Kick Carpal Tunnel To the Curb
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a waking nightmare, but an avoidable one! Check out these easy tips.
Transcript: Prolonged compression of a key nerve in the wrist can lead to the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome. Although...
Prolonged compression of a key nerve in the wrist can lead to the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome. Although the big pen and warm gloves may look like a caricature, this person is actually being serious about preventing carpal tunnel syndrome! Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common work-place complaint due to the overuse of the hands and fingers. Therefore, you may be able to stop it by using less force with your hands. For example, try a lighter stroke on the keyboard. Writing the old-fashioned way? Use a large pen with a soft-grip, and free-flowing ink to avoid excess pressure. And keep your hands warm! Prolonged exposure to cold can lead to stiffness. These simple changes may help stave off the onset of carpal tunnel-or at least provide some laughs!More »
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Spring break is all about partying as much as possible. Unfortunately, nothing can kill your good time faster than too much beer or liquor leading to alcohol poisoning or unprotected sex leading to STDs.
Transcript: Nothing's going to ruin your vacation like one of these spring break mistakes. Luckily, we've also got...
Nothing's going to ruin your vacation like one of these spring break mistakes. Luckily, we've also got smart strategies for avoiding them! The two most common spring break mishaps follow from having unprotected sex with someone you barely know, often while intoxicated. If you get hot with someone you have only just met, you'll have to think about the risk of sexually transmitted infections , which affect approximately 65 million Americans. In fact, 19 million new cases of STIs are diagnosed each year. Avoid being one of them by being smart and using protection. The male and female condom are the ONLY forms of contraception that offer some protection against STI transmission-although the only real guarantee is to avoid recklessly casual sex. Spring break sex can also come with another unwanted consequence: Pregnancy. And don't think you are in the clear just because you wore a condom. Just ask the 14-percent of people who get pregnant even though they did. Be safe by bringing-and using!-a backup form of birth control, be it the Pill or the Patch. Another common spring break mistake? A tattoo or body piercing that you really didn't want. Because certain popular spring break locations, like Mexico, don't have the same sanitation laws that U.S. parlors do, you may run an increased risk of infection. Plus, an unwanted tattoo can take up to eight expensive, painful sessions under a laser to fade away for good. When you're drinking heavily, you run the risk of another unintended consequence and that's alcohol poisoning. Alcohol poisoning happens when your body absorbs alcohol more quickly than it can metabolize it. The result can be slowed breathing, heart rate, a stalled gag reflex, and an unwanted trip to a less than savory hospital. The best way to avoid this is to try to drink in moderation. Remember, your body can safely absorb a lot less alcohol then you think, actually only about one bar-sized drink every couple of hours. OK, so you're not drinking excessively, having unsafe sex, or visiting sketchy tattoo parlors. But are you wearing sunscreen? Sunburn is a likely result of spending an excessive amount of time outdoors in sun hotter than your skin is used to. Of course it's painful and can put an end to your partying, but even worse, every bout of sunburn can increase your risk of getting skin cancer later. Avoid it by rubbing an SPF on all exposed skin, and reapplying often , even if you use a waterproof formula. To be safe, the FDA recommends using a full ounce per application-that's the size of a shot glass, which we know you're familiar with by now!More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-14 | Tags »
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Not getting a good night's sleep can really affect your productivity at work. Watch this video to learn about wacky ways to sleep in hopes of keeping your career wide awake.
Transcript: What do socks and salt have in common? They could both put you to sleep! Lack of sleep is a leading cause...
What do socks and salt have in common? They could both put you to sleep! Lack of sleep is a leading cause of lost workplace productivity. Protect your career with these not so obvious tips! First, increase blood flow to your feet by putting on a pair of thick socks. When you lie down to sleep, the body encourages rest by redistributing heat to its extremities. Insomniacs often experience poor blood flow, and, consequently, poor sleep. Wearing socks regulates your temperature for evening, persuading you to sleep deep. And if socks don't work, try salt! Drink half a glass of water, then put a pinch of salt on your tongue and let it dissolve. The combination actually alters the electrical charge of the brain to sleep mode.Now go to sleep already-just don't forget to set the alarm!More »
Last Modified: 2014-01-17 | Tags »
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30-minute workouts can work miracles for not only weight loss but also over all health. Watch thisto learn how.
