Find My Doctor

Check to see if your provider is available through UH Personal Health Record.

Find your doctor now.
How to find your doctor.

Login to My Personal Health Record

Look at your medical charts, view test results and x-rays, request prescription refills, and much more with UH Personal Health Record.

Log in now.
How to Sign Up.

Better Living Health Articles

Archive

Syndication

Better Living Health Articles


Why Fantasy Football is Good for the Workplace

Posted 9/30/2014 by UHBlog

An estimated 31 million working-age Americans participate in fantasy football, and it costs employers more than $13 billion in lost time and productivity, according to a report from the employment consulting firm, Challenger, Gray & Christmas. While that’s a sobering statistic for employers, psychologist Jeffrey Janata, PhD, says all that team spirit can be good for the workplace in a number of ways. “A myriad of studies show that the more different dimensions on which you can...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Recess for Adults: Kickball, Dodgeball and More

Posted 9/29/2014 by UHBlog

Ah, to be a kid again. Playground games can bring out your youthful spirit and boundless energy. Adult recreational leagues for sports like kickball, dodgeball, soccer and other team games can give you the opportunity to let loose and stay fit. Sports medicine specialist Robert Truax, DO, highlights the physical, mental and social benefits of taking time out of your busy adult life for a little child’s play. Physical Benefits “Participating in this type of team activity gets you mo...

Read more...
Comments (0)

When Cancer Changes the Way You Look

Posted 9/26/2014 by UHBlog

Hair loss, skin changes, weight changes and being tired are side effects of cancer treatment that can change the way you look. Maybe you’ve noticed that people don’t look at you the same way that they used to, or that some people don’t even recognize you. Maybe you don’t want to go out much because you feel “ugly”, “fat”, “skinny” or “bald”. Do you wonder if you will ever feel comfortable with yourself or pretty again? Are you ready to get back your confidence and to move past feeling and looki...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Embracing the Beauty of Fall In Spite of Fatigue

Posted 9/26/2014 by UHBlog

Fatigue with its weary, heavy, worn out feeling doesn’t go away with the beauty of fall and changing of the seasons. Instead, dealing with fatigue can be even harder in the fall when days begin to get shorter and the weather gets cooler. Here are some ways to manage fatigue and enjoy the fall at the same time: Relax. On nice days sit outside in a comfortable chair and read a book or write in a journal. Take time to experience the sounds, smells and feeling of fall. Close your eyes then ...

Read more...
Comments (0)

On the Labyrinth: Always the Correct Way

Posted 9/26/2014 by UHBlog

Did you know University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, on the main campus in Cleveland, Ohio, has a healing garden? The Schneider Healing Garden is a beautiful area in the middle of a noisy urban setting. It is surprisingly quiet and calming. In the center of the garden is an inlaid granite path. It is called a labyrinth. Unlike a maze that has dead ends and is made to confuse people, labyrinths have only one path that leads to the center. Our labyrinth is based on an 800-year-old design insi...

Read more...
Comments (0)

4 Ways to Prevent Workplace Injuries

Posted 9/26/2014 by UHBlog

Certain professions inherently come with dangerous risks – such as being a construction worker or police officer – but even workers in jobs deemed relatively safe are vulnerable to various hazards. “Injury prevention in the workplace is critical to employee safety,” says internist Roy Buchinsky, MD. “Prevention is the best intervention.” Dr. Buchinsky says the acronym PACE can help employers and employees alike remember how to prevent workplace injuries: 1....

Read more...
Comments (0)

The Side Effect of Menopause You Might Not Expect

Posted 9/25/2014 by UHBlog

Hot flashes. Mood swings. Night sweats. Menopause can cause women to experience a host of unpleasant symptoms. But there is one in particular that can last longer than a hot flash, feel worse than a mood swing and be far more dangerous than night sweats: depression. Psychiatrist Sarah Nagle-Yang, MD, explains why it happens – and how to treat it. Q. What are some of the feelings a woman might go through during menopause? A. Each woman’s experience is different. Some women experien...

