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Summertime: A time for increased activity or a time of increase obesity related behaviors?

Posted 6/27/2016 by Ginger Fiscella, Exercise Physiologist for Healthy Kids

Schools out for summer! What to do? The beach, flying kites, not coming home until the street lights come on, right? Wrong! According to a study from Columbia University, children are more likely to engage in activities that contribute to obesity including watching TV, consuming meals that are higher in sugar, and decrease in exercise levels. So what can we do?

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Stress Management

Posted 6/24/2016 by UHBlog

Both during and after treatment, it’s normal to have stress over all the life changes you are going through. Anxiety means you have extra worry, can’t relax, and feel tense.

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Keep kids from piling on pounds this summer

Posted 6/13/2016 by JASON TATKA, DO, FAAP
Pediatrician, Rainbow Portage Pediatrics

They may have a break from math class, but kids still do some adding over summer break. Problem is, what they tally is extra pounds, a new analysis shows.

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Look out for lead

Posted 6/13/2016 by APARNA BOLE, MD
General Pediatrician, Medical Director of Community Integration, UH Rainbow Babies & Children's
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

If you live in an older house or apartment, you might have a big problem on your hands that you have not realized: lead.

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My child snores – should I be worried?

Posted 6/13/2016 by CAROL ROSEN, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Sleep Center, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

You may be surprised if you hear the sound of snoring from your child’s bedroom. Yet it is not unusual: about 10 percent of children snore regularly. In many cases, childhood snoring is no cause for concern. But snoring can sometimes be the sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that can cause serious medical problems if not treated.

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3 new screenings for tweens and teens

Posted 6/13/2016 by JO ANN JACKSON, MD
Pediatrician, University Premier Pediatricians
Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Height, weight, hearing, vision – by the time your child is a tween, you’re used to the drill of a regular checkup. Next time you head to the pediatrician, though, you may notice a few new screenings. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently revised the schedule of preventive care all kids should receive. Now, they say, pediatricians should check kids annually for three grown-up-sounding health problems.

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Health Briefs

Posted 6/13/2016 by UHBlog

University Hospitals will open Ohio’s first proton therapy center in July, providing convenient access for patients and families at the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH Seidman Cancer Center.

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Pregnant women and new moms can benefit from this key screening

Posted 6/13/2016 by SHERYL KINGSBERG, PHD
Chief, OB/GYN Behavioral Medicine, UH MacDonald Women's Hospital
Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

If you are suffering from depression during pregnancy or after childbirth, you aren’t alone. Depression is one of the most common complications of pregnancy, and many new moms have feelings of sadness and anxiety. If untreated, depression can harm women and their children. Yet many women don't seek help for it. That’s why the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has updated their depression screening guidelines.

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Wet your kid’s whistle with water

Posted 6/13/2016 by Raichal Mathew, MD
Pediatrician, Rainbow Heights Pediatrics
Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Do your children drink enough water? According to a study in the American Journal of Public Health, more than half of U.S. children and adolescents are not adequately hydrated, meaning they probably don’t drink enough water. This could have serious consequences for their health and development.

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Take steps to slash kids’ risk for kidney stones

Posted 6/13/2016 by TAMAR SPRINGEL, MD
Pediatric Nephrologist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

The pain strikes suddenly, does not let up and usually comes with a wave of nausea and vomiting. An increasing number of kids and teens have experienced the agony of kidney stones. Now health experts have concerns about their long-term health.

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A bright future ahead

Posted 6/13/2016 by NEHA SHETH, MD
Pediatrician, Northeast Pediatrics
Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Some people say that a mother knows her child better than anyone, picking up on subtle changes that others may not notice. Such was the case for Amy Corbett. She saw a brief glow in the left eye of her then 2-year-old daughter, Myla, that she had not noticed before. Thinking she was seeing things, Amy let it go. But when it happened again, Amy knew she needed to act.

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Fitness Summer Gear Guide

Posted 6/10/2016 by UHBlog

Fitness Summer Gear Guide

It’s the perfect time of year to exercise outdoors. Do you know what gear you need to stay safe and injury-free while you train for your sport?

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Coming Out To Your Provider

Posted 6/9/2016 by UHBlog

For LGBT people with cancer, coming out to your health care provider can be an important step on the cancer journey. When LGBT people don’t have a health care provider that they can trust, they are less likely to make or keep appointments. They may not feel safe sharing info that a provider needs to give complete care. Finding an LGBT-positive provider allows you to use all of the support that is offered. It means that you can focus on coping with your cancer and treatment instead of worrying about keeping who you are, and the meaningful people in your life, a secret.

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But I Hate Exercising: Five Tips for Motivating Couch Potatoes

Posted 6/9/2016 by UHBlog

But I Hate Exercising! 5 Tips for Motivating Couch Potatoes

Unsure if you’re healthy enough to exercise, or even have the drive to get started?

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How to Protect Your Largest Organ

Posted 6/8/2016 by UHBlog

How to Protect Your Largest Organ (skin protection)

How you treat your skin now can help to ensure fun summers for years to come.

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The 20-Minute Water Workout

Posted 6/7/2016 by UHBlog

The 20-minute Water Workout

Sometimes it’s good to make waves, especially when diving into a water exercise program.

