Mind & Body

From the latest in medical technology to finding ways to de-stress after a long day's work, our Mind & Body features are full of useful information.


10/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

From the day we are born, our lives are impacted by dedicated healthcare workers and medical institutions. When we are young, pediatricians monitor our growth, provide vaccinations that keep us well, and bring us back to health during an illness. As adults, we maintain our health through the help of primary care doctors and physician specialists. Nurses and allied health professionals provide care every step of the way, as well. As we age, gerontologists may guide us through our senior years. In this issue’s cover section, we recognize the contributions that healthcare workers and health organizations make to our community by highlighting a variety of services offered at several local healthcare facilities. You’ll find stories on some of the latest technologies available at area hospitals; a new rehabilitation center, robotic technology, hospice care, and more.


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10/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

October 10 is World Mental Health Day, observed each year with the objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. Thrive magazine joins these efforts in this issue with several stories to increase awareness of mental health concerns.


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10/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

The first step in understanding mental illness is to know what isn’t true. It is important to break the cycle of stigmatizing those with mental health issues; but how do we do that? First of all, our society does have a greater understanding of certain more severe mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia and Manic-Depressive Disorders, says Daniel Aguillard, LCSW, MHA, and VP of Specialty Services at Archer Institute. "Because we can often see these types of illnesses manifest themselves in easily-observed ways, we realize the person needs help. What we don’t understand is that issues like depression, anxiety, and stress can become serious, and though very treatable, they too often go unaddressed. We tend to stigmatize because everyone experiences episodes of anxiety, depression, and stress which we overcome with our normal, everyday resources. However, when our mental health deteriorates and begins to interfere with our relationships and jobs, it’s time to seek treatment and NOT get caught up in the stigma.”


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9/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

As children spend more time in front of various screens, there is increasing concern about potential harm to their visual development. Ophthalmologists see a marked increase in children with dry eye and eye strain from too much screen time, but does digital eyestrain cause lasting damage? 


Now that kids are back in school and have more time with screens and books, doctors at The Eye Clinic want to arm parents with the facts, so they can make informed choices about their children’s eye health.


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9/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

Heel pain is one of the primary complaints heard by physicians who specialize in caring for the feet, with plantar fasciitis (fashee-EYE-tiss) being one of the most common causes, affecting approximately two million patients each year.


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9/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

As Americans live longer, growth in the number of older adults is unprecedented. In 2015, 14.9% (47.8 million) of the US population was aged 65 or older and is projected to reach 23.5% (98 million) by 2060. Along with these numbers comes a desire for older Americans to not only age but to age well. And what does that look like? Of course, it is different for everyone, but basically, older Americans want to be physically healthy, financially stable, and live independently for as long as possible. In this special section geared towards seniors, you’ll find information on aging at place (ie home), when to give up the car keys, dealing with caregiver burnout, taking care of your skin, and tips to help you remain financially secure for the rest of your life.


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8/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

Chances are, if you haven’t KonMari-ed or taken on decluttering your home already, you’re at least familiar with Marie Kondo and the KonMari Method™ – whether through her New York Times bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up or through her Netflix special, aptly titled "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” Let’s take a look at this trend and learn what happens when you apply some of the top de-cluttering tips to your own life.


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8/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

Germs are a part of life, especially in public places like schools.  In fact, many experts consider schools to be the "ground zero” for infectious disease transmission because of the increased exposure to germ-filled situations:  public restrooms, shared desks, lunchrooms, door handles, sports equipment, band instruments – the list goes on and on.  


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8/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

In our quest for good health and wellbeing, many of us search for natural remedies that will do the job without chemicals or side effects. One popular alternative that has actually been around since ancient times is the use of essential oils. 


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7/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

For some people, a trip to the gym for a workout is an enjoyable part of their daily routine and even a venue for social interaction. For others, going to the gym is torture for reasons that range from fear of body shaming to a fear of having a heart attack on the treadmill and dying of embarrassment. Or maybe dying of boredom on the treadmill? For those of you who have gym-phobia, there is good news and great news: The good news is that you can stay fit through exercise and the great news is that you don’t have to set foot in the gym to do it!


