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100 Healthy Habits That Can Save Your Life, Your Money, and Your Planet

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April 16th, 2009

By Meredith Walker

Making healthy lifestyle changes can affect more than just your longevity. Many changes, even small ones, can have a big impact on your wallet and the world around you. With so much to gain, why wait to make some key changes in your life and health care that can have you feeling better, richer and more environmentally friendly. The following are just a few ideas to help you get started on developing some beneficial healthy habits.

General

These habits are important to keep your overall health good, and have some other great benefits as well.

  1. Get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can shorten your life expectancy, make you cranky, make it harder to concentrate and even cause you to put on weight, so make sure to get enough every night to help you wake up feeling refreshed.
  2. Keep your teeth squeaky clean. Many people may not realize what a role oral health can play in life expectancy. Scientists estimate that regular brushing and flossing can add up to six years to your life, keeping you healthier and saving you money on dental and health care.
  3. Wear sunscreen. Protecting your skin won’t just prevent potentially fatal conditions like cancer but can also help keep you looking younger longer.
  4. Stop smoking. Smoking not only hurts your health but can wreck havoc on your wallet as well, not to mention all the waste it creates through cigarette butts. Cut out the smoking and you’ll help yourself in a myriad of ways.
  5. Stay a healthy weight. There is no magic number for a healthy weight, and only your health care provider can tell you what’s right for you, but working to keep yourself slim and trim can prevent a wide range of potentially costly healthy problems.
  6. Get regular medical exams. Paying a little bit more up front to get some routine tests and professional medical advice done can pay off big time in the long run, especially if you catch a problem in the early stages.
  7. Put yourself first. With busy lives it can be hard to make time to spend just on yourself, but staying healthy inside and out requires a little me-time now and again.
  8. Keep it in moderation. Whether you love to indulge in cocktails or spending on expensive gadgets, moderation is key. Give yourself the occasional indulgence but make sure it doesn’t get out of hand. You’ll get better health out of it and a little extra money in your wallet.
  9. Don’t ignore symptoms. Unexplained weight loss, shortness of breath, severe headaches and fevers are just some of the symptoms that you should never ignore. Protect your health and head to your caregiver if you’re feeling less than normal.
  10. Go outside. Even in the dead of winter, getting outside for a little bit each day can make you feel better. Take a walk, enjoy the fresh air, connect with nature and enjoy the simple (and free) pleasure of getting outside.
  11. Take vitamins. Vitamins can be pricey, but they are a small investment in your health, as many can help prevent problems like osteoporosis that can affect you as you age.
  12. Encourage healthy lifestyles in others. Getting healthy can be great for you but what about those who are close to you? Encourage your spouse, family members and children to get out there and get moving along with you. It’ll not only help them but will also encourage you to stay with your healthy habits as well.
  13. Find a passion. Taking the time to figure out where your real passions lie in life, whether they’re in playing a sport, caring for your family, following a career or making the world a better place, will help keep you healthy and active long into old age.
  14. Get physical. Whether you decide to run five miles every morning or enjoy a romp under the sheets with your spouse, getting your body moving is one of the best ways to stay healthy and one that benefits your mental and physical well-being.

Mental

Make sure you’re taking care of your mental health as well by following these healthy habits.

  1. Take time to relax. Stress can take a big toll on the health of anyone, both mentally and physically. Make sure you’re taking time out of your life to relax and unwind whether it’s by taking a long walk or enjoying a movie night with a friend or partner.
  2. Laugh about it. Sometimes unexpected things happen in life. Learning to laugh about them, and not take everything as a serious setback can be a big part of staying healthy and keeping stress from dragging you down.
  3. Get help. You don’t have to go through tough times alone. If you’re feeling depressed reach out to friends and loved ones. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to them talk to a counselor or psychiatric professional in your area.
  4. Find new interests. Keep your brain in shape by seeking out new interests and knowledge. You may even find a new passion or a new group of friends.
  5. Get involved. Getting involved in your community is a great way to connect emotionally, help the environment and get healthy by getting active.
  6. Build your self esteem. When you’re healthy and in shape you feel good about yourself. Find ways in your every day life to build up self worth whether its through enjoying a hobby, playing a sport or any other activity that you love.
  7. Embrace the spiritual. Being spiritual doesn’t have to mean being part of an organized religion. For some, it can simply mean connecting with a deeper, more meaningful part of life. why is this important? Taking quiet time to meditate or pray can help you relax, focus and find out what’s really important in your life, leading to a happier, healthier you.
  8. Work out your brain. Just because your brain doesn’t have any muscles doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be working it out. Ensuring that your brain stays healthy will help you stay active, happy and sharp into old age.
  9. Look on the bright side. Studies have shown that those with an optimistic outlook on life actually live longer, healthier lives so try to see the silver lining.
  10. Find friends with common interests. Having a close group of friends who share your values is essential to maintaining mental health and will likely ensure you’re happier no matter your age.
  11. Spend time with those you love. Making connections with others is key to staying balanced and happy. Spending time with a loved one promotes better health, shared interests and as an added bonus doesn’t have to cost you a thing.

At Work

Feel like your job is draining your health? You may want to make some adjustments with these suggestions.

  1. Find an alternate mode of transport. Whether you bike to work or take a ride with some coworkers, you’ll be helping the environment and getting the benefits of working out or socializing with others.
  2. Bring lunch. Bringing your lunch rather than going out ensures that you’ll know just what is going into every meal and will save you big bucks over the course of the year.
  3. Allow yourself breaks. Working the whole day through without ever getting away from your desk may be great for your boss’ bottom line but it isn’t doing your health any favors. Make sure to take a few short breaks throughout the day to relax, stretch your legs and take your mind off stressful matters.
  4. Take the stairs. If you work in a building where this is feasible, taking the stairs can be a great way to burn some extra calories throughout the work week.
  5. Reduce your stress. Jobs can often be the most stressful part of a person’s life. Do your best to reduce the stress of your job by not taking on more than you can handle and not letting work dominate your life.
  6. Connect with coworkers. Most people are happier and less stressed in a workplace where they feel connected to their coworkers. So make an effort to get to know the others working around you.
  7. Get ergonomic. Don’t let your desk be a painful place to be. Instead, work on improving the ergonomics of your working environment a stretching out when you can.
  8. Bring your own. From snacks to coffee mugs, bringing things from home will enable you to be healthier and save money at work. Plus you won’t be creating extra waste with disposable cups.
  9. Take your vacation. You may not think getting away from work will help you get more done but it just might. Studies have shown that taking a break from work, even if you don’t go anywhere, can help you reduce stress and be more productive when you’re back on the job.
  10. Keep clean. Workplaces are full of germs, so keeping you hands washed and your desk clean can help prevent picking up any workplace illnesses that might be floating around.
  11. Get up, get moving. Sitting in one place all day isn’t good for your body, and likely isn’t doing much for your mind either. Make sure to take time to get up and walk around, even if it’s just to go to the water fountain.
  12. Don’t take on too much. It’s easy to let work pile up and to take on more than is really possible for you to finish. Learn how to say no and when enough is enough to fight stress at work.
  13. Stay away from sick coworkers. Colds can move around the office with lightening speed. If you know a coworker is sick, try avoid contact with them as much as possible and keep anti-bacterial agents on hand to help prevent getting sick.
  14. Do what you love. There is no reason a job should have to be a horrible trial everyday. If you do what you’re passionate about it can be a labor of love. Not in a job you enjoy now? Start doing small things to make your dream happen.
  15. Make a change. If you’re unhappy at your job, why linger, causing undo stress and unhappiness? Make a change to something else even if it’s a scary leap.

