Weight Management

What is a healthy weight? A healthy weight is a weight that lowers your risk for health problems. For most people, body mass index (BMI) and waist size are good ways to tell if they are at a healthy weight. But reaching a healthy weight isn't just about reaching a certain number on the scale or a certain BMI. Having healthy eating and exercise habits is even more important. When you're active and eating well, your body will settle into a weight that is healthy for you.
The FDA has given its nod to Bydureon, making it the first weekly treatment for type 2 diabetes, according to drug's manufacturer.
Years of working as a substance abuse counselor taught Mike Speakman that overcoming addiction isn’t just about treatment for the individual, but that it takes support from the family as well. “A good example is diabetes,” Speakman said. “You didn’t cause it but if your son had it you might want to learn a little about it so you could help better.”
Ever eat a whole bag of chips when you’re not even hungry? ...
Next week is the best time to start conceiving a child if a woman wants a potential due date of 12/12/12, a date that only happens once in a lifetime and is truly memorable! According to general rules that Obstetricians and Gynecologists follow a woman could have her child on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 if the date of her last menstrual period is Monday, March 5, 2012.
A walking school bus isn't yellow, burns no gas, and is fueled by human energy. The "wheels" on this "bus" go round and round when small groups of children pedal their bikes or walk to school as adults supervise them along the route. ...
People yawn more easily in cooler temperatures, supporting the idea that yawning cools the brain. ...
Prevention is better than cure! This often told precept is widely accepted in many settings but it oddly doesn’t enjoy the same courtesy with childhood immunizations in our experience.
Why do most of us fail at every diet? Why do we spend hundreds of dollars on equipment, DVDs, supplements, and gym memberships only to fizzle out after a couple of weeks? The reason is our focus on results rather than making changes. Whether we recognize it consciously or not most of us want everything to happen right now. Sure I may have spent 10 years eating poorly and not exercising, but I just spent $600 on a treadmill and I want to get in shape NOW!  Don’t worry you are not alone. I think we are all guilty of this until we recognize the issue and move forward.
At a minimum, the American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day; one time should be before sleep. But if you snack and drink throughout the day, it may be helpful to brush your teeth more often.
Tom Shanley calls himself a political junkie. Or at least that’s what he used to be. For the past year, he has been having dif­ficulty remembering things, like names and dates, even words. “I find myself more and more lacking in conversation because I can’t think of a word that’s as simple as my name,” the 79­year- old San Tan Valley man told the Inde­pendent during a phone interview. “I’m a political junkie and now I can’t remember what I want to tell the guy I’m arguing with over certain points. It’s frustrating.”
In a recent press release, Banner Health speaks about their recent decision to ban elective inductions of labor and elective repeat Caesarian sections before 39 weeks of pregnancy (seven days before the due date). A recent article at AZCentral.com reports this as a positive and innovative development. It is a positive development, but scarcely innovative – our Practice originated and strictly enforced this policy over four years ago, and it has since been adopted at several of the hospitals we use.
A portal just as is suggested by the Latin derivative, is basically a gateway or access into some space or situation. Enter, the 21st Century! with yet another new technology: A Patient Portal. Alas! Patients can now enter and see aspects of their own health records online! Technology and the sometimes friction laden-ride with the practice of medicine may have found a perfect fit.  Medicine today as an art form has many antecedents from the past, from Hippocrates through the Renaissance and the post WWII era that still shape many aspects of patient care and health care delivery and research.
Our expert gives tips on ending the cigarette habit for good.
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is addressing the latest in Alzheimer’s prevention, research and caregiving in a free community lecture series in a program called “Giving People Strategies (GPS) for Memory.”
CAM is an acronym for complimentary alternative medicine. The arm of the National Institute of Health (NIH) dedicated to providing information on CAM therapeutic options, and evidence for efficacy defines CAM as a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. Conventional medicine is medicine as practiced by holders of M.D., D.O. degrees and by other allied health professionals, such as physical therapists, physician assistants, registered dieticians, psychologists, and registered nurses. 

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