Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are so thankful for our wonderful clients, dedicated staff and loving families! 

We will be closed Thursday and Friday for the holiday, resuming normal business hours on Saturday. 

We wish you a great Thanksgiving holiday!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Where Thanksgiving calories hide -- and how to burn them off!

When you sit down to a traditional Thanksgiving meal, the cards will be stacked against your diet. Those favorite dishes are just so high in calories -- hello, stuffing and sweet potato casserole! -- and there are just so many of them, it can seem impossible not to splurge.

But with the right planning and a serving of willpower, you can have a healthy (or healthier) Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Ina Garten's Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe

Thinking about roasting a whole turkey can be intimidating for a first timer. Check out Ina Garten's recipe for a delicious herb-roasted turkey breast. It's also a lighter option to the star of your meal!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Hair Replacement for Young Men

When most people think of balding men, they think of middle-aged men. But, a lot of men actually start experiencing thinning and balding at a younger age, some in their teenage years! Ricky Knowles has perfected his hair duplication craft and offers young men the opportunity to have a head full of hair again! Take a look at client, Stefan! He changes his hairstyle often to fit his mood, and looks quite dapper! Awesome work Ricky!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Q: Is it true that breast cancer survivors risk developing or worsening lymphedema if they do strength-training exercises with their arms?

A: Exercise, especially of the arms, used to be considered too risky for breast cancer survivors due to fears of lymphedema, which is an accumulation of lymph in the soft tissue with swelling. This condition is not usually life-threatening, but it can seriously impact quality of life, with decreased flexibility, difficulty fitting in clothes, feelings of heaviness and increased risk of recurrent skin infections. Yet lack of exercise can begin a cycle of physical decline with serious consequences; emerging research now suggests that the best course is safe exercise rather than no exercise.

Lymphedema, which can occur within days or years after cancer or its treatment, blocks flow in the lymph system that transports lymphocytes (white blood cells) and other infection-fighting cells throughout the body, resulting in swelling where the fluid accumulates. For breast cancer survivors, this tends to involve the arms and/or hands. As many as one in three women whose breast cancer surgery includes full removal of lymph nodes in the underarm area (axillary node dissection) experience lymphedema, and radiation therapy to the area may lead to its development, too.

Once lymphedema develops, it doesn’t go away, but some steps may make it easier to live with or possibly prevent it, according to the National Lymphedema Network. Avoid extreme exercise of the arm that could potentially be affected because it can promote inflammation or injury. Current studies in breast cancer survivors suggest that starting with low intensity upper-body exercise and progressing slowly does not increase onset of lymphedema and is better than no upper arm exercises as long as any sumptoms that develop are monitored closely and treated.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines recommend that patients with or at risk for lymphedema be evaluated by a certified lymphedema therapist to ensure it is safe to exercise. Cancer survivors who have lymphedema should wear a garment know as a lymphedema sleeve during all exercise that uses the affected limb, according to the National Cancer Institute. Those without lymphedema do not need to wear this while doing exercise. If you are a survivor and it’s unclear whether you have lymphedema and what exercises to do, talk with your physician and health care team.

If you are going through cancer treatment and concerned about lymphedema or currently have lymphedema, contact our BOC/ABC certified compression garment fitter, Kristen Knowles at 713-623-4247 and schedule a free consultation.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

How Much Hair Loss Is Normal?

About 50 to 100 hairs a day. And that number fluctuates throughout the year—it's higher in the autumn and lower in the summer. But if you notice a coin-shaped bald area (or areas) on your scalp, run to your dermatologist since that could be a signal of alopecia areata, a medical condition in which the immune system attacks hair follicles.

You should also see your doc if you're especially itchy or if your scalp is red, tender, bumpy, or flaking, since these signs could point to a scalp problem or an allergy. And if you suddenly notice a massive increase in the amount of hair falling out each day, and it doesn't slow down after a month, schedule an office visit.

Have questions about hair loss? We're here to answer them!
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