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Barbara Ficarra

5 Ways to Help Boost Your Happiness Right Now

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

Keep these tips with you as a simple reminder that it's the simple things in life that can bring you joy.

Finding Your Bliss

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 03.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

Leave the negative self-talk behind and create positive thoughts. Focus on you. What did you do today that deserves your attention? Whatever it is that makes you shine -- acknowledge it and own it. You deserve it. Well done!

Navigating Health Care and Information -- Health Care Journalists Share Insights for Consumers (Part 1)

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

With more consumers turning to the Internet to search for health information, the process can be labor intensive, leaving consumers confused and wondering if the information presented is accurate or just hype.

Doctors Behaving Badly in Social Networking Sites: What Would Prompt State Boards to Investigate?

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

Investigations into online inappropriate physician conduct will be up to the state boards. Online behavior from physicians and any other licensed health care professional should mimic their professional life offline. It's imperative that professional ethics is maintained online and offline.

Social Media Health: Does Transparency and 'Social' Trump Your Privacy?

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

There are some health care professionals who refuse to engage in social media, and there are others who have mastered it. And yet there are some who just don't understand it.

Addiction Specialist Answers a Few Simple Questions for Smokers

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 02.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

Dr. James H. Berry, DO, medical director of Chestnut Ridge Inpatient Acute Dual Diagnosis Program and assistant professor at the West Virginia Health Science Center's Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, answers a few short questions for smokers.

Hurricane Sandy: No Match for Nurses' Resolve

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

Nurses, doctors and other members of the health care team rallied together to provide quality patient care during a time when things surrounding us were unraveling and destruction was evident.

Too Much Hype in the Mobile Health App World?

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 09.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

It doesn't seem as if there is too much hype -- just little guidance. The push to move the mHealth app world forward may be in the power of consumers to clamor for health and wellness apps that are safe, reliable and trustworthy.

Engage With Empathy

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 08.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

To effectively engage patients and caregivers, it is critical that health care providers engage with empathy. With empathy we connect, we understand, we listen, and we communicate. We can engage and empower our patients to be proactive and in charge of their health.

Companies Curb Health Care Costs With Penalties and Rewards for Employees

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 02.19.2012 | Business
Barbara Ficarra

If you're a smoker your company could be penalizing you by tapping into your wallet.

Social Networking: How Powerful Are Your Social Circles?

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 11.28.2011 | Technology
Barbara Ficarra

In a recent Harvard Business Review blog, David Armano writes about the six pillars of influence that leads to measurably favorable outcomes. To achi...

Social Networking On The Front Line Of New Modern Medicine

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 08.28.2011 | Technology
Barbara Ficarra

Social networking offers value. It allows doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to collaborate, connect and engage with the community and their colleagues.

What Pushing Hard and Fast Can Do

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

Even without being a trained health care professional, the layperson can literally take charge of a situation, initiate a simple movement, called Hands-Only CPR, that can literally save a life.

Worried About Popping Pills If You're a Superwoman?

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

There's no doubt that prescription drug abuse is a major problem in America, and it's escalating in epic proportions. Prescription drug abuse affects men, women and teens.

Do You Know the Signs of a Real Life Heart Attack, Not the Hollywood Version?

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

When thinking about someone having a heart attack, it's easy to think about the classic Hollywood example: the person clutching their chest, gasping for a breath. But this version can be misleading.

Is A 'Spoonful' Of Medicine Dangerous?

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

When you need to take liquid medicine, do you reach for the kitchen spoon? If you do, you're not alone but most likely you're not measuring the dosage accurately and it could be disastrous.

Yoga: It's Cool Like Tara Stiles and It's Great for Your Health

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

You can probably tell from my posts that I keep things very impersonal and professional. I don't tell you much about who I am. I really need to loosen up!

How To Deal With The Drama For A Happier, Healthier You

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

Wouldn't it be cool if we could just choose when we want a little drama in our lives? A little drama is a good thing, but too much can wreak havoc on our health.

States Need Help, Smokers Have Hope

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

Most people who are addicted to smoking need help to quit. There are programs to help, but unfortunately many are not getting the help they need because health insurance plans don't cover treatments.

Front Food Labels are Misleading: FDA is Ready to Tackle Food Manufacturers

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

The next time you head out for food shopping, read the ingredients on the side or back label. The ingredients will give you a better idea if the product you are about to buy is healthy or not.

Superfoods to Help Kick-Start a Declining Libido in Men

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Barbara Ficarra

Recognized for its ability to help improve heart health, the Mediterranean Diet also can help kick-start a flagging libido.

3 Ways for a Better, Happier and Healthier You

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

Sometimes, it's the simple things that we can do to help improve our outlook and health.

Extremely Tired and Completely Worn Out? What It Could Mean Plus Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a serious medical condition that can easily be overlooked because it mimics so many other disorders.

It Takes Only 15 to 20 Seconds and It Can Keep You Healthy

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

Have you ever been in a public bathroom and noticed the number of people that don't wash their hands?

Why Doctors & Nurses Need Twitter

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

I use Twitter and I like it. As a registered nurse, twitter helps me promote health and wellness and it helps me educate the public on vital health topics.