Secret Hiding Spots for Germs!


By Lydia Patel

There are a few things that we keep rather close to us, but unfortunately we don’t clean them or change them regularly enough! A great example is your pillows and sheets. Let’s be honest – most of us could change the sheets and even pillowcases a bit more often. Not only […]

Foods to Avoid for a Great Nights’ Sleep


By Kristen M. Leccese

Are you having trouble falling or staying asleep at night? Your diet could be to blame. We all know caffeine before bed is bad news for your sleep quality, but there are some other major culprits in your diet that might be causing you to toss and turn. Dietitian Shelly Redmond, […]

Health Spotlight: Vitamin D


By Lydia Patel


Some reports suggest nearly half the world’s population suffers from vitamin D deficiency, which is unsettling news given that a lack of vitamin D has been associated with a host of serious conditions: cancer, heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, tuberculosis and even depression, not to mention brittle bones and the common […]

Possible “Doctor Shortage” Ahead for the US?

By Kristen M. Leccese

For several years, the medical community has led us to believe that a “doctor shortage” may be ahead of use because of the increasing number of people who have access to health insurance. Millions of people are getting health insurance for the first time under the federal Affordable Care Act, and […]

Nutrition Spotlight: Healthy Fats

By Lydia Patel

Most of us try to run away from the inevitable ‘F’ word – FAT. But what a lot of us tend to forget is that certain fats are good for us and essentially needed in the body. We need adequate fat to support metabolism, cell signaling, the health of various body tissues, […]

Children & Energy Drinks

By Lydia Patel


Although the target markets for energy drinks are typically teens and young adults, more than 40 percent of reports to U.S. poison control centers in a three-year period involved children under the age of 6. Children, without exceptions, should not be consuming energy drinks. The caffeine, amount of sugar and other […]

Running outside vs the treadmill


By Lydia Patel


To dedicated runners, running outside gets all the glory. But when talking about whether treadmill running is “the same” as running outdoors, it helps to pinpoint what sort of sameness matters to you.


  But when it comes to your risk for injuries, there may be an important difference. Most […]

Health Spotlight: Facts about Dark Chocolate


By Lydia Patel


Dark chocolate definitely ranks at the top of the chocolate food chain when it comes to health benefits. Unlike it’s counterparts, milk chocolate for example, that are loaded with sugar and fat, dark chocolate has very little of the unhealthy stuff. Along with healthy diet and exercise, dark chocolate may help […]

Flavanols Found in Cocoa May Support the Memory


By Kristen M. Leccese

According to a new study published by Columbia University Medical, a concentrated cocoa drink that contains plant compounds called flavanols seems to have a positive impact on reversing the impact of aging on the memory.

In their research, the team tested 37 healthy volunteers aged 50 to 69 who either […]

McDonald’s Recalls 2.3 million Happy Meal Toys with Choking Hazard

hello kitty

By Lydia Patel


McDonald’s is recalling about 2.3 million Hello Kitty toys that came with some of its Happy Meals because they pose a choking risk. The company received two reports of children who sucked the whistles into their mouths and coughed out pieces. One child needed medical attention.




McDonald’s said […]