Category: Living Well

The Identity a Plastic Surgeon Sees


Dr. Jay Burns.

Attaining a true sense of oneself is something most people struggle with and unfortunately, something that is becoming increasingly problematic

Aaron Kheriaty, an associate professor of psychiatry and the head of Medical Ethics at University of California, Irvine, shines light on the concept of a healthy identity in his article, “Dying of Despair.”

He shares that smartphones have added to our already misguided sense of identity as we have become more self-absorbed, isolated, and are now comparing our lives to the “perfect” lives portrayed on social media.

The Sit-Up Septuagenarian


Ted Gambordella has authored 43 books, including his latest, Fit for Life. He has tutorial videos on YouTube and

Ted Gambordella figures he has done 7 million sit-ups during his 70 years of living – 2.5 million of them at the Lifetime Fitness near SMU.

It takes about a second per sit-up, he said, explaining how he started at age 15, first doing at least five minutes of sit-ups daily and eventually increasing that to 15 minutes.

Spring Inspires Cleaning, Decorating, Cooking


Sea Scallops with Triple Sec Orange Sauce and Fresh Mango Salsa. (Photo: Christy Rost)

Open the windows and pack away the sweaters. Spring is here!

After a cold winter of heavy rains spring has finally arrived, and I’m ready to celebrate. Everywhere I gaze, I see pale green leaves and colorful blossoms of every hue – a sign that it’s time to freshen my indoor rooms, just as Mother Nature provides a fresh canvas outdoors.

Dallas County Flu Deaths Reach 82 With Three More, Including A Child, This Week


The Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported three more flu-related deaths this week, including an 11-year-old Dallas County resident with a high-risk health condition.

This is the third pediatric death in Dallas County for the 2017-18 flu season, bringing the total number of flu-related deaths to 82. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information.

A 33-year-old from Lewisville and a 77-year-old from Dallas also died. Both had high-risk conditions.

Gala Celebrates Sweet Stories of Survival


Twenty-two pediatric cancer patients, ages 5 to 15, will model fashions by Dillard’s and be escorted by celebrities. (Courtesy photos)

When celebrating 30 years of sweet smiles, styles, and stories of survival in a candy-themed wonderland, some young Children’s Cancer Fund Gala models can’t help but think about the food.

“I am very excited to participate in the gala, because I get to cheat on my diet and help other kids with cancer,” 8-year-old Liam Moon said.

Finding Inspiration For The Dinner Table


This festive springtime table setting was inspired by a set of teal cotton napkins. Paired with woven blue towels, sky blue glass chargers embellished with a white swirl, scalloped-edged salad plates, and Chinese bread-and-butter plates, this simple but impressive table setting features depth, texture, and the beauty of brilliant color. (Photo: Christy Rost)

Some of my favorite dishes begin without the benefit of a recipe.

Instead, I spot a single ingredient in the market, and before I know it, my mind is playing with spices, herbs, and complementary ingredients that when combined, will create a medley of flavors to tantalize the taste buds, while the dish dazzles the eye.

UTD Researcher Lends Name to Pain Cream


Ted Price. (Courtesy photo)

Ted Price knows pain.

As a guy who likes to shoot hoops, he experienced lingering pain from sports injuries that otherwise appear to have healed.

As a University of Texas at Dallas researcher, he helped identify pain-signaling pathways between cells – a discovery leading to new treatments for chronic pain.

Spring Cleaning The Green Way


Over the years, I’ve made adjustments to household cleaning supplies and materials to cut down on toxic substances.

Here are the things which have stuck for years. Try out a couple (or all of them) if you, too, would rather not spray toxins to clean and are interested in cutting down your waste footprint.

Child Anxiety More Complex Than Disruptive Behaviors


Many people experience anxiety symptoms on a daily basis without even knowing. It presents as a protective mechanism to keep us safe and alert us to potential danger.

However, an overactive brain (more specifically, the amygdala) can leave one crippled by the symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety is extremely common amongst children and teenagers, affecting approximately 1 in 3.