Around the House

Here are a few simple things you can do around the house to boost your health and that of anyone living with you.

  1. Make your own cleaning supplies. Store-bought cleaning supplies can be full of all kinds of chemicals that can be harmful to you, your family and household pets. It’s simple to make your own cleaning supplies and you can find numerous recipes online and in books.
  2. Cook at home instead of going out. While the occasional meal out won’t hurt you, eating at home helps you to know just what is going into every dish and will help you save money if times are tight.
  3. Find a great hobby. Having a hobby can help keep your mind in shape and help get you up off the couch and doing something productive.
  4. Turn off the TV. Many people spend several hours a day watching TV, being completely sedentary when they could be active. Turn off the TV for a few hours and take a walk, talk to a spouse or loved ones or read a book.
  5. Plant a garden. Planting a garden will get you moving physically and provide you with fresh veggies and herbs to eat, making it an all-around healthy endeavor.
  6. Pick up the pace of chores. Want to get a little bit extra out of doing those chores? Pick up the pace and get your heart rate up as you move around the house. You can even make a game out of how long it will take you to sweep or dust a room.
  7. Hang laundry on the line. One other way to make housework more active is by hanging laundry out to dry rather than throwing it in the dryer. You’ll not only get to do a bit of exercise but you’ll save money and pitch in to be a little greener.
  8. Shorten your showers. Taking shorter showers won’t just help cut your water bills and conserve water, it will also help keep your skin from drying out and help you look younger and healthier.
  9. Have first aid supplies. Make sure you keep a range of first aid and emergency supplies around your house. Hopefully you’ll never need them, but if you do, you’ll have what you need on hand to ensure you emerge healthier from any kind of household accident.
  10. Clean out the clutter. Having clutter around the house can stress you out, forcing you to rummage through things trying to locate items or tripping over things that don’t have a home. Cleaning out your garage, basement and closets can rid you of much of this clutter and may even make you some money if you have a garage sale.
  11. Start a compost pile. If you have the room in your backyard, start a compost pile. You can use it to fertilize veggies and other edible plants and you’ll keep some waste from going to a landfill.
  12. Get organized. Getting organized can save you time and money as well as preventing waste and generally reducing your stress level.
  13. Eat together. Eating meals with someone else can help you to slow down, enjoy what you’re eating and spend some time socializing and connecting with others. All things that are beneficial to your health.
  14. Properly store and dispose of materials. Most of us wouldn’t leave a can of gasoline stored in our bedrooms, but many other potentially harmful materials are often stored in places that can be just as dangerous. Learn how to properly store and dispose of the harmful materials around your home and think about replacing them with more eco-friendly options.
  15. Love what you have. The reality is that most of us don’t need all the things we already own and certainly would do just fine without all the things we want. Try to spend more time appreciating what you do have and less time wanting what you don’t.

Exercise and Fitness

One of the key elements to staying healthy is to work out and get fit. Here are some great ways to do it while having fun, saving money and even getting greener.

  1. Take a walk. Getting out and walking, even if it’s just around the block, is a great way to get some exercise and see what’s going on in your area.
  2. Ride a bike. Whether you’re trying to get somewhere fast or just take the scenic route, biking is an earth-friendly way to get fit and feel good.
  3. Play a sport. Many sports require little equipment and all are a great way to get in shape and have fun while doing so. Even better, you’ll get to make some great social connections and feel good about your mental and physical health.
  4. Bring the kids. Don’t make fitness a lonely endeavor. Bring your children or spouse along and get the whole family fit at once.
  5. Work out while waiting. Bored during a commercial break? Try doing some yoga moves or stretching out. The few minutes you spend doing this will add up over a couple hours watching television.
  6. Play with pets. Your pet needs attention and you need exercise so why not actively engage in both by playing with your pet?
  7. Wear protective gear. If you do play a sport or even work out vigorously, make sure you’re wearing the right kind of equipment to protect you from injury.
  8. Explore your neighborhood. On foot, roller blade, bikes or at a jog, your neighborhood is full of things just waiting to be discovered.
  9. Go off the beaten track. Nature trails can be a great way to get exercise and remain entertained all afternoon long as you see wildlife and great scenery.
  10. Use your own body. You don’t have to spend a fortune on a gym membership to get in shape. You can use your own body to do many workouts and still reap the benefits.
  11. Volunteer. From organizing recycling to planting trees, there are many volunteering opportunities that will fill your heart, get you moving and help the environment.
  12. Make it social. Workouts don’t have to be alone if you don’t want them to be, and often they’re more productive when you bring others along.
  13. Get in a routine. Making exercise part of your daily life is key to making a healthy lifestyle change. Get in the habit of working out and you’ll be able to stop fighting the urge to just veg out.
  14. Try new things. There are a million different ways to get active and chances are good there are many you haven’t tried that you might love. Be open to trying out new ways to get fit and you might just discover a new hobby.

Shopping and Finances

Money can have a big impact on your personal health, whether you realize it or not. Here are some suggestions for spending and saving the healthy way.

  1. Bring your own bags. Reusable bags are great for the environment and may encourage you to buy less if you only have a few bags to use.
  2. Avoid heavily packaged items. There’s no need to send mounds of waste to a landfill for a simple item. Try to avoid purchasing items that are encased in more plastic than they’re made of if you can.
  3. Stay away from processed foods. Processed foods may be appealing because of their convenience and ready availability, but in the end you’ll be better off cooking from fresh items.
  4. Shop smart. Just because something is on sale doesn’t mean you need to buy it. Don’t be fooled by sales and bargains that might encourage you to buy more and ultimately waste more.
  5. Buy organic. While you don’t have to buy everything organic, some foods are important to get organic as you can see here. You’ll be taking in fewer chemicals and helping out the environment at the same time.
  6. Check labels. Many foods appear to be healthier than they really are and many products aren’t quite as advertised. Read the labels of foods you buy and carefully research any other purchases you make to ensure they are healthy, the best value and not harmful to the environment.
  7. Plan your meals. Planning meals ahead of time will help you eat right and not buy more than you need at the store, preventing waste and saving money.
  8. Buy local. Checking out a local farmer’s market can be a great place to find locally grown foods. You can get great deals on these items and you’ll get to each fresher, healthier foods that haven’t taken numerous resources to transport.
  9. Park further away. On your next shopping expedition, try parking further away. You’ll have your choice of parking spots and get a little bit of exercise on the way to the store.
  10. Live within your means. Not having enough money can put a ton of stress on anyone, often at the cost of health. Keep you spending within your means to give you one less thing to worry about.
  11. Keep your bills paid. While unexpected bills can catch you by surprise, keeping your regular month-to-month bills paid can be a great way to reduce your stress. If you can’t seem to remember, set up automatic payments online.
  12. Buy less. By simply cutting back on spending you’ll be doing your wallet and the planet a favor.
  13. Stop buying bottled water. This doesn’t mean that you should stop drinking water, but just stop buying pre-bottled water and instead fill up a reusable bottle that will stay out of a landfill for a long time to come.
  14. Get only what you need. With so much available to you at the grocery store, it can be easy to buy more than necessary. Bringing a list or planning ahead can help keep you from spending too much and getting food that might go to waste or cause you to overeat.
  15. Look for used. Not everything you need has to come to you brand spanking new. Try shopping on ebay, in thrift stores and other secondhand shops so you can save money and save old items from becoming waste.
  16. Be realistic. Save yourself a one way ticket to stress by having realistic expectations about what you want. If you’re never satisfied with the things you have or will likely be able to afford you’ll always be stressed, unhappy and ultimately unhealthy.

