A Good Laugh Is Good Medicine

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 9, 2017 10:30:00 AM

You’ve heard the expression a million times: “Laughter is the best medicine.” It’s not just an old saying. Research links laughter to a number of health benefits.

Studies have credited laughter with improving a number of health markers. According to the American Heart Association, laughing every day can reduce inflammation, increase circulation and increase good cholesterol. It’s also been shown to lower levels of cortisol, a hormone often linked to stress. In combination, these benefits can lower the risk of heart disease.

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Topics: General Health

5 Ways to Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Dec 21, 2016 10:32:28 AM

So, what can you do to make it more likely you’ll stick with your new year’s resolutions? Here are five things you can start doing now to improve your chance of success when January rolls around:

  1. Be prepared. Create a concrete plan now that will help you achieve your goals in the new year. For example, if you want to lose weight, come up with a set of meal plans you can use once January rolls around or start cleaning out the junk food in your pantry. If exercising more is on your list of things to do in 2017, take advantage of holiday sales to buy a new pair of sneakers or join a gym so you’re ready to hit the ground running.
  2. Be realistic. The best way to successfully meet your goals is to be realistic about your expectations. Small changes made over time are more likely to be achievable than major lifestyle shifts that cause you to give up before you reach the finish line.
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Topics: General Health, Fitness

How to Battle Winter Dryness (infographic)

Posted by Christine Skiffington on Oct 25, 2016 4:32:43 PM

As temperatures drop this winter, so does the moisture level in the air. And this cold, dry air can cause a host of health problems – from dry, itchy skin to asthma flare-ups.

But with a little prevention, the chill of winter doesn’t have to take its toll on you. What can you do to protect yourself all season long? Stay hydrated and follow the tips in this infographic.

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Topics: General Health

Daylight Saving Time: How to Help Your Body Spring Forward, Too

Posted by Jeff Meade on Mar 10, 2016 2:40:28 PM

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 13, at 2 in the morning. For many of us, running around the house and resetting the time on our clocks—springing forward one hour—is a harbinger of longer, sunnier days to come.

And so it can be. But for many of us, the switch to Daylight Saving Time can upset our finely tuned internal clocks, resulting in a day or two of sluggishness at the least, and potentially longer—and even increase risks to health and safety.

Fortunately, the more dire consequences are unlikely. What’s more, you can ward off or reduce some of the minor near-term consequences of this momentary wrinkle in time.

We spoke with Ganesan Murali, MD, medical director of the Einstein Sleep Center, for some insights and tips.

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Topics: General Health, Sleep

Which Fitness Tracker is Right for You?

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 11, 2016 1:55:16 PM

Wear your heart health on your sleeve (ankle or wrist)

You’re off to a great start on your new fitness program. A fitness tracker may be just what you need to stay motivated and track your progress.

Choosing the right fitness tracker can be daunting. Classified as “wearable technology,” fitness trackers can be used as simple devices to track distance walked, run or biked or as technology companions to monitor your sleep and lifestyle patterns, acting as a kind of fitness coach.

Which Type of Tracker Is Best for You?

Fitness apps: If your main activity is walking and you want to track your steps and distance, a simple fitness app with built-in GPS works well.

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Topics: Sports Medicine, General Health, Fitness

Need Help? 'Thank You For Calling 1-800-EINSTEIN'

Posted by Jeff Meade on Feb 4, 2016 1:26:41 PM

Members of the 1-800-EINSTEIN team, from left: Miriam Martinez,Toni Smallwood, Joan Treatner, Marlene Parrish

When patients and prospective Einstein Healthcare Network patients need assistance with scheduling or rescheduling appointments, to learn more about our services, or request a doctor referral, they call 1-800-EINSTEIN. And when they call that number, Toni Smallwood’s voice is often one of the first they hear.

They couldn’t ask for better. “I like helping people,” says Smallwood, the Contact Center manager who heads up a staff of fellow call Contact Center workers whose job it is to quickly and clearly respond to the 3,000-plus queries they receive every month. “I like being able to solve a problem.” Three to four Contact Center workers staff the phones every weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Solving problems is what 1-800-EINSTEIN is all about.

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Topics: General Health

Dr. Sachinwalla: What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 29, 2016 4:10:25 PM

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Zika virus is an "extraordinary event" that is "spreading explosively" through the Americas. The WHO has deemed this an international public health emergency as the virus, and its suspected link to birth defects, could potentially result in as many as 4 million infections by the end of this year.

So what do we need to know?
Dr. Eric Sachinwalla, MD, from Einstein's Infectious Disease unit (who also did an infectious disease fellowship at Temple University) explains what the Zika virus is, how it is spread, and answers your other most frequently asked questions.

What is Zika? Where did it come from?

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Topics: General Health

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