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The Increasing use of Dietary Supplements: Benefits and Dangers

 Aiman Bandali INTRODUCTION Over the last few years, particularly since 2010, there has been an increase in intake of dietary supplements. According to the new market report published by Persistence Market Research, the global dietary supplements market was valued at $109.8 billion and is expected to grow to about $179.8 billion by 2020.1 Increased use seems to be directly related to greater interest in healthy living.1 Dietary supplements, with their wide availability and different dosage forms, seem to [...]

January 28th, 2017|health and diet, supplements|0 Comments

The Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet on Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer Risk

Joanne P. Shelby-klein, BSN, RN Introduction: What is the Mediterranean diet? The Mediterranean Diseases(MD) is currently thought of as the paradigm for healthy eating. The World Health Organization states that adopting the Mediterranean diet can prevent the onset of disease and improve the standard of living.7 Recent studies have documented that routine adherence to this diet can potentially delay chronic diseases including, cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.5 It is widely accepted that a true, healthy diet [...]

January 26th, 2017|Cardiovascular Disease, health and diet|Comments Off on The Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet on Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer Risk

All you need to know about E-Cigarettes

 By Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN Electronic Cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) or vaping, have been around since the early 2000’s and are advertised to be a safe, tobacco free alternative to cigarettes. E-cigarettes came to the United States about 7 years ago and have expanded into a multi-billion dollar industry that has over 466 brands and 7764 flavors. What exactly is an e-cigarette, how does it work and what are the [...]

November 22nd, 2016|Health, smoking|Comments Off on All you need to know about E-Cigarettes

Alcohol Use Disorder – A General Overview

Christina Ripp, M.A. Many people may not realize the terms “alcoholism” and “alcoholic” do not represent a specific diagnosis. The current diagnosis for someone who is addicted to alcohol is called Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), formerly known as “Alcohol Dependence” in the previous edition of the DSM. MISCONCEPTIONS One major misconception about people with AUD is that they have to drink alcohol every day. This is simply not true: The individual may drink alcohol every day, or not. [...]

November 9th, 2016|Addiction, Alcoholism, Diseases and Treatment|Comments Off on Alcohol Use Disorder – A General Overview

Season Affective Disorder, Winter Blues or Something More?

 Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN All of us have heard the term “winter blues”, in fact many of us have experienced it on exceptionally cold, winter days. For many people however, it’s more than the winter blues, it is actually Seasonal Affective Disorder. There is a difference between the two. Winter blues is a general term for symptoms that usually happen close to the winter holidays or are associated with missing a loved one. Seasonal Affective Disorder is [...]

November 9th, 2016|Antidepressants, health and treatment, light therapy|Comments Off on Season Affective Disorder, Winter Blues or Something More?