Read more...
Comments (0)

8 Simple Habits for Stress Relief at Work

Posted 9/24/2014 by UHBlog

The landscape of the American workplace has changed significantly over the previous decades. Gone are the days of endless job openings and the 40-hour workweek. The new norm is hustling 50 or even 60 hours a week to hold on to your position – plus the assumption that you are available 24/7 via email and phone. “There’s no limit to what is expected these days,” says stress resilience specialist Heidi M Weiker, MSSA, “and we think it’s normal to feel stressed ...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Don’t Just Sit There: The Scoop on Standing Desks

Posted 9/23/2014 by UHBlog

The so-called 40-hour workweek often expands into stretches of 50 or even 60 hours a week. Some professions require you to be on your feet all day – like nursing, retail, construction or teaching. These workers may long for a well-deserved rest in a chair, but for those who log their long hours sitting down all day, a sedentary position can actually be just as taxing on the body. According to occupational therapist Monica Van Niel, OT, sitting for long periods of time leads to decreased me...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Is It Mood Swings – or Bipolar Disorder?

Posted 9/22/2014 by UHBlog

You started your Saturday morning with a hot cup of coffee, the newspaper on your lap and an optimistic outlook on the day. By midday, however, your sense of calm flipped a switch, and you snapped at your best friend, the waitress and the guy blocking the exit – all within an hour. You were grumpy and sluggish at dinner, but by bedtime managed to dissolve into giggles over a funny movie. When you wake up the next day, you start to worry – are these moody days a sign of something wors...

Read more...
Comments (0)

The Benefits of a Personal Health Record

Posted 9/19/2014 by UHBlog

If you’re over a certain age, you probably remember the days when patients would sneak a peek at their medical chart when the doctor left the room. Those days are long gone. Today, health care providers want patients and their families to know as much about their health care as possible, which is why many physicians’ offices and hospitals have created electronic personal health records (PHRs), where you can review your health care details online in a safe and secure setting. &ldqu...

Read more...
Comments (0)

The Airplane Safety Mistake Many Parents Make

Posted 9/18/2014 by UHBlog

Do your future travel plans include a long flight with a child under the age of 2? Buying a separate seat for your baby rather than holding him or her on your lap may be money well spent, according to a recent study by critical care pediatrician Alexandre Rotta, MD. Dr. Rotta’s study analyzed pediatric medical emergencies on flights worldwide between January 2010 and June 2013. Although the number of pediatric deaths during that time was small (there were more than 7,000 reported emergenc...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Baby Safety Gates: Do They Prevent – or Cause – Injuries?

Posted 9/17/2014 by UHBlog

The moment your baby starts walking, your home suddenly becomes a complicated maze of traps and hazards, like sharp corners, exposed outlets and loose cords. Baby safety gates can be an essential tool for keeping your toddler from entering certain rooms or tumbling down stairs. “One of the most common causes of injuries among toddlers is falls. Because they aren’t coordinated enough to go up and down the steps safely, it’s important to take as many measures as possible to pre...

Read more...
Comments (0)

The Risks and Benefits of Delayed Motherhood

Posted 9/16/2014 by UHBlog

The latest trends in mommyhood include swanky strollers, brainy parenting blogs and DIY baby food – and waiting to conceive. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a recent Pew study, more women are waiting until they are 35 years or older to have their first child. “People are getting married later in life, and more women are waiting to establish their careers first,” says maternal and fetal medicine specialist Stacey Ehrenberg, MD. “A lot of wo...

Read more...
Comments (0)

The Bigger Your Belly the Greater the Danger

Posted 9/15/2014 by UHBlog

Can you pinch an inch in your tummy? If so, it may be time to talk to the doc. There is a clear correlation between belly fat and health – and slimming down is key to reducing your risks, says internal medicine specialist Alan Wiggers, DO. Dr. Wiggers says there are two kinds of fat in the stomach: the outside layer of fat that you can grab hold of and the inside central fat packed around the organs. It’s this inside fat that is most problematic – but a belly bulge that you ca...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Extreme Races, Extreme Risks: Tough Mudders and Obstacle Courses

Posted 9/12/2014 by UHBlog

Are you a Mudder, Warrior or Spartan – or perhaps all three? The booming obstacle-racing scene has given competitors the opportunity to seize these impressive titles at races like the Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash and Spartan Race, among many others. Races typically combine running with a series of challenges like mud pits, barbed wire, wall climbs and even fire pits. Sound fun? It is. Sound dangerous? Well, it can be that, too. Sports medicine specialist James Voos, MD, suggests participan...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Quiz: How Much do You Know About STDs?

