Living Well Blog

By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
August 7, 2020
For most avid gardeners, weeds and pests are plenty challenging. If you’re a gardener with allergies or asthma, however, the sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose and breathing problems are enough to make you want to hang up your spade. But there are steps you can take to minimize allergies while… See more
By Dr. Andrea Klemes
MDVIP
July 22, 2020
Since the coronavirus pandemic began in early 2020, we've heard a lot about vaccines. There have been promises for quick vaccine development as well as warnings about how long it really takes to develop a safe, effective vaccine.  You’ve also probably heard that a coronavirus vaccine is necessary… See more
July 22, 2020
  Here are the four basic types of vaccines.  Live-attenuated vaccines: use a weakened (or attenuated) version of the germ that causes a specific disease. One or two doses of the vaccines can provide strong, life-long protection. However, these types of vaccines can be… See more
July 22, 2020
When you hear the term binge drinking, you may think of college students drinking all night. But binge drinking can and does occur at all ages – and the threshold for a “binge” may be lower than you think.  The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as five or… See more
July 22, 2020
The good news: You might be. Research consistently shows that low to moderate alcohol use may be cardioprotective. The bad news: Habitual drinking – even when you don’t drink much in one sitting – can also create problems for your heart. This is especially the case if you have, or you’re at risk… See more
July 22, 2020
You’ve read the warning on your prescription bottle or over-the-counter medicine countless times: “Do Not Drink Alcohol With This Drug.” Chances are, you’ve ignored that warning countless times.  Did we guess right? If so, you’re in good company – especially if you’re an older adult. While we don’… See more
July 22, 2020
Anyone who has ever had too much to drink knows that alcohol affects your brain. Slurred speech, slowed reflexes and blurry vision are obvious examples of “a few too many.” Regular, heavy drinking can permanently alter your brain function.  But there may also be an upside for your brain, too.… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
July 21, 2020
You can reduce your risk for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease by exercising, eating a healthy diet, getting adequate sleep, controlling blood pressure and inflammation and managing stress.

And to help maintain brain health, try to:… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
July 20, 2020
As of early 2020, 33 states legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes and another 11 states plus Washington, D.C. legalized it for recreational use. That’s a lot of people who can legally use Mary Jane. Of course, people use it for different reasons.  Recreational users want to experience the… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
July 18, 2020
Experts have spent decades warning Americans to limit their intake of whole-fat dairy products. However, over the last few years, a few studies have turned the tables on this advice, suggesting full-fat dairy products are heart healthy. And now, a new study has found that eating at least two… See more
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