Transcript: Thirty minutes isn't that long-it's less than a class or an episode of The Office. It's also all the...
Thirty minutes isn't that long-it's less than a class or an episode of The Office. It's also all the time you need to lose weight. If you're ready to change your body for the better, you can start with this simple step: commit to a daily thirty minute workout. When weight loss is your goal, spend your half hour engaging in aerobic exercise. Aerobic means "with oxygen," and refers to an exercise that can be maintained over a period of 20 minutes or more. While exercising aerobically, you should be able to carry on a brief conversation without gasping. Some of these aerobic exercises include brisk walking, jogging and cross-country skiing. Group exercise can also be aerobic, like spinning, kickboxing and step-classes. During aerobic exercises like these, the body takes glucose that it has created from food and uses it for energy. Once you use up your supply of glucose, your body uses its stored fat for the energy it needs instead. This is why daily aerobic activity leads to weight loss. Of course, this kind of exercise has a host of other benefits, like reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke, and even improving your mood. Commit to doing aerobic exercise daily, and you'll definitely start seeing results within three to four weeks.More »
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There are several helpful tips to healthy restaurant dining. Check out this video to learn more.
Transcript: Monitoring your weight doesn't mean that you can't enjoy an evening on the town! Keep watching for ten...
Monitoring your weight doesn't mean that you can't enjoy an evening on the town! Keep watching for ten easy tips that will ensure your dining experience is a healthy one. Most Americans eat out four to five times a week. If you're watching your weight, that doesn't mean you can't join them! A few simple tips make it easy to exercise restraint so you can dine at a restaurant without a side of guilt. Let's start with a simple tip. Before leaving home, ask yourself this question: Which will I enjoy most: an appetizer, a cocktail or dessert. A. After you make a selection, stick to your resolve. You shouldn't have to sacrifice your favorite part of dining out, B. but be smart - indulge in what you really want, and practice restraint elsewhere. These days, restaurant portions are bigger than ever. The average restaurant meal is usually 5 times the FDA recommended size for a full meal! When you are eating out, remember that portion size is important! How much food you eat is almost as important as what you eat. A great way to watch your intake is to set aside a reasonable amount of food before you start eating. You can ask for a separate plate or a to-go container to help you portion your food. Another means to control restaurant indulgence is to ask for toppings, dressings and sauces on the side. Doing this allows you to enjoy exotic flavors while still controlling how much you consume. Whenever you can, ask for extra vegetables to be added to your dish. Not only are veggies a healthy choice, they're also rich in fiber, so they leave you filling full fast! Avoid all-you-can eat deals and buffet restaurants. Studies have shown that most of us eat up to 25 percent more when the price is all-inclusive, simply because we want to get more bang for our buck. And watch your liquid calories! A restaurant-sized soda with one free refill will set you back 400 calories. And an 8-ounce margarita has five-hundred and forty calories! A better bet is to replace that soda with water and lemon. Instead of a highly caloric mixed drink, try a glass of wine instead, which has about 110 calories. When you're eating out, look for waist-friendly words on the menu. Steamed, baked, grilled, broiled or poached are all likely to be healthier options. An insider restaurant tip is to make friends with salsa. This low-calorie, tasty treat is a great topper for potatoes, chicken, fish, and even salads! Remember that restaurant-dining is about customer-service. Most chefs will be happy to cater to your dietary needs. Ask to speak to a chef, or explain to your waiter that you'd prefer a lighter preparation. Eating out doesn't have to mean missing out! By choosing wisely, you can find a meal to enjoy at any restaurant.More »
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To make sure you stay fresh and alert during the day, it is important to get a good night’s sleep. Learn how to train yourself to sleep deep by viewing this video.
