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How to Watch Your Kids' Games and Not Be a Jerk

Posted 8/20/2015 by UHBlog

‪‬If you need help interacting with your child on or off the field, ask us. Most of us have witnessed behavior at our children’s soccer matches or swim meets that makes us cringe. And we’re not talking about the kids. “These are adults, and the way they’re acting – yelling at the umpire, coach or their kid – embarrasses their child in front of their child’s peers and other adults,” says clinical psychologist ‪Carolyn Ievers-Landis, PhD. “The...

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When Someone You Love Has Cancer

Posted 8/17/2015 by UHBlog

As a caregiver, you try to strike a balance each day. You have to care for the person with cancer while keeping up with the demands of family and work. Your focus tends to be on the patient’s needs. But it’s also necessary to stay in tune with your own needs. Many people who care for someone with cancer describe the experience as a personal journey. They say it has changed them forever. This is much like the way people with cancer describe their experience. It’s not something ...

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Am I a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

Posted 8/13/2015 by UHBlog

‪‬Weight-loss surgery can dramatically reduce chronic illnesses and give you a whole new lease on life. Ask us. If you're one of the 70 percent of Americans who is considered overweight or obese, you know what it means to struggle with weight. While you might long for a healthy and active lifestyle, it’s difficult when you’re weighed down by extra pounds. Plus, obesity increases your risk of nearly every chronic disease, making you feel unwell. An added pitfall of obesity is that it...

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12 Ways to Enhance Your Sleep

Posted 8/12/2015 by UHBlog

‪‬If you’re having difficulty sleeping and don’t want to take sleeping pills, we offer holistic ways to help. One of the most common concerns patients bring to doctors is that they have trouble falling and staying asleep – with 35 percent of Americans rating their sleep quality as “poor” or “only fair.” “Whatever is going on in our lives gets worse when we’re not rested,” says psychiatrist ‪‬ Francoise Adan, MD. “We lose our sens...

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Sports Injuries: See a Doctor or Tough It Out

Posted 8/11/2015 by UHBlog

‪‬If you need advice about ways to reduce the risks of injury – and to treat injuries when they happen – ask us. If you play sports of any kind, you’re likely to suffer an occasional injury. But how do you know when your injury is severe enough to visit the emergency room (ER) or see a doctor? According to orthopaedic sports surgeon ‪‬J. Martin Leland III, MD, sometimes the answer is obvious. For instance, if you have a visible fracture or severe bleeding, you want to visit t...

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School Daze: 4 Easy Tips for Getting Your Kids to Sleep

Posted 8/10/2015 by UHBlog

‪‬If your child has difficulty sleeping or wakes up tired, we can help. With the new school year upon you, you may be focused on buying new notebooks and shoes, arranging carpools and filling out emergency forms – all important components for a smooth school year. Equally valuable is getting your children’s sleep back on track. “Children have to be alert for their lessons,” says pediatric sleep specialist ‪‬Carol Rosen, MD. “It’s hard to problem-solve if they...

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NFL Training Table: Tackle Nutrition Like a Pro

Posted 8/7/2015 by UHBlog

‪‬You don’t have to be a pro football player to train like one. We can help. Before long, the hot summer nights of Northeast Ohio will give way to Friday night football and Monday morning quarterbacking. If you’re one of those people who lives and breathes football this time of year, why not eat like a football player as well? Football players eat to fuel their performance on and off the field. Between training camp's multiple practices, weight lifting and playing in the heat and hu...

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Art: A Way to Creatively Cope

Posted 8/4/2015 by UHBlog

Art therapy is a creative choice for coping with cancer. It’s based on the thinking that being creative can be healing. A trained art therapist talks with and guides group members to help them express their feelings. Art therapy may help people with cancer, their friends, family and caregivers: Deal with feelings Lower stress, fear and worry Gain a sense of freedom Art therapy is much more than just doing crafts for fun or to relax. And you don’t have to be artistic...

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7 Ways to Protect Your Manhood

Posted 7/31/2015 by UHBlog

A clear mind and good blood flow are key to remaining virile. If you're concerned about your sex drive and/or sexual function, talk to us. Sometimes performance really is in your head. Other times, it's a physical malfunction. For most men, problems with virility, sexual performance and fertility often result from either emotional issues or lifestyle choices. According to internal medicine specialist Roy Buchinsky, MD, the keys to a healthy sex drive and fulfilling sexual function start with a...