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7/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

Kids are outside more than ever during the summer.  Parents, cautious about the effects of the sun, pour on the sunscreen and encourage them to wear a cap or visor.  But vulnerable parts of the body are still exposed:  the eyes.  


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7/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

Having a sick child is one of the most difficult situations a family can go through.  Being close to a good support network can help alleviate some of the stress and difficulty that goes along with it. Also, having a safe and reliable facility to turn to when your child becomes ill is imperative. Lake Charles Memorial Hospital (LCMH) has the only Acute Care Pediatric Unit and the only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in our community. 


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6/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

June is Men’s Health Month, a time when healthcare providers, educators, and Thrive magazine strive to raise awareness of preventable health problems through early disease detection and treatment, and to encourage men to live a healthy lifestyle, both physically and psychologically. In this special section, you’ll find articles on the major threats to men’s health, exercise alternatives for men who dislike the gym and, to reduce stress and improve your mental health, you’ll find a story on great places to escape for a long weekend with the guys


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6/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

The unique shape of one’s ear is a testament to a person’s individuality. In fact, the ear’s individualized arrangement of narrow openings, flat surfaces and sharply curved surfaces are a complex system that helps a person to communicate with the outside world. No two are exactly the same.



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6/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

The physicians of Imperial Health Center for Orthopaedics (CFO) are pleased to announce the opening of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at their Lake Charles office, located at 1747 Imperial Boulevard.


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5/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month


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5/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

If you’ve seen the hit movie, The Greatest Showman, you’ll recall the charismatic character, "the bearded lady.” What if that lovable hairy face and plump body were the result of an untreated endocrine disorder? What if the bearded lady actually had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)? 


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5/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

As a parent, it can be hard to keep up with all the appointments, routines and healthy habits that experts recommend for your child. 


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4/1/2019 1:00:00 PM
Feeling vibrant and energetic, having good flexibility and balance, and preventing or decreasing aches and pains – these are high on the wish list for most people. "Aging well is part genetics, yes, but people would be surprised to learn that a person’s degree of health and vitality largely depends on their habits,” says Adele Stewart, nationally certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer with Dynamic Dimensions Fitness Centers of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. 
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4/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

April is National Occupational Therapy Month, which provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on the strides occupational therapy makes in returning independence and quality of life to patients each and every day. 


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3/1/2019 12:00:00 AM
March is Workplace Eye Safety Month
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3/1/2019 12:00:00 AM
People often joke about something being a "pain in the neck," but when neck pain is real, it's not funny at all. Fortunately, neck pain is rarely a serious problem and will usually disappear within a few days.
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3/1/2019 12:00:00 AM
CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana’s Wellness, Screening and Genetics Center.
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2/4/2019 1:23:58 PM
The headlines might have everyone convinced that football is the sport responsible for the most injuries, but a recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report shows that is not the case. Football makes the top five, but it doesn’t lead the way. That honor goes to basketball.
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2/4/2019 1:13:58 PM
February is also National Dental Health Month. Some people may not realize that dental health is related to heart health. You’ll find that story on page 54. You’ll also find tips to care for your teeth and prevent tooth decay and gum disease, as well as a story on the advances and benefits of braces for adults. Chew on these stories!
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2/4/2019 1:03:27 PM
In this special section, you’ll read the success stories of three heart disease survivors, as well as a story on the cardiovascular benefits of dark chocolate (because, after all, we also celebrate Valentine’s Day this month, right?)
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1/3/2019 11:32:50 AM
If you’re a Medicare enrollee but have not had an annual wellness visit or have chosen to opt out due to confusion about coverage, you are missing out on a wide array of preventive – and even life-saving – benefits that are part of your policy. 
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1/3/2019 11:30:05 AM
Bad habits: We all have them; we all wish we didn’t. Breaking bad habits, though, is rarely easy.
Not all habits are bad, of course. In fact, an article in Johns Hopkins Health Review explains that habits help you make it through the day successfully. 

