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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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  • 7 Health Benefits of

    Lemon Juice

    There’s more to lemons than meets the eye. This fruit may pair well with some of your favorite dishes, but it also offers incredible health benefits. Lemons are packed with nutrients, promote weight loss, and have even been linked to kidney stone prevention and cancer treatment! This tangy fruit has also been known to possibly help halt bad breath and get rid of dandruff when applied to the scalp. In addition to its properties as a beauty treatment and health aid, there are a number of uses for lemons. (more…)

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  • 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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Urgent Care

Whether it’s after your doctor’s office is closed, or any time when you can’t wait to see a doctor, UPMC Urgent Care is here to help. Our walk-in clinics provide a full range of medical services for people of all ages, 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our 7 urgent care locations throughout western Pennsylvania are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., no appointments necessary.

If Disaster Struck, Would You Be Prepared?

by Urgent Care

September is National Preparedness Month – a time to be proactive about the safety of you and your loved ones in a time of crisis. Although it’s not something that we think about every day, emergency situations do happen, and it is important to be prepared and come up with an action plan to keep your family safe.

One important step that we encourage you to take this month is to prepare an emergency supply kit. (more…)

Keep It Safe While Tailgating This Football Season

by Urgent Care

Football season is here again and that means tailgating! There’s no better way to get pumped for the big game than firing up the grill. This pre-game tradition can be lots of fun when handled responsibly. As friends and family gather and you fill your grill with savory snacks, make sure you’re planning out a danger-free tailgate. When you’re tossing the pigskin and rallying up your favorite teams’ fans, account for all elements of tailgate safety, so that everyone wins! Load up the cooler and follow these quick tips to celebrate safely. (more…)

Germs in the Classroom

by Urgent Care

Germs are tiny microorganisms that exist all around us. They can live in body fluids like stool, mucus and pus as well as in food and untreated water. They can live on counter tops, water faucets, toilets and other inanimate objects. They can even live and spread through the air. (more…)

Why Should I Get A Flu Shot?

by Urgent Care

Each year, the dreaded flu puts more than 200,000 Americans in the hospital. Although the flu can linger and make for a very unpleasant period that can last for days or even weeks on end, some people bounce back faster than others. A number of factors impact how people react to the flu, although different strains of flu crop up every year. Older adults, pregnant women, very young children, and people with a compromised immune system due to an existing medical condition all play a role in how a person reacts to the flu. Symptoms seem to spread like wildfire, and range from mild to life-threatening. (more…)

Keep Safety First When Grilling This Summer

by Urgent Care

In the summer, we spend a lot of time outdoors which means campfires and cookouts. One weekend you may be roasting smore’s and the next grilling burgers and hot dogs. Regardless of the summer-time activity, it is important to be aware of fire and burn safety. There are 18,000 people rushed to the ER each year for grill related injuries. Barbecues are a great way to eat tasty food and spend time with family and friends, and being aware of the various safety hazards involved can ensure you’ll have as much fun as possible during your next cook-out. (more…)