Health Pearls

We Summarize Latest Medical and Scientific Studies

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It’s easy to be overwhelmed with medical information in the media.

It is often written with the intent of being big on headlines but short on important details. We present that information in a reliable manner so you can be well-informed. We also summarize medical conference news

We hope all the pearls we will be gathering will help you on your journey to good health and happiness!

Mindfulness in the time of Covid-19

Many of my friends do yoga or meditation, but I have not managed to do either of those. I have read some books about mindfulness and have tried to incorporate some of those practices with varying levels of success.  I wish to improve because mindfulness has been shown to be helpful to manage anxiety and…
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Nutrition in the Time of Covid – and Beyond

Here are some simple adaptations regarding food shopping and food prep that are relevant to our stay-at-home situation.  Many of us as health care workers, are still on the job in some ways, but we are home more than we’re used to, out of our routine.  And many have their young children or adult children…
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Practical FAQs about COVID

Knowledge is the best antidote to anxiety regarding the unknown. Based on questions from my patients, I composed a FAQs sheet, and a list of reliable resources.  There are many emails and videos out there that can make you more anxious, so try to limit your reading to reliable sources.  Importantly, try not to read about…
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In the Time of Coronavirus: Why Eliminate Unnecessary Trip?

My husband and  I took a walk around a lake last weekend. The paths were wide. The people were respectful of the 6 foot distancing. However, as I was backing out of the busy parking lot, I was involved in a fender bender. No one was hurt, but I had to exchange information with the elderly…
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In the Time of Coronavirus: Gastrointestinal Symptoms of COVID-19

While most of us know about fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath as symptoms of COVID-19, intestinal symptoms can be present in almost 30% of patients. These include anorexia (loss of appetite), nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Many of us get occasional diarrhea or an episode of vomiting and/or diarrhea that we attribute…
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In the Time of Coronavirus: Corona and the Marriage

Stress, especially big and scary stress, impacts us like a threat to the nervous system. With the importance of social distancing, you and your partner are likely to be feeling those stressors in close quarters. (And you probably won’t be alone! Kids! Pets!) Here are the three ways people tend to respond when faced with…
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In the Time of Coronavirus: Corona and the Divorced Family

Social distancing in a divorced family can be complicated. When kids are required to travel back and forth between parents’ houses, additional infection risks can increase. The disruption of regular schedules with school closures and changes in parent work locations requires additional communication between co-parents. Here are a few tips for communication with your co-parent…
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Coronavirus Time: Mental and Physical Health for Those Not Infected

(Robyn Pashby, PhD- Psychologist) There are two pandemics. The virus makes the headlines, but the anxiety that is sweeping the nation just a few steps behind (or in some cases a few steps in front of) the virus has serious and lasting consequences. Much like the virus itself, the mental health impact of this situation…
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In the Time of Coronavirus: Corona and Boundaries

Even before COVID-19 arrived, many of us were already diligent about washing our hands and avoiding contact with someone sneezing or coughing to avoid becoming ill. Many have always understood the importance of washing our hands before meals and coughing or sneezing into a tissue.  So, what is different now?  Researchers have discovered that many…
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