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1/3/2019 11:26:08 AM
The thyroid is small but mighty in its role in the body. This compact, butterfly-shaped gland wraps around the front of the trachea and measures only about five centimeters by two centimeters, but it has a huge job to do. The thyroid produces the hormones that regulate the body’s metabolism and influences every organ, tissue, and cell in the body. 
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11/30/2018 12:57:59 PM
It may not get as cold in Southwest Louisiana as it does farther north, but winter can derail your normal fitness routine. Dr. Alex Anderson, primary care sports medicine specialist with Imperial Health Center for Orthopaedics says you shouldn’t let cooler temperatures be an excuse not to exercise. "Although research has shown that athletes are more likely to suffer muscle and joint trauma when exercising in cold weather, there is no reason you can’t safely maintain a workout schedule in the winter.”
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11/30/2018 12:55:48 PM
Audrey Hepburn once said, "As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”  Volunteering time and talent not only helps others; it also helps the one giving back.
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11/30/2018 12:50:47 PM
The most wonderful time of the year can also bring about some not-so-jolly health problems. All the things we love about the holidays – shopping, parties, visiting with family and friends, eating and drinking – can also have a negative impact on your health.
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11/30/2018 12:45:50 PM
One of the leading reasons dieters fail is because they have trouble sticking to diets that specify which foods to eat. An recent eating trend that doesn’t tell you what to eat, but when to eat, is quickly gaining popularity. Intermittent fasting (IF) makes many claims, but weight loss advocates say it is this distinction that makes it a top choice of successful "losers.”
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11/30/2018 12:41:10 PM
Most people look forward to the holidays each year because the season promises excitement, joy, and general merriment; but with all the inherent busyness, the holidays can also be quite stressful. Consider the following suggestions to help you relax and fully enjoy the holiday season.
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11/1/2018 11:47:39 AM
For most of us, it’s hard enough to include exercise into a normal schedule. But when shopping, parties, decorating, and extra cooking and baking projects are added in, it can seem almost impossible. Almost.
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11/1/2018 11:29:56 AM
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40% of Americans live with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Louisiana ranks 4th in the nation for percentage of adults (13.6%) with diabetes. The good news is that, generally, especially with type II diabetes, these startling statistics can be changed through education and lifestyle changes, specifically diet, exercise, and weight loss. For those who already have the disease, they can learn and make changes that will improve their quality of life. And that is what this special section is all about. Read on . . . 
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10/2/2018 9:09:01 PM
The Centers for Disease Control Foundation estimates that each year, on average, five to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu, tens of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands die from flu-related symptoms. While flu season periods vary, the disease generally begins around October, peaks in December, and lingers through late winter and sometimes into early spring. So, now’s the time to gather your arsenal of weapons to battle this bane of otherwise healthy people. A good place to start is here with our Flu Forecast. In this special section, you’ll read about how to avoid the flu in public spaces such as the workplace, differentiating cold vs. flu, and debunked flu myths.
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10/2/2018 9:03:16 PM
Hearing loss is a common problem among older adults. According to the National Institute on Aging, about a third of people between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing loss, as do almost half of those age 75 or older.

Also common is the belief that hearing loss is an inevitable part of the aging process. But is it?