Diet and Nutrition

These habits can help you get on the right track to eating a healthier more balanced diet.

  1. Eat lower on the food chain. Not only are grains and vegetables better for the environment they’re also cheaper and better for your diet. Make meats the side dish at your meal instead of the main focus.
  2. Eat breakfast. Eating breakfast can improve your concentration, help you maintain your weight, and get your daily requirement of vitamins and minerals. So enjoy healthy, whole grain breakfast to start your day.
  3. Have some fish. Fish is full of omega-3 fatty acids, high in protein, and low in fat leading to a much healthier way to get your fix of meat.
  4. Drink plenty of water. Getting enough water can help you do everything from maintain concentration and digest food properly so make sure to get enough to keep your health afloat by bringing a water bottle with you everywhere you go.
  5. Switch to tea. Even if you do love coffee, drinking tea has some definite benefits health wise, helping you fight a range of illnesses. Tea may also be a cheaper alternative to coffee for those who need a caffeine fix.
  6. Practice portion control. Most people eat far bigger portions than they really should. Scale back on your portions and you’ll stay healthier and save money.
  7. Have a glass of wine. Drinking red wine in moderation has been shown to have some great heart healthy benefits so indulge in a glass with your dinner.
  8. Stop dieting. As most people can tell you, diets don’t work. Only long term changes to diet and lifestyle can ensure long-term weight loss and health. So make changes that you can stick to, rather than those that are designed to be quick fixes.
  9. Eat smaller, more frequent meals. For some people, eating smaller meals throughout the day can help avoid the ravenous hunger than can result from going too long between meals. Give it a try with several healthy meals or snacks throughout the day for an easy way to fight hunger and overeating.
  10. Have fresh foods. The vast majority of the time, fresher foods have more nutrients and are better for you than those that are processed or frozen. So eat as many fresh fruits and veggies as you can to reap the nutritional benefits. Fresh foods don’t have to cost you a pretty penny either, check out local farmer’s markets for deals.
  11. Embrace variety. Eating a variety of foods is essential to having a well-balanced diet. Check out the daily recommendations provided by the government or work on taking in the whole spectrum of options out there on your own terms.
  12. Limit junk foods. It goes without saying that most of us would be healthier if we cut back on our junk food intake. Not only are these foods high in fat and calories but they’re full of chemicals and often heavily packaged which isn’t friendly to the environment either.
  13. Slow down. Eating more slowly may help you actually eat less in the long run as you’ll give your stomach time to register that it’s full keeping you from overeating and giving you some leftovers to have tomorrow.
  14. Enjoy your meals. Part of slowing down is learning to savor your meals. Don’t just eat to get full, make eating an enjoyable experience for your mind and body.
  15. Make it easy to eat right. If you stock your house with fatty snacks and high calorie drinks you’re inevitably going to indulge, maybe more than you’d like. Instead, keep healthy snacks around the house, at your desk or anywhere you might be tempted.

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100 Excellent Health Blogs to Improve Every Aspect of Your Life

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April 21st, 2009

By Kathleen Baker

Everyone could use a little helpful medical advice and guidance when it comes to being healthy, getting fit or dealing with illnesses when they arise. Fortunately, no matter where you are you can find someone to provide it with the wide array of health-focused blogs available on the internet. Here are 100 blogs we’ve pulled together to get you on track to becoming a better, healthier you, no matter what you need to improve upon.

General

These blogs cover a wide range of health issues from eating better to living longer.

  1. WSJ Health Blog: Check out this blog from the Wall Street Journal to get the latest news on pharmaceuticals, the health care systems and recent developments in health care.
  2. The Health Care Blog: With 14 years of experience in the health care industry, Matthew Holt can offer well-informed opinions about a range of health care issues.
  3. eDrug Search Blog: Want to know more about medications that you or a loved one is taking? Check out this blog for a wide range of information.
  4. Stayin’ Alive: This blog talks about public health and heath care policy in the U.S. and around the world to help keep you informed and living a long, healthy life.
  5. Retired Doc’s Thoughts: Great for both everyday folks and health care professionals alike, this blog offers insights into a range of topics from a retired physician specializing in pulmonary care.
  6. Junkfood Science: This blog is a great source of information about myths, rumors and facts out there about food and healthcare issues.
  7. DB’s Medical Rants: Dr. Robert M. Centor shares his thoughts, opinions and the latest news in health care on this blog.
  8. Highlight Health: From suggestions of health care related links to stories that will help you keep informed about the science behind health care, this blog is a great all-around health resource.

Nutrition and Diet

These blogs are full of suggestions for improving your diet.

  1. Balanced Health and Nutrition: This certified nutritionist will help you learn more about what it means to truly eat balanced meals and how it can have a big impact on your health and well-being.
  2. Eat This!: Know your foods inside and out with this helpful blog, focused entirely on everything to do with food from preparation to choosing the right mix.
  3. The Provocative Nutrition Blog: Dina Khader, a nutrition counselor, offers her thoughts and opinions on what makes great nutrition and what you can do to change your routines.
  4. The Nutrition Help Blog: Break through all the myths and half-truths out there about nutrition and get the facts from author and blogger Brad Pilon.
  5. Protein Power: Husband and wife doctors Mary and Michael each share their thoughts on a protein-filled diet on this site.
  6. Nutrition Blog: Take a look at this blog that provides tips on everything from eating better to taking vitamins.
  7. Feed the Soul Nutrition Blog: Learn about a variety of nutrition related issues on this blog that focuses on eating fresh, healthy foods.
  8. Fear and Loathing in the Kitchen: This blogger has tried out a number of healthy diets and offers insights into the benefits of a healthy diet inside and out.
  9. Foodtherapy: This blog will help make it clear how food impacts how you feel, from aging to day-to-day tiredness.
  10. Healthy Nutrition Hints: Get the latest news about healthy foods, specifically organics, from this blog.
  11. Nutrition Frenzy: Take nutrition advice from fitness model Amanda Herrington on how to eat right, get fit and feel great about yourself.

General Fitness

Check out these blogs for some tips on getting in shape, ideas for workouts and much more.

