• 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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  • 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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Phobias: When Being Scared Isn’t Fun

by Mental Health

Every Halloween, we celebrate our love of being scared — from cackling witches to creepy crawlies. We dress in spooky costumes, double down on watching horror movies, and even pay a visit to haunted houses and zombie hayrides in our neck of the woods. While nearly everyone enjoys a bit of fearful fun in a controlled, pretend environment, phobias take being afraid to the next level. A form of anxiety disorders, phobias involve lasting, intense, and often irrational fears that can disrupt lives and relationships.

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Benefits of Yoga for Cancer Patients Q&A

by CancerCenter

The ancient art of yoga has numerous health benefits to people at all stages of life — including when people may be battling a disease such as cancer. This relaxing form of exercise helps individuals get in touch with their bodies. It relies upon deep breathing and gentle movements to increase strength, flexibility, and releive stress. Under doctor’s supervision, cancer patients may be able to look to yoga as a way to incorporate physical activity and low-impact exercise into their treatment regimen. We received some great questions during our Benefits of Yoga for Cancer Patients Google Hangout. (more…)

Toxic Items in the Classroom

by Poison Center

As kids return to the classroom this fall, the Pittsburgh Poison Center would like to remind parents that with each new school year comes potential for exposure to any number of poisons. Items that may seem harmless, may actually contain harmful substances that, if ingested, may make children sick. Items such as caffeinated beverages, cleaning products, common classroom mainstays, and even certain medications can pose a threat to children if they are not used properly. Overall, our schools are very safe; however, several common exposures can be prevented. (more…)

Infographic: Pumpkin Spice Breakdown

by BodyChangers

The leaves are changing, and that can only mean one thing: it’s Pumpkin Spice season! Coffee, muffins, cakes, candy, and even candles have embraced the seasonal favorite, but is there more to the combination of spices than the extra-special flavor in our baked goods? You just might be surprised by some of the medical benefits of the famous pumpkin spice (more…)

Breast Self-Awareness: What Women Should Know

by CancerCenter by Women’s Imaging

In October, when the color pink is popping up everywhere, it’s hard not to think about breast cancer. This disease has touched the lives of far too many men and women. Even if you yourself are not at risk for breast cancer, chances are you may have had a friend, family member, or acquaintance who has battled the disease.

Statistics show that one in eight women in the United States can expect to be diagnosed with the disease in her lifetime. “Finding it at an early stage increases the chances for effective treatment and patient survival,” says LaJuana Fuller, director of Women’s Imaging at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. (more…)