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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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8 Ways to Keep Your Kids Healthy While on Vacation

Posted 7/1/2015 by UH Blog

As many of us leave on vacation over the summer, it’s easy to let your anticipation eclipse your planning – especially in the last-minute shuffle to get packed and out the door. But the stress and excitement of vacation, coupled with lack of sleep and a poor diet, can make you or your children more likely to get sick.

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Bang-Bang-Ouch: Fireworks Safety

Posted 7/1/2015 by UH Blog

Many people enjoy a Fourth of July holiday celebrated with fireworks. But the 30 days surrounding Independence Day are some of worst in terms of injuries. In fact, an estimated 240 people on average go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries near July 4th.

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The 5 Questions Your Trainer Wishes Youd Ask

Posted 6/30/2015 by UH Blog

If your exercise commitment and physical activity level aren’t what they used to be, it may be time for some one-on-one intervention. With more and more people turning to personal trainers, how can you be sure you’re working with the right fitness professional for your needs?

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Running: Preventing or Returning from Injuries

Posted 6/30/2015 by UH Blog

If you have ever had a running injury, you know how it can hinder your training plans. By definition, a running injury is a musculoskeletal disorder that is attributed to running. It can affect your speed, distance and duration or the frequency of your running.

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5 Ways to Swim Yourself Slim

Posted 6/30/2015 by UH Blog

Did you know that competitive swimmer Michael Phelps, who’s earned the most medals of any Olympian, consumes 12,000 calories when he’s training? And have you ever seen swimmer Dara Torres’ stomach? Her washboard abs garnered just as much attention at the 2008 Summer Olympics as her age – at 41, she was the oldest swimmer ever to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic team.

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When to Use Urgent Care vs. ER

Posted 6/30/2015 by UH Blog

Don’t hesitate to check up on your health. See your doctor today. Whether you are a parent, caring for an elderly parent or just going about your day-to-day life, you probably know that medical problems don't always happen during a convenient 9-to-5 timeframe. When your doctor’s office is closed or you need to be seen quickly, sometimes you need another option. That’s when an urgent care can help. “Urgent care is about access. We’re like a doctor’s office with...

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How Much Protein is Enough

Posted 6/30/2015 by UH Blog

As an athlete, you want to perform at your best – and for most people that begins with your diet. An athlete’s nutritional needs includes protein, but how much do you really need?

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Top 6 Vision Concerns for Older Adults

Posted 6/30/2015 by Uh Blog

Whether it’s a beautiful sunset, a loved one’s smile or your favorite sports team winning that championship title, you know there are some things in life worth seeing. If your vision isn’t as crisp as it once was, you’re not alone.

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Stay Cool When Your Kids Make You Hot

Posted 6/30/2015 by UH Blog

No more checking homework. Or packing lunches. Or ushering the kids to the school bus on time. It’s summertime and – theoretically, at least – the livin’ is easy.

But for many parents, spending oodles of free time with school-age kids can send tempers soaring higher than daytime temperatures.

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The Top 4 Reasons to Strength Train As You Age

Posted 6/30/2015 by UH Blog

We’re all pressed for time, but if you add some bench presses – along with leg presses and other strength training exercises – you might find that you feel and look better more often. That’s because strength training helps you keep and build muscle, address health concerns and elevate your mood.

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When Cancer Changes the Way You Look

Posted 6/29/2015 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...

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Embracing the Beauty of Fall In Spite of Fatigue

Posted 6/22/2015 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 ...

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On the Labyrinth: Always the Correct Way

Posted 6/15/2015 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...

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Keep Your Kids Safe During the Summer

Posted 6/9/2015 by UHBlog

Summer is a time for sports, swimming, biking, hiking and taking in the summer sun. But, with that summer fun comes a host of summer risks – many of them leading to injuries that could have been prevented.

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Dirty Dozen: The Top Toxic Fruits and Veggies

Posted 6/9/2015 by UHBlog

If you’ve been feeling lousy and can’t figure out why, the answer may be as close as the foods you ingest, the products you use and the air you breathe.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Call 9-1-1

Posted 6/9/2015 by UHBlog

Are you hesitant to call 9-1-1 because of what the neighbors may think or you feel like your emergency is too minor? You're better off not to wait.

