• 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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Gardening for Your Health: Fruit and Vegetable Powerhouses

by CancerCenter

With gardening season in full swing, take advantage of the powerful disease-fighting compounds present in many fruits and vegetables. Though research is still emerging on phytochemicals and their effect on the human body, we do know that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help protect you from disease and contribute to your overall health. The USDA recommends eating at least two and half cups of fruits and vegetables daily for adults, and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) advocates 7 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables, depending on age and gender. By incorporating a sufficient amount of fruits and vegetables into your daily diet, you can boost energy levels while looking and feeling your best. Here are five plant powerhouses to incorporate into your diet (more…)

Talk to Your Doctor: Overactive Bladder

by Urology

In the United States, 20 to 30 million Americans suffer from overactive bladder (OAB), which is one type of urinary incontinence. Although OAB can affect anyone of any age, it is not a normal part of getting older. A lot of patients are too embarrassed to talk about their symptoms with their families and even their doctors, so it often goes untreated. Here are a few facts to keep in mind if you think you may be suffering from overactive bladder. (more…)

5 Foods to Avoid if You Have Troubles with Your Digestive System

by Gastroenterology

For some, there’s no greater joy in life than digging into a delicious dinner or enjoying a rich, decadent desert. However, for others, the after-effects of gorging on some foods far eclipse the delight of enjoying a good meal. In many cases, it’s not a matter of overeating, but rather some foods have a reputation for wreaking havoc on a person’s digestive system. Digestive system issues, such as nausea, acid reflux, or heart burn, bloating and diarrhea can all be triggered by certain foods. (more…)

7 Backpack Safety Tips

by Pediatrics

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, more than 79 million students in the United States carry a backpack and an estimated 55 percent of them are carrying a backpack that is too heavy. That’s more than 43 million students who may be doing damage to their bodies with heavy books, electronic devices, and other school supplies. (more…)

Mix it Up Your Way with Trail Mix

by BodyChangers

Before you head out for a summer hike through the mountains, whip up a quick and easy snack that will last past each mile post. Grab a bowl and mix peanuts, seeds, and dried fruit to create one tasty and high-energy snack: trail mix. Grab a few handfuls and enjoy this satisfying snack on the go – whether you’re on an outdoor trek, a road trip, or just sharing a treat with friends. The beauty of trail mix is that it’s not only portable and easy to take along on any trek, you can create a personalized snack that speaks to your unique nutritional needs, cravings, and tastebuds. (more…)