The Time, It Is A-Changing—And So Might Your Sleep Habits


With Daylight Savings Time (DST) ending on November 1 this year, you’ll need to reset your clocks— including your internal one. Time changes on both ends of DST can affect sleep, which is a health concern for many. Sliding time forward an hour in the spring and back an hour in the fall temporarily upsetsMORE

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Halloween Is In The Air, Which Means So Is Flu Season


It’s time to be alert to things that can catch you off guard. So while you’re dodging dark corners, spooky sounds and practical pranksters, take up protection against another seasonal menace: the flu. Most flu cases occur between October and May, so the sooner you and your loved ones are protected, the better. Here’s aMORE

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Carving A Halloween Jack-O-Lantern? Fear Not!


Halloween is on the horizon, which means pumpkins will soon be plucked from their patches and plopped onto porches throughout the area. While some will be left intact, many will be transformed into scary, funny or even elaborate works of art. According to Consumer Reports, pumpkin carving is the culprit for the significant spike inMORE

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When The Dog Bites


Twenty-year-old Ellie was home from college and showed her mother Claire a sore on her hand. It was a puncture wound that had a greenish yellow center, and the skin around it was red, swollen and radiated heat. Ellie told her mom that the neighbor’s dog had nipped at her playfully, but it had piercedMORE

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Walking: Taking Strides Toward A Healthier You


It doesn’t take a gym membership or special equipment, and it can be accomplished on your own time. It’s no surprise that walking for exercise is the number one physical activity among adults. The possible health benefits of walking include: burning calories, which helps maintain a healthy weight strengthening muscles and bones increasing cardio fitness,MORE

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Follow These (Dance) Steps To Good Health


One of the secrets of going from a sedentary to an active lifestyle is finding something that feels more like fun and less like work. For a lot of people, that could mean getting off the couch and onto the dance floor. Dancing has tremendous health benefits, both physically and psychologically. Depending on the typeMORE

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Back-To-School Health Basics


Here’s a little health homework to accomplish before the new school year begins this month.  Let’s Get Physicals Along with their pencils and notebooks, students participating in sports need to add ‘get a physical’ to their list. Most, if not all, school and recreational teams require players to pass an annual physical screening before theyMORE

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Listen Up: Swimmer’s Ear Requires A Doctor’s Care


Apart from staying in air-conditioned buildings, keeping your cool during the hottest summer days may entail going for a dip in a pool or the ocean. It’s one of the many benefits of living at the coast, but it’s also one of the reasons we at Medac see a seasonal spike in outer ear infections,MORE

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Preventing Dehydration During the Summer Months


It’s summer in southeastern North Carolina, with the daily high temperatures to prove it. Along with advice about using sunscreen, you might be hearing reminders about getting plenty of fluids. But how do you define plenty? That’s a good question, for which there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Your needs depend on your environment, how muchMORE

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Beach Safety Tips for a Happy, Healthy Summer


It’s summer, and you know what that means: it’s time to hit the beach! Here in coastal North Carolina spending a day in the surf, sun, and sand is easy, thanks to our many nearby beaches. Whether you choose to spend your time at Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Topsail Beach, or on one of theMORE

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