Signs and Symptoms

Usually, the first sign of melanoma is a change in the size, shape, color, or feel of an existing mole. A black or blue-black area is usually present. A new, black, abnormal mole may also indicate a melanoma. Continue reading Signs and Symptoms

Paddling To Cumberland Island. Part 1

Of course, we didn’t plan this ourselves. We left the logistics up to High Country Adventures of Atlanta who provided the sea kayaks, all the gear and, most importantly, our dauntless guides. Continue reading Paddling To Cumberland Island. Part 1

What you Need to Know Before Seeing a Specialist

When seeking help for a sore throat or a sprained ankle, most of us will pick up the phone to consult with our family doctor. But how do you know whether the chest pain you woke up with is indigestion from last night’s chili, or the more serious murmurings of a heart problem? Continue reading What you Need to Know Before Seeing a Specialist

Secrets to Success as a Fit Mom

We all know it can be difficult to find time to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle especially when children and family are involved. Here are some secrets to keep motivated and to successfully balance exercise and family life. Continue reading Secrets to Success as a Fit Mom

Physical Education: Dangerous Play? Part 1

One rainy day, Neil Williams, Ph.D., decided to have his grade school students at an upstate New York school play dodge ball indoors. Something happened that changed his attitude toward childrens games forever, and it placed him at the center of a sometimes angry nationwide controversy over what should — and should not — go on in gym classes. Continue reading Physical Education: Dangerous Play? Part 1

Just What Causes ADD and ADHD?

There is much speculation on the cause of ADD/ADHD. Here is research that may shed some light on the common disorder.

Environmental Causes of ADD

There has been some evidence that some chemicals in the environment may cause ADD and/or ADHD, even though the exact cause is still unknown. Continue reading Just What Causes ADD and ADHD?

Health Promotion. Part 6

46. Communication “overload” can be very stressful. If you are surrounded by communications equipment such as multiple phone lines, computer screens, pagers, cellular phones and fax machines, create a couple of hours of quiet time per day away from these devices. Continue reading Health Promotion. Part 6

Health Promotion. Part 5

33. If you have moderately high levels of cholesterol, use soft-tub margarine and oil instead of harder processed fats such as stick margarine and butter. Butter and such have more trans fatty acids, which raise cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Continue reading Health Promotion. Part 5

Health Promotion. Part 4

25. Know the early warning signs of heart problems: pressure or pain in the chest behind the breastbone that often spreads to the arms, shoulders, back and even the jaw, feelings of weakness, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, nausea, dizziness or faintness. Continue reading Health Promotion. Part 4

Health Promotion. Part 3

18. Researchers at the University of Arizona found that some of the worst bacteria levels in the home were found in the kitchen. Reduce bacteria by 99 percent by using cleaning products containing bleach, and wash sponges with hot soapy water, rinse well, squeeze and let dry thoroughly. Also, discard sponges every few weeks. Continue reading Health Promotion. Part 3