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By F. Daniel Kent


Identifying High Risk Patients to Help Prepare for a Potential Preterm Birth

Premature birth, also known as preterm birth, is the number one obstetric problem and the number one cause of death for newborns in the United States. Defined medically as childbirth occurring earlier than 37 completed weeks of gestation, preterm birth affects 1 in 8 babies born in the United States and places them at risk for serious health problems.  FDA approved for women from 22 to 35 weeks of pregnancy who are at risk for or experiencing signs of preterm birth, The Fetal Fibronectin Test can be easily administered by an OBGYN in an office setting. If the test is negative, a woman has over a 99 percent chance of not delivering within the next 14 days. A positive result provides important information that can help a woman and her physician prepare for a potential preterm birth. The test can be repeated every two weeks until 35 weeks of pregnancy. For more information please visit


Use Yoga to Beat the Blahs

Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda (Swamiji), internationally renowned yoga guru, spiritual leader and founder of Yoga in Daily Life, believes that it is not necessary to feel overwhelmed by the whirlwind of life and recommends incorporating Yoga practice into your daily routine. Swamiji has compiled a list of suggestions to help you remain joyous and peaceful even in the most hectic settings:


Shaking Off Tension and Loosen the Body: Yoga doesn’t have to involve headstands. Whether you are on an airplane or in shopping mall you can give yourself a hug, tuck your chin to your chest, or shrug your shoulders to release tension in your upper body.


Make a Positive Resolve: Close your eyes, make a positive resolve and remind yourself of that resolve each day. For example, "I will not argue about politics with my father-in-law.” 


Meditate: You can meditate anytime or anywhere – at home, on an airplane or waiting in line at a shopping mall. Simply close your eyes, focus on the breath, turn your awareness inward, and detach from the external world for a moment. Meditation develops inner peace and a sense of calm.   


Relax & Breathe: Practice slow, deep breathing (Pranayama) for a few minutes to help restore your inner calm and replenish your energy. Simply block the right nostril and inhale through the left nostril 20 times. Then block the left nostril and inhale through the right nostril 20 times. Repeat 3 or 4 times. 


For more information about “Yoga in Daily Life – The System” and Swamiji, please visit


Asthma From Every Angle

Over 300 million people around the world live with asthma, a chronic condition that causes airways to become inflamed and obstructs airflow to the lungs, often causing shortness of breath and wheezing. In light of this pressing situation, the New York-based American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) has issued a report examining asthma from every angle. Based on a technical paper authored by Columbia University pulmonologist Dr. Emily DiMango, the report—Asthma: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment—covers possible risk factors, cutting-edge treatments, and the most common triggers of an asthma attack. Reaching the conclusion "education is the cornerstone of asthma therapy," the report contributes to an important public health discussion on the best ways to prevent and treat asthma.  "While there is some comfort in the recent data showing a slowing in the decade-long rise in asthma, new approaches to diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring are still urgently needed.  The new ACSH publication will help educate both patients and family physicians on this important topic," said ACSH Executive and Medical Director Dr. Gilbert Ross. The report can be found by visiting

How to Fit in Fitness

Carole Carson—dubbed “An Apostle for Fitness” by the Wall Street Journal and the author of From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction—would like you to ask yourself, “In budgeting my time in 2009, will I fit in fitness? Will the task of caring for myself be first on my list or last?”


Here are three tips from Carole to help you keep your commitment to get FIT: 


F: “First things first” needs to become your mantra. By taking care of yourself, you can better meet the needs of others. Demonstrating faith in yourself also sets a powerful example for everyone around you.

I: Initiative in adopting new habits is critical. Make appointments with yourself to exercise, record your eating and exercise activities and results in a daily journal and set aside time to shop for healthy foods and prepare nutritious meals. 

T: Talk up your self-improvement program. When your progress delights you, sharing your joy will inspire others to join you and reinforce your own commitment. 


Financial uncertainties in the coming year may very well command more of your attention than usual. As the year unfolds, however, remember to spend some time each day on your number-one priority—yourself. For more information on getting and staying fit please visit / Issue 97 - September 2018
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