Posted 9/11/2014 by UHBlog

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a murky topic full of myths and half-truths, mainly because many people aren’t comfortable discussing sex with medical professionals. “Physicians, nurse practitioners and other health care providers view STDs as a medical problem rather than a moral issue,” says infectious disease specialist Keith Armitage, MD, “and that’s how patients should view it, too.” OB/GYN Lisa Perriera, MD, MPH says many patients are uninfor...

Read more...
Comments (0)

What Stress Is Doing to Your Sperm Quality

Posted 9/10/2014 by UHBlog

Stress has been linked to all sorts of physical health problems, from insomnia to stroke to obesity. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have added one more negative effect to the list: decreased sperm quality. Upon analyzing participants’ stress levels and sperm samples, the researchers concluded that men who had experienced two or more stressful events in the previous year had an overall lower sperm quality. The study distinguished between different sources of stress. Wo...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Are Ex-Smokers Still at Risk?

Posted 9/9/2014 by UHBlog

Quitting smoking is without a doubt one of the best things you can do for your health – and one of the most challenging. “There’s a long list of problems linked to smoking, like heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular disease, emphysema and all sorts of cancers,” says pulmonary specialist Nizar Nader, MD. “Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but it has an immediate effect on your health, even if you can’t notice it.” The expectation that you’ll feel...

Read more...
Comments (0)

6 Quick and Healthy Breakfasts on the Go

Posted 9/8/2014 by UHBlog

Why is it that the so-called most important meal of the day is often the least nutritious? Fast-food sandwiches, toaster pastries and doughnuts are all easy to grab on the go, but scarfing junk food first thing in the morning is not the right way to start the day. It may seem like the only quick options are unhealthy – but you also don’t want to skip the meal entirely. Dietitian Lisa Cimperman, MS, RD, LD, points out that people who eat breakfast actually tend to weigh less than th...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Football Season: Enjoy the Game – Without Being a Couch Potato

Posted 9/5/2014 by UHBlog

For serious football fans, Sundays may be synonymous with sofas, snacks and sodas. There’s nothing wrong with relaxing in front of the TV, but a weekly routine of lounging on the couch eating junk food can take a toll on your health. “You don’t want to create bad habits with too much sedentary time,” says sports medicine specialist Christopher Tangen, DO. “Watching the football game with friends is a good time, but you also need daily physical activity and healthy e...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Advice from Doctor Mom: Information about vaccines for the environmentally conscious parent

Posted 9/4/2014 by UHBlog

There has been quite a bit of debate in popular media about childhood vaccines. However, the science is unequivocal: childhood vaccines, administered according to the CDC-recommended schedule, are safe and effective. Yet concerns persist from parents who are like me: concerned about avoiding unnecessary chemical exposures in their kids and who seek natural approaches to personal health choices. Because I am a pediatrician, mother, and self-described “greenie,” I think it’s im...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Mind Over Matter: An Unexpected Treatment for High Blood Pressure

Posted 9/4/2014 by UHBlog

Nearly 60 million adults in the U.S. have blood pressure that is higher than the normal range. Treatment for high blood pressure typically includes lifestyle changes like choosing a healthier diet, increasing exercise and losing excess weight. But a recent study by cardiovascular disease specialist Richard Josephson, MD, suggests that there is another approach that is successful in reducing blood pressure: a methodology known as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). The study, published i...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Superfood of the Month: Quinoa

Posted 9/3/2014 by UHBlog

A nutty, high-protein food, quinoa began making its way onto vegetarian menus and health-store shelves about a decade ago. But this increasingly popular food has since become a mainstay in conventional grocery stores. Are you ready to make it a part of your regular meal planning? “Though it’s often thought of as a grain, quinoa is actually a seed,” says registered dietitian Lisa Cimperman MS, RD, LD. “Unlike many grains like wheat or rice, quinoa has the distinction of...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Back-to-School Backpack Safety

Posted 9/2/2014 by UHBlog

Have you ever picked up your kid’s backpack and wondered what on earth was in there? Between textbooks and notebooks, water bottles and lunchboxes, gym clothes and even toys, your pint-size students may be lugging around far more weight than they should. “Backpacks that are too heavy or improperly designed can cause problems for children and teens, mainly injury to muscles and joints that can lead to back, neck and shoulder pain, in addition to problems with posture,” says pe...

