If it’s in the news and it affects your health, it’s on The Doctors. Get up-to-the-minute facts on the latest medical issues.
Do Glasses Age You?
On average, people who wear prescription glasses are perceived to be at least three years older than they actually are. Those 45 and over are gauged to be at least five years older!
You may need glasses if you:
• Squint to identify someone across the room
• Have trouble seeing near or far
• Have eyestrain or eye fatigue
• Get headaches
• Blink excessively
• Have difficulty seeing clearly while driving, particularly at night
• Squint frequently
• Have difficulty reading signs or watching television
• Have watery eyes
Health tip: Have your eyes examined annually!
What do you think? Are glasses sexy or slouchy?
Tactile Mind, created by Lisa Murphy, is a book comprised of explicit text and raised pictures of naked men and women, designed to be enjoyed by the blind and visually impaired.
Men’s Magic Hour
Do you want all the items completed on your honey-do list? Or perhaps a romantic getaway? Studies show that if you ask your sweetie after 6 p.m., you’re more likely to get what you want.
If you want a better chance at winning an argument, choose 3 p.m. to engage a man. And, if you want to ask for a raise or a promotion, wait until 1 p.m.
Working Moms vs. Stay-at-Home Moms
One of the hottest ongoing debates in parenting is whether working mothers help or hinder their children. Research has found little evidence to suggest that mothers who work part-time or full-time have children with problems in later life.
Dr. Michele Borba, educational psychologist and author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries, joins The Doctors via telephone to weigh in.
“What the research is clearly telling us is that we can alleviate the guilt,” Dr. Borba says. “Forty-one percent of moms are single moms.”
Dr. Borba’s number one piece of advice for working moms: Find the best daycare available. “Be choosy when you look for quality daycare,” she advises. “Use your gut feeling. Nobody knows your kid better.”
Dr. Borba’s Daycare Checklist
1: Use your gut instinct. You have to visit and say, “Do I feel comfortable leaving my child all day long with this person?” Are they sensitive? Nurturing?” That’s what you’re looking for.
2: Is there rich cognitive stimulation? Is the TV off? Is the caregiver sitting on the floor with the baby and talking or singing? Is the baby responding to the stimulation?
3. Take note of the ratio of kids to care providers. More kids means the care providers are less likely to talk and individualize with your child, which is what he or she needs.
4: Check the safety of the location. Is it a safe environment? Are there locks on the doors? Are there security gates? Are there dogs outside? Use general common sense.
If you follow these four things, you should be able to enhance your child’s cognitive growth and reduce the risk of behavioral problems.
Moms: What do you think about daycare for your kids? Sound off in the Motherhood Survival Club!
Pregnancy and Dentistry
Hormone changes during pregnancy can affect a woman’s oral health, but many women put off dental work while pregnant for fear of harming her baby. However, experts maintain that routine dental cleanings can and should be performed at any time during pregnancy.
Women with periodontal, or gum, disease can be seven times more likely to deliver prematurely than women with healthy gums. Gestational gingivitis, inflammation or swelling of the gums can also cause tooth and bone loss.
Dentist Dr. Mark Liechtung, from Manhattan Dental Arts of New York, says the best thing a future mother can do in regards to her dental care and upcoming pregnancy is to plan ahead. “Tell your dental care practitioner that you’re preparing to have a family,” he advises. “Then the dentist can take precautions.”
Menstrual Cramp Remedy
During menses, the lining of the uterus breaks down and is expelled through the vaginal canal. This happens because prostaglandins, which are molecular compounds, cause uterine muscles to contract and restrict the blood supply to the endometrium, or lining of the uterus. As the endometrium dies and breaks down, uterine contractions expel the tissue from the body.
The contractions of the uterus can cause painful cramps. Dr. Lisa demonstrates how Allay Menstrual Pain Therapy can help alleviate discomfort.