Author: DCA Staff Writer

People Foods Can Be Dangerous for Pets

What may be innocuous foods for you may be highly toxic for your pet to consume. Before you slip them a snack, know what foods can be harmful—or even life-threatening—to your pet. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), here are…

Mammograms: Women Join the Conversation

Mammogram screenings starting at age 40 reduce the chances of death due to breast cancer, but screenings can also lead to harmful effects such as anxiety, false-positive results, unnecessary biopsies, and overtreatment. As a result, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has recently updated its mammogram screening guidelines. With its new recommendations, which apply…

A Sweetheart of a Scam: Online Dating Fraud

Online dating can be complicated. It entails sifting through loads of profiles, getting a dialogue going, deciding if you want to meet, going on a date, and eventually figuring out if you’re actually compatible. Now to make the process even trickier, you also need to take precautions against online dating fraud. Online criminals use dating…

Keeping it Cool: Worth Your Time and Energy

Turning down the temperature on your air conditioner isn’t the only solution for keeping your house cool. Here are some easy ways, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the U.S. Department of Energy, to stay comfortable during the warm months, while also reducing your home energy bill. Draw your shades. Simply closing…

Fake Online Pharmacies: The Dangers Are Real

Like many “deals” that sound too good to be true, the same goes for most online prescriptions. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), fake online pharmacies not only steal your money, but can cost you your personal and financial information, health, or even your life. Your financial identity may be at risk…

Beyond Childhood: ADHD as an Adult

Often thought of as a condition found only in children, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—when left undiagnosed and untreated—can last into adulthood. ADHD symptoms may be overlooked during childhood because of highly structured and protected school and home-life environments. Young people who are extremely bright may also be able to mask and compensate for their symptoms. According…

Neti Pots: Tap Water is a No-No

Spring is almost over, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the end of allergies. Those who suffer year-round look for relief in a number of ways—from daily doses of allergy medicine to regular sessions of acupuncture. Another popular—as well as drug-free and inexpensive—method is nasal rinsing. A common nasal irrigation device is the neti pot—a small,…

A Clear Look at Contact Lenses

Contact lenses can be liberating. You don’t have to deal with the discomfort of eyeglasses resting on your face and ears, your peripheral view is generally better, and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they can even improve the progression of nearsightedness in children and teenagers. However, despite their benefits, if…

Having Dense Breasts: What Does It Mean?

When women get their mammogram results, they may be notified that they have “dense breast tissue.” Starting in April 2013, California law requires that patients be informed if they have dense breasts, and if they do, they may want to consult with their doctor about additional screening options. Density is apparent only in mammograms and…

The Disconnection Effect: Social Media and Young People

By design, social media connects young people to one another on a regular, even minute-by-minute basis. They see pictures and videos of others vacationing, having fancy meals, getting together for parties. What do these social media-driven images leave them feeling like? Oftentimes, disconnected and lonely. A recent study by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine…

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