Read more...
Comments (0)

The Leg Exam You Didn’t Know You Needed

Posted 9/1/2014 by UHBlog

Fact: One in every 20 adults over 50 is affected by this condition. Fact: More than half of those affected have no symptoms. Fact: If left undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to disability and even amputation. The most important fact? This condition can be easily detected with one simple screening. The condition is peripheral arterial disease (PAD), and it occurs when fatty deposits or plaque build up inside the vessels that carry blood to the legs and feet. This can cause a lack of oxygen a...

Read more...
Comments (0)

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Posted 9/1/2014 by UHBlog

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. SCD is estimated to affect 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. Although not a type of cancer, sickle cell disease is often treated by our doctors because it is a blood disorder. Sickle cell is a lifelong disease that can cause many problems such as painful crises, stroke and infections. Sickle Cell Success is a local monthly support and education group for people with sickle cell disease. Led by a social worker from ou...

Read more...
Comments (0)

September is National Food Safety Education Month

Posted 9/1/2014 by UHBlog

Foodborne illness is a common problem. But, we can prevent it when we follow food safety guidelines. When certain bacteria, viruses or parasites contaminate food, they can cause foodborne illness (also called food poisoning). Cancer or cancer treatment can weaken your immune system and make it easier for you to get sick from contaminated food. There are things you and your caregivers can do to safely handle and prepare your food. Doing so can help you avoid foodborne illness. To learn more: ...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Dealing with Food Allergies in the School Cafeteria

Posted 8/29/2014 by UHBlog

What do milk, eggs and flour have in common? They are all ingredients in kids’ favorite treats – like birthday cake, brownies and cookies – but they are also all part of what pediatric allergy specialist Eli Silver, MD, calls the Big 8. “The eight foods that most commonly cause allergic reactions are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish,” says Dr. Silver. While there may not be much lobster on the school cafeteria menu, there is plenty of ...

Read more...
Comments (0)

His-and-Hers Bladder Care: Incontinence in Women, Retention in Men

Posted 8/28/2014 by UHBlog

Aging can lead to bladder problems for both men and women. Ironically, though, those problems can seem like opposites: men commonly experience retention, or the inability to release urine, while women commonly experience incontinence, or the inability to stop the release of urine. One thing that is alike, however, is that both conditions can be successfully treated. For Men: Treating Retention According to urologist Edward Cherullo, MD, retention is defined as holding more than 100 to 150 ml of...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Quitting Smoking – for You and Those Around You

Posted 8/27/2014 by UHBlog

The negative effects of secondhand smoke are well known. Smokers suffer conditions ranging from bad breath to debilitating cancers, and those around them endure conditions ranging from ear infections to an increased risk of heart disease. But what about the psychological side effects of secondhand smoke? “Your smoking may cause those around you to experience depression, anxiety, fear and a host of other problems,” says clinical hypnotist and smoking cessation specialist Donald Mann...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Protect Your Vision at the Computer

Posted 8/26/2014 by UHBlog

Computer use in the workplace is drastically on the rise – even for professionals who don’t work in office settings, such as police, photographers, mechanics or physicians. Optometrist Thomas Stokkermans, OD, PhD, FAAO, spends most of his time working with patients, but he says his own computer use has doubled in the last decade. Computers save time and make for more reliable documentation, but they also present an unexpected health hazard to workers of all kinds: computer vision syn...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Antidepressants – for Hot Flashes?

