• 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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Yoga vs. Pilates

by Orthopaedic Surgery

Yoga and Pilates have become increasingly popular, and they’re often talked about together. You may have even heard that they can relieve back pain, decrease stress, and increase strength. But can these low-impact exercises really provide all of these health benefits? And just how different are they? Depending on the type of exercise you enjoy most and what your personal fitness goals are, yoga and Pilates can serve as excellent ways to provide your body with an additional type of physical movement. Both forms of physical activity allow you to focus on specific parts of the body, to improve overall muscle tone and physique. Because both have become so popular, we wanted to give you a better understanding for the incredible health benefits that each exercise provides. (more…)

R.I.C.E. Method for Treating an Injury

by Sports Medicine

As the seasons change, sports and exercising continue. And as your workouts continue, so does the possibility of an injury. If you injure your ankle, knee, or joint, there is typically a period of inflammation that occurs afterwards. The R.I.C.E. method may be used to reduce swelling, relieve pain, and promote flexibility and healing. Applying R.I.C.E. to your strains, sprains, and injuries can help you recover, and get you back to everyday activity. (more…)

Children’s Eye Safety and Health Month

by Eye Center

As a child develops from birth through school age, so does their eyesight. Newborns are born with blurry farsighted vision, and many children develop nearsightedness by the time they reach school. According to pediatric ophthalmologist Ellen Mitchell, MD, “One of the recommended ways we encourage vision development is to visually stimulate a child through toys. However, it’s important to pay attention to their eye safety.” (more…)

Gardening for Your Health: Fruit and Vegetable Powerhouses

by CancerCenter

With gardening season in full swing, take advantage of the powerful disease-fighting compounds present in many fruits and vegetables. Though research is still emerging on phytochemicals and their effect on the human body, we do know that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help protect you from disease and contribute to your overall health. The USDA recommends eating at least two and half cups of fruits and vegetables daily for adults, and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) advocates 7 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables, depending on age and gender. By incorporating a sufficient amount of fruits and vegetables into your daily diet, you can boost energy levels while looking and feeling your best. Here are five plant powerhouses to incorporate into your diet (more…)

Talk to Your Doctor: Overactive Bladder

by Urology

In the United States, 20 to 30 million Americans suffer from overactive bladder (OAB), which is one type of urinary incontinence. Although OAB can affect anyone of any age, it is not a normal part of getting older. A lot of patients are too embarrassed to talk about their symptoms with their families and even their doctors, so it often goes untreated. Here are a few facts to keep in mind if you think you may be suffering from overactive bladder. (more…)