Feeling good? That’s a good time to think about healthcare you can plan ahead. Preventative screenings are an important tool to monitor health. (Bonus: They’re convenient – part of an annual physical, or easy to schedule.)
Here are the screenings the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends for all adults:
Snoring through a long winter’s night? It might be sleep apnea. ENT specialist Gerard O’Halloran, MD – board-certified in sleep medicine – explains how sleep apnea is diagnosed and treated.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common disorder with one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. It affects about 20 million adults in the U.S., and many don’t realize that they have it.
Ear infections are common among kids, and often painful. Ear infections happen when viruses or bacteria get into the middle ear, the space behind the ear drum, causing pressure and discomfort.
ENT specialist Gerard O’Halloran, MD, explains:
What causes an ear infection?
Feeling grateful? That’s healthy. Medical research has linked gratitude to better sleep, healthier hearts, and healthy social connections. UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center sums up the research in its Greater Good Magazine and offers these conclusions:
Holidays are busy! And can be stressful. Emotional stress (high expectations, financial strain, maybe family tensions) combines with physical stress from busy schedules, different eating habits, less daylight, and limited physical activity.
Stress can affect your physical health. Symptoms include: