Sheila Caresosa Andrade

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High Blood Pressure Problems

Elevated blood pressure—while not necessarily dangerous in itself—is a red flag that your heart's not operating the way it should, says Eric J. Topol, M.D., <i>Men’s Health</i>'s cardiology advisor.<p>There’s an ongoing debate among heart experts over whether to lower the official definition of “high” BP to …

The Architecture of Resilience

The holiday flurry is fading away -- exhale -- leaving us with an opportunity to pause and consider how to be more buoyant in 2014. Could taking a cue or two from our nursing curriculum reinforce your New Year's resolutions to better care for yourself, particularly in easing the stress of busy, …

Mindfulness

Butt Exercises That Work--Really Well!

Exercise 1 Plank with Leg Lift<p>Start at the top of a pushup, then bend your elbows to lower yourself and shift your weight onto your forearms; your body should form a straight line. Brace your abs and glutes <b>(a)</b>. Lift one foot three inches, foot flexed <b>(b)</b>. Hold for a few seconds, then lower and …

Fitness

Learning to Cry: Adventures in Anxiety and Depression, Part 2

I started seeing a psychologist in early November, three weeks after my acute insomnia and anxiety started, three weeks after my long-term boyfriend and I broke up, one week after my family dog died and only days after a string of awful social situations. What's notable here is that, in this span …

Mental Health

Note to Self: Love Your Body

January is self-love month, and there's no better place to start than with your body, especially areas like cellulite. I've always eaten healthy foods, exercised regularly, and never needed to lose weight. One of my doctors used to say I was boring because all my tests (blood, cholesterol, blood …

Women's Health

Good Ways to Deliver Bad News

I like getting good news at the start of the new year, and I assume you do, too. Good news is always nice, and it's even sweeter when its arrival appears as a positive omen for the months to come.<p>Given all these assumptions and expectations, you can understand why I was disappointed when bad news …

What's More Important for Weight Loss: Low-Fat Foods or Low-Calorie Ones?

<b>The answer:</b> Low-calorie foods—without question. “Ultimately, weight loss is about calorie intake. If you take in fewer calories each day, you <i>will</i> slim down,” says Young.<p>The problem with low-fat foods is that even though they may sound diet-friendly, they’re often loaded with sugar—which is super …

Grief and Anxiety: How Can I Calm Down When I Know Bad Things Happen?

Feelings of anxiety are normal for those who have survived an intense loss or trauma. Inside your grief, the whole world can feel like an unsafe place, one that requires constant vigilance: searching for early warning signs of trouble, guarding against more loss. You rehearse what you would do if …

Mindfulness

Should You Vaccinate Your Child

It makes sense that the writer got many of these diseases since they were more common in previous decades. Measles, for example, wasn't eliminated in the U.S. until 2000 (although it's worth noting that Parker lives in the U.K.).<p>And while many of the diseases from which the writer suffered are now …

Public Health

New Year! New Normal?

"We need to talk. I know you are planning to start a diet next Wednesday. I used to start diets, too. I hated to mention this to my then therapist. She would say cheerfully, "Oh, that's great, honey. How much weight are you hoping to gain?" -Anne LaMott on new year's resolutions<p>Happy New Year!<p>Are …

How Your Personality Affects Your Sex Drive

Researchers surveyed 50 women who were seeking care for sexual dysfunction to see how their sex lives, personality traits, and coping mechanisms related to each other. They found that women who scored high on extraversion (those who were outgoing and energetic) and openness to experience (those who …

The Quickest Way to Get Glowing Skin

Summer is months away, but you can still score a healthy, youthful glow with this three-step technique from <i>Women's Health</i> beauty editor Jill Percia:<p><b>Instructions:</b> <b><br>Step 1:</b> Apply a nickel-sized amount of shimmery body lotion along your collarbone—it's a high point that reflects light. <b><br>Step 2:</b> Divide the …

Personal Finance