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How to Protect Yourself from Blue Light

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Photo courtesy of Sean Do on Unsplash.

Navigating the balance between work and life in the digital world is proving to be more of a challenge every day. Maybe work requires you to dedicate your days to connecting and networking over a computer screen, or maybe you feel like your job is centered around conference calls and Skype sessions with international clients. But what...

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

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by Dr. Kristen Ray

While there’s growing acceptance of common mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, overall, the stigma of mental illness still permeates our society. Depictions of the mentally ill in media are particularly troubling, as they’re too often hyperbolized and grossly altered to fit long-standing stereotypes of people with mental illnesses as menaces to society. This dangerous trend helps perpetuate the viewpoint that people who have a mental illness or mental health issue are hazardous to others. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many mental...

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AZ Health: When a Picture Does Not Tell a Thousand Words

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Families are struggling more today than ever. Parents’ external need to fulfill their own self-esteem through the lives of their children has become a dangerous cycle to the physical and mental health of their children and destroys the stability in the family system. Working with families provides family clinicians like myself the opportunity to see behind the curtain of the perfect photograph that is often an illusion of what is actually an extremely abusive, dysfunctional family system.

Families that are hiding patterns of addiction and abuse often use the smoke and mirrors of visual perfectionism in many everyday things that...

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AZ Health: Healthy Vision Month

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In honor of Healthy Vision Month, AZ Foothills turned to Dr. Zahra Lalwani Lasee of Healthy Eye Care/Fit Optical to get the lowdown on everyday eye health, when it's time to get your kiddo's eyes checked and what the deal is with those blue light-blocking lenses.

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 Dr. Lasee

What inspired you to pursue optometry?

ZL: There are some things in life you just...

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Celebrate "Sleep Better Month": Small Steps to a Better Night’s Sleep

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Think back to the last time you had a night of quality sleep – last week, last month or maybe you can’t remember. If you happen to fall into any of those categories, you are not alone. One-third of U.S. adults don’t meet the recommended threshold of seven hours of sleep per night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between work, kids and all of life’s demands, finding time for restful, restorative sleep can be difficult.

As more studies show the importance of healthy sleep and the impact it has on overall wellbeing, it is crucial to be purposeful about our habits. The absence of...

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