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Mind Over Matter: Why Mindfulness Affects Your Health and Wellbeing

Posted by Andrea Lee on Dec 8, 2017 10:18:52 AM

Your body can only ever exist in one physical space at one time. We call that place the present moment.  Your mind, however, can be in multiple places simultaneously, recalling past events, or predicting future outcomes. When the mind and body are not in the same place, we often fail to recognize important details in our environment—like sign on the freeway signaling us to exit, or the look of someone in need. The capacity for mental time travel is what distinguishes humans from other mammals and allows us to do things other species cannot.

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Prenatal Yoga: Health Benefits for You and Your Baby

Posted by Jenny Morrow on Dec 4, 2017 9:36:26 AM

There is nothing to prepare you for the news of a pregnancy. Whether you hear it from your doctor or see it on a stick, it still carries with it a lot of excitement and apprehension, not to mention changes. The entire 40 weeks your body is rapidly changing in anticipation of bringing a tiny human into the world. That’s why it’s more important than ever to incorporate healthy lifestyle choices.

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Paying it forward: surviving breast cancer and serving patients

Posted by Mia Simon on Nov 28, 2017 9:53:49 AM

A few years before she became a breast oncology nurse navigator at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Linda Gage was a patient facing her own daunting diagnosis. After Linda noticed an unusual lump under her arm, doctors confirmed she had Stage IIIC breast cancer.

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Hiding the Scar

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Nov 6, 2017 2:46:00 PM

While we think pink in October, breast cancer does not discriminate, nor choose which month it will strike. It’s why we promote new screening and treatment options all year round. All four Methodist hospital campuses now offer 3-D mammography, so doctors have a full understanding and view of the breast tissue. This is especially helpful in younger patients who tend to have dense breast tissue that can sometimes hide a tumor.

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Eating for Two: the Scoop on Pregnancy Diets

Posted by Calvert Collins-Bratton on Nov 1, 2017 3:47:16 PM

Pregnancy induces a myriad of changes on a woman’s body, some more noticeable than others and take time to adjust. Some soon-to-be mamas struggle with morning sickness, others with constant heartburn – so food and nutrition can be a real struggle.

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When A Cough is More than A Cough

Posted by Mia Simon on Oct 30, 2017 1:42:29 PM

Many of us will fight through a cough, and choose to go to work even though there’s an annoying itch in the back of our throats. But, when does a cough become a serious issue—and how do we address it? Jaremy James, DO, internal medicine physician at Methodist Health Family Care on the Methodist Mansfield Medical Center campus, says a physician will consider when a cough started, how long it has been going on, the amount of mucus building up, and if it is progressively getting worse. The answers to those questions will create the treatment plan for the patient.

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Breast Implants and Heart Disease Screening

Posted by Diana Zoga on Sep 14, 2017 3:44:13 PM

A woman contemplating breast implants has a lot to think about. She will likely consider the risk of surgery, weigh the pros and cons of silicone vs. saline, and make decisions regarding the size and shape of her breasts. 

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Too Much of a Good Thing: Exercise

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Sep 13, 2017 1:33:27 PM

It’s 7 a.m. on a Friday, and my dog and I have just finished our 15-minute morning walk. As Maddie tries to race up the stairs to my third-floor walk-up apartment, I pull back on the leash, and make my way slowly up the 36 stairs. I’m counting each step, and at the top, I’m walking like some version of Frankenstein. I pride myself on being in good shape, at least as fit as my Shih Tzu. I reluctantly admit that I may have over-exercised.

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While You Were Sleeping: What to Expect in a Sleep Study

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Sep 11, 2017 3:43:08 PM

We spend up to one-third of our lives asleep, which is a lot. It would be nice to know that all those hours you spend in bed are well-spent. You might have insomnia and not be able to fall asleep at all. Or half of your sleep time could be spent in the lighter stages of REM while you’re tossing and turning. Or you’re snoring so loud that your partner isn’t getting any sleep either. Now both of you will be drifting off around 2 p.m. at work tomorrow… and that’s not helping anyone.

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Breastfeeding Basics

Posted by Calvert Collins-Bratton on Aug 21, 2017 10:32:11 AM

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