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What Bruises May Reveal About Your Health

Those Colorful Marks

We all get a bruise from time to time -- maybe you walked into the doorjamb in the middle of the night or tripped over the dog on your morning walk. Most aren’t anything to worry about and heal on their own. Others can be a sign of something more serious. It’s a good to know the difference.

Why Do They Happen?

A bruise shows up when an injury makes small blood vessels under your skin bleed. Your skin isn’t broken, so the blood doesn’t have anywhere to go. It pools and forms clots and changes the color of the skin above the injury. Harder blows tend to cause bigger bruises -- also called contusions. They may be tender or hurt badly.

Types of Bruises

A flat, purple bruise that happens when blood leaks into the top layers of your skin is called an ecchymosis. A black eye, or “shiner,” is an example of this kind of bruise. A hematoma happens when clotted blood forms a lump under your skin. The area is usually swollen, raised, or painful. A “goose egg” on your head is one e…

9 Conditions That Can Irritate Your Scalp

Scalp Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a long-lasting condition that causes a dry, itchy buildup of skin cells that may crack and bleed. It makes your skin flake, and you can have it on different parts of your body. About half of all people with it have it on their scalp.

Treatment for Scalp Psoriasis

Your doctor may give you special shampoo or medication to put directly on your scalp. You also may get pills to help with inflammation and itching. Another treatment option is to shine natural or artificial ultraviolet light on your skin. It can help clear up the painful patches.

Dry Scalp

It sounds simple, but this can have a big effect. It can itch and flake, and when the skin breaks -- from cracking or scratching -- bacteria can get in and cause an infection. It's more common in dry climates, and it's more likely to happen as you get older. You also can have this issue if you wash your hair too often or use harsh hair products that strip out natural oils.

Treatment for Dry Scalp

Lifestyle chan…

11 Ways Swimming Can Make You Sick

What’s in the Water?

When you swim, you can come across some nasty bacteria, viruses, and chemicals. Oceans, rivers, lakes, and ponds can get things from animals, sewage spills, runoff from rainstorms, or other swimmers. And while chlorine kills most of the germs in places like pools, hot tubs, and splash fountains, it doesn’t work instantly.

Digestive Problems

If you catch something while you’re swimming -- wherever you might be -- you’re most likely to have these kinds of issues. The culprit is often a parasite like cryptosporidium (crypto for short) or girardia. You also could come into contact with norovirus or bacteria like E. coli or shigella. To protect yourself, don't swallow water when you swim. To protect everyone else, stay on the sidelines if you have diarrhea.

Swimmer’s Ear

The official name for this is otitis externa. It’s a common infection you can get when you spend a lot of time in any kind of water. Your skin breaks down more easily when it’s moist, and bacteria can m…

Inspirational Quote – July 29, 2017

“You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.”

I wasn’t sure what this meant at first. I could relate to choosing a different future but a different past, really? I believe you are NEVER too old to choose a different future to the one you perhaps planned when you were much younger. Life tends to change and shape us in ways we never expected or planned for. There is nothing stopping us responding to these changes by adapting and putting into practice new plans or ideas. However, when it comes to choosing a different past……. I don’t think this is so much about choosing a different past but instead learning from the past and allowing the lessons it has taught us to enhance our future. This is our choice so we need to use it wisely.

The Boy & Dog Who Changed Each Other's Lives Forever

Jonny Hickey is a young boy with autism who had trouble making connections with other people and interacting with the family's pets, had limited vocabulary, and would isolate himself, even with family members sometimes. That is, until Xena walked into his life on her four paws, and brought him out of his shell. The Hickeys adopted Xena, a rescue dog who had been previously so severely abused for months that by the time she was rescued, it wasn't certain she would survive. When Xena and Jonny met, magic ensued. This heartwarming video captures the journey of both the boy and the dog who are flourishing in each other's companionship.

How to Reclaim Your Weekend

A new book explains how we lost our work-life balance, why it matters, and what to do about it.BY JILL SUTTIE

It’s funny how my weekends no longer feel like weekends of yore. Instead of spending time in play, exercise, or community pursuits, often as not I end up catching up on work, answering emails, or doing chores. Needless to say, this does not lead to a rejuvenated me come Monday morning. But isn’t this simply the new reality of modern life? Shouldn’t I just get used to it? The answer is a resounding no, according to journalist Katrina Onstad’s book The Weekend Effect. Onstad outlines how weekends came into being and how their purpose has eroded over time, as well as the many reasons why we shouldn’t let that trend continue. She makes a plea for leisure and meaningful pursuits outside our jobs, explaining how to disentangle ourselves from the cult of overwork so that we can live fuller, happier lives. According to Onstad, too many of us continue to hold on to the myth that success me…

Inspirational Quote – July 28, 2017

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”

Well this is just common sense isn’t it? If we do our best today, in everything we do, and behave our best towards everybody we encounter in our day, then we will have peace of mind won’t we? Realistically, this will be easier to achieve on some days than others as we are not saints but human beings. However, if we can lay our head on our pillow at bedtime and, looking back on our day, be happy and content with how it has gone and how we have conducted ourselves, then tomorrow is like cash in the bank, another day to look forward to, zzzzzzzzzz…….

How To Give Away A Billion -- Or Not

Best-selling author David Brooks was asked what he would do if he had a billion dollars to give. In his recent NY Times op-ed piece, he answers: "Only loving relationships transform lives, and such relationships can be formed only in small groups. I'd seed 25-person collectives, a group of people who meet once a week to share...Each collective would have a curriculum, a set of biographical and reflective readings, to help members come up with their own life philosophies, to help them master the intellectual [foundation of] virtues." In this piece, Nipun Mehta shares that ServiceSpace (DailyGood's umbrella organization) has been successfully running on this core principle since 1999 without fundraising a single penny. He challenges the currently prevailing view that financial capital is the solution to social problems and urges us to consider the other forms of capital that are often underutilized and overlooked. "We need to repair the social fabric," Nipun …

Three Surprising Insights about Success and Happiness

The path to a healthy, successful, and meaningful life may not be what we expect.BY KIRA M. NEWMAN

Sometimes, findings from the research on well-being seem a bit obvious: Gratitude will make you happier; mindfulness reduces your stress; it feels good to be kind. But the findings of other studies are much more counterintuitive. This kind of research challenges how we think the world works; if we’re open to it, it can drastically change our day-to-day lives and our communities. At the International Positive Psychology Association’s 5th World Congress—a four-day conference held earlier this month with more than 1,300 attendees—I heard three insights that challenged my assumptions. They offered new ways to think about the things we want most in life—including health, success, and happiness. 1. You don’t have to be charismatic to succeed What drives high performance at work? In the past, business researchers focused on how much influence or information employees managed to amass in their organiz…