• Is Sleep Apnea Making You a

    Morning Zombie?

    Do you wake up feeling like a zombie? Do you have trouble keeping your eyes open at work or school, or even while driving? You might be one of the 12 million-plus Americans feeling the effects of a disorder known as sleep apnea. Even though you may be getting to bed at a reasonable hour and assuming you’re getting a normal night’s sleep, sleep apnea can subtly interrupt the quality of your sleep, making you feel tired and lethargic in the morning. (more…)

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  • 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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Breast Self-Awareness: What Women Should Know

by CancerCenter by Women’s Imaging

In October, when the color pink is popping up everywhere, it’s hard not to think about breast cancer. This disease has touched the lives of far too many men and women. Even if you yourself are not at risk for breast cancer, chances are you may have had a friend, family member, or acquaintance who has battled the disease.

Statistics show that one in eight women in the United States can expect to be diagnosed with the disease in her lifetime. “Finding it at an early stage increases the chances for effective treatment and patient survival,” says LaJuana Fuller, director of Women’s Imaging at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. (more…)

Q&A: Spinal Cord Injury

by Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

It is estimated that 12,000 people sustain a spinal cord injury (SCI) each year. Some injure their spinal cord in accidents, or as a result of an infection or disease. This injury can severely impair mobility and force a number of lifestyle changes, as a result. In order to improve function and restore independence, these individuals will require spinal cord injury rehabilitation. (more…)

Recipe: Steel Cut Overnight Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

by BodyChangers

Having a hard time getting out of bed on these chilly mornings? Try whipping up some of this delicious oatmeal the night before, and wake up to the irresistible smell of pumpkin! Steel cut oats are a good source of B vitamins and iron, and also provide a good amount of protein, making this a fantastic way to start your morning. Adding even more nutritional oomph to your morning meal, one serving of pumpkin contains a heaping helping of vitamin A, which is essential to good vision and a healthy immune system. Even better? You can make a big batch of it to keep on hand for a few days. Just heat it up and top with your favorite toppings! (more…)

Celiac Friendly Halloween Treats

by Gastroenterology

The beginning of fall is an exciting time for children and adults alike. The leaves are changing colors and the weather is getting cooler. Autumn is setting in and that can only mean one thing – Halloween is right around the corner. If you or a family member has gluten intolerance, more widely known as celiac disease or a food allergy, Halloween can be a scary time indeed. With all the excitement of costumes, candy, and trick or treating, children may not be aware of what treats may be harful to them if they are gluten intolerant. If your child innocently sneaks a piece of candy while traveling from house to house, this can make for a much nastier “trick” than “treat.” (more…)

Buttered Coffee a Bust? How Healthy Is It?

by BodyChangers

Buttered coffee is the latest trend in beverages that claim to offer health benefits to drinkers. Recently, health-conscious individuals have been singing the praises of adding two tablespooons of butter from grass-fed cows and one or two tablespoons of oil containing medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) to a cup of java. When added to a specific type of coffee that does not give the “crash and burn” feel afterward, some people claim that this buttered coffee combo gives them a greater feeling of mental clarity, extended energy, and the ability to burn fat throughout the day while feeling full from this turbo-loaded beverage. (more…)