• 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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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…)

Help Your Digestive System with These 5 Foods

by Gastroenterology

Your digestive system is made up of a group of organs that process food, absorb nutrients, and rid the body of waste. Whether you are feeling under the weather, have a digestive disorder, or just want to eat something calm on the stomach, specific foods are easier to digest than others. Although we all have our favorite sweet and savory snacks, putting healthy, easily digestible foods into your body can help improve your overall health, while also making you look and feel better! (more…)

What are Legal Blindness, Visual Impairment, and Low Vision?

by Eye Center

Visual impairment is an umbrella term for low vision and legal blindness. There are a number of terms that are often thrown about haphazardly — such as “legally blind,” “visually impaired” and “low vision” — that many people may assume mean the same thing, but actually refer to very different, very specific optical conditions. A diagnosis of one of these conditions versus another may merit a different type of treatment to help correct the problem. Additionally, some treatment options may also be limited based on the exact medical condition diagnosed by a professional. Visual acuity, or the clearness of vision, is used in part to determine the appropriate diagnosis and level of visual performance. (more…)

Hiking Safety Steps to Keep On Trail

by Sports Medicine

Hiking is a fun way to exercise and explore the outdoors, particularly in the warmer months. Fitness and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy hiking because it offers a chance to see new places while getting a great cardio workout. Although it is typically a safe activity, hiking can be dangerous due to falls, unsafe trail conditions, and the challenges of physical exertion. Hiking can still be an enjoyable – and safe – activity, if you take the proper precautions and do a little planning beforehand. To stay safe before, during, and after your hike, consider the following safety tips. (more…)