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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 diseas...

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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 med...

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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 chi...

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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 and...

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You're Grilling Me: The Healthiest and Not-So-Healthy Things to Cook Over an Open Flame

Posted 5/5/2015 by UHBlog

Concerned about diet and nutrition? We can help. The days are getting longer and, as another winter quickly recedes into memory, summer is so close you can almost taste it – along with all of those delicious foods you will be cooking up on your outdoor grill. But before all of that sun blinds you to everything but the fun you will be having in the months to come, you may want to step back from that spatula and consider some of the health risks associated with grilled foods, says register...

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Stress: Makes Women Nicer, Men Meaner

Posted 5/4/2015 by UHBlog

Are you overwhelmed by stress? We can help. We all feel stressed from time to time, but the situations that get under your skin and the way you react to them may depend on your sex. “There does seem to be a difference in how men and women react to stress, both on a behavioral and hormonal level,” says Sarah Nagle-Yang, MD. Overall, women get more anxious about personal relationships and family, while men tend to worry about on-the-job issues. Hormones play an important role in how...

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Jerry’s Story

Posted 4/30/2015 by UHBlog

Busy Executive and Racquetball Player Works with Physical Therapist to Overcome Arm Injury Late in 2014, competitive racquetball player Jerry Stoffl, 53, began to experience pain in his right shoulder. He had been playing his favorite sport more often – at least five times per week – in preparation for the tournament season, and it was taking a toll on his body. Not one to be easily distracted by pain, Jerry continued playing racquetball until the beginning of February, when he deci...

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How Stroke Smart Are You?

Posted 4/30/2015 by UHBlog

Stroke is preventable. We can help. Do you know the signs and risk factors for stroke? If you don’t, you’re not alone. Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in America and the leading cause of adult disability, says neurologist John Andrefsky, MD. Stroke, also called a brain attack, affects nearly 800,000 people each year, but many of us don’t know much about this killer. Because a brain attack can come on quickly, the most important factor in treating stroke and limiting...

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Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy During Summer

Posted 4/29/2015 by UHBlog

Are you concerned about your child’s weight? The specialized team at Healthy Kids, Healthy Weight can help. Summer. For kids, it means a long break from school and homework. For parents, it can create stress over how to keep your kids from spending the next two months sitting in front of a computer or TV screen. Try these tips to make sure your child gets her dose of daily physical activity: Embrace Technology – Technology isn’t going away, so why not embrace it, says Darryl...

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10 Tests Every Man Should Get

Posted 4/28/2015 by UHBlog

If you can’t remember the last time you saw your doctor, it’s probably time to schedule an appointment. Are you one of those guys who hasn't visited your doctor in years? You are not alone. Even though early detection saves lives, one-fourth of all men blow off seeing their doctors each year. But, considering the consequences of letting disease run amok, taking time out for those annual checkups should be a priority, says internal medicine specialist Roy Buchinsky, MD. While you may...

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Pre-Race Meals for Peak Performance

Posted 4/27/2015 by UHBlog

Do you need help figuring out the ideal diet so you can train harder and compete better? Ask us. As an athlete, nutrition helps enhance your athletic performance. For many of us, though, the problem is knowing what to eat and when to eat it so that you are performing at your athletic best. “Timing is everything when it comes to pre-race meals,” says registered dietitian nutritionist Amy Jamieson-Petonic. "As a sports nutritionist, I think of the body as a well-oiled machine, kind ...

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Stroke: It's Not Just for Seniors Anymore

Posted 4/24/2015 by UHBlog

You're young, but you may be at risk for a stroke. Ask us. If you think stroke is an old person's disease, think again. One-third of people hospitalized for stroke are younger than 65. "Seniors aren't the only people who have strokes," says vascular neurologist Stefan Dupont, MD, PhD. "We just don't talk as much about the other populations who are affected. Strokes can occur at any age and can affect children, adolescents, young people and old people." Each year, nearly 800,000 people suffer a...

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What's So Funny About Farting?

Posted 4/22/2015 by UHBlog

If you're worried about excessive gas, see your doctor. Do you break wind? Cut the cheese? Pass gas? Whatever you call it, do you know the average person passes gas at least 13 to 20 times a day? Gas is caused by the food we eat, which breaks down in our intestines as part of the digestive process. The most common causes of gas include: High-fiber foods Swallowed air Artificial food additives Food intolerances For such a natural part of our digestion, adolescents – espe...