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The Screening Every Older Adult Should Get

Posted 7/30/2015 by UHBlog

Life expectancy is increasing. We can help you address the health care, mental and social issues that are relevant to older adults. Advances in medicine and nutrition have made it commonplace for people to live to be 80, 90 or even more than 100 years old. While longevity is cause for celebration, it can also present significant challenges for your elderly loved ones. As you age, you face a variety of health issues, says geriatric medicine specialist Parisa Khatibi, MD. Some of these are the in...

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Cholesterol: The Real Truth

Posted 7/29/2015 by UHBlog

Everyone needs cholesterol, but knowing how much you have can save your life. Ask us. For most of us, when we hear the word, "cholesterol," we often think it means something bad or unhealthy. But in reality, your body needs a small amount of cholesterol to function properly. It's when we eat too much of it or our bodies overproduce it, that problems develop. According to cardiologist Barry Effron, MD, too much cholesterol in your bloodstream clogs your blood vessels and increases your risk of h...

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Can You Catch Anything from Your Antiperspirant and Other Breast Cancer Myths

Posted 7/28/2015 by UHBlog

Learn the truth about breast cancer risks, treatments, prevention and detection methods. Ask us. The fear of breast cancer keeps many women awake at night with scary, unwanted thoughts. And while it's true that one-eighth of all women will be diagnosed with this disease during their lifetime, the rumors and half-truths that surround breast cancer make it one of the most misunderstood illnesses. Although fear of the unknown is normal, knowledge is power, says breast imaging diagnostic radiologi...

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The 13 Most Embarrassing Sexual Health Questions You Are Afraid to Ask

Posted 7/27/2015 by UHBlog

Whether your health question is physical, mental or emotional, we'll listen and answer your concerns. Let's talk. If you get hung-up on talking about sex and your body—especially with your health care provider – you’re not alone. Many women find discussing sex with their doctors embarrassing. Even though you’re self-conscious, it’s important to find a doctor you trust who will talk openly with you and provide straightforward answers, says psychologist Sheryl Kingsb...

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Choosing Day Care: Do's and Don'ts

Posted 7/24/2015 by UHBlog

Choosing day care can frazzle parents and children alike. When it comes to the latest health and safety considerations, we can help. Whether he’s your first child or your third, finding the right day care for your little guy can be nerve-racking. When you're away from your child, it’s important to know his health, safety and development are in capable hands. To help make your selection process easier, pediatrician Laura Caserta, MD offers first-time and veteran parents these eight ...

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Selecting the Right Senior Living

Posted 7/23/2015 by UHBlog

No one looks forward to moving into a nursing home or putting a loved one there. If you need answers to questions about caring for yourself or a family member, talk to us. If you’re 65 or older, you’ve got a lot of company. Every day, an estimated 8,000 people turn 65. Even though 65 is just a number and most people that age live independently, in the next decade or two you may find yourself struggling to manage yourself or a loved one. According to internal medicine specialist Eve...

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Why Your Kids Need More Orange Juice and Milk

Posted 7/22/2015 by UHBlog

Is your child getting enough vitamin D for good health and disease prevention? Ask us. Most of us don’t spend enough time outdoors to get the vitamin D we need. While lack of vitamin D is a problem for adults, it’s even worse for kids. According to pediatric rheumatologist Angela Robinson, MD, teenagers and young adults need vitamin D to help them absorb calcium, the building block for strong bones and teeth. If they’re not getting adequate amounts of the sunshine vitamin &nd...

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Skinny Summer Beverages That Will Keep You Cool and Hydrated in the Heat

Posted 7/22/2015 by Amy Jamieson-Petonic, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LD

Summer means warm days, long nights and spending more time out in the sun. While enjoying your time outside this summer, be mindful that spending more time in the sun comes with a higher risk for dehydration. Dehydration can occur quickly – therefore, it’s important that you continue to consume fluids throughout the day to prevent it. Did you know that your body is approximately 60 to 70 percent water, and that every metabolic process needs water to keep your body healthy? All the...