  1. Starling Fitness: Here you’ll find insights and advice to help you improve your fitness level from taking your bike to work to keeping up your motivation when you reach a plateau.
  2. Trying Fitness: Check out this blog for some helpful suggestions on simple ways you can get up andget moving.
  3. Every Gym’s Nightmare: This blogger is a fitness trainer but she also struggled with bulimia for years. Learn from her experience how to get fit the healthy way.
  4. Look, a Fitness Blog!: Find some tips on eating right and getting fit from this blogger who’s learning from experience.
  5. Arthur de Vany: This blogger is 70 years young, and as a scientist and athlete has loads of information and insight to offer readers.
  6. Cranky Fitness: Get fitness advice and a humorous outlook from this blog that offers a “real-world guide to diet, exercise, health, and whining.”
  7. The Fitness Insider: Men can get some healthful suggestions from blogger Adam Campbell on the Men’s Health website.
  8. Really Useful Fitness Blog: This blog aims to give you health advice and suggestions that are actually useful to you from losing weight to finding a supplement.
  9. NetSweat Fitness Blog: Learn to get fit, improve your wellness and make better nutritional choices from this blog.
  10. Lean & Hungry Fitness: From suggestions about health foods to fun new exercises to try, this blog can be a great resource for fitness advice.

Cardio

Here you’ll find some tips, advice and inspiration for high-energy workouts.

  1. Ask the Running Doc: If you’ve got some burning questions about staying healthy and injury free while running, check out this blog by Dr. Lewis G. Maharam.
  2. For Beginners Only: Those who are planning on starting to run or who have just started can find some really helpful information on this site.
  3. Official Nike Running Blog: Get inspired by the runners featured on this blog, from those running in the Olympics to those who have completed marathons.
  4. Bike About: Learn more about riding bikes, getting fit and finding time for exercise on this blog.
  5. Running from the Pudge: Follow along with this blogger as she starts running to lose weight and get in shape.
  6. Trail Running Blog: Learn how you can get off the main streets and see the great outdoors while getting fit from this blog.

Strength Training

Getting your heart rate up isn’t all being fit is about. These blogs explain how to build muscle and get toned as well.

  1. About Weight Training: Personal trainer Paul Rogers writes this About.com blog that provides great tips for getting started in weight training.
  2. IOL Strength and Conditioning: Check out this blog to learn more about what it takes to build a solid weightlifting routine. There’s also a weekly newsletter you can sign up for for additional instruction and support.
  3. Weight Training Exercises Blog: Learn more about building up a sculpted body from this site and get some great suggestions for workouts.
  4. Strong Lifts: here you can get some advice on how lifting weights can not only make you stronger but help you lose weight as well.
  5. In the Gym: Personal trainer Jason Paris shares his advice on power lifting, bodybuilding and general weight training here.
  6. Real Weight Training: You don’t have to be a weightlifting fanatic to appreciate the advice offered in this blog, designed to suit the needs of all types of people trying to get in shape.

Losing Weight

Those in search of inspiring weight loss stories and tips on shedding pounds can check out these blogs.

  1. Half of Me: Blogger Jeanette has lost over 186 pounds and blogged her way through every pound of it. Check out her blog for inspiration or information about her new book.
  2. A Weight Lifted: Learn how to lose weight not through dieting but through long term changes in lifestyle.
  3. The Lose Weight Diet Blog: From this fun blog, you’ll get information on weight loss, diet, nutrition and fun ways to work out.
  4. Fitness, Diet and Health: This blogger is participating in Weight Watchers, but aside from this program you’ll also find tips on working out and eating right to lose weight the right way.
  5. Diet Blog: Want to read a real story of weight loss? This blogger lost over 300 pounds through proper diet and working out. What’s stopping you from losing that pesky 10 pounds?
  6. Losing It: Check out this blogger’s site to learn how changes in diet and a dedication to fitness are all you need to lose weight and keep it off.
  7. Get Fit Slowly: Follow along as these two friends work together to lose weight and get in shape, slow and steady.
  8. Former Fat Guy: With tips on fighting excuses and pumping up your muscles, this blog offers advice on finally shedding those unhealthy pounds.
  9. Choosing to Live: If you feel like weight is holding you back from the life you want to live, check out this mom’s blog all about her struggles to lose weight.
  10. Scale Junkie: Being healthy isn’t just about a number you can reach on a scale. This blogger explains how to get healthy through exercise and eating the right foods.
  11. FatFighter Blogs: This collection of blogs is full of information, advice, tips and inspiration to help you lose weight.
  12. Weighty Matters: Written by an obesity medicine doc, this blog is a great place to learn about which foods are healthy and which are not, beyond the often misleading advertising.

Mental Health and Happiness

Being a happy, healthy individual isn’t just about physical health, you have to give your mind some attention as well. These blogs offer a number of resources and lots of information on everything from dealing with mental illness to stayingoptimistic.

  1. All in the Mind: Health journalist Natasha Mitchell writes this blog that discusses mental illness, how the brain works and much more.
  2. Laura’s Psychology Blog: Laura Freberg, a Professor of Psychology at California Polytechnic State University, keeps readers up to date on what’s going on in the world of psychology through this blog.
  3. Addiction Blog: Check out this blog for news and information about new developments in the treatment of addition and other relevant news.
  4. Rehab Survival Guide: Those suffering from addiction can find some inspiration and support on this blog.
  5. Beyond Meds: This blog chronicles the experiences of one blogger’s attempt to stop taking their medication and the ramifications it’s had on their life.
  6. Anxiety Insights: Find news and information on anxiety, OCD, panic attacks and phobias on this blog.
  7. Beyond Blue: This blogger, Therese Borchard, is a best selling author who aims to help people find their way out of depression.
  8. Brains: Get a more philosophical perspective on the workings of the mind through the discussions and postings on this blog.
  9. Happiness Blog: Learn some secrets to a happy life from blogger Michele Moore.
  10. The Positivity Blog: This blog aims to help you look at things optimistically, with inspirational quotes and tips.
  11. Finding Optimism: From advice on making it through an economic downturn to learning to love your life, this blog will teach you to look on the bright side.
  12. Postpartum Progress: Moms struggling with depression after the birth of a child can find support and information here.

Disease and Illness

Those coping with diseases or illnesses can find support and information on these blogs.

  1. Diabetes Mine: When Amy Tenderich discovered that she had Type I diabetes she began blogging about it. Here you’ll find her experiences and advice to others with the disease.
  2. Chronic Babe: If you’re suffering with a chronic illness, you’ll find help, advice, support and information on this site maintained by a young woman with fibromyalgia.
  3. Dr. Len’s Cancer Blog: Dr. Lichtenfeld is Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the national office of the American Cancer Society and he shares his thoughts about cancer on this site.
  4. MyHeartCentral: Learn some new ways to keep you heart healthy and happy from this blog.
  5. The Diabetes Blog: Those suffering with diabetes can find numerous helpful articles and other materials though this site.
  6. Embrace Your Heart: This blog help promotes heart healthy living through good nutrition, exercise and regular check ups.
  7. Chronicles of a Cancer Patient: Dave Hahn was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in July of 2005 but he lived to tell his story, the bulk of which you’ll find in this blog.
  8. Parkinson’s Blog Network: Learn more about others who have this disease, new treatments and much more from this network of blogs.
  9. A Chronic Dose: This blogger is only 28 but is already managing PCD, bronchiectasis, and celiac disease. Learn from her experiences here.
  10. Thyroid Blog: Thyroid conditions affect millions of people around the world. Learn what the signs and symptoms are and how you can get treatment.

