• 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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  • What You Need to Know About

    Ebola

    Updated 10/23/2014 

    Beginning Wednesday, Oct, 22, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declared that all international travelers coming from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone be given a health screening at one of five major U.S. airports. Travelers coming from these countries, which have been most heavily impacted by the Ebola outbreak, must make a stop at either Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, or Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

    These major hubs will serve as checkpoints where these travelers will undergo testing for Ebola, complete an interview, and have their temperature checked. In addition these travelers will be closely monitored for 21 days by public health officials through daily check-ins. The travel restriction was instituted as a result of demand from bi-partisan lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said, “We are continually evaluating whether additional restrictions or added screening and precautionary measures are necessary to protect the American people and will act accordingly.

    On October 20, health care providers at Emory University Hospital declared a patient Ebola-free after she tested positive for the disease on September 9 and was admitted to the hospital. The patient was one of four treated for the disease by experts at Emory. One patient was cleared to leave on August 19 and another on August 21. The fourth patient was admitted on October 15 and remains in the hospital.

    Updated 10/21/2014 

    Thomas Eric Duncan became the first casualty of the disease on U.S. soil. Duncan was exposed to the disease in Liberia before returning to the U.S. He died in a Dallas hospital on October 8, 2014, after being treated for the disease. By the time Duncan began an experimental treatment, his case of Ebola was too far advanced to respond. A deeper look at Duncan’s case shows that it is actually harder to catch Ebola than most Americans may believe. (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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Archive for 2014

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…)

Is Sleep Apnea Making You a Morning Zombie?

by Main Slider by Pulmonary Hypertension by Sleep Medicine

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…)

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…)