New ideas for Passover meals

submitted by Megan Collins, RD, ShopRite of Yardley

Passover begins April 3rd, so now’s the time to start planning your menu. Why not incorporate something new into your traditional Passover celebration? Here are some innovative ways to add whole grains and fiber to your holiday meal.

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What’s in your cold and flu arsenal?

submitted by GNC, Newtown

Every year, millions of dollars are spent on cold and flu remedies. Lately, more and more health conscious consumers are choosing products that actually prevent symptoms from occurring in the first place. Here are some of the most effective products on the market:

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College students and dental decay

submitted by Drs. Hopenwasser, Faust, & Scholl, Bucks County Smiles

Did your college students come home for the holidays with newfound smarts and independence? Since catching up over the holidays often includes a dental check-up and cleaning, did you also find a change in their dental exam findings, i.e. more cavities? Here are some possible reasons why and how to prevent it in the future.

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Concussion: Neurofeedback beats head injury

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Annette’s plans (not her real name) for her senior year and graduate school changed significantly. She was broadsided on a warm sunny afternoon by a car with an inattentive driver running a red light. Her vehicle was then thrown head-on into a tree. Although believing she sustained only a broken nose from hitting the steering wheel, she had no clue the disruption the next two years would bring.

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Social phobia bows to neurofeedback

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Nate (not his real name) was struggling with fear of being in crowds. He was anxious about going anywhere in public. His job involved interacting with people he did not know, which was becoming a serious problem for him. He often had difficulty falling asleep. He was unsure of whether he could keep up with his responsibilities and feared he might lose his job. He was irritable and often argued with his girlfriend, causing a strain on their relationship. On weekends he would drink just to calm himself down, which he thought, at times, could be in excess.

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The benefits of dental technology

submitted by Drs. Hopenwasser, Faust & Scholl, Bucks County Smiles

Lasers. Velscope. CAD-CAM technology and CEREC. Digital Radiography. Dental technology is always changing and improving. What are these advances and how can you benefit from them?

Lasers have advanced nearly every facet of medicine. Dentistry is no exception. Lasers can be used for some periodontal procedures. Gum tissue treatment is much easier when a laser is used. Healing is quicker and discomfort reduced and often eliminated. Lasers are also used to re-shape the gums to enhance one’s smile. In some cases, a laser can be used to replace the drill to remove decay.’

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Solarize with your neighbors and save!

submitted by Mark Bortman, Exact Solar, mark@exactsolar.com

Anyone who’s been to a big-box wholesaler knows the (not so secret) secret: buying in bulk saves money. Now, with a “Solarize Philadelphia!” campaign, that concept is being extended to solar energy systems. The idea is to band together with a bunch of neighbors and get a group discount for installing solar panels on your house.

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Some of the advantages of solar energy

submitted by Mark Bortman, Exact Solar, mark@exactsolar.com

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you had to turn on a light. When you stop and think about it, it is pretty incredible that every time we flip the switch, the lights go on (well, almost).

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Dental emergency treatment

submitted by Howard Hopenwasser, DMD, www.BucksCountySmiles.com

*Canker Sores – Apply baking soda or an over-the-counter oral gel, such as glyoxide, and to the affected area. Never place Aspirin, Tylenol (Acetaminophen) or Advil (Ibuprofen) directly on any area in the mouth. If the sore persists for more than one week, call your dental office for an appointment

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Neurofeedback conquers anxiety and trauma

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Charlotte (not her real name) felt limited by her fear of driving. It prevented her from engaging in many activities and going places that were desirable. Visiting family members who lived at a distance was always difficult for her, and she would often forego the drive, causing her to miss out on family events. As a passenger she also struggled with the stress of riding in the car.

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