• Understanding

    Depression

    When you think of depression, you might think of being sad, or just down in the dumps. But in fact, it’s much more than that. It’s a clinical condition that can take control of your life and cause serious complications. According to the National Institute of Mental Health about 16 million people had at least one episode in the past year. To put that into perspective, that’s one out of every 10 people. (more…)

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  • Dont Get Beat By

    The Heat

    The temperatures are rising and the weather is warm! As with every season, the summer months bring a whole new set of health risks due to the changing weather. In the midst of all the summer fun, you may be too caught up in the excitement to recognize when your body has been negatively affected by the heat. We sat down with Matthew Synan, MD, of Pulmonary Consultants–UPMC to discuss two particular health risks that people encounter during the summer: heat stroke and heat exhaustion. (more…)

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  • What to Eat

    At the Ballpark

    Nothing says summer quite like watching baseball with a bucket of popcorn in one hand and a giant soda in the other. With delicious ball-park treats surrounding you, watching your calorie intake can be quite a challenge. Cheesy nachos, hamburgers, and ice cream may be tasty, but their calorie content can easily knock your diet off-track. (more…)

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  • Bloating Foods to Avoid Before

    Going to the Beach

    Summer is in full swing and you may be planning a trip to the beach. Whether you want to show off the beach body you worked hard to build, or just want to relax while catching some sun, no one likes that bloated, full feeling that can happen after we eat. There are a number of snacks you may want to avoid packing in your cooler that can cause “beach bloat” as you’re lounging on the sand. (more…)

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Infographic: Recognizing Traumatic Brain Injury

by Neurosurgery

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have many faces. Depending upon where a blow to the head strikes or if a person suffers a closed brain injury or an object penetrates the skull, these factors and more can determine the severity of the injury and how it impacts the person over the course of time. There may be serious complications that affect a person’s everyday life, or only minor symptoms that go away over time. And depending on the force and extent of the initial injury, it’s often hard to tell if a person will fully recover. (more…)

FAQ with Breastfeeding and Lactation Experts

by Pregnancy and Childbirth

Breastfeeding can be intimidating for new mothers, so how do you learn the tricks? Is there a “wrong way” to breastfeed your baby? How can you be sure she’s had enough? Have you heard one too many horror stories about cracked and sore nipples? Do you need to stay away from specific foods that might contaminate any breast milk you pump? It can sometimes be difficult for new moms to separate the fact from fiction about what’s best about the breast for babies. We sat down with four lactation experts, Kelly Flaherty, BSN, RN, CBC (Certified Breastfeeding Consultant), Barbara Williams-Balint, BSN, RN, IBCLC, CKC, Anna Heh, RN, IBCLC,and Cindy Garrison, BS, IBCLC to get their perspective and insight into commonly asked questions (more…)

Oh Baby, Are You Ready for Solid Food?

by Pregnancy and Childbirth

Introducing your baby to solid food is big step in child development. Pediatricians recommend that babies start when they are ready which is usually at about six months. However, every baby is different and experiences development at his or her own pace. As a parent, you can more readily decide if your baby is ready for solid food. Here are a few simple questions to as yourself before your little one makes the transition from breast milk or formula to more solid foods. (more…)

5 Tips for Packing Healthy School Lunches

by Pediatrics

It’s becoming more common for school-age children to take packed lunches to school. With this shift in dietary trends, it’s important for parents to know which foods can serve as healthy fuel for growing bodies and minds. While school cafeterias are now offering healthy options, children who bring their lunches may choose to pack unhealthy snacks with sugars and fats. (more…)