• 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

    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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    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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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.

Causes of Fall Allergies

by Urgent Care

Fall is upon us and as the leaves start to change and the summer flowers begin to die off, we breathe a sigh of relief that our summer allergies will be gone until next year. Unfortunately, many people still find themselves sneezing and sniffling, even after these blooms are gone. That’s because fall allergies arise from different triggers including weeds and molds not common in the summertime. Before you toss your tissue box, read on to learn more about fall allergy triggers. (more…)

Protecting Yourself From Rabies

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Rabies is a life-threatening disease that can be transmitted only amongst mammals. This disease attacks the central nervous system, causing infected animals to act abnormally. If not addressed immediately, this disease can be deadly, however timely treatment after exposure is 100% effective.

One of the most common and earliest symptoms of rabies is a fever or warmth / tingling at the area where the person or animal was bitten. Those infected may not display symptoms of rabies right away. It can take one to three months for symptoms such as abnormal behavior or confusion to show, however, some people and animals can exhibit symptoms within days of being bitten. For this reason, it’s important to act immediately and receive medical attention shortly after contact. (more…)

Identifying Spider Bites

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Arachnophobia, or fear of spiders, is one of the most common phobias around the world. But despite scaring many, the majority of the 3,000 species of spiders will cause no harm to people. Most spider fangs are either too short or fragile to break through human skin, or their venom is not poisonous enough to cause damage.

Common spider bites usually result in a small, itchy, and sometimes red, irritation of the skin that will clear up in a few days. However there are two specific spiders in the United States – the brown recluse and the black widow – that can cause serious ailments, and even be deadly. It is important to be able to identify these spider bites in order seek proper treatment. (more…)

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

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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…)