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.
Twelve-year-old Teddy Dean of Lake Charles -- first introduced to Southwest Louisiana through a KPLC segment with Britney Glaser -- has severe hearing loss as the result of a birth defect connected to Down syndrome. A Cochlear device was expected to give Teddy a world of sounds for the first time.
Trouble remembering someone’s name? Can’t remember for the life of you where you left your keys? From recalling fond memories of our past to remembering things where we last placed our phone, memory plays a vital role in every aspect of our lives.
The human body has been called a marvel of bioengineering. No man-made system can come close to the inherent complexity, self-sufficiency and adaptability of a human being. But as amazing as our systems are, they aren’t perfect, and it’s inevitable that you will experience an inexplicable glitch—such as blushing or hiccups—from time to time.
When you consider the active and exhausting life of an athlete, it’s hard to imagine a part of the body that endures more hardship than the feet. Whether it’s football, track, soccer, basketball, softball, tennis or any other sport, the feet provide the foundation for every type of athletic activity.
The reality is most of us have struggled at one time or another with sleep. Whether it’s struggling to drift off at night, difficulty sleeping soundly or fighting to wake up in the morning, finding the right balance can be tricky.
Sure, reading books can improve your communication skills and teach you how to spell words and form sentences. But when you curl up with a good book, you're doing much more than that. Studies show that reading books reduces stress, strengthens intuition, staves off Alzheimer's disease, helps you sleep and makes you more empathetic. In other words: Books don't just make you a better reader. They make you a better you.
A good night’s sleep can leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle a new day, but research shows that getting at least seven hours a night can also lead to better heart health.
If tossing and turning all night and waking up feeling unrefreshed in the morning are a regular part of your sleep routine, a simple bedroom makeover may just be the answer to your bedtime woes.
The Eye Clinic is now offering cataract patients one more way to see clearly after cataract surgery. Jon Yokubaitis, MD, ophthalmologist with the group was the first ophthalmic surgeon in Southwest Louisiana to correct astigmatism in cataract patients using the new Tecnis Toric intraocular lens implant (IOL).
In 2012 doctors in Houston told Debra Hebert there was nothing more they could do for her. Plagued by circulation problems, she was having a hard time getting around and making it through a 12-hour shift as a pipeline documenter. The fatigue was bad enough to put her into a state of depression.
Imagine crawling into bed after a hard day’s work at a construction site only to be awakened every 45 minutes by tremendous pain in your wrist and hand. This was a reality for Charlie Woods before he sought help from Dr. Andrew Foret, hand and wrist specialist at Center for Orthopaedics.
Your uniqueness can help you get fit.
Just as many of us gravitate toward certain colors (vibrant oranges can be fun for some, but too intense for others) or television channels (Food Network, anyone?), there are workout routines that can fit your natural preferences.
Your mouth is the most critical component of your outward appearance. Transcending all cultures and backgrounds, a smile can denote amusement, relief, gratitude and triumph. It can represent happiness and even pride for its owner.
If summer heat shifts your fashion focus to your feet, then it’s important to get in step with smart footwear and foot care before the season begins.
Connie Guillot used to be plagued by constant feelings of heaviness and tiredness in her legs. In addition to her physical aches and pains, she was embarrassed to wear clothing that would show her legs, due to some very visible and bulging veins.
It's difficult to appreciate how much we rely on our joints until the day comes when they ache—so much so that it wakes us up at night or prevents us from walking, lifting or bending over. For millions of Americans, joint pain isn't just a dull, disappearing pain that comes with overexertion or fatigue. It's a constant pain that affects the activities of daily living. When the pain surpasses the ability to function properly, sufferers are left with treatment options that range from medication to joint replacement.
Just as the left foot balances the right and the right arm balances the left, nearly every major muscle in the human body has a corresponding muscle group that carries out the opposite function. Take your biceps and triceps for example. The even matchup created by this pair lets you bend and straighten your elbow without any thought. This is a natural process for the body for not only this pair, but many others.
If you think braces are a simply a rite of passage through the awkward teen and pre-teen years, think again. More and more adults are seeking out orthodontia services to perfect their smiles.
There’s more to getting a good night’s rest than a dark room and drinking warm milk before bed. There could be surprising sleep stealers that are sabotaging your ability to sleep well.
College students can attest that most of them are missing their bedtimes. Roommates, dorm noise, increased workload both in and out of the classroom and extracurricular activities are all contributing factors to restless short nights.
For Roxie Buroughs, something as simple as putting one foot in front of the other was a pain-filled endeavor. After suffering with hip problems for years; problems that included a hairline fracture and pins to stabilize both joints, she was dealing with nearly constant pain and very limited mobility. Then she fell and broke her left hip in 2011. Her orthopaedic specialist, Dr. George J. Trappey, with Center for Orthopaedics, recommended a total hip replacement. "I was ready for relief and trusted Dr. Trappey. The procedure he recommended seemed like it could be a great solution for my ongoing hip struggles.”
Him: Where are my keys? Her: On the counter. Him: I looked. They’re not there. Her: Yes they are. I put them in. Him: Well, someone moved them. I’m looking, still looking……
Her: Here they are. Right where I said they were.
You’re lying in bed watching the seconds on the clock turn to minutes and then hours, growing ever frustrated, trying to figure out why you can’t just drift off to sleep.
Having a stare-down with your alarm clock can leave you feeling stressed out and exhausted the next day. Faced with working, keeping a house and raising children, it’s difficult to fit it all into one day. It’s no wonder our thoughts drift to what we didn’t get done.
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