Feeling SAD? You're not alone. About five to 10 percent of the population develops Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is different from the "winter blues." Gail Snyder with Mercy Concern provides an overview of SAD along with seven everyday measures you can take.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three older adults over the age of 65 fall each year. If you have aging parents, it's important to determine when it's time to "fall proof" their home or living area. Mercy therapist Cindy Hallgren provides 14 helpful tips on how to do that.
Many people make a list of changes they want to accomplish in their lives at the beginning of the year. The changes often last for a short time before fading away, no matter how much the change is desired. A person will then think, “I just don’t have enough will power,” and feel bad until the next year, when the cycle repeats. What can you do to increase the odds of making lasting change?
If you find yourself gritting your teeth when you hear Christmas carols, wanting to wring the neck of the next person who wishes you happy holidays, or feel the tears starting when you see decorations, how can you get through the season?
Food is fuel for your body, not a form of recreation. Food gives you the energy you need to be able to enjoy the other activities in life. Think about comparing your body to your car. You fill up your car’s gas tank when it is empty, not when it is full. So, don’t eat for reasons other than hunger. Take our portion-control quiz to find out if you struggle with portion distortion.
Everyone anticipates the holiday season differently. Some may be excited for the gathering of family and friends, while others may find the holiday season emotionally challenging. This is especially true if you’ve lost someone close to you. The absence of your loved one can be overwhelming.
Mercy employee Gary Trompower says kicking the smoking habit in 2007 after 32 years was one of the hardest (but best) things he's ever done. A few years later, Gary did another 'best thing' for himself: he got a low-dose CT lung cancer screening. Thanks to this quick, pain-free test, Gary's non-small cell lung cancer was caught early in a very treatable stage.
Heart disease remains the number one killer of both men and women. Exercise and increased activity levels remains at the top of the heart healthy lifestyle changes list. But does exercise have to look or feel a certain way to improve heart health?
Only about 5–10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary or caused by abnormal genes passed from parent to child. If there happens to be an error in a gene, then that same mistake will appear in all the cells that contain the same gene. It would be like having an instruction manual and all the copies have the same typographical error.