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Love Chemistry

What is love? It is a question William Shakespeare had been working on in the 1600’s and recording artist Haddaway has been asking since 1993. Now, scientists are trying to find an answer.

It’s Chemical

Studies have shown that romantic feelings are triggered by an increase in oxytocin, a chemical that promotes intimacy, which leads to an increase of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine produces feelings of euphoria, energy, sleeplessness, and focused attention.

Winter Blues

Do you dread the winter months? Other than those beautiful moments of quiet snowfall, there isn’t much to like about it. It’s dark, plants are dormant and dead looking, you feel tired more, and you have to start your car in the morning so maybe it will be warm by the time you get to work… The list can go on and on.  But there are some people who are affected by these winter months more than others.

Call 911

You wake from sleep.  It’s dark outside, your wife is sleeping peaceful, and you don’t feel well.  Your chest aches, you can’t catch your breath, and you feel a little nauseated.  Maybe you shouldn’t have eaten those spicy enchiladas for supper, or … maybe it’s your heart.  You take antacids, but you start to feel worse.  What do you do?  Do you wake your wife and drive yourself to the ER?  No, call 911.

EXERCISE PROGRAM COULD PRODUCE POSITIVE BENEFITS THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME

A message from Ken Johnson, President & CEO of HRHS

The holiday season has passed and for many, the aftereffects may include a few extra pounds gained because of a larger-than-normal intake of calories is consumed at family gatherings and parties.  

To further complicate matters, January is traditionally the coldest month of the year producing below freezing temperatures, which are less than conducive for outdoor physical activity.

Cervical Cancer

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer.

HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. It’s also a major cause of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don’t know they are infected.

The good news?

Sometimes the perfect breakfast can get you going in the morning

The next time you're running late don't settle for an egg and cheese breakfast sandwich from a fast food place. Sometimes simple is better and healthier.

Grab yourself two slices of whole grain bread, toast them, top them with mashed avocado and sprinkle a little salt and pepper on for a beautiful rich base. Top that with two sunny side up eggs for a healthy dose of protein. You can stack them up for easy protein on-the-go or put them together for a delicious sandwich for the drive in to work.

Peanut butter banana smoothie

Smoothies are perfect for an on-the-go snack anytime a day. Try this one for a delicious treat.

Blend one pealed banana, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, one cup of almond milk and a few ice cubes. If this is a morning snack be sure to place it in a tight container and throw it in your gym bag. Otherwise, freeze it the night before and by the time lunch time rolls around and it will be thawed enough to eat.

If you're looking for an extra protein boost be sure to add a scoop of your favorite chocolate or vanilla protein for an extra protein boost.

A stroke can occur at any age

Each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke. About 600,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks. Nearly three-quarters of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65. The risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade after the age of 55.

People of all ages are vulnerable, despite seemingly good health. In fact, the risk of stroke is increasing faster in individuals ages 30-45 than in any other age group. Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.

Is it a TIA or a Stroke?

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a transient episode of neurologic dysfunction caused by ischemia (loss of blood flow) – either focal brain, spinal cord or retinal – without acute infarction (tissue death). TIAs have the same underlying systems of a stroke however the symptoms can go away after a few minutes. When a TIA occurs there is a disruption of cerebral blood flow and are frequently referred to as mini-strokes.

Motivation

Let's face it we all need a little motivation. Many of us have fitness trackers whether it is an Apple Watch, a FitBit or even a Shine. These little things we wear on our body are totally relatable for us. A lot of times it helps us become what is called a "fitness freak".

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