Headache again? Knowing the Type May Help

January 18th, 2017

African American woman with a headache at work

By Olivia Turansky, Pharmacy Resident, Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock

Your head hurts. Again! Whether it is your first headache or you’ve lost count, the first step in thwarting your frequent headaches is determining what type of headache you’re fighting. Headaches can occur on one or both sides of the head, develop gradually or suddenly, may last minutes or days, and can appear as a sharp pain or dull ache.

Everyday things can trigger a headache including food, drinks, exercise, medications, stress, too much or too little sleep, bright lights, hunger, smells, and hormones. The most common headaches include migraines, tension, cluster, chronic headaches, and medication-overuse headaches. Read the rest of this story »

Beat the Holiday Blues

December 16th, 2016

Portrait of stressed young woman near christmas tree

By Morgan Ramey, Pharmacy Resident, Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock

Do the holidays stress you out? The holiday season may bring you joy, but it might also be a time that causes you to feel overwhelmed or anxious. Factors that can contribute to holiday blues include facing the loss of a loved one, being away from family and friends, feeling isolated from others, complicated family dynamics, and financial hardship, to mention a few.

Regardless of the reason, most people tend to feel a higher amount of tension during this time of the year. This article will discuss the symptoms associated with each condition as well as the many treatment options.

It is completely normal to have short episodes of feeling anxious or nervous. When anyone remains anxious over a prolonged period of time, it is classified as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). GAD is quite common, especially in adults, but this does not mean it is normal. Read the rest of this story »

Don’t Let Seasonal Celebrations Derail the Rest of the Year’s Healthy Habits

December 14th, 2016

Homemade Roasted Turkey with all the Sides

By Linda Means, Clinical Nutrition Manager, BHMC-Little Rock

While you are celebrating the holidays this season, your body could be quietly sending you a message. The period between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be a disaster for your best intentions to eat healthy.

The best way to prevent post-holiday remorse is to develop strategies ahead of time. This doesn’t mean to deprive yourself or your family of holiday favorites –– it just means you have to be aware of how much and how frequently you indulge.

For many dieters, the holidays are a time for simply giving up. Many people just resign themselves to packing on extra pounds, hoping to lose it again in the new year.

The key to eating right even in the holiday season is taking control. Regardless of your menu, practicing portion control is key to weight/health control. Read the rest of this story »