Transcript: Taking a nap in the middle of the day: A great plan in kindergarten. Not so great in a professional environment....
Taking a nap in the middle of the day: A great plan in kindergarten. Not so great in a professional environment. If you're tired in the middle of your workday, you're probably not sleeping enough at night. But you can train your body for deeper sleep. Start your sleep training by restricting yourself to only five or six hours a night, forbidding yourself to sleep more even if you are tired. That means, if the alarm is set for 7AM, don't even think about hitting the hay before 2AM! This may sound counter-intuitive, but it will actually teach your body that bed is for sleeping, not tossing and turning. Once you're sleeping the full time allotted, increase the amount of time you sleep by 15 minute intervals. Follow this routine for a few weeks, and you'll quickly begin sleeping a healthy amount at night-so you can actually stay awake during the day!More »
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Trying exotic food can seem exciting and adventurous but how prepared are you to guard the safety of your stomach? Learn more about food safety for globe trekkers in this video.
Transcript: Don't wind up wishing you had never (ever!) tried that exotic cuisine! While local food is an inherent...
Don't wind up wishing you had never (ever!) tried that exotic cuisine! While local food is an inherent part of cultural immersion, stomach upset can turn your global trek into a train wreck. As many unfortunates can attest, diarrhea is the most common problem effecting travelers, especially in developing countries. Travelers' diarrhea is an intestinal infection caused by bacteria, parasites, or viruses transmitted through food and water. But it IS avoidable.The highest-risk foods are unpasteurized milk products un-bottled beverages and drinks served with ice foods that aren't piping hot and undercooked meats and fish. Many times, fare from street vendors can also be the culprit of travelers' diarrhea! No precaution is foolproof, but a little know-how goes a long way in those far-away locales!More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-13 | Tags »
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Until now, your parents probably took care of your health insurance. But post-graduation, you'll suddenly be responsible for your own health care plan. Would an HMO be sufficient for your needs? Why does a PPO cost more? Watch this to learn more.
Transcript: You thought final exams were hard, but understanding your health insurance options? That feels impossible!...
You thought final exams were hard, but understanding your health insurance options? That feels impossible! Although there are many different types of health insurance plans, the two most common types of health insurance are an HMO and a PPO. A health maintenance organization, or HMO, is less expensive, but it is also the more restrictive option of the two. There are two aspects to an HMO that are important to understand. First, each HMO has a "network" of doctors - a list of physicians whose services are covered by your insurance. When you receive medical care from one of these in-network doctors, your HMO will pay for it, although you'll still be responsible for a small fixed fee, called a co-payment, or co-pay, for each doctor's visit. On the other hand, if you go out of network, and visit a doctor who is not on the HMO's approved list, you'll need to pay those medical bills yourself. In addition, most HMOs require you to select a primary care physician from their list of approved doctors. This primary care physician will provide you with basic health services, like your annual check-up. More importantly though, an HMO will only pay for visits to other doctors - like a dermatologist or a surgeon - if your primary care physician approves it first. The benefit of an HMO is that it costs significantly less than a PPO, and is often offered free of charge by an employer. If an HMO seems too restrictive, you may also consider a preferred provider organization, or PPO. Generally speaking, a PPO will cover medical services from a much broader range of providers than an HMO. As well, with a PPO, you do not need a referral to see a specialist. In addition, most PPOs allow you to see someone "out of network," who is not on the list, and still receive some reimbursement-usually 50 to 70% of your outlay. Because of these benefits, PPOs are more expensive, and your employer may require you to put a larger part of your paycheck toward coverage. Still, this type of plan is excellent if you're already attached to your primary care doctor and do not want to switch to a new one. It's also a good bet if you need to see specialists on a regular basis. Whichever type of coverage you choose, pay careful attention to the information provided by your insurer. Even though you're covered, there are co-pays and other fees that you are still responsible for. So choose the best plan for you!More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-12 | Tags »
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You might find it hard to believe but after the age of 20 exercise for strength becomes necessary, since the body is losing half a pound of muscle per year. Learn more in this video.