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5 Super Summer Foods that Offer Skin Protection

Posted 7/21/2015 by Amy Jamieson-Petonic, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LD

With the warm weather come summer activities, such as swimming, outdoor games, and lots of sunshine. And with a very fair toddler at home, sunscreen is a staple for all of our events. As always, it’s important to put on at least SPF 30 or higher 15 minutes before going outside. But did you know that there are a few foods that offer sun protection as well? Here is my top five list of sun protection foods: 1. Strawberries – Strawberries contain a pigment called anthocyanins that help...

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Train Like an NFL Player

Posted 7/21/2015 by UHBlog

Do you need assistance keeping your player on the ball and in the game? We're here to help. There are a lot of game day rituals in the National Football League (NFL), ranging from marching bands and team mascots to coin tosses and opening kickoffs. But before any NFL player runs out on the field, he’s spent a lot of time on a pregame ritual – namely, hours and hours of training. From the off-season to the season-ending championship game, the guys you’re watching every week ar...

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Back-to-School Checklist: Getting Your Child Ready to Return

Posted 7/20/2015 by UHBlog

Is your child ready to start school? We can help. As children splash in pools and ride bicycles this summer, it’s easy to forget the first day of school is close at hand. But it’s not too early to begin preparing for a new school year. To get a jump on the upcoming year, pediatrician James Underwood, DO offers these 11 tips to ensure your child has a healthy, safe and productive school year: 1. Update immunizations. Parts of the country are seeing a rise in measles, pertussis (w...

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Have You Gone to Chemo Class?

Posted 7/20/2015 by Lisa Hackle

Did you know we have a chemo class? Our nurses teach a one-time, 90 minute class about how chemo works, common side effects and problems you need to call your doctor about.

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4 Natural Ways to Stay Cool

Posted 7/20/2015 by UH Blog

Many of us enjoy the fun, outdoor activities of summer. But if staying cool and comfortable through the scorching hot, humid weather is tough for you, perhaps it’s time to take a holistic approach to cooling down.

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Don’t Let Pain Ruin Your Golf Game

Posted 7/17/2015 by UHBlog

If nagging golf injuries are bothering you, we can help. If you're obsessed with golf, chances are nagging pain won't stop you from playing – even though it sure can take the fun out of the game. Fortunately, many of the aggravating injuries that are common to golfers can be prevented with proper preparation – and sometimes, alleviated altogether with physical therapy. According to physical therapist Marc Cubbison, the most common nagging injuries suffered by golfers include: ...

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How Smoking Harms Your Vision

Posted 7/16/2015 by UHBlog

Vision loss compromises quality of life and can isolate you from friends and family. Ask us about eye care. We all know that smoking is bad for your lungs, but did you know that it can harm other organs, including your eyes? In fact, smoking could cause blindness as you age. “There is a strong link between smoking and age-related macular degeneration (AMD),” says ophthalmologist Baseer Ahmad, MD. “A person who smokes is four times or more likely to have AMD, which is the le...

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Can Tommy John Surgery Make You Pitch Faster?

Posted 7/15/2015 by UHBlog

Whether you need treatment for an injury or guidance about achieving your athletic potential, ask us. On July 1, Carlos Carrasco became the third Cleveland Indians pitcher in as many days to carry a perfect game into the sixth inning, following Danny Salazar on the previous night – setting a Major League record. Both Carrasco and Salazar routinely throw fastballs close to 100 miles per hour. And they have another thing in common: both have had Tommy John surgery to reconstruct their inju...

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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Posted 7/14/2015 by UHBlog

If you’re having trouble sleeping, we can help. You’re still awake after counting a flock of 1,000 sheep. But your neighbor tells you she falls asleep as soon as her head hits the pillow – only to awaken two hours later. And your cousin says he sleeps through the night, but he still wakes up tired and irritable every morning. The three of you aren’t alone. Some 40 percent of us don’t get the quantity of sleep we require for optimal health – and 75 percent of...

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Serenity Study Seeks Participants: Learn How to Manage Stress

Posted 7/13/2015 by UHBlog

Did you know that 80 to 90 percent of primary care visits are related to conditions caused by or exacerbated by stress? We can help. While you can’t eliminate stress from your life, you can learn how to effectively manage your response to it and lower your blood pressure at the same time through a new research project aptly named the Serenity Study. The Serenity Study is a free, joint program being conducted through University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network, Kent State Unive...

