• 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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    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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Halloween Makeup and Eye Care

by Eye Center

Costumes, masks, and makeup are all a part of the fun of creating a great Halloween costume. Using fright makeup to create a creepy or beautiful character can sometimes be more convincing than a mask. Yet, certain types of eye makeup, face paint, and even character contact lenses can irritate your eyes or cause problems for the wearer. Halloween is right around the corner and while you’re planning for this year’s costume, Scott Drexler, OD, of the UPMC Eye Center has some suggestions on how to choose safe Halloween makeup and accessories to maintain your eye health. (more…)

Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

by BodyChangers

A fairly new fad in the health and wellness world has brought chia seeds to the forefront of many exciting meals. Because of the excellent health benefits they provide, these seeds have worked their way into a variety of recipes, both savory and sweet! (more…)

13 Tricks to Keep Trick-or-Treaters Safe this Halloween

by Urgent Care

It’s time to break out that pumpkin costume! Halloween is just around the corner. No matter what kids decide to wear, a safety plan will keep the night going smoothly and keep your little pumpkins happy! As you get ready to take your little one out for trick-or-treating this Halloween, keep these tips in mind. Planning ahead will ensure that you both have an enjoyable and safe time. (more…)

Boo! How Your Brain Reacts to Fear

by Neurosurgery

Here’s the scenario. Your house loses power. You hear a creaky noise coming from upstairs. You swear someone is whispering your name. A shadow creeps up from behind. You become so scared that you can’t move. Your heart races. You feel a rush of adrenaline. You’re ready for whatever might be coming for you. But then the lights come back on and you realize your dog is upstairs and your friend has been calling your name from the bathroom. All goes back to normal and you laugh it off. But what just happened is the result of your brain taking the necessary actions to help you survive, should that monster have been real. (more…)