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Celebrating the 4th of July During Closures and Social Distancing

July 3, 2020 | 11:25am

Celebrating the 4th will look very different for many people who traditionally enjoy the beach, public bashes and live fireworks.   This year  many firework displays have been canceled and favorite public gathering spots have been closed due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.  Social distancing also discourages parties and other gatherings. You can still have fun, feel patriotic and enjoy the holiday weekend many ways. Stream a virtual fireworks show While some traditional Fourth of July celebrations, including fireworks and parades, have been canceled, you can still watch those colorful explosions on-screen. PBS is broadcasting its annual Capital Fourth concert — ending in fireworks — from the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on July 4, from 8-9:30 p.m. eastern time.  The event will also be live-streamed on Facebook and on YouTube.  You can also tune-in to live-stream “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks”  or tune in to watch “A Boston Pops  Salute to Our Heroes"  airing Saturday at 8 PM. Spend time with family and make it fun This year may be more about spending time with family...

Can Brain Freeze Stop a Migraine? The Upside to an “Ice Cream” Headache

June 26, 2020 | 4:08pm

There is nothing like a big slushy or a double-scoop ice-cream cone on a hot summer day. But then it hits you: an excruciating headache that feels like you are being stabbed in your temples and right between the eyes – you just got brain freeze. Brain freeze, also called ice-cream headache, occurs when something very cold comes in contact with your upper palate (aka the roof of your mouth) too fast. While painful and extremely unpleasant, it’s not a serious condition, and it goes away on its own within a few minutes or even seconds. If you've ever had brain freeze before, you probably learned to avoid it at all costs. Eating and drinking cold substances slowly can help reduce your chances of getting it, and drinking some warm water can help you recover faster. But despite their bad reputation, there may be some upsides to these dreadful headaches. Keep reading to find out how brain freeze may actually be beneficial for treating more severe headaches, and migraines. Understanding brain freeze Brain freeze is...

Can Smoking Cause Headaches and Migraines?

June 21, 2020 | 6:07pm

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, according to the CDC. But aside from killing up to half of its users, smoking can also trigger headaches and migraines. Almost every person in the world has had a headache at some point or another. Some people get them sporadically, only experiencing one or two mild episodes per year. A few others, however, are more susceptible to getting frequent headaches or migraines, which may be triggered by a wide range of factors, including smoking (tobacco, marijuana, e-cigarettes) and inhaling secondhand smoke. The relationship between smoking and headaches is not entirely understood and is likely complex and unique for every headache sufferer.  A smoking headache or smoking migraine can happen as a result of inhaling or being exposed to cigarette smoke. People who experience frequent headaches or suffer from migraines may be more susceptible to getting a headache after smoking.  Smoke can also be a headache or migraine trigger for non-smokers who are sensitive to odors or allergic to smoke....

The Coronavirus and How to Fortify Your Body Against It-

May 26, 2020 | 7:09am

The corona virus has disrupted life as we know it and caused much concern and confusion. News reports are constantly updating us on the spread of the virus and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has closely monitored the situation since the coronavirus began spreading between people in America. The first confirmed person to person spread of this virus was on January 30, 2020. Previously all confirmed U.S. cases had been associated with travel to China. As of today, over 8,234,491 people have been infected worldwide and this number changes daily. While there have been at least 444,720 deaths, the vast majority of cases have not been classified as severe.  The elderly are particularly vulnerable, as they often have weak immune systems.  In addition to taking commonsense precautions such as hand washing, maintaining a strong immune system is very important, more now than ever. Building Your Immune System Becoming dehydrated weakens your immune system so be sure to drink plenty of water daily.  A vast majority of people are chronically dehydrated as they opt for...

Can’t Sleep? Simple Carbs May Be to Blame

May 15, 2020 | 7:26am

If you've ever spent hours tossing and turning without being able to fall asleep, you know how frustrating it can be. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), about one in three people have at least mild insomnia, and about 70 percent of American adults report not sleeping enough at night. So, what’s keeping so many people up at night? There are hundreds of answers to that question, from common behaviors like drinking coffee too late in the day to unusual sleeping disorders like somnambulism. And now, a recent study has added another factor to the list: refined carbohydrates or simple carbohydrates. What are carbohydrates? Carbohydrate is one of the three macronutrients in food that provide fuel for the body to function properly. The other two are protein and fat. During digestion, all three are broken down into the elements the body can use for energy: Protein is reduced to amino acids and fat is reduced to fatty acids, both of which are then stored for future use.  Carbohydrates, on the other hand,...

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