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Split Pea and Ham Soup

Posted 1/29/2016 by UHBlog

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2016 is the International Year of the Pulse. Pulses are dried beans, lentils and peas. They are important as a worldwide source of plant based protein and other essential nutrients that prevent obesity and diabetes. They are sustainable, improve soils and have a small carbon footprint compared to animal sources of protein. Here is one of my favorite winter warm up recipes. This recipe is packed full of soluble fiber from t...

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Keeping Warm on the Inside When its Cold Outside

Posted 1/29/2016 by Amy Jamieson-Petonic, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LD

With the cold weather comes cold nights, and even colder mornings. I love to make this overnight oatmeal for my family. It’s quick, easy and makes breakfast a snap. This recipe is a one pot meal, using your crock pot, and if you love your crock pot as much as I do, you’ll love this recipe too. The recipe is from Shape.com. Overnight Oatmeal Recipe Serves: 8 Ingredients: 1 cup steel-cut oats 1/3 cup chopped dates 2/3 cup raisins 1/3 cup chopped dried figs 1/2 teas...

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Try the Mind Diet – A Smart Way to Eat

Posted 1/22/2016 by UHBlog

Learn how to keep your cognitive skills sharp and reduce the risk of dementia. Nutritional researchers have discovered that just a few tweaks to a grocery list may be the way to slow normal brain aging and cognitive decline. “The Mind Diet is a healthy, largely plant-based diet that can be very helpful for brain health,” says registered and licensed dietitian Joyce Kavaras, RD, LD. “The results from the initial study are very promising.” The Mind Diet is an acronym for M...

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Top 5 Foods for Boosting Energy

Posted 1/21/2016 by UHBlog

When you need a mid-afternoon energy boost to get through the rest of the day, do you know which snacks or beverages are more effective – and healthy – than others? Ask us. Quick – what fix comes to mind when you find yourself dozing at your desk? Traditionally, coffee has been the automatic answer for most people. Lately, energy drinks have also become increasingly popular. “Caffeine will in fact boost energy because it is a stimulant,” says registered dietitian n...

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New Heart and Vascular Treatment Options for High-Risk Patients

Posted 1/20/2016 by UHBlog

Newer technologies are leading to less invasive ways to treat heart conditions. Ask us how these advances can help you. In the past, if you needed open heart surgery, you could expect to undergo traditional surgery and a long recovery. Now, advanced minimally invasive approaches are making it easier to treat heart and vascular conditions without open surgery. For patients who might not be candidates for open surgery, this is especially good news, says interventional cardiologist Marco Costa, MD...

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A Healthy Heart for the Whole Family: The DASH Diet

Posted 1/20/2016 by Taylor Horrigan, Dietetic Intern

Most people have high intentions of achieving better health as the New Year rolls in. According to the U.S. News & Report, the DASH diet was ranked the No. 1 overall diet for 2016 – the sixth year in a row. A panel of experts, including dietitians and doctors that specialize in heart health, diabetes, and weight loss, reviewed all diets in great detail, and the DASH diet came out on top. What is the DASH diet? The DASH diet stands for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension&rdqu...

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Sticking with Your Routine in the Winter

Posted 1/19/2016 by UHBlog

If cold weather is your excuse to skip workouts, talk to us about exercise options that inspire you to move. A lot of athletes want to hibernate through winter’s cold and darkness. But sticking to your exercise routine in the colder months can set you up for success, says sports medicine specialist Amanda Weiss Kelly, MD. “You’ll feel better about yourself and the fact that you got your exercise in,” she says. “That can carry you through the rest of the day and hel...

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How to Fix Your Chicken Legs

Posted 1/19/2016 by UHBlog

Are your legs looking scrawny? Ask us about ways to build strong leg muscles. If you’re tired of being teased for your thin “chicken” legs, it may be time to refocus your workout. “Your legs are your link to the ground," says certified strength and conditioning specialist Matt Short, PT. "“They’re important for your stability and balance.” Your legs are also important for your overall aesthetics. “People want to look symmetrical,” Short says...

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Why Won’t My Kid Wear a Coat?

Posted 1/19/2016 by UHBlog

If every conversation with your child feels like a battle, maybe it's time to learn some new, more effective strategies. We can help. Does your child refuse to wear his winter coat? It's an age-old struggle that many parents face. According to developmental/behavioral pediatrician Marie Clark, MD, MPH, the battle has little to do with the coat. Often, it’s more about acknowledging your child's independence and letting him suffer the consequences of a less-than-ideal decision. When tempera...

