• 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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  • 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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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.

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…)

Hot Spots: Top Places to Get Heat Stroke

by Urgent Care

Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family. But while you’re basking in the sun, your body can be reaching dangerously high temperatures, causing dehydration that can eventually lead to heat stroke – a severe and life-threatening problem that occurs when your body cannot properly cool itself down. Although the process of sweating acts as a way for the body to cool itself down, sometimes sweat is not enough to stop the body from overheating. (more…)