Southwest Life

How to make a New Year’s resolution that will actually work

With the new year approaching, it’s time to set goals, get inspired, and create a new routine for your health and wellness. Making a great New Year’s resolution and sticking to it can cause...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Putting off dental care because of cost can backfire

When I was in my 30s and a dentist told me I needed a few crowns, I decided to skip the expensive devices because of my meager paycheck. Besides, my teeth weren’t hurting. Years later, I am paying...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Are your cabinets and carpet emitting chemicals?

We feel safe in our homes, but that can be a false sense of security. The threat I’m talking about is something we can’t see: Indoor air pollution. The air in our homes and workplaces can be more...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Nutritionist at Pediatric Partners helps children dial in their diets

Toddlers refusing most foods, teenagers looking for comfort in food and others struggling with their diet can see a nutritionist for free at Pediatric Partners of the Southwest. Registered...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. health officials to target high-risk alternative remedies

WASHINGTON – U.S. health officials plan to crack down on a growing number of unproven alternative remedies, focusing on products containing dangerous ingredients that have occasionally been linked...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Soaring overdose deaths cut U.S. life expectancy for 2nd year

NEW YORK – U.S. deaths from drug overdoses skyrocketed 21 percent last year, and for the second straight year dragged down how long Americans are expected to live. The government figures released...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Striking a chord, NIH taps the brain to find how music heals

WASHINGTON – Like a friendly Pied Piper, the violinist keeps up a toe-tapping beat as dancers weave through busy hospital hallways and into the chemotherapy unit, patients looking up in surprised...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Loneliness seems to damage health, triggering inflammation and neurological changes

Loneliness can tank your mood, but can it affect your health, too? All signs point to yes. It turns out that feeling lonely can do more than make you sad: It can predict the way your body will...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

A CDC ban on ‘fetus’ and ‘transgender’? Experts alarmed

NEW YORK – Health leaders say they are alarmed about a report that officials at the nation’s top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Q&A: How is the U.S. opioid crisis affecting children?

NEW YORK – Public attention to the historic wave of opioid addiction gripping the U.S. has focused mostly on its effect on adults and the thousands who have died of overdoses. Missed by much of the...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Opioid crisis strains foster system as kids pried from homes

MARION, Ind. – She was first roused awake at 2:30 a.m. by a call seeking an emergency placement for a child. Ninety minutes later, it was a storm of texts telling of a problem at a foster home....

DATE: Dec. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

Deaths from window blinds show need for cord ban, study says

CHICAGO – Children’s injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns, according to a new U.S. study that recommends a complete ban on blinds with cords....

DATE: Dec. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health