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Under Pressure? What Reflexology Can Do For You

Posted 4/21/2015 by UHBlog

Step into stress relief and better health with reflex massage for the feet, hands and ears. Ask us. Do you suffer from headaches, digestive problems or other aches and pains? Relief may be as close as your feet. Known as reflexology, this non-intrusive complementary therapy is a form of massage that applies pressure to specific points on your feet, hands and ears. Those pressure points correspond to certain areas and organs of your body, which, when blocked, can affect overall health. Reflexolo...

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Keeping Kids Regular

Posted 4/21/2015 by UHBlog

If your child’s constipation has you worried, give us a call. Did you know that passing a stool should be fun for kids or at least free of discomfort? If your child cries or complains every time he has a bowel movement, he may be constipated. Although you may not associate constipation with children, it does happen, says pediatrician Ernesto Gerardo, MD. “You can find children with constipation at almost any age,” he says. “Even breast-feeding infants can develop it.&rdq...

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Tabled By Tennis Elbow? How to Sit It Out and Heal

Posted 4/20/2015 by UHBlog

Tend to your tennis elbow. We can help. When spring arrives, what are the things you like to do outside? Maybe it's golfing, shoveling dirt in the garden or tinkering in the garage fixing up a car. Did you know you just might be aggravating your tennis elbow? "We see an incredible number of people with tennis elbow in the spring – even if they don't play tennis," says sports medicine specialist James Voos, MD. "It's an overuse injury of the tendon on the outside of the elbow." According ...

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Yoga Hurt? Tips for Staying Pain-Free

Posted 4/17/2015 by UHBlog

Experience pain-free yoga while enjoying its many health and therapeutic benefits. We'll show you. Are you someone whose personal exercise motto is "no pain, no gain"? That mantra may be holding you back or worse, contributing to aches and soreness in your yoga practice. "People have been conditioned in our culture to believe if they aren't feeling substantial soreness or some kind of pain after physical activity, they aren't accomplishing anything," says yoga therapist and registered yoga tea...

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What's Good, What's Not: Social Media Rules

Posted 4/15/2015 by UHBlog

With tweens and teens, there are so many questions. We can help with answers. Are you on Facebook? Do you tweet – or capture images on Instagram? It’s likely that your teen does, too. “The Internet and social media are here to stay and now part of the world we live in," says pediatrician Sara Lee, MD. "As parents, we need some rules to navigate that world.” A good first step is to talk to your adolescent about social media, Dr. Lee says. Ask what they know about socia...

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Keep Calm and Conceive

Posted 4/14/2015 by UHBlog

Need help understanding the causes of and treatments for infertility? Let's talk. If you are struggling to get pregnant, it is hard to be calm when you feel helpless and emotions swirl inside you. For many couples, knowledge gives them an edge in a situation where they feel powerless. "I think one of the first steps to help people feel calmer about their situation is to start to get information," says infertility specialist Brooke Rossi, MD. "The more information you have, the better you feel."...

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Think FITT and Turn Up the Intensity

Posted 4/13/2015 by UHBlog

Setting exercise goals doesn't have to be daunting when we help steer you. Are you bored with your exercise routine? Think FITT to change up your workout and get back on track. FITT stands for frequency, intensity, time and type. Each letter represents a piece of the exercise puzzle, which, when put together, helps you create a personalized fitness plan based on your individual ability, says sports medicine specialist Robert Truax, DO. “Exercise is a deliberate activity of such intensit...

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Grandma, Your Breath Smells Funny

Posted 4/10/2015 by UHBlog

Is your bad breath a symptom of an underlying health problem? Ask us about your halitosis. For most of us, bad breath is a sign that we need to brush or floss regularly or more often. However, for many elderly people, that may be easier said than done. Not only are seniors more vulnerable to dry mouth – one of the leading causes of halitosis – they may find it difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene as they age. “They may not be able to take care of their dentures or brush ...

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Spring Into Action: Step Up Your Plant-Based Game

Posted 4/9/2015 by UHBlog

April is here, the grass is visible and Earth Day is around the corner. What a great time for plant-based eating. Plant-based foods include fruits, vegetables, legumes (beans, lentils, etc.), nuts and seeds. These foods naturally provide fiber, vitamins and minerals (and some provide protein) without the saturated fat or cholesterol you will get from animal-based products. Plant-based foods also contain antioxidants and phytochemicals such as flavonoids, carotenoids and anthocyanidins – al...

