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140120OSM sitlessblogIt is well known that a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. In other words, sitting too much is bad for your health.

A study sought to quantify exactly how bad it can be. Researchers found that the amount of time a person watches TV is a good marker for determining a person’s sedentary time. While someone might not remember how many hours they sat yesterday, they can probably estimate time spent watching television.

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140106OSMmeditationpost1My recent vacation to Oahu, Hawaii, was a real eye-opener in many ways. Because it was a last-minute decision to go (we left four days after we booked the condo), I didn’t have a chance to micro-manage the vacation schedule as I usually do. Consequently, I had a week in paradise with no planned activities.

The timeshare condo we rented is in a small coastal town called Waianae. The building we stayed in was a mix of residents and vacation condos, rather than a resort. The town certainly was not touristy, and the few restaurants consisted mostly of Hawaiian and Asian takeout. My husband and I spent hours on our balcony overlooking the ocean, playing games and talking. We went snorkeling and burned the backs of our legs. We drove around the island and ate crepes. Long story short, we did a whole lot of nothing and enjoyed every minute of it. It was amazing.

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131216OSMtravelallergiesWe frequently get calls from patients who’ve either lost or forgotten medications when they are traveling. If you suffer from allergies and asthma, consider these six tips before you head out on vacation:

1. See your physician: Before you go on that well-deserved trip, see your physician and let him or her know your travel destination. Discuss concerns you might have, especially if you know you are going to be exposed to something you are allergic to, such as a friend’s cat or dog. Your doctor may be able to provide helpful advice.

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131203AlzheimersPhoto-1As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Shay Reandeau spent years helping patients through the toughest moments in their lives. Today, friends and family are returning the favor.

Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease five years ago, Shay gave up her mental health practice and committed to facing her disease head on.

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1311dementiapostII-1What is dementia?
Dementia is a loss of brain function that occurs with certain diseases. Although there are many potential causes of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type. When we age and become forgetful, it is common to wonder what is normal and what is not. There are early and progressive symptoms that can indicate the potential onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

How many people have Alzheimer’s disease, and when does it begin?
It is estimated that 5.4 million Americans had Alzheimer’s disease in 2012. This includes 5.2 million people older than 65 and 200,000 people younger than 65. The likelihood of having Alzheimer’s disease increases with age. One in eight individuals older than 65, or 13 percent, has Alzheimer’s disease. And nearly half of people older than 85, or 45 percent, have Alzheimer’s disease. Because women in the United States generally live longer than men, women are more likely to develop this form of dementia.

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