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10/2/2018 8:53:55 PM
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, prompting us to consider the health of "the girls.” In 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,960 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer. While we think of breast cancer as a women’s disease, men can also be at risk. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000, with 2,550 new cases expected in men in 2018. In this special section, we highlight the latest technologies to diagnose breast cancer, as well as tips to help prevent the disease.
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8/28/2018 12:04:44 PM
If you’ve never been able to figure out why your athletic performance suffers during certain seasons, you may be relieved to learn that it may not be you; it might be your allergies.
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8/28/2018 11:33:01 AM
In this special section, Thrive offers tips on how you can be your best – physically and emotionally -- and lead an enjoyable, productive life well into your "mature” years.
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8/6/2018 12:37:22 PM
Summer’s not over yet, and soaring temperatures can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke, which can affect your heart. These risks increase when the humidity is above 70 percent and the temperature is above 70 degrees F. Heat and humidity interfere with the body’s natural cooling process.
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8/6/2018 12:35:18 PM
The City of Lake Charles, in partnership with Remote Area Medical (RAM), a free mobile medical clinic, will host "RAM: Operation Healing and Restoration,” a historic and much-needed opportunity for thousands of residents in the community to receive free dental, vision, and medical care in Lake Charles on September 15 and 16, 2018 at the Lake Charles Civic Center. This is the first ever event of its kind in the state of Louisiana.
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8/6/2018 12:32:24 PM
For over 50 years, The Eye Clinic has prided itself on being the leading provider of comprehensive eye care in Southwest Louisiana. In keeping with that standard of excellence, the group is thrilled to announce the opening of the Retina Center at The Eye Clinic and to welcome retina specialist, Dr. Jonathan Perkins to their practice.
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7/4/2018 10:48:11 PM
Physical literacy is a relatively new buzzword in the fitness industry. Because of the decline nationwide in children engaging in physical exercise, many children aren’t getting the opportunity to develop confidence and coordination in physical activities. Physical literacy addresses this growing need with targeted programs designed to motivate young people, encourage a desire for fitness, and enhance a child’s ability when it comes to movement skills. 
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7/4/2018 10:46:03 PM
At the first mention of the word orthodontist or orthodontics, people’s minds automatically turn to the thought of braces. But did you know that orthodontists do much more than that? While braces tend to be their main practice, they actually perform many services that aim to properly align teeth and reposition the jaw. Dr. Robert Lamb, orthodontist with Oak Park Dental in Lake Charles, provides some insight on the variety of conditions orthodontics can remedy as well as the many tools of the trade. 
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7/4/2018 10:42:27 PM
To help alleviate and manage pain, patients often receive prescription medications — many of them powerful opioids. While opioids are appropriate for the management of acute pain in the short term, their role in the management of chronic pain is very problematic.
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7/4/2018 10:37:40 PM
For years sugar has been blamed for a large variety of frustrating behaviors—hyperactive children, expanding waistlines, headaches, three o’clock energy crashes, poor nutrition. When it comes to tooth decay, we looked to sugar once again, quick to blame it for all our tooth-decaying woes. But sugar does not stand alone when it comes to causing cavities, according to pediatric dentist Eric Sanders, DDS.
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5/31/2018 10:33:59 AM
While you may identify your occupation with what you do for a living, your life is actually made up of many occupations. Playing outside with your children, painting a picture, baking your favorite dish, typing on a keyboard – the meaningful, everyday activities that fill your days.
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5/31/2018 10:30:27 AM
As annoying as it can be, coughing is a valuable weapon in the body’s self-defense arsenal. Coughing keeps airways clear by quickly expelling intruders from the lower respiratory system, primarily the throat and upper lungs. If dust, fluid, viruses, bacteria, or other substances irritate or block any part of this region, the cough reflex takes immediate action.
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5/31/2018 10:18:45 AM
It’s a fact that men tend to die at a younger age than women. (The current life expectancy for men is 76 compared to 81 for females.) Studies show a mix of factors contribute to men’s earlier demise – men tend to take more risks, are less socially connected, and have more dangerous jobs than women. But there’s another simple and avoidable reason: Men don’t visit doctors as often as women.
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5/3/2018 10:33:47 PM
Lake Charles Memorial Health System held a ribbon cutting last month for its new $19 million behavioral health hospital in South Lake Charles. 
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5/3/2018 10:30:00 PM
If you want to see clearly into your future, you may want to change your diet, develop an exercise regimen, buy a new pair of shades, and throw out the salt, among other things. 
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5/3/2018 10:25:27 PM
Nobody wants them, but about 60 percent of the American population has them—varicose veins.  The purple and occasionally bulging lines on your legs and ankles are a result of the vein disease venous insufficiency. Veins become dilated and twist making it difficult to stand, walk, work, or enjoy your favorite activities.
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5/3/2018 10:21:41 PM
Lack of sleep and being female seem to go together. Sleep is affected by the changes that happen throughout a woman’s life, from hormones, to ovulation and pregnancy, and then menopause. The one constant throughout these evolutions seems to be sleep difficulties. 
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5/3/2018 10:12:06 PM
May is a great month to focus on women's wellness. Read on for some great information!
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4/2/2018 10:52:49 PM
Kevin Gillette is the new Director of Tennis at Gray Plantation Sports Club. He will head up the tennis program at the club’s 10-court facility in the Graywood area of Lake Charles.
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4/2/2018 10:50:18 PM
If you’ve ever considered hiring a personal trainer but you aren’t sure what to expect if you do, the answer, in part, is up to you.