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Kick the Habit with Hypnotherapy

Posted 4/9/2015 by UHBlog

Clinical hypnotherapy can help with self-awareness and healing. Learn how. You’ve probably heard of hypnotherapy, but if you're like a lot of people, you aren't sure what it is and how it helps. Hypnotherapy, also called hypnosis, became widespread in the late 1800s and harnesses the power of the mind and its ability to affect bodily functions and symptoms. “Hypnosis is the power to change a person’s thought patterns through a combination of positive suggestions and relaxatio...

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Flash A Little Leg: A Painless Treatment for Varicose Veins

Posted 4/8/2015 by UHBlog

Get a leg up on varicose vein pain to look and feel better. Ask us. If your legs are tired and achy all the time, troublesome varicose veins may be to blame. Not only are varicose veins unsightly, but they may mean you're prone to venous reflex disease. "Varicose veins are a medical issue," says Margaret Mann, MD. "They can be painful and cause discomfort in your legs, thighs and behind your calves." Varicose veins occur when the valves in the veins are too weak or damaged to push blood upward...

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Earwax: Friend or Foe

Posted 4/7/2015 by UHBlog

Are you grossed out by your ear wax? We can help. When is the last time you heard someone talk positively about earwax? After all, it's pretty repulsive to return someone's headphones with your earwax on them. And what reader of the Harry Potter book series wants to try an earwax-flavored Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Bean candy featured in the novels? Yet, earwax has several important functions, says Gail Murray, PhD, MEd, Director of Audiology Services at University Hospitals Case Medical...

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Rite of Passage? Alcohol and Young Athletes

Posted 4/6/2015 by UHBlog

Are you worried about your child’s alcohol use? The pediatric sports medicine team can help guide you. There’s a new game in town. Some runners are choosing to not only test their athletic skills, but their alcohol tolerance by competing in an event known as the “Beer Mile.” The sport has been gaining in popularity in recent years, especially among young athletes. Racers chug a cold one, run a quarter of a mile and then slam another and so on over the course of a mile. In...

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Sneaky Parent: Sneaking Veggies into Foods like Smoothies and Others

Posted 4/2/2015 by UHBlog

Check with us about broadening or improving your child’s diet. We tell our kids to eat from the rainbow, but of all the foods in the food pyramid, vegetables are probably the least preferred. So how can you get your child, and yourself, to eat more servings of vegetables? The best way is to be a good role model, says clinical dietician Janet Kramer, MPH, RDN, LD. It takes time to become familiar with a new food, especially for children who are being exposed to new tastes and textures for ...

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Recovering from the Loss of a Loved One

Posted 4/2/2015 by UHBlog

Losing a loved one hurts. See us if you need help adjusting. One sad truth about aging is the inevitability of losing the people you love. The grief and mourning after a loved one’s death are difficult challenges to face. “Even though we understand that death is a normal part of life, it’s always difficult dealing with the pain of death,” says psychologist Jeffrey Janata, PhD. “Your grief can be particularly intense as you struggle with shock, confusion and a sense...

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Am I Ready to Have a Baby?

Posted 4/2/2015 by UHBlog

Before you get pregnant, schedule a preconception visit with your doctor. Sometimes you know from an early age that you’ve always wanted a baby. Or maybe you thought you didn’t until all of your friends started having kids. How do you know if you’re ready for motherhood? “It’s a personal decision and there are a lot of things that play into it,” says obstetrician/gynecologist Marjorie Greenfield, MD and author of The Working Woman’s Pregnancy Book. Amon...

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Take Control of Your Food Addictions

Posted 4/2/2015 by UHBlog

Are you worried about your eating habits? Ask us. Food cravings are a natural part of life, but how do you know when they’ve become unhealthy? In our society of plenty, many people worry that they’re compulsive overeaters or that they are food addicts. In the book, Hunger Fix, author Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, an internationally recognized expert, physician and author in the fields of nutrition, stress, fitness and public health, discusses why you receive a “false fix” from ...