Expert Advice

Written by medical professionals, these blogs provide a reliable and inside look at health issues.

  1. The Doctor Weighs In: This multi-author blog is maintained by professionals who share their thoughts on fat, fitness, health, and longevity from a medical point of view.
  2. Medicine World: This blog is written under close supervision of a physician specializing in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine. The site provides information on a wide range of illnesses.
  3. A Fortunate Man: Dr. Andrew Brown gives an account of what the medical world is like in the UK in this blog, with additional commentary on a number of health and wellness issues.
  4. Fat Doctor: This doctor understands what it’s like to be overweight. As a mom, stroke victim and medical professional she can offer a wide range of viewpoints.
  5. Trusted MD: Get updates on the latest news in health care on this blog.
  6. MedPundit: Here you’ll find loads of commentary on the latest issues in health and medical news by a practicing medical professional.
  7. In the Pipeline: Derek Lowe is a researcher, academic and expert on the medical industry, especially big pharmaceutical companies.
  8. Doctor Herbert’s Medical Gumbo: This doctor is located in Louisiana and blogs about a number of health issues related to Hurricane Katrina, things that can be important for anyone living in a place where floods and hurricanes are a high risk.
  9. Kevin, MD: This primary-care physician shares his outlook on the current state of health care.
  10. Scalpel or Sword?: Interested in emergency medicine? You’ll find all the stories you could want and more on this blog.

Sexual Health

Whether you are trying to conceive or just want to make sure you’re keeping your sex life healthy, these blogs can help.

  1. Kinsey Confidential: This famous organization is still providing information about sexual health and the latest research.
  2. The Complete Sexual Health Blog: Find out how to keep all aspects of your sexual health in line with this blog.
  3. Sexual Health Blog: Learn more about safe sex from this blog.
  4. RH Reality Check: Reproductive health issues from teen pregnancy to public policy are discussed in this multi-author blog.
  5. Our Bodies, Our Blog: Based around the well-known book Our Bodies, Our Selves, this blog provides women with information about everything important to reproduction and health.

Looking and Feeling Young

Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to act it. These blogs give suggestions on looking and feeling young at any age.

  1. DermaTalk: Check out this blog to learn more about skin care of all kinds.
  2. Anti-Aging: This blog focuses on products and practices that can help you look younger longer.
  3. Acupuncture Blog: Learn how acupuncture can help you with everything from allergies to muscle aches.
  4. Undulation: Want to learn how to relieve some of that muscle stiffness that makes you feel every year of your age? This blog will teach you how to stretch and employ gentle movement to feel better and younger.
  5. Skin Care, Health Care and Anti-Aging: With tips on taking care of your skin and the rest of you, this blog is full of anti-aging advice.
  6. Living the Good Life: With recommendations for moisturizers, tips on looking young and more, this blog is a great place to look for anti-aging information.
  7. Anti-Aging Products Reviews: If you’re in the market to try out some anti-aging products, check with this blog first to see if they’ve reviewed it so you’ll know what you’re in for.
  8. Dr. Murray Online: Get some advice from Dr. Murray in this blog on how you can look younger, feel better, stay healthy, find energy and more.
  9. Changing Aging: Dr. Bill Thomas is an authority on aging and eldercare and shares his opinions here.
  10. Fight Aging: Learn about the latest research and development in treatments that promote longevity from this blog.

 

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The Need of Public School Nurses

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March 15th, 2009

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Over the years, we have seen a slew of different types of nurses that have emerged as modern society has needed them: hospital nurses, nursing home nurses, midwives, etc.  However, more recently, we have seen an increase in the prominence of school nurses with the fear of H1N1 spreading throughout public schools faster than we thought possible a year ago.

Public school nurses are responsible for overseeing hundreds, sometimes even thousands of students, and ensuring that all these students remain healthy.  Sometimes dealing with students who have issues as minor as a paper cut, up to issues as severe as epileptic seizures, these types of nurses are equipped to deal with nearly any scenario that comes their way.  As H1N1 is still gaining in numbers, school nurses now have to keep records of how many children come to them with runny noses and fevers, carefully documenting the prevalence of flu-like symptoms that emerge within their hallways in order to prevent a mass outbreak within the school.

The fear of H1N1 that presented itself last summer is anything but gone as flu season is now in full force and every day there are more reports of deaths from Swine Flu.  Public school nurses are on the front lines of this new form of flu and are the first to view the spread of the virus within school halls.  Children are most susceptible to the virus (as they always have been to other easily spread illnesses) because they do not take as many precautions as adults do.  Therefore, school nurses in larger cities are now beginning the vaccination process, offering free H1N1 and flu shots to students whose parents cannot afford the additional costs of vaccines. 

With 56,239 public school nurses nationwide, healthcare in public schools seems to be growing at an exponential rate.  However, there is a growing need for more public school nurses as modern society has seen an emergence of health issues that were never before major health concerns.  More and more students are being diagnosed with ADD and ADHD, and school nurses are the people in charge of ensuring that these students receive their proper medication at certain times during the day.  Additionally, students with mental disabilities are now enrolled in public schools (in comparison to only a few decades ago), posing a new challenge to school nurses who have to know how to determine whether these students are sick or simply need some type of stimulation. 

In many cities around the country, public school nurses are the only form of health care many of these students receive, as their parents do not have health insurance.  As a result, these nurses have become a vital source of health care, ensuring that many of their students remain healthy and take the necessary precautions to fight the flu and related illnesses.  With the health care legislation slowly passing through the House, this may change in only a few months, but as for right now, public school nurses are on the frontlines of the health industry, protecting many students from the dangers of disease and illness. 

 

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Anti-Aging Health Tips for Women

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February 6th, 2009

Aging is something that none of us can avoid as there’s no miraculous Fountain of Youth. Getting older is a fact of life but certainly there’s no need to hasten this process and make yourself feel and also look older than what you actually are. Most of the times we, as women, try to battle out aging by using beauty and cosmetic products. But in addition to that, here are a few tips to slow down the signs of aging on both, our health and appearance.

Healthy lifestyle

Though in medical terms, it is our genetic makeup that contributes to how healthy we are, but in practical terms, it is our lifestyle habits that greatly affect how our bodies would cope with passing time and age. Bad lifestyle habits such as, too much of alcohol, smoking, disturbed sleep, and improper meals certainly cast an inimical impact on both, our health and physical appearance. Therefore, focus on living your life with a positive attitude and embracing all healthy living habits so that your body always retains a vibrant freshness with boisterous spirits.

Staying in good shape

Beyond all doubts, regular exercising is the sure shot way that guarantees a healthy body to battle out not only sickness but also the signs of aging. Experts recommend 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity in a day that would fit your lifestyle. Once you start exercising on regular basis, you would soon begin to enjoy its positive impacts on your psyche as well, as its one of the best stress combating mechanisms. Being physically fit is the best way to look great and young. Give your body enough rest as sleeping is the time when our body rejuvenates itself.

