• 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.

    Sunday, October 19 marked the completion of the 21-day incubation period that health officials observed, monitoring individuals who Duncan had been in close contact with since his return to the U.S. October 20 marks a full month since he took several flights from Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia.

    To date, and as expected since he was not contagious at the time, no one on Duncan’s flight has fallen ill. Duncan’s family and fiancé – whom he lived with while he was experiencing the symptoms of Ebola,such as sweats, a fever, and vomiting – have not shown signs of the disease either and have been declared free of the virus.

    In addition to Duncan’s family having been given a clean bill of health, a Texas health worker who was traveling aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean also tested negative for the disease. Once she and her husband had been tested for Ebola, they were given clearance to drive home. The remaining 4,000 vacationers on the ship were also allowed to leave a few hours after pulling back into port.

    Amesh Adalja, MD, an infectious disease specialist at UPMC and a senior associate at the UPMC Center for Health Security, says the risk of it spreading in the U.S. is very low because it can only be transmitted under specific conditions. (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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Protecting Yourself From Rabies

by Urgent Care

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…)

Breast Cancer: Am I At Risk?

by CancerCenter

The only thing that may feel more frightening than a breast cancer diagnosis is living in fear of a diagnosis. Whether it’s the abundance of celebrities who have battled the disease publicly or a family member who has faced the painful ordeal of a breast cancer diagnosis, the worry that you may someday deal with the disease first-hand can be all-consuming. As more people reveal that they had breast cancer, especially if they talk about having a BRCA gene mutation, you may start to wonder if you are at risk. Or, you may want to know in general what risks you can eliminate. (more…)

How Concussions Affect Academics — Part One

by Sports Medicine

With fall sports in full swing, sports-related concussions continue to be a concern for student-athletes, coaches, and parents. By now you’re probably familiar with the Pennsylvania Safety in Youth Sports Act, which is intended to protect the injured athlete from returning to play after a concussion until cleared by the appropriate medical provider.

While these provisions are in place to help protect student-athletes on the field, parents, teachers, and coaches often express concern over how the student in the classroom is affected. Learn more about the effects of concussions on academic performance in the below interview. (more…)

ObamaCare’s Influence on Medicare

by Health Care Reform

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare, has affected all aspects of health insurance. While the law was primarily aimed at reforming private and small-group coverage plans, there were also other effects. Some of the effects touched on Medicare, a federal health insurance plan for Americans who are 65 and older, as well as certain younger Americans with disabilities. (more…)