Posted 8/26/2014 by UHBlog

Mood swings and weight gain. Sleep trouble and night sweats. Urinary incontinence and vaginal dryness. Menopause can bring a slew of unpleasant symptoms. One of the most common symptoms is hot flashes. “A hot flash is a sensation of heat that seems to arise from the core,” says OB/GYN Angelina Gangestad, MD. Hot flashes usually last several minutes and may be accompanied by sweating and redness in the face. Some women experience very few hot flashes, but others endure them frequent...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Your Guide to Healthy Tailgating

Posted 8/22/2014 by UHBlog

Football fans know that pre-party rituals are everything on game day – wearing your lucky jersey, painting your face and joining in on your team’s fight song. One pre-game routine worth switching up, however, is your tailgating menu. Bench the greasy burgers and oily chips and make room for the new tailgating heroes. Registered dietitian Lisa Cimperman, MS, RD, LD, offers her suggestions for smart substitutions. Better-for-You Burgers “Beef isn’t off limits,” says...

Read more...
Comments (0)

How In-Home Education Helps Medicare Patients

Posted 8/21/2014 by UHBlog

A little goes a long way when it comes to educating patients one-on-one. A recent study by University Hospitals physician Stefan Gravenstein, MD, revealed that Medicare patients who received an hour of educational coaching and two or three follow-up phone calls after hospitalization were significantly less likely to be readmitted – and their overall health care costs were lower, too. Patients who received the coaching and calls reduced their readmission odds by 39 percent and their average...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Product Showdown: Wearable Fitness Tech

Posted 8/20/2014 by UHBlog

New fitness gadgets and gizmos seem to be coming on the market every day. Wearable smart technology is a hot trend, and fitness-minded consumers are benefiting from the influx of innovative products. These devices use motion sensors to track your every move, allowing you to take a daily assessment of your physical activity. Which one is right for you? Misfit Shine Simple, sophisticated and smart, the Misfit Shine can distinguish between walking, running and cycling when recording your daily wor...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Back to School, Back to Sleep: Getting Your Kids on Schedule

Posted 8/19/2014 by UHBlog

School-aged kids and parents alike enjoy the long, lazy nights and sleepy Saturday mornings of summer. Skipping the buzzing alarm clock in favor of lingering under the blankets is part of what summer respite is about. But come September, the abrupt change in daily schedule can come as a shock to the system – and both mental and physical capacities can suffer. “When you’re short on sleep, it can affect your learning, mood and memory,” says pediatric sleep specialist Carol ...

Read more...
Comments (0)

5 Hamstring Strengtheners for Runners

Posted 8/18/2014 by UHBlog

You’re cruising down the sidewalk at a healthy stride, when all of a sudden you feel your hamstring tighten up like a rubber band about to snap. In addition to the physical pain, you immediately feel the pangs of mental pain, knowing you may have to sit out your upcoming race. Pulling a hammy is a common buzz kill for daily runners. “We see a fair amount of hamstring injuries in distance runners,” says sports medicine physician Amanda Weiss Kelly, MD. According to Dr. Weiss Ke...

Read more...
Comments (0)

ACL Injuries: Prevention and Treatment

Posted 8/15/2014 by UHBlog

What do Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn have in common? They have all suffered what could have been a career-ending injury: an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. The ACL is one of four major ligaments that stabilize the knee. It plays an important role in keeping the leg properly aligned. Sports that generally keep the ankle, knee and hip in the same plane – such as cycling, swimming and running – rare...

Read more...
Comments (0)

Powerful New Antibiotics – from Alligator Blood?

Posted 8/14/2014 by UHBlog

Mother Nature is the source of many of our most powerful medications – but her latest gift to mankind may come in an especially terrifying form: the swamp-dwelling, crooked-mouthed, scaly-skinned American alligator. Found only in Florida and Louisiana, these creatures have extraordinarily strong immune systems and naturally fast wound-healing capabilities – characteristics that have captured the attention of researchers seeking to learn exactly what makes them so resilient. Their se...

Read more...
Comments (0)

View more

"Better Living" Health & Wellness

Do you know which foods aren't as healthy as you think? Ever wonder what to look for in a running shoe? Do you know the warning signs of stroke? The answer to these questions and many others are contained in our monthly "Better Living" e-newsletters. For a FREE subscription, visit our Sign Up page.

Sign Up Now