Transcript: Believe it or not, you can look as good at 40 as you do in your 20s....but you'll have to make some exercise...
Believe it or not, you can look as good at 40 as you do in your 20s....but you'll have to make some exercise adjustments. Once you turn twenty, you'll lose half a pound of muscle each year - unless you remain active! The best way to avoid this is to engage in half an hour of strength training several days a week. Strength training involves applying progressively heavier resistance to your muscles to strengthen and develop them. You're strength training when you increase the amount of sit-ups you do daily, or add to the weight you can bench press. Strength training is also an important component of effective weight loss routines. Here's why: you burn calories all the time, even while you're just sitting in class or watching TV. But muscle has a higher metabolic rate than fat, so the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even while at rest. If you're ready to start strength training, visit your college gym and experiment with different equipmen...like free weights, resistance bands, or physio balls. Most colleges offer at least one free personal training session to get you acquainted with the equipment and exercises. Stay dedicated and within four to six weeks, you'll see impressive results.More »
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When you were in college, you had plenty of time to hit the gym, but a fulltime office job is another story! Luckily, you don't have to sacrifice your workout to work. Instead, try these tips for sneaking exercise into your day!
Transcript: Want to lose 20 pounds in a year by doing almost nothing? You don't have to Jazzercise in the office...
Want to lose 20 pounds in a year by doing almost nothing? You don't have to Jazzercise in the office to sneak exercise into your everyday. Start moving by setting a timer to go off every hour. When the timer buzzes, get up and walk around for at least one minute. Of course, you already know that you should park far away from your building and trek the extra steps to the office. Add to this exercise by leaving something important in the car, like your cell or lunch. You'll have to go back for it later! If you're really dedicated to working out at work, you can try sitting on an exercise ball instead of in a desk chair. This will strengthen your abs and back as well as help you develop excellent posture! By taking your workout to work you'll be giving yourself a daily break and burning major calories to boot!More »
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If your lower back has called out sick, we'll help you nurse it back to health.
Transcript: One good way to prevent back pain is to get a little exercise during your workday. Here's how to do it...
One good way to prevent back pain is to get a little exercise during your workday. Here's how to do it without looking absurd. Lower back pain is the cause of more sick days than any problem other than the common cold! Lower back pain commonly arises from poor conditioning. In other words, a weak back is likely to become an injured back. So, get moving! ANY regular aerobic exercise strengthens the muscles in the lower back, making them less susceptible to injury. You can also try THIS strengthening move to build your back. It's so simple, you can do it at your desk-no sweat band required! Stand with the knee of the left leg bent at a 90 angle. Grasp the front of your ankle with the left hand and press your foot against the hand, away from your body. Hold for ten, and then repeat with the other leg. See, preventing back pain is easy, even if you want to leave "getting physical" to Olivia Newton John!More »
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Suffering from diarrhea while on vacation can be extremely upsetting. Watch this video on traveler's diarrhea and see how you can save your hard earned vacation.
Transcript: Those clever terms like Delhi Belly and Montezuma's Revenge aren't so funny when you're suffering from...
Those clever terms like Delhi Belly and Montezuma's Revenge aren't so funny when you're suffering from intestinal upset on an exotic trip. The most common health risk for global travelers is diarrhea, which can range from mild to downright debilitating. So what should you do if your bowels stage a mutiny? Remember to bring an emergency stash of Imodium for mild cases of diarrhea. If you have an acute problem, however, steer clear of anti-diarrheals and let the body expel the offending pathogen on its own. As you're riding it out, be sure to replenish your body with beverages containing electrolytes, like sports drinks. If that's not an option, get the same effects by adding a teaspoon of salt and eight teaspoons of sugar to a liter of water. Follow these simple steps and you should be back on your traveling track within a few days-and ready to take your own revenge on Montezuma!More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-06 | Tags »
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