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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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Hospice Can Help

Posted 4/22/2016 by UHBlog

When we hear hospice, we may think all hope is lost and the end is near. But what many people say after they have hospice care is, ‘why didn’t we start hospice sooner?’ Sometimes cancer treatment to cure may no longer be an option. Treatment might not help, or it may make the person with cancer more uncomfortable. This is when hospice can help. The focus of hospice is on caring, not curing. Hospice care doesn’t treat the illness but it does relieve suffering. Each of us h...

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Commit to an Athlete’s Winning Mindset

Posted 4/22/2016 by UHBlog

Commit to an Athlete’s Winning Mindset

What makes them tick?

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The Libido Shuffle: Dealing With a Loss of Desire

Posted 4/21/2016 by UHBlog

The Libido Shuffle: Dealing With a Loss of Desire

Dealing with a loss of desire.

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Building Teams Through Music

Posted 4/20/2016 by UHBlog

Building Teams Through Music

Take note of how this can be done.

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The Benefits of Breathing

Posted 4/19/2016 by UHBlog

The Benefits of Breathing

Besides the obvious one.

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High Cholesterol: Is Your Child at Risk?

Posted 4/18/2016 by UHBlog

High Cholesterol: Is Your Child at Risk?

Is your child at risk?

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4 Ways to Quicken Your Pace

Posted 4/15/2016 by UHBlog

4 Ways to Quicken Your Pace

Four ways to quicken your pace.

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Teaching Your Child Tolerance

Posted 4/14/2016 by UHBlog

Teaching Your Child Tolerance

Lead by example.

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Taking Time for Mom

Posted 4/13/2016 by UHBlog

Taking Time for Mom

Even mothers need a holiday.

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Why a Simple Eye Test Can Save Your Life

Posted 4/12/2016 by UHBlog

Why a Simple Eye Test Can Save Your Life

Learn about the exam that discovered a brain tumor.

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Distress and Cancer

Posted 4/11/2016 by UHBlog

Distress is when a person feels that they cannot manage or cope with cancer. It can leave you feeling helpless, sad or afraid. Often, people find it hard to cope and adjust when: Finding out about the cancer and before a treatment plan is in place The cancer has spread or come back Treatment is finished Most people with cancer will have distress from time to time at any point in their cancer journey. Having a plan can help. Doing things that ease stress can help you cope. Examples...

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‘I Can’t Get That Song Out of My Head’

Posted 4/11/2016 by UHBlog

I Can't Get That Song Out of My Head

Learn what to do when “Seasons in the Sun” keeps replaying in your mind.

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Hamstrung Dont Neglect the Back of Your Legs

Posted 4/8/2016 by UHBlog

Hamstrung: Don’t Neglect the Back of Your Legs

Don’t neglect the back of your legs.

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When a Headache Is an Emergency

Posted 4/4/2016 by UHBlog

When a Headache is an Emergency

Know when to get medical help.

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Think There’s No Instruction Manual For Raising Teens? Think Again

Posted 3/31/2016 by UHBlog

If you need guidelines on setting ground rules for your teenager, ask us. Just when you think you’ve finally gotten a handle on the most effective ways to raise and support your child, the teenage years hit – and suddenly everything changes. “The teenage years are a challenging developmental period,” says clinical psychologist Carolyn Ievers-Landis, PhD. “Teenagers don’t have the fully developed frontal lobes that adults have, which can really affect their ju...

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Using Mindfulness Techniques and Practices

Posted 3/31/2016 by Alexander Rigda LPC, Behavior Specialist for Healthy Kids

What are meditation and mindfulness? Mindfulness practices involve a variety of acts which help individuals achieve a healthy mind and body connection. Some techniques, such as meditation, have been practiced for many years dating back to early civilizations. Today, modern health and medicine have adopted the practice of mindfulness to use as a proficient tool in optimizing overall health. According to research completed by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, practicing...

