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Fun Summer Days Eating Better, Getting Active

School’s out. Things are slow at work. And the warmer weather brings lots of new opportunities to improve your health: plenty of fresh, local produce and more choices for outside activities. Here’s how to make the most of the summer months. “When the weather is nice, there are more opportunities for getting outdoors and having […]

How Many Is Too Many?

When Drinking Becomes a Problem For some people, a glass of wine, a beer, or a cocktail is an occasional treat. Others struggle to stop at just one or even many drinks. Some may drink alcohol in moderation, but still feel like they’re not in control of their drinking. How do you know if alcohol […]

Trouble With Touch? Feeling Your World

Your senses let you experience the world. Sight, sound, hearing, or even smell may be the first sense to spring to mind. But don’t forget touch. Your sense of touch helps keep you safe from physical threats and can strengthen social bonds. It can also be altered by many health conditions. “Your skin is your […]

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

What Is Sleep? Sleep was long considered just a block of time when your brain and body shut down. Thanks to sleep research studies done over the past several decades, it is now known that sleep has distinct stages that cycle throughout the night in predictable patterns. How well rested you are and how well […]

Dejunking Your Diet The Drawbacks of Ultra-Processed Foods

Eating healthy isn’t always easy. Expert-recommended diets often emphasize fresh, whole foods and home-cooked meals. But that can be expensive and time-consuming. Highly processed foods are often cheap and convenient. But they also tend to be high in calories, added sugar, saturated fat, and salt, and low in fiber. Scientists are starting to learn that […]

Ouch, That Hurts! The Science of Pain

Information from NIH-National Library of Medicine   Almost all of us have experienced pain of some kind. It’s the most common reason why people seek medical care. But because people feel pain differently, there’s no single treatment that will work for everyone.   Have you ever stepped on a sharp rock, accidentally rubbed your eyes […]

Caring for the Whole Person

Mind • Body • Spirit By Alexander Germanis From elementary biology to high school anatomy class, to everyday life experiences, it is self-evident we human beings are very complex. Unfortunately, the more complex the system, the wider the variety of problems that can arise within that system. Furthermore, a malady in one system can result […]

Less Pain, Faster Recovery

Quad Cities’ Top Experts Transform Total Joint Surgery Utilizing Mako SmartRobotics™   Submitted by Mississippi Valley Surgery Center   When patients move easier, with less pain and can return to their favorite activities it’s nothing short of life-changing. These transformative success stories have become the standard for total joint surgeons at Orthopaedic Specialists located on […]

I Hear You. “I Know What Keeps You Up at Night.”

By Heidi Huiskamp Collins, Founder and CEO of Huiskamp Collins Investments, LLC   You might already work with a financial advisor. He or she might have rolled over your 401(k), sold you an annuity, or maybe set up a college savings plan for your children or grandchildren. I bet they make sure you get your […]

Recover & Return

By Alexander Germanis   The human body is capable of some truly incredible physical feats. Some people run 100-mile endurance races, some compete in grueling triathlons, and others can perform gravity-defying gymnastics. Amazing skills are not limited to the athletic world, of course. Musicians and artists often utilize tremendous dexterity to perform complex concertos or […]