eating,” notes Dr. Vicknair. It’s not uncommon for people to eat while sitting in front of the TV or driving and suddenly realize that there food is gone. “We go through the motions of putting food in our mouths instead of eating slowly and truly paying attenti…

To Sit Or Squat, That Is The Question

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When it comes to public restrooms, you’ve likely heard the debate over whether you should actually sit. According to some you’re better off squatting, while others insist that public toilet seats pose no health risk, so what’s the truth?
Well, it’s complicated. While you may not be at risk of contracting a deadly disease just by sitting on a public toilet seat, there are different germs you may pick up. But because there are number of factors that can impact the safety of toilet seats, let’s take a closer look at some of the most common health hazards in public restrooms.
Is it possible to get an STD?
The good news is that many organisms and germs that cause infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, the human papillomavirus or trichomonas can only survive for a very short time on the surface of the toilet seat.
On top of that, the germs would have to make it into your urethral or genital tract through a cut or sore within seconds of sitting on the seat. However, despite it being unli…

Tips To Keep Your Summer Bug Bite Free

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If you've spent any time outdoors recently, you may have found yourself swatting away a fly or mosquito -- and that means it's time to brush up on bug avoidance.
Although most bug bites are harmless, some can spread dangerous diseases like Zika virus, dengue, Lyme disease and malaria. This is particularly true if you're visiting areas with known insect-borne diseases. Plus, no one likes the irritation and itchiness of a bug bite.
Here easy ways to keep bugs at bay all summer long:
Your best defense against insect bites is to cover yourself -- with bug spray and clothes. Apply insect repellent with 20 to 30 percent DEET. If you're also wearing sunscreen, apply your sunscreen first, let it dry, and then apply the insect repellent. Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and closed shoes. Pull your socks up over your pants and tuck your shirt into your pants. You can pretreat outer layers of clothing with insect repellent containing the active ingredie…

6 Ways You're Making Your Sunburn Worse

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Hot weather + clear skies + lazy afternoons = soaking up the summer sun. And while ample time outdoors may sound like the perfect way to spend your day, if you don’t take steps to protect your skin, you’re asking for trouble.
We’ve all been there. Whether it’s forgetting to reapply sunscreen, not wearing a hat or opting for the sunny spot instead of the shady spot, all of these things together add up to a painful sunburnat the end of the day.
You’ve likely heard that sunscreen, sunglasses and hats are all key to preventing sunburns. However, you may be overlooking other surprising things that can make your sunburn worse. According to Erica Melling, PA, a specialist with ChoiceOne Urgent Care, here are 6 things your skin will want you to remember:
1. Don’t get citrus on your skin
Before reaching for a margarita, lemonade, or limeade, you’ll want to be sure you don’t get any citrus juice on your skin. Because of certain compounds in citrus fruits, it makes your skin become extra sensitiv…

The Facts On Flax

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Though tiny in size, flax packs a big nutritional punch. Some may even call flaxseed one of the new wonder foods because of its ability to help prevent heart disease, cancer, stroke and even diabetes. And while the popularity surrounding flaxseed may be recent, it’s actually a plant that has been around since 3000 BC.
These sesame-seed lookalikes are considered a functional food -- a food that goes beyond basic nutrients to provide numerous health benefits. Overall, these tiny seeds are great for heart and digestive health, as well as immune health.
So what makes flaxseed so healthy?
One of the key reasons flaxseed gets the nod is because it's high in omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids are beneficial for your entire body, including brain function and heart health. And because your body can’t naturally make them, it’s important to make them a regular part of your diet. The good news is with flaxseed, you only need just 1 tablespoon to get the recommended daily amount.
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Is It Just Back Pain Or Something More?

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At this very moment, it is estimated that nearly 31 million Americans are experiencing back pain of some kind. Whether it’s stiffness after a bad night’s sleep, or pulling a muscle after weekend activities, you’ve likely dealt with the annoyance of back pain at some point.
However, because back pain can range from a mild, dull, annoying ache, to persistent, severe, disabling pain, it can be difficult to tell if your pain is just the result of a back problem, or if it’s masking a more serious health condition.  
So before opting for the painkillers instead of seeking the care of a backpain specialist, Bethwel Raore, MD, a neurosurgeon with Gwinnett Medical Center, provides 4 signs that may indicate your pain isn’t just a back problem:
1. Your pain radiates down one or both legs.
If you’re experiencing pain in your lower back that radiates down into one or both of your legs, it’s likely the result of sciatica. This condition is usually caused by a bulging disk in your spine that is irritat…