Author: Anica Oaks

Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she's used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty.

Smooth and Spry: 5 Ways to Make Your Skin Feel Like New

Many women spend hundreds of dollars in their quest to obtain smooth, supple skin. Fortunately, glowing skin does not have to come at a high price. Read on for 5 simple affordable steps to achieve healthy skin that makes you feel younger than ever. 1. Exfoliate One of the best ways to reveal smoother skin is through exfoliation. Exfoliation can be achieved through two main methods: Physical – Using actual physical particles such as microbeads or fine sugar granules as a scrub Chemical – Applying a gentle glycolic acid or lactic acid peel to the skin for several minutes before ... Read more

Simple Changes That Will Improve Your Neurological Health

Have you ever gone into a room and totally forgotten why you are there? Or maybe you missed your doctor’s appointment because it slipped your mind. These types of memory lapses can happen to us at any age, but we still tend to worry about them the older we get. Memory Loss Memory loss and brain aging were once thought to be directly related to neuron death or malfunctioning. Neuroscientists believed that we lost neurons as we got older, but new research now shows that dopamine can trigger the production of new neurons in our brains.  As a matter of ... Read more

How Modern Technology is Launching a New Era in Medical Research

With continuing advances in medical technology, a new era in medical research has emerged. As a result, the quality of life for many people has improved, in addition to thousands of lives being saved. While in today’s world modern technology impacts every aspect of daily living, it has provided numerous breakthroughs when it comes to medical research. Cellular Research One of the biggest ways modern technology has impacted medical research involves cellular research. Medical researchers are now able to study diseases on a cellular level, letting them produce antibodies and eventually vaccines against such serious diseases as malaria and polio. ... Read more

Strength & Build: What Your Body Needs to Be Great

As men age, muscle becomes harder to build, and strength is hardly gained. In fact, most of them start to lose muscle at around the age of 30 and about 8 percent lean muscle mass is lost every decade after that. This is because of the changes experienced in the blood cells, difficulties converting amino acids into muscle tissues, and the levels of testosterone used to build muscle get lower. Here is what your body needs for strength and build: Protein Shakes These are considered to be easy sources of protein for those trying to boost their pre-workout energy levels ... Read more

How to Treat Your Back Pain in Hopes of Avoiding Surgery

Your back is the core of your body’s support system, and when it hurts, even slight movements can aggravate the problem. Surgery is often an option for chronic conditions and can be a good choice. It’s not, however, the only choice. Here are several treatments you can try before choosing to go under the knife. Make Some Changes Diet, exercise and clean living are touted as the cure for so many ailments that it’s easy to tune out that advice. Though not a panacea, careful lifestyle choices can resolve a plethora of issues, and back pain is one of them. ... Read more

Is Your House Making You Sick? 4 Ways To Avoid Potential Home Health Risks

It may seem that you and your family are falling ill more often than your friends and neighbors and your home may be the culprit. A surprisingly significant number of Americans have poor air quality, mold, and hazardous cleaning products within their living space that can greatly effect health. These home materials and issues can be the root of rashes, asthma, allergies and other health complications. If you suspect that your house is making you sick, here are four ways to avoid potential health risks in your home. 1. Test for Lead Paint Lead testing in homes is a straightforward ... Read more

Winter Wellness Tips for Stay-at-Home Seniors

Individuals who are elderly may be largely confined to their homes during the winter. The hazards of trying to get around on ice and snow may make it more reasonable to stay indoors and wait for the warmer spring days to arrive. However, being confined to the home can cause feelings of isolation that can negatively impact one’s health. Here are a few ways you can ensure your continued good health throughout the cold weather months. Stay Active Regardless of your age, everyone needs to maintain physical activity in order to be healthy. When you are confined at home, it ... Read more

4 Simple Ways to Manage Patient Data More Efficiently

Medical practices, clinics, hospitals and other health care settings collect millions of patient data points. The sheer amount of data collected can make management a challenge. These four simple techniques will help you to manage patient data more efficiently. Deciding on What to Collect An important first step in managing patient data is in deciding what to collect. If you will not use a specific piece of data, there may be no reason for you to collect it. Trying to collect every possible piece of patient data is time consuming and may feel intrusive and unnecessary to patients. To manage ... Read more

4 Reasons Swimming is One of the Best Types of Exercise

Those who are looking to improve their fitness and general health have quite a few different types of exercises to choose from. While it often sounds easier to hop on a treadmill or hit the gym to lift some weights, you might want to take a closer look at swimming. This style of exercise is not only extremely effective, but it is also safe at practically any age. Here are just a few of the reasons why swimming is one of the most popular athletic activities in the world. It Is Safer Than Many Other Exercises We now know that ... Read more

Can’t Ever Catch Your Breath? You May Have COPD

COPD is short for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. This is a term referring to progressive lung disorders such as emphysema, chronic asthma, bronchitis, and similar diseases characterized by regular and increasing breathlessness, frequent coughing, wheezing, and tightness of the chest. Is COPD Common? COPD afflicts a global estimate of 10 percent of people aged 40 and over. More than half of these sufferers may not even be aware that they have COPD. Failure to diagnose and treat COPD in its early stages could lead to severe loss of lung capacity that can’t be reversed. What Causes COPD? The majority of ... Read more

Vision Precision: 4 Simple Ways to Improve Your Eyesight

For most of us, our eyesight is our single most important sense. That is why it is so vital to do everything in our power to keep our eyes strong and healthy. Here is a look at some simple steps you can take over the years to improve your eyesight and avoid some of the most common vision disorders. Maintain a Healthy Diet Without the proper nutrients, there is no possible way for your eyes to be as strong and efficient as possible. Antioxidants are extremely important to your eyes, and they can be found in fresh and vibrant produce ... Read more

6 Intriguing Things You May Not Have Known about Asthma

With the prevalence of conditions like asthma or diabetes, there is a lot of misinformation about these common ailments. Then the question is posed, “How much do you really know about asthma?” Some of the facts may surprise you. Here are just as few things that the pop culture and the media leave out whenever they depict this common lung condition. Not Always Huffing and Puffing Some people have what’s known as cough-variant asthma, and it causes dry, persistent coughs instead of the traditional wheezing and shortness of breath. Ask your doctor about cough-variant asthma if you suspect that the ... Read more