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How to Enjoy Protein-Packed Meatless Meals

Posted 4/2/2015 by UHBlog

Think you need to get your daily dietary requirement of protein from meat? Ask us. Is your performance propelled by protein? Many people think protein has to come from meat, but nothing could be further from the truth. According to registered dietitian nutritionist Amy Jamieson-Petonic, there are more meatless sources of protein than ever available, providing multiple meal options to the athlete and her family. Plus, there are numerous health benefits when you add more meatless meals, including...

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Managing Menopause with Hormone Therapy

Posted 4/2/2015 by UHBlog

Do menopausal symptoms make you uncomfortable? They’re treatable. You’re tired, cranky and sweat pours off your face during the middle of winter or while blasting the air conditioner at the coldest setting. Welcome to menopause. Menopause affects women in their 40s and 50s and lasts several years until your periods finally stop. Although not all women develop uncomfortable menopausal symptoms, for the ones who do, there is help, says obstetrician/gynecologist Susan Lasch, MD. &ldquo...

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Gender Differences and Adult-Infant Communication in the First Months of Life

Posted 4/2/2015 by UHBlog

Ask us how you can improve your baby's cognitive and language skills. Have you ever wondered how important talking to your infant is? Multiple studies focus on baby talk and its impact on your child's language development and vocabulary skills. Now, a recent American Academy of Pediatrics study confirms what many parents may already know: Mothers respond to an infant’s communication, including crying, more than fathers, and infants prefer listening to their mother’s voice. Regardles...

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Food and Drugs that Don’t Mix

Posted 4/2/2015 by UHBlog

If you have questions about your medications, we’ve got answers. Do you feel like you need to be a chemist or pharmacist to understand the ins and outs of the medications you’re taking? Older adults who take a number of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications throughout the day have to be cautious – not only about the way drugs interact together, but also how foods affect their medicines. According to geriatric medicine specialist Taryn Lee, MD, the best way to pre...

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When to Be Concerned About Memory Loss

Posted 4/2/2015 by UHBlog

If you have questions about your cognitive function, ask us. So you’ve forgotten why you went into the dining room or you’ve misplaced your car keys – again. How do you know if your absentmindedness is normal or a sign of something more serious? While some of us may become more forgetful as we get older, memory loss itself isn’t a normal part of aging, says neuropsychiatrist Brian Appleby, MD. “It’s normal when people age for their thought process to slow dow...

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Coaching Your Kids: Do’s and Don’ts

Posted 4/2/2015 by UHBlog

If you need help interacting with your child, ask us. There are few things in life that match the satisfaction, frustration, joy and heartbreak of raising your child. Combine your regular parenting duties with that of coaching your child’s sports team and you might find yourself in a delicate balancing act. “Coaching children requires looking at them through a lens that combines support, encouragement and setting limits,” says clinical psychologist Carolyn Ievers-Landis, PhD. ...

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Childhood Asthma: Fact and Fiction

Posted 4/2/2015 by UHBlog

If you think your child has allergies, we can help you know for certain. If you want to know how serious a problem childhood asthma is, visit an elementary school on any given day. Each year, asthma accounts for 13 million absences from school. Yet, many parents aren’t sure if their child is suffering from asthma or another illness. That&rsqou;s understandable since asthma symptoms can resemble other medical conditions, says pediatric pulmonology specialist Kristie Ross, MD. The only way ...

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When the Big O Becomes the Big Ouch: Painful Sex During Menopause

Posted 4/2/2015 by UHBlog

Painful postmenopausal sex is treatable. Ask us. It’s hard to get your sexy on when having sex hurts. Yet, it’s a problem that affects the love lives of approximately 50 percent of postmenopausal women, many of whom may not realize their issue is treatable. “Painful sex is very common among postmenopausal women,” says psychologist Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD. The problem stems from genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), a new term used to describe the genital, urinary and ...

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Staying in the Game: The Best Rotator Cuff Exercises

Posted 4/2/2015 by UHBlog

Learn good techniques to protect your rotator cuff muscles and shoulders. Ask us to show you. No one wants to be sidelined from their favorite sports by shoulder pain – and you don't have to be as long as you invest a few minutes a day in preventive care. “Prevention is the key to decreasing rotator cuff types of risks and injuries,” says sports medicine specialist James Voos, MD. For many of us, our posture on a good day leans somewhere between a slouch and the Hunchback of N...

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