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Healthy Eating for Busy People

Posted 3/30/2016 by UHBlog

If you're so busy that it seems difficult to eat right and take care of yourself, we have strategies that work with a busy schedule. Ask us. When you’re super busy, it’s easy to forget to eat properly. You didn’t have time to make a salad for lunch, so the nearest vending machine becomes your food source of choice. But this decision may make your problems even worse. “What you are eating can affect your mental state, your emotions, your energy level and your ability to f...

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Are You a Candidate for Joint Replacement?

Posted 3/29/2016 by UHBlog

If severe pain and joint damage are limiting your daily activities and affecting your quality of life, we can help. How many people do you know who have had a knee or hip replaced? It’s becoming commonplace among aging baby boomers and active seniors who want to pursue the activities they enjoy pain free. In fact, nearly 800,000 people get a knee or hip joint replaced annually. According to joint replacement specialist Matthew Kraay, MD, the three main reasons people choose to undergo joi...

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Free Ways to Be Happier

Posted 3/28/2016 by UHBlog

Becoming your happiest self won’t cost you a thing. We’ll show you how. Forget the new car, big promotion or winning the lottery. Studies show that once your basic needs are met, money has nothing to do with happiness. “Once you’re living above the poverty line, money won’t make you happier,” says stress resilience specialist Heidi Weiker, MSSA. “Happiness has everything to do with the free things in life that bring us meaning.” Happiness is defin...

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Why or When You Should Consider a Personal Trainer

Posted 3/25/2016 by UHBlog

If you need a game plan to meet your health and fitness goals, talk to us. It’s hard to give 100 percent at all times, even for something you enjoy. If your workouts have become a chore – or worse, non-existent – it may be time to work with a personal trainer. “A lot of people are looking to vary their fitness routine or get over a plateau,” says certified strength and conditioning specialist Eric Jankov, PT, DPT, C-OMPT, CSCS. For instance, you may want to enhance...

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Are Your Medications Causing Problems?

Posted 3/24/2016 by UHBlog

Some medications cause serious side effects. A naturopathic wellness consultation can unearth how your meds may be affecting you. Many medications come with warnings – “don’t operate heavy machinery” or “avoid alcohol while taking this drug.” But what about the drugs and supplements that don’t give you a heads up? These can lead to side effects that interfere with your health and well-being, says naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist Lina Sbroc...

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Optimizing Your Marathon Training

Posted 3/23/2016 by UHBlog

Are you healthy enough to train for the big race? Schedule a physical today. Whether you’re training for the Cleveland Marathon – taking place on May 15 – or another race, it’s time to lace up your shoes and head to your favorite park or trail. “If you’re trying to beef up your fitness level to run a marathon, I recommend 18 weeks of training,” says certified running coach Jordan Smith, ACSM, RRCA, who has completed two marathons and at least 13 half ma...

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Forever Young: Vitamin D and Your Health

Posted 3/22/2016 by UHBlog

Need to know if you’re getting enough vitamin D? See us. More than a billion people may be vitamin D deficient. For seniors, that's especially worrisome, says family medicine specialist Gabrielle Koczab, DO. “Seniors need vitamin D in order to optimally absorb calcium,” she says. “Calcium ensures that your bones remain strong and helps to prevent osteoporosis.” Older adults who are deficient in vitamin D face: Loss of muscles Shrinking bone mass Reduce...

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Depression Screening Recommended for Pregnant Women, New Mothers

Posted 3/21/2016 by UHBlog

If pregnancy and new motherhood isn’t the joyous time you expected, you’re not alone. Talk to us. Pregnant women and new moms are used to and expect to go through physical check-ups during and after their pregnancies. Now, they can expect screenings and questions about their emotional well-being, too. A federal panel is recommending that everyone over the age of 18 be screened for depression, with particular emphasis on pregnant and postpartum women. This is welcome news to psycholo...

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Get Up and Go: Getting Help With Your Constipation

Posted 3/18/2016 by UHBlog

Learn how to recognize and treat constipation. Ask us. If your get up and go has got up and gone, chances are you are constipated. “Almost everyone will suffer from irregular bowel movements at some point in their lives, especially seniors,” says gastroenterologist Jason de Roulet, MD. “Poor diet and an inactive lifestyle are the biggest culprits. Common medications like narcotics and antidepressants could also cause irregularity--and the more medications you take, the higher ...