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Heart Disease and Family History

Posted 1/15/2016 by UHBlog

Many serious cardiac conditions are inherited or the result of genetic abnormalities. Talk to us about preventing heart disease. Take a quick look at the death notices in today’s newspaper. Statistics suggest that about a quarter of those people died of heart disease. In fact, heart disease impacts men and women equally and is the most common cause of death among both genders. Many cardiac problems occur from lifestyle choices, like smoking, poor diet or lack of exercise. Other conditions...

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Kids & Congenital Heart Disease: What Every Parent Should Know

Posted 1/14/2016 by UHBlog

Learn about congenital heart defects in children and the advances in discovery and treatment. Ask us. Nothing compares to the joy and wonder of a baby’s birth. But sometimes that joy is mitigated by the discovery that your precious infant is born with a congenital heart defect. Thankfully, new diagnostic screening and surgical techniques have enabled pediatric cardiologists to successfully detect and treat the vast majority of congenital heart defects. These early detection treatment met...

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Get The Lead Out: Childproofing Your Home

Posted 1/12/2016 by UHBlog

If you live in an older home, make sure your baby is tested for lead exposure at age 1. Call us for an appointment. Lead poisoning in children is a serious health problem that can lead to developmental and physical problems, but the news isn’t all doom and gloom. “We’re still seeing kids with lead in their bloodstream, but most of the kids have low levels that don’t require treatment,” says pediatrician Laura Caserta, MD. “There’s no safe blood level an...

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Chemo Brain

Posted 1/11/2016 by UHBlog

“Chemo brain” is a term used to describe problems with thinking that may happen before, during or after cancer treatment. Many people say having chemo brain feels like their mind is in a fog. Even though it’s called chemo brain, these problems can happen with chemo or radiation treatments. Chemo brain can make it hard to pay attention, learn new things, and call to mind things like names, dates and common words. The cause of chemo brain is not known. People who have chemo or r...

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5 Best Lower Back Pain Exercises

Posted 1/11/2016 by UHBlog

Taking care of your back is important at any age. We can help. If you have lower back pain, you aren't alone. As many as eight out of 10 people experience some type of back pain during their lives. In fact, more than half of all seniors struggle with back problems. Poor posture due to aging and lack of mobility often plays a major role in back-related aches and pains, says physical therapist Nebojsa (Neb) Mrkajic, MSPT. Many times, chronic back pain develops, with the pain lasting three months ...

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New Year's Resolutions Aren’t Just for Adults

Posted 1/8/2016 by UHBlog

Need help developing New Year’s resolutions that make sense for your family? We can help. Adults aren't the only ones who can use some self-improvement in the New Year. Your children may have developed some bad habits, too. When you begin working on some of your problem areas in 2016, consider enlarging the effort to include some of your family's habits and vices, says family medicine specialist Ian Suzelis, DO. According to Dr. Suzelis, you can play a huge role in your children's health ...

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Choosing a Family Doctor

Posted 1/6/2016 by UHBlog

We can help you find the right doctor for you and your family. Ask us. Are you on the fence about seeing a family doctor? If you're like a lot of women, you may already see a gynecologist and, perhaps, a couple of internists. Chances are, your children may have their own doctors, too, such as a pediatrician. Does your family really need one more doctor? It sure does, says family medicine specialist Susan Ratay, DO. According to Dr. Ratay, your interaction with a primary care doctor is one of th...

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Man Up for 2016: Take Control of Your Health

Posted 1/5/2016 by UHBlog

Are you the best you can be for yourself and your family? A good place to start is by taking control of your health. As the traditional “head of the household” in many families, men have a responsibility to stay in the best of health – not only for themselves, but also for the good of their wives and children who depend on them. Still, many men only see their doctors after a good measure of – let’s call it “encouragement” – from their wives. &ldqu...

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Don’t Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Posted 1/4/2016 by UHBlog

If you’re ready to make healthy lifestyle changes and need guidance, give us a call. Millions of Americans will resolve to quit smoking, lose weight or get fit in the coming year – and most of them will stray from their goals before the end of the first week. “Any time someone decides to fundamentally make a major change in their life at the stroke of midnight, they’re setting themselves up for possible failure because major changes overnight are difficult,” says i...

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Cookbook Look: Recipes for Before, During and After Cancer Treatment

Posted 12/28/2015 by UHBlog

During cancer treatment, you may feel there are few things you can control. One of them is what you eat. Making new food choices and cooking new recipes may be overwhelming at first. But there are several cookbooks dedicated to people with cancer. Below is only a sample of what is available. Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes by Kris Carr with Chef Chad Sarno Ms. Carr is the author of “Crazy Sexy Cancer.” She carries on her goal to empower those with cancer to change th...

