Why Giving is Good for Your Health

We all know giving helps others, whether we volunteer for organizations, offer emotional support to those around us or donate to charities. But studies show that giving is also good for the giver —  boosting physical and mental health. Studies find these health benefits associated with giving: Lower blood pressure Increased self-esteem Less depression Lower … Read More

3 Ways to Teach Kids About Giving

The holidays are a great time to teach your kids lessons about giving, says a child psychiatrist from Cleveland Clinic. Joseph Austerman, DO, says kids learn empathy when exposed to volunteer activities or ways to donate or help other children or other people. “They are much less likely to bully. They do better, and go … Read More

Prevent Kids From Swallowing Button Batteries

Parents know toys with small parts can be a choking hazard for young children. But with today’s technology comes a new danger: button-size batteries powering toys and electronics. These are linked to dangerous ingestions: Hearing aids (top the list) Games and toys Flashlights Watches Laser pointers Growing problem According to a recent study by the National Battery … Read More

‘Tis the Season for Headaches? (Video)

The holiday season could also be called “headache season.” Doctors say it’s not uncommon to see an increase in people complaining about migraines this time of the year. Jennifer Kriegler, MD, who treats migraine patients, says the increase is tied to the following: 1. Changes in diet “Holidays are a stressful time and there are … Read More

Get Your Holiday Cheer On

Do you have gifts to buy, parties to plan, and lots of activities to squeeze in between now and New Year’s Day? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and to lose sight of the fun at this time of year. Psychologist Michael McKee, PhD, has three simple tips to help change your inner Scrooge to a good mood. 1. … Read More

Santa for Children With Autism

We’re all familiar with the holiday shopping mall scene: Bright lights, bag-toting crowds, gaggles of excited kids, blaring holiday music and over-the-top decorations. Most of us think it’s festive, or if not, tolerable. But to a kid with autism, it can be terrifying. The lights, colors and sounds can cause sensory overload. Add a loud … Read More

Stockings Stuffed With
Healthy Goodness

It’s the week before Christmas. Are you still stuffing family stockings? Many of us are. If you want some healthy alternatives to candy, read on. Dietitian Tara Harwood offers three alternatives to sweet, unhealthy stocking stuffers: 1. Consider fruit, chocolate and nuts Try something as simple as pairing your child’s favorite fruit – an orange, … Read More

Gift Idea: Puppy or Kitten?

It’s the holiday season. Your son is begging you for a puppy and your daughter tells you she wants a kitten all her own. They swear they will take care of the new dog or cat. Though it’s tempting to want to be Super Mom or Dad and swoop in with a new fuzzy, four-legged friend, there … Read More

How to Shake the Holiday Blues

Does your holiday jingle sound more like a languishing jangle? If you feel blue around the holidays, you’re in good company. These feelings are quite common, says psychologist Michael McKee, PhD. He says you may feel down if you can’t celebrate the way you’d like to or if you’re reminded of losses that happened around … Read More

Top Docs Share 7 Health Resolutions

Seven Cleveland Clinic physicians — from oncology to wellness to orthopaedics — weighed in with their top suggestions for patients’ health in the coming year. Commit to making these physician-recommended resolutions in 2013, and you just may have your healthiest year ever. 1. Get moving Steven E. Nissen, MD, MACC, Chairman of the Department of … Read More