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An "Egg-ceptional" Superfood

Posted 3/17/2016 by UHBlog

Do you need help understanding which foods will keep you healthy? We can help. It's a bird! It's a plane! It's…an egg? Packed with vitamins and nutrients, this superfood is no “yolk” and can play a big role in your diet. “Eggs are a good complete protein source for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike," says registered dietitian nutritionist Heather Butscher. In the past, you may have heard differently. For instance, too many eggs will send your cholesterol levels through ...

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Female Viagra: 7 Things You Need to Know

Posted 3/16/2016 by UHBlog

Learn how a little pink pill can enhance a woman’s sexual desire. Ask us. “I’m in the mood for love” could be the theme song for Addyi, a revolutionary new drug that boosts a woman’s libido. “Since it came on the market in October 2015, Addyi is the first FDA-approved treatment for Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) in pre-menopausal women,” says psychologist Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD. “Addyi is prescribed for women who are distressed by having ...

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Tee Up for Spring: Get Ready for Golf Season

Posted 3/15/2016 by UHBlog

Don’t let pain handicap your golf game. See us and get your game back on par. Athletes, it is said, aren’t made during the season. They are made before the season. With golfing weather just a couple flips of the calendar away, this is the ideal time to start preparing your body for injury prevention – and a better game. “Swinging a golf club is not a natural motion for your body, so you’re already at a higher risk for injury when you do it,” says physical the...

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Being Aware of Food Supplements

Posted 3/14/2016 by UHBlog

A recent study found that 20-90 percent of cancer patients use some type of food supplement1. Supplements include vitamins, minerals and herbs. They can be used to help appetite, nutrition and wound healing; but there are other things about using supplements that people with cancer need to know. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t check supplement content. This makes it hard to know what really is in certain products. Some supplements may have no active ingredients at all, whil...

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The 9 Things Every Girl Should Know by Age 10

Posted 3/14/2016 by UHBlog

Is your daughter asking questions you don’t know how to answer? We can help. Most parents would love to preserve indefinitely the innocence of their daughter playing dress-up and hosting tea parties. But in today’s changing world, it’s important to address more grown-up issues by the time girls are 10 years old. “This is a time when everything feels really embarrassing, but assure (your daughter) she doesn’t need to feel embarrassed,” says pediatrician Sara L...

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Benefits of Ashiatsu Massage

Posted 3/11/2016 by UHBlog

Learn how ashiatsu massage can give you a foot up on wellness. Ask us. Ashiatsu massage therapists are always on their toes. Literally. “I use the broad, flat surface of my feet, rather than my hands and elbows, to provide a deep, pain-free compression massage to the body,” says licensed massage therapist Pamela Hietanen who is certified in ashiatsu (deep tissue) massage. Hietanen balances herself on overhead bars while alternating her weight on her patient’s body. She uses he...

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Posted 3/10/2016 by UHBlog

Colorectal cancer in the third most common type of cancer in the U.S. This type of cancer starts in the colon or rectum, which are parts of the large intestine. Colorectal cancer often begins as a growth, called a polyp, in the inner wall of the colon or rectum; sometimes polyps become cancer over time. Finding and removing polyps can save lives and prevent colorectal cancer. People 50 years or older should be screened for colorectal cancer. To learn more about colon cancer and screening: T...

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Morning Glory: Why We Wake Up That Way

Posted 3/10/2016 by UHBlog

Do you have questions about erections and other normal physiological events? Ask us. You may wonder why you wake up with an erection. It's no cause for alarm – morning erections are totally normal. In fact, you may have more reason for concern if you don’t begin the day pitching a tent. Considering the alternative, morning erections should be a welcome sight, says internal medicine specialist Roy Buchinsky, MD. “If you don’t experience morning erections, you may also hav...

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