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Fighting Fatigue

Posted 6/9/2015 by UHBlog

It’s normal for women to feel worn-out from all the things they accomplish on any given day, such as handling a job, caring for kids or aging parents and managing a house. So, how do you know if your exhaustion has moved beyond tiredness to a health issue?

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3D Mammography Improves Cancer Detection

Posted 6/8/2015 by UHBlog

One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Regular screening is key: The survival rate is 97 percent for early detection. The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 or over get an annual mammogram, which is an x-ray of the breast tissue used to diagnose breast cancer. Traditional mammograms offer 2D images, but a recent study co-authored by University Hospitals radiologist Donna Plecha, MD, shows that a special kind of 3D mammography known as tomosynthesis is ...

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Recipes for Runners

Posted 6/2/2015 by UH Blog

Fuel up before your run with these healthy breakfast recipes.

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Fuel for Runners: Top 5 Supplements and Beverages

Posted 6/2/2015 by UH Blog

Being a runner means properly fueling yourself. Follow these tips to help you stayed fueled before and after your run.

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Nutrition for Runners

Posted 6/2/2015 by Sports Nutritionist Amy Jamieson-Petonic, MEd, CSSD, RD, LD

If you’re a runner, you may have questions about food and drinks – what should you be eating and drinking and when? UH Sports Medicine Nutritionist Amy Jamieson-Petonic has the answers.

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New Breast Cancer Discovery at UH

Posted 6/1/2015 by UHBlog

Women with breast cancer are living longer these days – largely because of advances in treatment and therapy. One of these advances recently occurred at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, where researchers made a discovery about triple-negative breast cancer that may help predict how women with this type of cancer will respond to treatment. Triple-negative breast cancer occurs most commonly in younger women and African-American women, and it’s difficult to treat. “Tri...

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Temperatures Rising: Training in the Heat

Posted 5/26/2015 by UHBlog

If the heat’s getting you down, see your doctor. It’s only natural to want to take advantage of the warm weather by getting in some extra training outside. But with temperatures on the rise, your favorite outdoor activities may be detrimental to your health. Exercising or participating in sports in extreme heat can lead to serious conditions, such as heat illness or heatstroke. The first sign of trouble is excessive sweating, says sports medicine specialist James Voos, MD. “...

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6 Ways to Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk

Posted 5/25/2015 by UHBlog

“One-eighth of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime,” warns Donna Plecha, MD, a radiologist specializing in breast cancer. “It’s the leading cause of cancer death in women.” Breast cancer can be hereditary – and you can’t change your genes – but there are many things you can control. Dr. Plecha offers her guidance for reducing your risk. 1. Cut the booze If you drink alcohol heavily, it’s time to revisit and revise you...

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Too Hot to Handle: Be Safe in the Summer Heat

Posted 5/22/2015 by UHBlog

Do you know how to avoid hot weather hazards? Ask us. Summer heat waves are coming. While extreme heat can be dangerous for anyone, it can have a dire effect on you if you're over 65. According to geriatric medicine specialist Taryn Lee, MD, aging bodies have a more difficult time regulating internal temperature, leading to overheating and potentially life-threatening illnesses. “When you’re older, physiologically you’re not as good at adjusting to changes that might happen...

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Get Joint Pain Relief the Natural Way

Posted 5/21/2015 by UHBlog

Are your joints aching and in pain? There's no need to suffer. You may be familiar with the saying, “Who needs the weather report when you have arthritis?” But arthritis and other kinds of joint pain are no laughing matter, especially if a change in temperature or air pressure makes it difficult for you to conduct your daily routine. While you may not be able to control what happens with the weather, there are natural solutions you can incorporate to help control the inflammation ...

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Lost and Found: Common-Sense Tips for Finding Your Lost Child

Posted 5/20/2015 by UHBlog

Do you need help with an impulsive child who regularly wanders off? We can help Distractions happen. Even if you're the most vigilant of parents, it's normal to look away from your child at the store or in the park. When you turn back, poof – he has vanished. Now what do you do? "Every parent has had this experience when she doesn't know where her child is for a short period of time," says clinical psychologist Carolyn Ievers-Landis, PhD. "It's scary." If you're like most parents, your ...