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Health Benefits of Quitting Tobacco Use

Posted 12/23/2015 by UHBlog

Many types of cancers are caused from using tobacco. People who use smokeless tobacco (snuff or chewing tobacco) have a higher risk of cancers of the mouth. There is no safe level of tobacco use. People who use any type of tobacco product are strongly urged to quit. People who quit smoking, regardless of their age, can improve their life expectancy compared with those who still smoke. Also, quitting smoking at the time of a cancer diagnosis lowers the risk of death. Good things happen as soon as...

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Karate kid

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

8-year-old controls asthma and keeps on kicking Energetic 8-year-old, Justin Wanzo, takes karate classes and plays football with his friends Mothers often have a way of knowing when something is not quite right with their child. Such was the case of new mom Jessica Wanzo. When Jessica’s son Justin was just 1 month old, she noticed his chest looked sunken-in when he breathed. Immediately, she took him to the pediatrician, who diagnosed Justin with asthma and referred him to James Chmie...

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Tiny batteries pose a big threat to kids

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

Many young children cannot resist putting small, shiny button batteries in their mouths. And all too often, they swallow them. These dangerous discs can then cause acid burns, tears in the esophagus and internal bleeding. Between 1997 and 2010, battery-related injuries sent more than 40,000 U.S. children ages 13 and younger to the emergency room. Common sources of swallowed batteries include toys, flashlights, remote controls, watches, hearing aids and light-up jewelry. To keep kids safe, stor...

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Learn the remedy for kids’ medicine mishaps

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

JERRI ROSE, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine From misused medications to side effects and errors in dosing, problems with medicines send about 17 million Americans to the emergency room every year. A new study in the journal Pediatrics shows that a large number of these incidents involve children. In fact, about one in 12 pediatric ER visits occurs because of prescrip...

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Revolutionary cancer treatment coming soon

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

The first proton therapy system in Ohio opens in summer 2016 at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, marking a major milestone in the treatment of cancer in adults and children. The MEVION S250 proton therapy system will offer proton beam therapy, the most precise and advanced form of radiation treatment for children and adults with brain tumors, lymphoma, sarcomas and other cancers. Proton therapy is an advanced type of radiation tr...

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5 reasons your child skips lunch – and how to fix them

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

JANET KRAMER, MPH, RDN, LD, Clinical Dietitian, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital You spend hours preparing the right mix of healthy, kid-friendly foods. But still, at the end of the school day, you open your child’s backpack and find lunch unopened. Many factors can lead kids to snub their midday meals. Some have nothing to do with taste or even presentation. Here, find five reasons home-packed lunches go uneaten – and how to hack the box or brown bag to ensure...

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A new treatment option for uterine fibroids

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

SANDHIA VARYANI, MD, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, University Hospitals Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Uterine fibroids can have a significant negative impact on a woman’s quality of life. For some women, hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) is a recommended treatment option. For Lisa Lindsay, a professional property manager and mother of three, it was the right option. Lisa recalls when she began to experience symptoms about a year ag...

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Expert emergency care when (and where) your child needs it

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital offers an entire network of pediatric emergency services locations across Northeast Ohio. So when an emergency arises, you will have convenient access to Rainbow quality care, no matter where you are located. Our pediatric emergency services at community locations are backed by the full resources of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, including the region’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. Physicians and staff are speci...

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Kale Chips

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

Super easy and yummy snack! Ingredients: 1 bunch of kale from grocery store or farmers’ market 1 Tablespoon olive oil ¼ teaspoon salt and/or garlic, cayenne, or other spices Instructions: Rip kale into salad sized pieces, toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Lay out on a baking sheet in an oven at 350° F for 20 minutes. Cool, then munch away. Comments: We have made these and they are very good! I’ve made these with cayenne and/or curry for a ...

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6 facts about the flu

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

FRANK ESPER, MD, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Winter is here – and so is the flu. To protect your family and those around you, make time to get flu shots. “The CDC recommends a flu vaccine for everyone ages 6 months and older,” says Frank Esper, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospita...

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3 healthy new year’s resolutions for kids

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

The fresh start that comes naturally in January can inspire your whole family to make healthy, positive changes. Try these age-appropriate ideas, or write up your own! 1. Toddlers: Make play time active time. Encourage active play that engages toddlers in the world. Nesting cups, building blocks or banging pots are good examples. 2. Preschoolers: Help make healthy food. Assign preschoolers small jobs in the kitchen and praise their efforts. Most kids will not reject a dish they helped prepar...

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Is it ADHD or something else?