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Cancer Treatment: How Integrative Medicine Can Nix Side Effects

Posted 7/10/2015 by UHBlog

You don’t have to feel miserable while undergoing cancer treatment. Find out how integrative medicine can help. If you’re undergoing cancer treatment, you know how draining it can be. Conventional cancer treatments can zap you emotionally, nutritionally and physically. But integrative medicine may help you weather your treatment a little easier. According to Lina Sbrocco, a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist at University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network, the...

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Using Acupuncture to Treat Dry Eyes in Fibromyalgia Patients

Posted 7/9/2015 by UHBlog

Dry eye syndrome may be a result of the musculoskeletal disorder fibromyalgia. Ask us about it. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you may be experiencing aching muscles and joints, depression, fatigue, chronic headaches or difficulty concentrating. But did you know that dry eye syndrome may also be a symptom of this musculoskeletal condition? Recently, a team of acupuncturists at the University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network began working with doctors at the University Hospitals Ey...

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Heal the Healer Symposium

Posted 7/8/2015 by UHBlog

Even highly dedicated health care professionals suffer stress and burnout. Learn about the importance of self-care When you're the caregiver of someone who is in chronic pain or dealing with a debilitating illness, it's hard to separate from their suffering. Over time, you may burn out because you're not taking care of yourself. It's a common problem among health care professionals--for instance, physicians, nurses and social workers. The problem is known as compassion fatigue and it can spill...

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Foreskin: Friend or Foe

Posted 7/6/2015 by UHBlog

If you have questions about whether and when to circumcise your newborn boy, ask us. Parents-to-be have many decisions to make as they prepare for their infant. From selecting a hospital and finding a pediatrician to choosing a name and deciding to breastfeed, the list can seem endless. If you know you're having a boy, add another item to your list: whether to circumcise or not. Circumcision involves removing the foreskin, which is the skin that covers the tip of the penis. Although it’s...

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How to Wake Up Happy

Posted 7/2/2015 by UH Blog

Waking up in a good mood can have a positive impact on your entire day. Even if you don’t consider yourself a morning person, there are still some simple things you can do to help you rise and shine.

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Making the Case for Integrative Medicine

Posted 7/2/2015 by UH Blog

People with chronic conditions or persistent pain may experience tremendous benefits from integrative medicine therapies such as acupuncture, mindfulness and massage alongside traditional medical treatment.

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The Top 5 Most Stressful Life Events

Posted 7/2/2015 by UH Blog

Learning how to successfully manage stress can have a big impact, on your life, on your happiness, and on your health.

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A Brazilian Ways to Wax or Not

Posted 7/2/2015 by UH Blog

There are many options when it comes to hair removal, including the many types of bikini waxes. But this popular method has its drawbacks as well.

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Bicycle safety tips

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

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12 summertime health and safety tips

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Jerri A. Rose, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Specialist, Marcy R. Horvitz Pediatric Emergency Center, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Your family’s schedule is jam-packed. Fortunately, making sure your children eat well does not have to take a ton of time. The best way to help kids eat well is to serve healthy options at every meal and snack. Follow these tips from Janet Kramer, MPH, RDN, LD, ...

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Under the Rainbow, Summer Health Briefs

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

No summer vacation for viruses Summer colds are more frequent than you might think. Two common troublemakers this time of year are: Enteroviruses – the leading cause of summer colds, which sometimes cause nastier symptoms than the winter variety Parainfluenza – a respiratory bug especially hard on very young children Enteroviruses cause 10 to 15 million infections in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And although anyone can ca...

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Advice from Dr. Mom: Is your child ready to start potty training?

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Erin Frank, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and mom to a vibrant 2-year-old girl. The idea of ditching those pricey diapers and moving on to big-kid undies is an exciting transition for both parents and toddlers. But potty training takes time and a lot of trial and error to get it right. Most children can successfully potty train between 18 months and 3 years. Using the to...

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Summer: The season of experimentation

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Sara Lee, MD, Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Specialist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Summer is a great time of year for American teens to stay up late, sleep in, expand their horizons with a summer job or summer experience, and spend time with friends and family. It is also the time of the year American teens are most likely to become involved with drugs, alcohol and tobacco. A U.S. Substanc...

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