Stuttering in childhood: When to seek help

More than 3 million Americans struggle with stuttering, but when children are learning to speak, it is more common. Many young kids go through a stage between the ages of 2 and 5 when they stutter, repeating certain syllables, words or phrases, prolonging them, or stopping, making no sound for certain sounds and syllables. But what is the difference between ‘developmental…

‘Smartphone thumb’ becoming major problem, doctors say

Are you addicted to your phone? If you’re texting all day and all night, you might be developing something doctors are dubbing, ‘smartphone thumb.’ Health experts warn they’re treating more and more patients complaining about a pain in their thumb. It’s caused by the force and repetitive motion of typing on the screen. Doctors say this leads to pain and…

How food can help with depression

Depression is estimated to affect 350 million people worldwide, with its symptoms associated with decreased productivity as well as decreased quality of life. Health experts say there are natural ways to help combat depression, such as diet. Dr. Dalal Akoury of AWAREmed talks about how including special foods in your diet can help your mental health.

Just how dangerous are trans fats?

Heart attacks and strokes fell by more than 6% three years after some New York counties banned trans fats, according to a recent study. But what are trans fats and what makes them so dangerous? Dr. Dalal Akoury of AWAREmed explains why we should avoid trans fats all together.

Study: Instagram is the most detrimental social media platform for your health

A new study suggests Instagram could be really, really bad for young people’s health. Researchers from the Royal Society for Public Health in conjunction with the Young Health Movement in England recently looked at how five major social media sites impact things like anxiety, depression and body image. YouTube was the only site young people said had a net positive…

10 hospitalized with botulism linked to nacho cheese sauce

Ten people have been hospitalized and one person has died after a botulism outbreak in California, all linked to tainted nacho cheese from a gas station. Michael Galindo, 37, died last week from botulism, although his illness and death have not yet been verified by officials of having ties to the botulism outbreak from this specific gas station. Botulism is…

Is fruit juice healthy?

Fruit juice is not as nutritious as fresh fruit, but it can be a healthy part of your diet, if it’s consumed in small portions. Dr. Dalal Akoury of AWAREmed explains why it’s important to drink fruit juices in moderation.