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

NORA MCNAMARA, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Almost all parents worry about their child at some point. We evaluate their actions, compare development and hope they are on target. But when is a child’s behavior normal and when does it mean something more? If your child is easily distracted, has trouble focusing, is fidgety and often acts or speaks without...

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Boosting Health and Performance This Holiday Season

Posted 12/16/2015 by Amy Jamieson-Petonic, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LD

The holidays are by far my favorite time of year. The bright lights, a dusting of snow, and a warm winter fire makes this time of year special. The reason for the season makes some of us a little on edge as well, with a never-ending to do list which may include holiday cleaning, baking and shopping. Our desire to keep healthy through it all is always in the back of our mind, but should not be forgotten. I am a big believer in getting the most out of your nutrition and wellness plan by consumin...

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Becoming a Parent after Cancer Treatment

Posted 12/3/2015 by UHBlog

More than ever, people with cancer need to think about life after treatment and having children. Over the last 20 years, the way cancer is found and treated has improved. People are being diagnosed younger and living longer. Certain types of surgery, chemo and radiation can make it hard or impossible to have a child later on. Studies suggest that about 75 percent of younger people with cancer would like to have children after treatment ends [1]. Yet, only about 30 percent talk to their cancer ...

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Working Off Your Holiday Gluttony

Posted 11/30/2015 by UHBlog

Maintain your holiday glow well into the new year by working on your health goals now. We can help. Are the months between Halloween and New Year's ones in which your motto is: eat, drink and be merry? Holiday gluttony often means weight gains of 5 or 10 pounds for many of us, plus indigestion, moodiness, depression and insomnia. If you dream of starting a new year without feeling badly about your weight, nutrition and/or exercise choices, you'll need to plan ahead, says registered dietitian nu...

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Telling Your Kids the Truth about Santa

Posted 11/27/2015 by UHBlog

Do you need help talking to your child about confusing and/or emotional questions in an age-appropriate way? We can help. For some parents, anticipating the “Santa question” may be nearly as stressful as the inevitability of someday having to explain where babies come from. But fielding even those inquiries can be simple compared to answering questions about more complex situations – for instance, inquiries involving adoption or divorce. The way you answer your child's questio...

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Weight to Do Cardio: Why You Should Weight Train First

Posted 11/25/2015 by UHBlog

Are you stumped by the order of your workout? Ask us how to create an effective fitness plan. If you want to start the New Year right by improving your physical fitness and losing weight, you already know that a properly balanced routine of aerobic exercises, resistance training and a healthy diet is the key to success. But is there a way to arrange your workout to accomplish your goals? According to orthopedic sports surgeon Daniel Zanotti, MD, the average person needs a broad routine that inc...

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Holiday Feasts Without Derailing Your Health

Posted 11/24/2015 by UHBlog

Looking forward to stuffing yourself this holiday season? Ask us how to enjoy holiday feasts without blowing up your blood sugar and diet plan. Everybody faces eating challenges during the holidays – which sometimes starts at Halloween and lasts until after the New Year. If you have diabetes, it’s especially important to maintain healthy blood sugar levels year-round, regardless of the temptations. “We’re all trying to be good for the beginning of the year. Then when it ...

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Transform Your Chest, Shoulders and Arms

Posted 11/23/2015 by UHBlog

If arm day is a struggle, we can help. Is your workout not getting you the results you want? Do you have an upper body goal in mind but aren’t sure where to start? Maybe it’s time for some professional advice. Certified strength and conditioning specialist Brian Magat, DPT, ATC, MS, CSCS, is a fan of variety. To hit all your muscle groups effectively, he recommends incorporating compound movements into your workout. “Compound movements are multi-joint movements, as opposed to ...

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Osteopathic Manipulation: Hands that Heal

Posted 11/20/2015 by UHBlog

Learn how osteopathic manipulation treatment can help your body heal itself. Ask us. If you’re looking for natural pain relief to help heal your body, you might want to check out non-invasive osteopathic manipulation treatment (OMT). “OMT is a hands-on method to evaluate the biomechanical structure of the body to discover the imbalances and restrictions within a patient’s musculoskeletal system,” says Robert Truax, DO. “OMT can safely be used on everyone from newbo...

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De-Stress During the Holidays with These 10 Good Nutrition Tips

Posted 11/19/2015 by UHBlog

Healthy does not mean boring – and you don't need to jeopardize your health and well-being to be festive. Ask us. For many people, stress causes overeating. During the holidays when everyday stresses of life reach new levels, you may need a healthy mindset about eating before saying “yes” to your work party or a family gathering. “During the holiday season, more food choices are available to us,” says Jennifer Gallman, holistic health coach at University Hospitals ...

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