Healthy food habits

Healthy lifestyle and regular exercising also needs to be complemented with a healthy balanced diet. Keep maximum intake of fresh vegetables and fruits as these are packed with beneficial fibers, vitamins, antioxidants and at the same are low in calories. Have plenty intake of liquids as they give you a smoother, glowing skin. Avoid snacking in between the meals and watch out to balance your caloric intake with your energy expenditure.

How to handle Menopause

Menopause is yet another phase of biological cycle that every woman undergoes in the age bracket of 45 to 55. But in many cases its accompanied with wired osteoporosis symptoms such as, mood swings, night sweats, insomnia, and loss of libido. One of the best ways to handle menopause is to get educated about what it is and how it can affect you when it finally arrives in your life. This self education is immensely helpful in overcoming its anxiety. Take medical advice if required. Otherwise, the effective way to ease menopausal symptoms is regular exercising.

Regular health check-ups

Women are also more prone to some gender related diseases such as, breast cancer, cervical cancer, diabetes and some specific cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, one must be very careful of any physiological changes noticed in the body. Age of 35 onwards, go for regular health check-ups to avoid any medical exigencies at a later point of time.

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Overcoming Distraction as a Nursing Talent

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We’ve all been within the physician’s workplace with the nurse, studying about our illnesses when out of the blue the nurse is compelled to go away and verify on one thing else mid-sentence.  That is an infuriating a part of getting checked out in a clinic or particularly a hospital, however it’s generally a vital a part of well being care.  Nevertheless, it will be important that this not turn into a routine of nurses across the nation and needs to be prevented in any respect prices quite than turn into part of their nursing expertise.

It’s inevitable that nurses in hospitals won’t be distracted by the various different occasions which are unfolding round them, particularly if one thing dramatic has occurred throughout the hospital.  Nevertheless, as a future nurse, you shouldn’t let your self be distracted by every part round you, and hone your nursing expertise to cater solely to your affected person in entrance of you.  Current research have indicated that almost all nurses and medical doctors are interrupted on most of their affected person care visits a minimum of twice by one other emergency.  Whereas most are interrupted by a knock on the door, others are interrupted by a pager going off, as these sufferers are compelled to attend even longer within the ready room whereas the nurse checks on the brand new emergency.

That is exceedingly irritating for each sufferers and nurses alike, because the sufferers who’re the reason for the interruption normally will not be in any life-threatening state of affairs, nor do they notice how impolite they’re being to the opposite sufferers within the clinic.  Many instances these interrupters take the type of telephone calls, and so they appear to not notice they’re taking over the busy schedule of the nurse and preserve droning on about the reason for their ailment.  Within the well being business, that is frequent follow, however this doesn’t imply that nurses have to incorporate it in an inventory of their expertise.  Most well being care professionals hate being dragged away from their sufferers and would quite proceed uninterrupted, however are compelled to take each telephone name and attend to each affected person since you by no means know what could also be occurring on the opposite finish of the telephone line.

Nevertheless, this has led to a unfavorable impact on consultations, as sufferers are more and more dissatisfied with the fixed interruptions, particularly when their baby is sick.  Whereas it’s tough to disregard one affected person over one other, nursing expertise have allowed most nurses the power to juggle a number of instances without delay, permitting them the pliability to each bear in mind sufferers and cater to extra without delay.  Moreover, these interruptions can show extra harmful than they seem, as interruptions actually interrupt the prepare of thought for many nurses and medical doctors, which may show to be life-threatening in emergency room conditions (the place the interruption charge is even larger than it’s in clinics).  Regardless, these interruptions can’t be helped except we wish to carry the burden of ignoring a life-threatening situation of a affected person over a affected person who has nothing fallacious with them, and we merely must work this into the already lengthy nursing expertise record we’ve got already acquired.

Nursing Colleges are now an Option for More Students than Ever Before

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February 5th, 2009

As the economy has dipped in recent years, colleges of all types have seized upon this opportunity to encourage students to attend school.  It is currently much safer to remain in school than risk months of unemployment and many companies have spend time and money appealing to young students and encouraging them to complete their education.  Now more than ever, jobs in the health care industry are in high demand and many health care professionals have traveled across the country to appeal to students from low income communities who have hopes and aspirations of becoming doctors and nurses.

Nursing colleges have never had too much of a problem bringing in new students every semester, but they have now begun to offer programs that appeal to students who may not be as financially-sound as other students.  Government grants and scholarships help these students remain focused on their course in life without having to worry about the amount of debt they could be in after graduation.  There will always be a demand for nurses in any city, which makes it an even more appealing job amidst the crisis of the economy.  Appealing to a younger audience additionally reinforces the notion that medical careers will always be needed in any community.

These conferences target students who have always had dreams of continuing on to nursing colleges but believe they do not have the resources to attend college.  These workers instill a new sense of hope and optimism in young students and maintain that anyone can finance their way through nursing college, with or without funds from their parents.  As long as you continue to make good grades throughout your early education and up to high school, you will be eligible for a variety of scholarships and grants at any nursing or medical school you wish to attend later on. 

Nursing school is not about taking money from low-income students in an effort to renovate its institution; rather, it is about teaching a new generation of nurses as to the modern amenities and the health care techniques every nurse must know.  Therefore, nursing colleges do not turn away students from different backgrounds but welcome them into a new environment and let them adapt to the health care industry much like any other student.  This is true of any college you wish to attend, but the health care industry has always seemed as if it were on a higher pedestal for many students, which is why these programs reiterate that any student can attend.  Nursing colleges are not as prestigious as some make themselves out to be and can be a new option for students of any community. 

 

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5 Tips to Choose the Right Doctor for You

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Choosing the right doctor can be a very important decision for you because he is the one whom you will discuss all your personal health problems with and he is the one that is going to give you medical care. He must be one that you can trust. Deciding on a doctor requires gathering a lot of information and this research may not be possible when you fall ill all of a sudden, so it is better to do so when there is no need and then be prepared. Here are a few tips to help you select the right doctor for you.
1.    Decide what type of doctor you need. There are general practitioners and medical specialists. Specialists include gynecologists, pediatricians, general surgeons, cardiologists, neurologists, etc. to name a few. If you are looking for a physician to treat common ailments, a general physician may do, but if you want doctor to treat any specific medical condition, a specialist maybe a better choice. Being clear about your personal preferences (if any), on the gender of the doctor and the language he uses will help you narrow down your search.
2.    Check the doctor’s credentials. You can get a word of mouth opinion from your family, friends and people of the locality about their doctor. You could check if the doctor is well qualified, has the required experience, is available at all times, is covered for when he is not available and the hospitals with which he is associated. You can also get relevant information from state medical boards and hospital websites.
3.    Fix an acquaintance appointment with the doctor. Though your family and friends rave about a certain doctor, it is very possible that you may not feel comfortable with that doctor. You can fix an appointment with the doctor for a general consultation and assess him and his approach to his profession, first hand. It is very important that you share a good rapport with your doctor; you must be able to communicate well with him. Don’t feel shy to ask him anything you want to know. Make sure he takes time to answer your questions and is patient and friendly.
4.    Check out the doctor’s staff and office. During the visit to the hospital, you could also evaluate the doctor’s personnel; see if they are professional and patient-friendly. You may have had an experience of waiting endlessly at the hospital mainly due to the inefficiency of the staff or you may have been treated rudely by some indifferent nurses; now you surely wouldn’t want to go to a doctor with that kind of a team. Also make sure that the doctor’s office is neat and clean. An organized environment can be more inviting than an unorganized one.
5.    Find out if the doctor accepts your health insurance. Make sure that the hospital with which your doctor is affiliated accepts your health insurance. You could contact your health plan Customer Service Department regarding the specifics of your plan and the coverage. To make the most of your insurance plan, make sure your doctor is in the health insurance plan’s list of recommended providers. This way you can avoid any unnecessary health care expenses.
I’m sure these tips will help you place the right doctor, now good luck!

