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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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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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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 c...

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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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6 questions about having baby number 2

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Marjorie L. Greenfield, MD, Chief of General Obstetrics & Gynecology, UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine If you have had a baby, you most likely have the maternity clothes, birth stories and even the stretch marks to prove it. As an experienced mother, you understand pregnancy and delivery. But are you prepared for infant number two? Marjorie L. Greenfield, MD, Chief of General Obstetrics & Gynecology at University Hospi...

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Villains and heroes for your child’s teeth

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Gerald Ferretti, DDS, MS, MPH, Chief of Pediatric Dentistry, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine More than a quarter of America’s 2- to 5-year-olds and half the 12- to 15-year-olds have tooth decay. Brush up on how the food and drink your kids put into their mouth can protect it so that they can keep smiling – and you can pay smaller dental bills. The bad guys According to Gerald Ferretti, DDS, MS, MPH...

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Princesses, pedaling and primary care: How exceptional pediatrics helped girl thrive

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Jon Kannensohn, MD, Pediatrician, University Premier Pediatricians Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Like many couples, it took some time for Brandy and Fred Carney to become pregnant. But the wait was worth it. Brandy delivered daughter McKenna following a healthy, full-term pregnancy. Yet despite her uncomplicated delivery, McKenna began to develop medical problems early on. McKenna suffered from recurring kidney and urinary tract infections and was ...

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The skin disease that’s on the rise among kids

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Eli Silver, MD, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Specialist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Few kids escape childhood without a bump, itch or skin blemish. An increasing number must cope with a rash that keeps coming back – the skin condition known as eczema. At least 10 percent of U.S. children now suffer from this itchy, persistent skin disorder, according to a new report in the journal Pedia...

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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 ...

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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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