• 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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  • 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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Supportive Shoes: Shoe Tips to Fit your Athletic Activities

by Sports Medicine

Whether your fitness routine finds you running on the beach or tearing up the gridiron in the fall, you need to wear the proper shoes for your activity. Regardless of your preferred sport or form of physical activity, wearing a supportive pair of shoes can help you get the most out of your athletic activity. Consider the infographic below to learn more about how to pick the right shoe for the right activity, find the proper fit, measure your arch, and other useful tips. (more…)

How the ACA Affects Senior Citizens

by Health Care Reform

Many senior citizens are confronted with more serious health problems than younger Americans. From requiring prescription drugs to managing common conditions such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, older Americans have a number of health concerns to consider. (more…)

Can Stress Cause Digestive Disorders?

by Gastroenterology by Mental Health by UPMC

Question: Can stress cause digestive disorders?

Answer: Not that we know of. However, it can exacerbate digestive disorders.

And certainly the reverse holds true as well. Digestive disorders, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) [more specifically Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis] or pancreatitis, can have a significant impact on the mental and behavioral health of patients, in addition to symptomatic hardships brought on by the disease. (more…)

The Importance of Hydration for Your Heart

by Heart and Vascular Institute

Whether you’re vacationing on a tropical island or just hanging out in your backyard, chances are you are spending a lot of time outside this summer. Whether you’re enjoying reading a good book in your background with the sun beating down on you, or playing a rough-and-tumble game of summer touch football, it’s easy to work up a sweat and lose water as you soak up those rays. To beat the summer heat, you must keep your body hydrated. Proper hydration is not only good for your brain, your mood, and your body weight, but it’s also essential for your heart. (more…)