The Heparin Conundrum

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December 9th, 2008

The heparin debacle is the only thing that’s going to be on my mind each time I pop pills or open a bottle of medicine, along with the question of how safe the drugs we use are. It’s an irony of sorts that the very drugs that are supposed to save lives end up taking them in a bizarre twist of events. The blame game has been going on for a while now with the Chinese government, the FDA, Baxter which was responsible for the manufacture of the drug and Scientific Protein Laboratories (SPL) which sourced the powder that heparin is made from, throwing the ball to the others’ courts even as they tried to wash their hands off the situation.

On one hand we hear stories of the FDA’s financial troubles, the reason being cited for the failure to inspect SPL’s Shanghai plant. And other the other we see statements from Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research that the FDA bungled badly and got the names of the factories mixed up when conducting inspections.

The SPL factory is guilty though, of deliberately adding over-sulfated chondroitin sulfate to the heparin pipeline because of a shortage of raw material from pigs (the main compound in heparin powder) following the blue ear virus and it’s destructive effect on the pig population of China. Considering that drug companies all over the world outsource their manufacturing operations to countries like China, not for the cheap man power but for its bountiful pig population, a situation like this is bound to happen each time a shortage occurs and the factory is not able to keep up with the demand for the drug.

No matter how stringent the rules are, the truth is that as long as there is room for error, both from the human fallibility factor and from the possibility of animal diseases, mix-ups like this are bound to happen. So what then is the alternative, one that’s safe and cost-effective? Rensselaer Polytechnic researcher Dr. Robert Linhart and his team have successfully demonstrated the value of the synthetic heparin that they’ve manufactured. While it has proved to be safe so far, it remains to be seen if it can be produced in large amounts in a cost-effective manner.

Till then, for the millions of people who depend on heparin and similar drugs to prevent heart disease, there’s no alternative but to cross their fingers each time they take their medication and hope that nothing untoward happens. 

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Caring for the Caregiver

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December 9th, 2008

There’s a reason they call it the life cycle – we’re helpless at birth, we grow into self-sufficient adults, and we revert back to helplessness as we age; the cycle of life is complete at death. While most of us are not averse to and always enjoy looking after little children, we’re reluctant to get our care-giving side to kick in when it comes to looking after the elderly, especially those who are ill and need special care. While some do it for the perks that come later (where there’s a will, there’s a motive), there are others who are genuinely dedicated to their old parents or relatives and do everything they possibly can to give them the best care till they die a peaceful death. It’s the latter kind who end up running themselves ragged in their zeal to be good caregivers, and neglect to take care of themselves. For these caregivers and others like them, here are a few “ME” tips:

    * Don’t let your patients get to you: Children and the elderly are more alike than we realize – they’re masters of manipulation. They know how to feed your guilt and get you to do things for them that they’re perfectly capable of doing themselves. They make you feel miserable if you so much as show the slightest signs of refusing them. If you give in to them once, you’re bound to give in to them at all times, fearing the tantrums and/or snide remarks that are too difficult to handle. Put your foot down firmly if you feel they’re taking you for granted, without feeling guilty about it, or you’ll end up resenting their demands for your time and attention.
    * Don’t end up becoming a patient yourself: Look after yourself well so that you’re well enough to take care of those who depend on you. If you neglect yourself, you may end up falling ill and unable to care for yourself or for the people who live with you. Eat healthy food, get in an hour of exercise, and get out in the fresh air once every day.
    * Set aside time for yourself: Make some “ME” time everyday so that you can enjoy doing the things you love most. Schedule these activities when you know you are not likely to be interrupted, like when your elderly charges are down for an afternoon nap or late at night after they’ve retired for the day.
    * Don’t feel disappointed if you’re not appreciated: Care-giving is often a thankless job, and you’re bound to feel depressed and resentful if you expect appreciation for looking after your elderly parents or relatives. While some people are grateful, others think that it’s your bounden duty to care for them. You know you’re doing it out of the goodness of your heart, and that should be enough thanks for you. Expecting gratitude when none is forthcoming is only going to end in disappointment and regret.
    * Spend time with other people like yourself: Most people don’t understand the stress and loneliness that are a part and parcel of caregivers’ lives, unless they’re caregivers themselves. Spend some time each week meeting people in situations similar to yours so that you have a forum to share your feelings and frustrations.
 

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Top 50 Medical Professor Blogs

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September 11th, 2008

Whether you are a physician or just want to keep abreast of the latest news in the field of medicine, blogs from medical professors are a great way to stay on top of it all. These blogs range from ethics to general health issues and some even include podcasts. Take advantage of the knowledge these professors have to share by diving into their blogs.

Bioethics and Legal Issues

From human rights to end-of-life, these blogs examine the ethics and legal aspects of the field of medicine.

  1. Global Bioethics Blog. This professor’s blog examines issues concerning bioethics and research ethics in sub-Saharan Africa. Find topics ranging from AIDS to health and human rights among these posts.
  2. Women’s Bioethics Project. Written by both scholars and public policy makers, the issues in this blog cover medical ethics, current research, and more.
  3. Sufficient Scruples. This blogger has previously taught both bioethics and ethics and focuses on “healthcare-related issues from a moral perspective,” with a focus on both theoretical and practical issues.
  4. Neuroethics and Law Blog. Law professor Adam Kolber writes about the law, ethics, and the brain. Topics also include a heavy dose of psychology for a well-rounded blog.
  5. Lost in Translation. Learn about bioethics as it pertains to cutting edge medical interventions in early phase clinical trials in this blog written by Jonathan Kimmelman.
  6. HealthLawProf Blog. Written by a legal professor, this blog focuses on the issues where medicine and the law intersect. Read about drug labeling, plastics used in baby bottles, and more.
  7. Medical Futility. This professor looks at medical futility in his blog. This is a great resource for topics on physician/patient conflict, euthanization, end-of-life care, and more.
  8. Adventures in Ethics and Science. Written by a philosophy professor, this ethics blog looks at science and the humanities with plenty of medical topics such as medical research and mammograms.
  9. Bioethics Discussion Blog. Dr. Maurice Bernstein writes about the ethics associated with medicine, medical care, and science in this blog with over 600 topics in it.
  10. HealthLawBlog. This blogger teaches ethics, law, and medicine at three different schools. Take advantage of his knowledge across these fields by reading his blog that discusses health law and policy.

Men, Women, and Children

These blogs offer information on women’s and men’s health, pediatrics, and family medicine.