That’s because personal trainers don’t use a one-size-fits-all exercise plan. Instead, your trainer will develop an individualized plan to help you achieve your unique fitness goals. 

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4/2/2018 10:46:44 PM
Doctors have a reputation for having horrible handwriting. But whether there’s any truth to that old stereotype may not matter much, as the large majority of prescriptions these days are electronic rather than handwritten.

Doctors’ oral communication skills, on the other hand, are terribly important. Day in and day out, they communicate with patients, explaining diagnoses, treatment options, and potential side effects.

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3/7/2018 3:39:53 PM
Time giveth, and time taketh away. Perhaps that’s not exactly how the line goes, but nevertheless, an hour is taken away each spring with daylight saving time. 

Clocks move ahead one hour and many Americans are bleary-eyed for days.

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3/5/2018 2:16:40 PM
Dr. John Noble Jr., orthopaedic surgeon with the Center for Orthopaedics, is the first physician in Southwest Louisiana to use Lipogems, a treatment which uses the patient’s own fat tissue to promote healing the natural way.
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3/5/2018 2:12:37 PM
It wasn’t that long ago that the word "cryotherapy” would have brought to mind futuristic images of a sci-fi laboratory and top-secret government equipment.
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3/5/2018 2:09:48 PM
Overwhelmed, overworked, and out of time -- those are the three biggest complaints that Angela Tezeno hears from her clients when describing their daily problems. Tezeno, a Lake Charles native and Calcasieu Parish schoolteacher, is also an author and life coach for women. Her comprehensive program, Cura Your Life™, is designed to help women achieve their goals and balance daily life.
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1/31/2018 9:53:43 PM
For those with varicose veins, a condition in which veins enlarge and become painful due to the excess pressure in the vascular system of the legs, harsh winter temperatures could present some challenges in managing the condition. 
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1/31/2018 9:49:30 PM
You’ve heard it all before — eat a nutritious diet, exercise, drink alcohol in moderation, and don’t smoke to help keep your heart and body healthy. 

It’s true, all these things are important. There’s a reason, after all, that they’re recommended time and time again. But they aren’t the only steps you can take to keep your heart healthy.

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1/31/2018 9:33:42 PM
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every four deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease. Most of those can be attributed to coronary heart disease. Also known as coronary artery disease, or CAD, it’s caused by a buildup of cholesterol and other substances in the arteries that can eventually block blood flow.
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1/5/2018 4:15:14 PM
Gym regulars know: January at the gym is jam-packed. A rush of New Year’s resolution-makers with the best of intentions swarm the weight room, fill the exercise classes, and grab coveted spots on the cardio machines.
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1/5/2018 4:09:38 PM
You’re ready to kick off a fitness routine. And, you’re not alone. You’ll join most every other American in making that time-honored New Year’s Resolution to get in shape.  
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1/5/2018 3:53:32 PM
As you strive to achieve your fitness goals, a well-stocked gym bag can help you along in that process. Consider packing the following items before you head to your next exercise class.
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12/2/2017 2:59:20 PM
During the holiday season, sweets surround us. At home, at work and at holiday parties, sugary treats are there to tempt us.

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12/2/2017 2:54:46 PM

Holiday decorating and shopping may sound like perfectly safe activities, but oftentimes they’re not. That’s because some of us do much more lifting, carrying, and ladder-climbing during the holiday season than at any other time, and those activities increase our risk for injury.

