• Recipe: Homemade

    Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Fall is finally here and we are officially excited about EVERYTHING pumpkin! Instead of buying the famous coffeehouse drink, skip out on the saturated fat, carbohydrates, and sugars by crafting your own version of the pumpkin spice latte in the kitchen. You may be used to waiting in a long line for this tasty treat, so you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find you can whip up this recipe in half the time. Better yet, this version uses real pumpkin, not syrup! (more…)

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  • Infographic:

    Colors of the Eye

    From the famous lines of beloved songs to the stories of ancient legends, eye color has captivated audiences throughout time. The origins and genetic makeup associated with eye color makes the color of one’s eye more complex than a simple collection of aesthetic traits, however. Genes and pigment concentrations are two important factors in determining eye color. Some eye colors are more rare than others and can be linked to genetics or family origins and heritage. (more…)

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  • 7 Health Benefits of

    Lemon Juice

    There’s more to lemons than meets the eye. This fruit may pair well with some of your favorite dishes, but it also offers incredible health benefits. Lemons are packed with nutrients, promote weight loss, and have even been linked to kidney stone prevention and cancer treatment! This tangy fruit has also been known to possibly help halt bad breath and get rid of dandruff when applied to the scalp. In addition to its properties as a beauty treatment and health aid, there are a number of uses for lemons. (more…)

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Ladies: Skip the Yearly Pap Smear — Not Your Annual Exam!

by CancerCenter by UPMC

You’ve probably heard that healthy women no longer need annual Pap tests, or smear, but what about that yearly visit to the ob-gyn? While new guidelines suggest that not all women will need a Pap smear, it’s still very important for women to schedule their routine, annual pelvic exam. Keep in mind that a pelvic exam is so much more than just a Pap smear with regard to a woman’s health. (more…)

Causes of Fall Allergies

by Urgent Care

Fall is upon us and as the leaves start to change and the summer flowers begin to die off, we breathe a sigh of relief that our summer allergies will be gone until next year. Unfortunately, many people still find themselves sneezing and sniffling, even after these blooms are gone. That’s because fall allergies arise from different triggers including weeds and molds not common in the summertime. Before you toss your tissue box, read on to learn more about fall allergy triggers. (more…)

What Causes Tinnitus, or Ringing in the Ears

by Ear, Nose, & Throat

If you sometimes hear “phantom” noises — sounds that aren’t there, from low rumbles to ringing to high-pitched squeals — you may have tinnitus.

Technically, tinnitus is a collection of symptoms, not a disease in itself. Pronounced “TIN-ih-tuss,” not “tin-EYE-tiss” (the way “arthritis” is said), the condition can be quite serious and affect your daily life. It affects about one in five people, though severe cases are rarer. Although there is no cure, many treatments can be helpful. Luckily, many causes are preventable by using hearing protection or limiting certain activities. When dealing with tinnitus, there are some simple ways to treat or prevent symptoms. (more…)

Caffeine During and After Pregnancy: Is it Safe?

by Pregnancy and Childbirth

Whether you prefer coffee, tea, chocolate, colas, or energy drinks, chances are you rely on caffeine to energize you in the morning or keep you going during the day. So what should you do if you’re planning a pregnancy, expecting, or breastfeeding your newborn? As an expectant mother, your body will go through a number of changes. How does caffeine play a role in these changes and can caffeine affect you and your pregnancy? Should moms-to-be and new mothers eliminate caffeine from their diet completely? (more…)

Infographic: Calories of Common Alcoholic Drinks

by BodyChangers

The holidays are just months away, and for many of us, the celebration also means you’ll be having a few adult beverages with friends and family. Sipping on those yummy holiday-inspired concoctions can be fun, but they’ll also rack up the calories in a flash. While we’re not quite ready to break out the Christmas decorations, it’s never too early to plan your defense against holiday overindulgence.

Discover how many calories are in your favorite drinks so you can make wiser choices during the upcoming holiday season and into the new year. (more…)