  1. Dr. Tori Hudson, N.D.. This professor at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine discusses women’s health issues and treatment with a naturopathic approach. Recent topics include perimenopause symptoms, calcium guidelines, and saffron to help PMS.
  2. Dr. Scherger on Revolution Health. This physician and professor writes on men’s health issues with topics such as chest pain, screenings, and exercise.
  3. Dr. David’s Blog. This practicing pediatrician who also works as a professor of oncology blogs about pediatric oncology, cancer research, and cancer treatments. Recent topics have touched on cancer and athletes, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and a wonderful case of successful of chemo.
  4. Family Medicine Notes. This professor keeps notes of what he learns through his practice and offers links to medical news in his blog. This physician has been blogging since 1999.

Neurosciences

If the brain is your area of interest, then take advantage of these blogs focusing on neurology, neuropsychology, and neuroscience.

  1. BrainBlog. Read about neuropsychology and the latest topics in the field at this blog written by Anthony Risser.
  2. Mind Hacks. Technically written collaboratively by a group of bloggers who mix academia with the tech field, this blog offers interesting posts on neuroscience and psychology.
  3. Renegade Neurologist. This professor blogs about neurology-based topics like Alzheimer’s and dementia, but he also touches on many other more general-interest medical issues as well.
  4. Alzheimer’s Blog. Learn about respite care, caregiving issues, genetic tests, exercise to combat effects of Alzheimer’s and much more on this educator’s blog.

General Health and Medicine

These blog offer interesting and sometimes amusing glimpses into the world of medicine.

  1. Clinical Cases and Images–Blog. This eclectic blog includes medical topics ranging from Michael Phelps to genetics to pollution. Founded by a medical professor, this blog is interesting and entertaining enough for anyone inside or outside the medical community.
  2. Sporula. This ex-professor who turned science writer is blogging about all sorts of unusual and interesting medical and scientific topics.
  3. Reflections in a Head Mirror. Read about the experiences at an academic medical center through Dr. Bruce Campbell as he chronicles everything from his speech to the first-year medical students to a cancer patient smoking in his hospital bed.
  4. Dr. Geoff’s MedBlog. A former emergency medicine professor and currently on staff with Wellsphere, Dr. Geoff blogs about various medical-related blogs on his blog.
  5. DB’s Medical Rants. Read about teaching medicine, learning medicine, and the world of medicine in general in this physician and professor’s blog.
  6. Mothers in Medicine. Juliaink, one of the contributors to this collaborative blog, is a professor of psychiatry and shares her views on motherhood, academia, and psychiatry in her posts.
  7. DoctorMama. This blog touches on everything from running to medicine to being a mama–and even has a few cockroaches and snakes thrown in too.
  8. tails of a mouse asthmatologist. Follow this professor and scientist’s blog as he documents his growing family, posts photos, and even talks about medicine.
  9. Super Dok. This professor, doctor, and mother in the Philippines blogs about various aspects of medicine including Wii not being a good substitute for exercise, the importance of sleep, and nutrition and diabetes.

The Current Condition of Health Care

With the current health care crisis gaining so much attention, the professors themselves are sure to have plenty to say on the current condition of medicine and medical treatment in these blogs.

  1. The Health Advocate. A collaborative blog that includes professors, students, and alumni of The Health Advocacy Program at Sarah Lawrence, this blog examines the issues surrounding patient advocacy and the current state of health care in America.
  2. Health Care Renewal. These bloggers take a look at the state of health care and threats to the current system stemming from abuse of power. Conflicts of interest feature highly in these posts.
  3. Health Care Organizational Ethics. Harvard professor, Jim Sabin, writes about the state of health care, including topics such as personal responsibility, pharmaceuticals, and hospital ethics.
  4. Wachter’s World. Bob Wachter blogs about hospitalists, hospitals, and their quality and safety.
  5. Hooked: Ethics, Medicine, and Pharma. The posts in this blog examine the issues of conflict of interest and how it affects medical care, especially as it pertains to the pharmaceutical industry.
  6. MedicationSense.com. Technically a newsletter and not a blog, this free e-publication provides the news and information on medicine and health care that you likely won’t hear from the mainstream medical organizations.
  7. EMedConcepts. Dr. Steven J. Davidson blogs about hospital-based medicine and growing leadership in the field. Recent posts have covered physicians and electronic health records, medicare policy, and hospitals showing their list prices.
  8. California Medicine Man. This blog touches on policy, medicine, patients, and much more as Dr. John S. Ford offers his experience and wisdom.
  9. Dr. Thompson’s Blog. This practicing pediatrician and professor of pediatrics writes about the state of health care with a focus on children and family issues.
  10. The Physician Executive. Read about the business of medicine as well as current medical policy issues in this blog written by an anonymous physician.

Specific Specialties

Whether they are writing about cardiology, alternative medicine, or orthopaedics, these professors share their specialty with you.

  1. Dr. Wes. Dr. Wes is a practicing heart doctor as well as a professor, and he shares his knowledge in this engaging and informative blog.
  2. Terra Sigillata. This anonymous professor describes his blog topics as “natural product drugs and dietary supplements, academic career development, medical journalism and, occasionally, making and listening to music and wine appreciation for the monetarily-challenged.”
  3. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Law Blog. This blogger is both a practicing lawyer and was an associate professor at Harvard Medical School. He currently writes about integrating complementary and alternative medicine into western medical practice.
  4. Stress Blog. This professor of oncology at the Mayo Clinic offers sound advice for ways to reduce stress and find your happiness in life.
  5. All Things Orthopaedic. Read Dr. James Herndon’s blog that touches on orthopaedic implants, osteoporosis assessment tools, and athletics.
  6. Aetiology. From anthrax to gastric bacterium to salmonella, this professor of epidemiology blogs about a wide range of illnesses that affect humanity with a particular interest in the ones that touch on both humans and animals.
  7. Cosmeticsurgerybangalore’s Weblog. This professor of cosmetic surgery in India posts videos of various cosmetic surgical procedures in this blog.
  8. Docinthemachine. This blog is written by an Ob/Gyn who has an interest and background in all things tech. Find interesting posts about technology in the medical field with a special emphasis on women’s health and reproduction.

Academic Podcasts

These podcasts offer an easy way to get your medical news and information. Either click on the links to listen directly or sign up to have RSS feeds deliver new content directly to you.

  1. Harvard Medical Labcast. Listen to podcasts from experts at Harvard Medical School as they offer a glimpse into the groundbreaking work going on in the field of medicine.
  2. Medcast. From the Stanford School of Medicine, these podcasts offer a sampling of lectures from renowned experts. Some podcasts include stem cell research, childhood obesity, and women and heart disease.
  3. Johns Hopkins Medicine Podcasts. Presented by a professor of medicine and the director of electronic media, this podcast brings weekly looks at all the top news from the medical world.
  4. University of Michigan Health System Podcast. The podcasts available here are many. Choose from podcast topics such as health news, health and medical questions and answers, and child development and behavior.
  5. New England Journal of Medicine. This medical journal offers two different podcasts. Listen to Audio Interviews or select NEJM This Week for a recap of all the articles in the journal.

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