Jan, 18, 2014
heart stethoscope

Heart Attack Warning Signs

A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction (MI), occurs when blood is blocked from flowing to the heart. When this happens, heart muscle cells don’t get the oxygen they need. This damages the heart, and cells begin to die. The damage can happen within minutes. But it can be… Read more »

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Jan, 17, 2014
close up of eye

What is Ocular Myokymia (Eye Twitching)?

Ocular myokymia, more commonly known as eye twitching, can be either twitching of the eyelids or the twitching of the eye. Jen Will, MD, an ophthalmologist at UPMC Eye Center, further explains the causes and treatments of eye twitching.  What are the Causes of Eye Twitching? For the most part, the… Read more »

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Jan, 16, 2014
girl winter coat

Be Happy and Healthy This Winter

Is your favorite winter activity staying indoors under a warm blanket in front of the television with a bag of snacks in hand? You’re not alone. Getting through the cold weather with your health and spirits intact is difficult but not impossible. Follow these suggestions for a happier, healthier winter…. Read more »

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Jan, 15, 2014
light therapy

Brightening Lives with Light

Light therapy is an effective treatment for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Promising indications for light therapy include treatment of non-seasonal depression, depression in pregnancy and sleep disorders stemming from dysregulated circadian rhythms. “There are few effective treatments for bipolar depression. That’s why we’re exploring… Read more »

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Jan, 14, 2014
girl with fever

Seeking Treatment for Fever

Fever is generally defined as a core body temperature of least 100.4oF or 38oC.   While there are many causes of fever, the most common reason is infection. Most human infections are caused by viruses which the body will fight off without specific treatment, and typically fever will last three days… Read more »

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Jan, 13, 2014
acupuncture

Benefits of Acupuncture

Research has shown benefits from acupuncture in treating osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal pain and disorders, including: Fibromyalgia Headaches Neurogenic bladder Peripheral neuropathy Plantar fasciitis Postconcussive syndrome Rheumatoid arthritis Tennis elbow Whiplash injuries In her discussion of acupuncture, Betty Liu, MD, highlights these and other illnesses that can be treated, as… Read more »

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