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12/2/2017 2:52:13 PM
Love, happiness, and cozy contentment are all synonymous with the holiday season. But what if that way of life wasn’t limited to just one month of cheer?
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11/2/2017 4:20:05 PM
When Roland LaComb was in his 20s, his father, at age 46, died of polycystic kidney disease. The loss marked a turning point for LaComb in more ways than one. Not only was his father gone, but he knew it was time to find out whether he had the disease too.
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11/2/2017 4:16:08 PM
Giving back to the community is always important, but this is especially true around Thanksgiving. While most people look forward to spending time with family and friends feasting on turkey and stuffing and watching the parades and football games, for others it’s a very different story. Many people are alone this time of year. Others are homeless. Some are sick. Sadly, not everyone has a place to go and people with whom they can spend the holiday. 
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11/2/2017 4:11:23 PM
Over five million people in the U.S. suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease. It is a devastating illness that robs victims of their memories and ability to communicate. Art and music have been proven effective ways to help people communicate and express themselves, particularly individuals who can’t communicate well verbally. Some research has even suggested it slows the development of Alzheimer’s and helps patients remember and recall information easier. Consequently, senior care facilities often use music or art therapy to help people deal with their illness.
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10/2/2017 10:36:12 PM
Hormones and the news about hormones have one thing in common: they tend to wildly fluctuate. For years, many women went on hormone therapy upon reaching menopause as a common way for controlling symptoms such as hot flashes, emotional highs and lows, risk for osteoporosis, and many others.
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10/2/2017 10:33:32 PM
Most of us look forward to fall. Kids return to school, temperatures drop, and fall festivals provide weekend entertainment. Unfortunately, autumn also marks the beginning of flu season.
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10/2/2017 10:27:43 PM
Knowledge is power, and what could be more powerful than finding out if you have genetic risk factors that cause breast cancer? Knowing this could change everything when it comes to the "c-word.” If you knew that you had a greater risk for breast cancer, you would likely take steps to get frequent screenings while implementing preventative measures. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and with any type of cancer, knowing your personal risk factors is key. 
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9/1/2017 12:38:34 PM
According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer is the 8th most common cancer among women in the United States (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). However, it is the 5th most common cause of cancer deaths in women.
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9/1/2017 12:35:18 PM
It’s said that you’re never really "old” until you start having balance issues, and that you can always tell a person’s physical age by how well they move around without falling, or experiencing fear of falling. Getting out of your car, walking through a store, opening a door, and putting on pants all require balance and coordination, which are an important part of everyday life. Approximately 12.5 million Americans over the age of 65 have a dizziness or balance problem that significantly interferes with their lives.
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9/1/2017 12:31:56 PM
Would you like to improve your memory, flexibility, lower your stress level, boost your mood and energy level?  Most Americans would say "Yes!” immediately. You might be surprised to find out that it’s all possible through exercise.
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9/1/2017 12:25:57 PM
A national lifetime achievement award, an endowed university chair, a rehabilitation facility named in his honor, recognition as citizen of the year in his home town and countless patients positively impacted by the care he and those he has helped educate have provided. It’s quite an impressive legacy, and one that semi-retired David Drez Jr., MD, recognized as a leading national expert in the orthopaedic and sports medicine fields, doesn’t spend a lot of time thinking or talking about. 
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8/3/2017 11:56:44 AM
Soft-spoken Clare Biagas, age 85 of Lake Charles, never expected to make history, but that’s exactly what she did when she became the first patient to undergo a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) with the SAPIEN 3 valve at The John and Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital. TAVR is the latest minimally-invasive, life-saving innovation for patients who have been determined by a heart team to be inoperable, intermediate or high-risk for open heart surgery.
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8/3/2017 11:54:08 AM
Our feet carry us through every step of our lives. Although sometimes neglected or overlooked, the human body’s lowest extremities are complex and changes can often send alerts for the body’s overall health, according to Dr. Tyson Green, foot and ankle specialist with Center for Orthopaedics and director of the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Podiatric Medicine and Surgical Residency. "It’s not uncommon at all for a patient to come in for a concern about their foot – pain or a change in appearance – and that actually be a symptom of a different health problem. Your feet can serve as an early warning system for more serious health concerns if you pay attention to them.”
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