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Life After Joint Replacement Surgery

Posted 5/31/2016 by UHBlog

Life After Joint Replacement Surgery

It’s all about quality of life.

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Best Beverage Choices

Posted 5/30/2016 by Raelynn DeBevits, Registered and Licensed Dietitian for Healthy Kids

The days are longer, the sun is hotter, and we often find ourselves reaching for a cold, refreshing beverage. Many popular beverages contain a lot of added sugar (or, empty calories) that can add inches to your waistline.

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5 Tips for a Healthy Picnic Basket

Posted 5/30/2016 by UHBlog

Try this Healthy Picnic Basket

Picnic food can be both healthy and tasty if you plan ahead.

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Anyone Can Get Skin Cancer

Posted 5/27/2016 by UHBlog

It’s that time of year again – warm weather, sun and being outside more often than we are inside. It’s also a good time to remind ourselves that anyone can get skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. but many types of skin cancer can be prevented.

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Menstruation: The 6th Vital Sign

Posted 5/27/2016 by UHBlog

Menstruation the 6th vital sign

Cycle changes may be a sign of future health issues.

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The 3 Things That Trigger Alzheimer’s in Your Brain

Posted 5/25/2016 by UHBlog

These 7 Things Activate Alzheimer's in Your Brain

The good news? You can control them.

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Plantar Fasciitis: Healing Heel Pain

Posted 5/24/2016 by UHBlog

Plantar Fasciatis

Learn how you can heal heel pain.

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Getting Lean through Grilling

Posted 5/23/2016 by UHBlog

Getting Lean Through Grilling

The perfect recipe for a fit summer.

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Three Major Benefits of Balance Training and Exercises that Can Help

Posted 5/20/2016 by UHBlog

5 Major Benefits of Balance Training

Learn the importance of a symmetrical core.

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How to Stay Properly Hydrated This Summer

Posted 5/19/2016 by UHBlog

Hydration: The Benefits of Hydration and Risks of Dehydration

Why staying hydrated is so important.

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Changing Your Day with a Chair Massage

Posted 5/18/2016 by UHBlog

Changing Your Day with Chair Massage

Get rejuvenated and energized.

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May is Cancer Research Month

Posted 5/17/2016 by UHBlog

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Clinical Trials App

Cancer research includes clinical trials which are research studies used to find new cancer treatments, improve current cancer treatments and learn more about cancer. New treatments found through clinical trials can help improve cancer patient’s quality of life.

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Why Playing Hide-and-Seek is Good for Your Child

Posted 5/17/2016 by UHBlog

Why playing hide and seek is good for your child

Learn how this simple game teaches basic life lessons.

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How to Handle Unsolicited Parenting Advice

Posted 5/16/2016 by UHBlog

How to handle unwanted parenting advice

Keep an open mind when you receive unwanted advice.

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Pain in the Butt - What Is Piriformis Syndrome

Posted 5/13/2016 by UHBlog

Pain in the Butt: What is Piriformis Syndrome and How Can I Prevent it?

Learn how this small muscle in your glutes can put you in agony.

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10 Tips to Improve Your Sleep

Posted 5/12/2016 by UHBlog

Why You Can’t Sleep

Try these 10 tips for a better night’s rest.

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Are Trips to the Bathroom Disrupting Your Sleep?

Posted 5/10/2016 by UHBlog

Are Trips to the Bathroom Disrupting Your Sleep?

Learn what to do.

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May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month

Posted 5/1/2016 by UHBlog

Every day, more than 100 adults in the U.S. find out that they have a brain tumor. Having a brain tumor is a shock that leads to many questions and feelings. The gray ribbon represents brain tumor awareness because healthy brain matter is often referred to as gray matter. What is a brain tumor? A brain tumor forms when cells in the brain begin to grow out of control. These cells form a mass of tissue or tumor. Sometimes a brain tumor is also called a brain lesion. Lesion is a word used to descr...

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The Athletic Heart: Who to Screen Who to Bench?

Posted 4/29/2016 by UHBlog

The Athletic Heart: Who to Screen? Who to Bench?

Who to Screen? Who to Bench?

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8 Dos and Don’ts for Better Parenting with Your Partner

Posted 4/28/2016 by UHBlog

What are the dos and don’ts?

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Loving Your Lady Parts: 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Vaginas and Vulvas

Posted 4/27/2016 by UHBlog

Loving Your Lady Parts: 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Vaginas and Vulvas

And were probably afraid to ask.

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New Novel Technology Changes the Way Heart Disease is Managed

Posted 4/26/2016 by UHBlog

New Novel Technology Changes the Way Heart Disease is Managed

Advances make monitoring easier and more comfortable.

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Happy National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Posted 4/25/2016 by Ginger Fiscella, Exercise Physiologist for Healthy Kids

Happy National Physical Fitness & Sports Month. The summer months are approaching and we are finally starting to see a light at the end of the dark, wintery tunnel. When we think of summer we immediately start to think about all of the fun, outdoor activities that we can participate in, but did you know we actually tend to be less active in the summer? Boredom. Boredom plays a huge part in the decrease in activity. We are so used to having someone tell us what to do, where to go and how to d...

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Use Mindfulness to ‘Spring Clean’ Your Head

Posted 4/25/2016 by UHBlog

Use Mindfulness to ‘Spring Clean’ Your Head

Pssst. It really works.

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