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Does Your Next Dental Visit Make You Anxious?

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You are not alone! For years I never truly understood it. I grew up going to a family dentist and never minded my visits. I would brush my teeth and go to my check-up like any other doctor appointment. Yes, I had my share of childhood cavities like all of us, but I got through it, and I actually liked him. He was young, cool...

Can Canceling My Gym Membership Help Me Exercise More?

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Dear Coach Gila,

What are your thoughts on exercise? I enjoy cooking, preparing healthy food for myself and my family, and trying out new recipes. I don’t really enjoy exercising. I find the machines boring, I have two left feet and I’m embarrassed to take group classes. I’m completely unmotivated to go to the gym and work out. I’ve read that “abs are made in the kitchen” and “healthy living is 80 percent nutrition and 20 percent exercise.” If that’s true, then I should be OK if I never exercise, right? Between working, family, carpool and the kids’ numerous sports activities, I don’t really have time to work out. Should I push myself to work out even though...

Must You Be Nearsighted?

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Are you doing all that you can to reduce or eliminate your degree of nearsightedness?

Some call it nearsightedness, some myopia and still others use the British term, short-sightedness. In any case, it all means the same thing. Vision at far distance is blurred, while vision at near distance is clear.

All this is common knowledge; however, what is not commonly known is that some children who have been diagnosed as nearsighted are not nearsighted, and others don’t have to go through increases in prescription every few months, making their lenses increasingly thicker.

Children who have frequent increases in their eyeglass prescription are most often diagnosed as “functionally...

What French Women Know About Postpartum Care

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After delivery, newborns are closely followed by a pediatrician every few weeks to make sure they are developing well and are healthy. The mother’s body’s job is largely considered completed when the maternity-ward bracelets come off. All energy and focus shifts to the infant who (surprising to no one) is far more demanding outside the womb than inside. What about the body that carried, grew and nurtured this being for months? What about the incubator draped in maternity fashion that endured months of stretching and aching, only to be topped off with a grand finale of exhausting hours of labor and delivery? The mother’s body is left to heal on its own, amidst the sleep-deprived...

White Plains Resident Dr. Meira Orentlicher Receives American Occupational Therapy Association Accolade

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White Plains resident Meira L. Orentlicher, Associate Prof. and Coordinator of Research and Development for the Occupational Therapy Dept. at Touro College School of Health Sciences, is the recipient of the Roster of Fellows Award given by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The Award recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the continuing education and professional development of OT practitioners.

Prof. Orentlicher has been lauded for her leadership in both research and clinical practice of OT, with an emphasis on life-skills training for the developmentally disabled and their families. Throughout her career, she has been a staunch advocate for...

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