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Getting Your Bell Rung: What You Need to Know about Concussions

Posted 5/19/2015 by UHBlog

Treating concussions doesn't follow a one-size-fits-all plan. For specific recommendations, ask us. There is a lot of media coverage about concussions, but do you know what to do if you or your child suffers a sports-related brain injury? The decisions you make can affect your recovery process and the length of time before you return to play. "Concussions can be managed as long as steps are taken early on to prevent future injuries," says neuropsychologist Christopher Bailey, PhD. “Unli...

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Colon Cancer Rates Are On the Decline

Posted 5/18/2015 by UHBlog

Good news in the wake of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Colorectal cancer rates are down among older Americans. A new report from the American Cancer Society reveals that colon cancer incidence in people age 50 and older have fallen by 30 percent in the last decade. The decrease is especially pronounced in those over the age of 65. Research indicates the remarkable decline is due to the increased frequency of colonoscopy screenings, according to gastroenterologist, Gregory Cooper,...

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Heart Disease: Myths vs. Facts

Posted 5/15/2015 by UHBlog

Heart disease doesn’t affect all women alike and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men. Ask us. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. There are a lot of myths about heart disease in women. Cardiac electrophysiologist Judith Mackall, MD, president of the Cleveland chapter of the American Heart Association, talks about these myths – and tells you the facts – so you can lower your risk for this deadly disea...

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Knots Landing: Where Does Your Stress Go?

Posted 5/14/2015 by UHBlog

Inflammation, trauma and stress create knots in your body. See us to release them. Anyone who has ever had a work deadline or a family crisis knows what stress feels like. Your head might ache or your shoulders might get tense. But did you know stress – if left untreated – can create knots and restrictions in your body, leading to pain and limited motion. "Your body has a natural mechanism when dealing with stress," says myofascial release therapist Carla Cavanagh. "It knots up. As...

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Is Your Favorite Sports Team Killing You?

Posted 5/13/2015 by UHBlog

If your passion for sports is becoming an unhealthy obsession, it may be time to see your doctor. In America, sports is a national pastime like, well, baseball and apple pie – and football and basketball and hockey. Each week, millions of Americans flood stadiums and tune in on TV to watch and, depending on the outcome, celebrate or mourn the performance of their favorite teams and athletes. Although winning isn’t everything, losing can be hazardous to your health, says internal me...

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Running 101: Getting You on Your Feet and Off to The Races

Posted 5/12/2015 by UHBlog

If you injured yourself while running, we can help. You have to start somewhere when you first take up running. First you jog, then you run and eventually you're doing fun runs, 5Ks and, if it's your goal, marathons. The beauty of running is its simplicity, says sports medicine specialist Amanda Weiss Kelly, MD. ”You can do it anywhere," she says. "It’s one of the simplest exercises to get started in. You don’t have to be talented or even graceful.” Plus, the only equip...

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6 Biggest Myths About Colon Cancer

Posted 5/11/2015 by UHBlog

Myth 1: If you don’t have symptoms, you don’t need a screening. Truth: Gastroenterologist Gregory Cooper, MD, explains that colon cancer and most colon polyps don’t always produce symptoms in its early stages. Colon cancer occurs when a polyp in the lower bowel or large intestine develops into a tumor. “The vast majority of polyps,” says Dr. Cooper, “don’t cause symptoms and if removed could prevent cancer from spreading.” Myth 2: Colon cancer ...

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Choosing a Kid-Friendly Dentist for Your Child

Posted 5/11/2015 by UHBlog

Make sure your child’s choppers get good dental care. We can help. When you see your precious baby’s first teeth come in, you are probably thinking about taking photos of her cute open-mouthed grin – not setting up her first dental appointment. Yet, small baby mouths can have adult-size dental issues. Just like an adult, dental plaque can affect infants and toddlers, even those who are just getting their first teeth. When plaque builds up, cavities can form rapidly in your ch...

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Using Music to Mend Mind and Body After Stroke

Posted 5/6/2015 by UHBlog

Lost your voice to a stroke? We can help. If you know anyone who has suffered a stroke, it can be hard for them to cope with the language and memory problems it causes. Music therapy is one route many stroke survivors are taking to regain their lives. According to music therapist Seneca Block, music therapy helps stimulate different neural networks in the brain, bypassing areas damaged by stroke and allowing patients to recover lost function, such as balance, gait, speech, memory, attention an...

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