Health

High Blood Pressure Redefined for the First Time in 14 Years

High blood pressure should be treated earlier with lifestyle changes and in some patients with medication – at 130/80 mm Hg rather than 140/90 – according to the first comprehensive new high blood pressure guidelines in more than a decade. The guidelines are being published by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) for detection, prevention, management an... »

The Skinny On Sweet and Salty

by Peter Kates Food cravings are rarely for kale or cauliflower. More likely, they’re for something sweet, or salty. Here is what you need to know about these two substances. Sugar: Sugar is a carbohydrate that gives you energy. The healthiest form is in fruits, vegetables, grains, milk and yogurt. These foods also provide vitamins, minerals and more. Sugar from sweetened beverages, desserts and s... »

Local Facilities Cited for Tobacco Sales to Minors

Niagara County Department of Health Cites Facilities for Tobacco Sales to Minors Since 1999, the Niagara County Department of Health and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office have collaborated to conduct tobacco compliance checks throughout Niagara County. The goal of the program is to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use among persons less than 18 years of age. Every facility selling tobacco ... »

Her Story, Her Sanctuary – About the Cover Models

by Annette Pinder Susan Morreale was just 41 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer – an event that transformed her physically and spiritually. “I never really understood what it meant to embrace life, love it, and own it. Life truly began for me at 41,” says Sue. Having worked as a nurse, Sue understood the mental and physical toll that chemotherapy and radiation would take. She prepared by ch... »

Redefining Aging with Longevity Planning

by Laurie Menzies, Esq. If the World Health Organization is correct, many of us will experience a “longevity bonus” of 20–30 years. That is, we will live a lot longer than we thought. So I am looking forward to, and planning for, those extra years, hoping that I can experience some of the best days of my life. If it’s a fact that we should feel wiser and more liberated as we age, why do so m... »

Help Your Child Eat Healthy At School

Courtesy of Independent Health’s Health Promotion and Wellness Department At the beginning of each school year many parents struggle with deciding whether to have their child bring a bagged lunch from home or buy lunch from the school cafeteria. Whenever possible, we encourage parents to pack their kids’ lunches so they know what their children are eating. The most nutritious lunches include foods... »

Eliminating Dental Health Disparities at Erie County Medical Center

By Annette Pinder Most of us know that if we don’t take care of our teeth we can get cavities, but there are many more reasons to get serious about our dental hygeine. Poor dental health has been implicated in multiple medical complications such as heart disease and respiratory infections. This particularly affects our most vulnerable populations, including those with special needs or intellectual... »

Could You Have Sleep Apnea?

One Bonus of Finding Out if You Have Sleep Apnea is that Treatment for Sleep Apnea Can Result in Weight Loss! By Jeffrey Goldberg, D.D.S Are you snoring? Is your partner snoring? If so, you may have sleep apnea. Aside from being dangerous, sleep apnea often causes weight gain Too many of us dislike stepping on the scale. As Americans, we are accustomed to thinking that diet pills, fad diets, and o... »

Barber Shops and Blood Pressure

By Ally Balcerzak Blood pressure has been used as a basic health indicator for decades due to its ability to signal numerous health conditions. While high blood pressure can be an indicator of additional health concerns such as heart disease or extreme stress levels, low blood pressure may indicate circulatory trouble. Despite the fact that blood pressure screening is a routine part of annual phys... »

Adolescent Substance Abuse

By Annette Pinder Being a teenager these days isn’t easy — nor is it easy being the parent of a teenager. And with illicit substance use becoming more prevalent, the challenge has become even greater. Fortunately, according to the American Association for Family Therapy, most adolescents who experiment with drugs do not progress to become adult drug abusers or addicts. However, substance use (alco... »

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