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Why a Simple Eye Test Can Save Your Life

Posted 4/12/2016 by UHBlog

Why a Simple Eye Test Can Save Your Life

Learn about the exam that discovered a brain tumor.

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When a Headache Is an Emergency

Posted 4/4/2016 by UHBlog

When a Headache is an Emergency

Know when to get medical help.

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Are You a Candidate for Joint Replacement?

Posted 3/29/2016 by UHBlog

If severe pain and joint damage are limiting your daily activities and affecting your quality of life, we can help. How many people do you know who have had a knee or hip replaced? It’s becoming commonplace among aging baby boomers and active seniors who want to pursue the activities they enjoy pain free. In fact, nearly 800,000 people get a knee or hip joint replaced annually. According to joint replacement specialist Matthew Kraay, MD, the three main reasons people choose to undergo joi...

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Am I Really Overweight?

Posted 2/11/2016 by UHBlog

How do you know if you’re pleasantly plump or super stout? We can help you understand this and other “weighty” health issues. Although Ohio has the eighth highest obesity rate in the U.S., you may not view yourself as heavy. That’s because a distorted self-perception is more common than you think. Many people are “fat blind” and unable to recognize themselves as overweight or obese. If you want to know if you’re among the one in three Ohioans who fall i...

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Breathing Easier: Battling Seasonal Asthma

Posted 2/10/2016 by UHBlog

If you have a wheezing cough or shortness of breath, it could be asthma. We can help. Did you know that asthma can start at any age, even in people over age 65? Yet many seniors may not even know they have the disease, says pulmonary/critical care specialist Andre Fabien, MD. “Everyone thinks of asthma as a young person’s disease. And in fact, it is estimated that 75 percent of asthmatics are diagnosed at age 7 and under,” he says. “But there’s an increasing recogn...

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ADHD in Adults: Know the Signs

Posted 2/8/2016 by UHBlog

If ADHD is getting in the way of a productive adulthood, call us for help. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is often dismissed as a frivolous diagnosis given to children whose parents can’t or won’t discipline them. But the truth is, ADHD is a real and chronic condition that can follow some patients into adulthood. “As many as 10 percent of children and adolescents have this problem, and of those, 40 to 50 percent will continue to have symptoms into adulthood,&r...

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Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia

Posted 1/28/2016 by UHBlog

Are you looking for natural treatments for fibromyalgia to relieve your chronic pain? Ask us. If you talk to anyone with fibromyalgia, she will tell you how debilitating this chronic musculoskeletal condition can be. For some people, the inflammation that often accompanies fibromyalgia leads to pain, which can become so bad that daily living is difficult. “One key symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread musculoskeletal and nerve pain,” says licensed acupuncturist Julia Proctor-Indriol...

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Qigong – Let the Life Force Be with You

Posted 10/25/2015 by UHBlog

Learn how Qigong can help alleviate pain, increase energy and reduce anxiety. This fall, why not go with the flow and start practicing Qigong? Qigong – pronounced chee-gong – is a fluid exercise program that uses graceful, repetitive movements, mental focus and measured, deep abdominal breathing to boost and balance a person’s energy. “In Chinese, qi means energy or life force, and gong means work or practice,” says Qigong Master Healer Ted Gannon, LAc. “Toget...

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Learn How Myofascial Release's Gentle Pressure Lessens Pain

Posted 9/25/2015 by UHBlog

If pain has you immobile, try myofascial release therapy sessions using hands-on treatments to eliminate restrictions in your body’s connective tissues. Do you feel as if pain is disfiguring you? Maybe you notice yourself leaning a certain way or holding your body in a particular position. Usually by the time you become aware of your posture, other muscles in your body have started to overcompensate and create additional pain points. Pain that generates from your musculoskeletal system i...

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Chronic Inflammation: America's Deadliest Disease

Posted 9/7/2015 by UHBlog

Did you know that your diet and/or excess body fat could lead to chronic inflammation? Ask us. Inflammation is one of your body’s most important defense mechanisms, protecting you against infection and injury. But inflammation that is prolonged may be setting you up for numerous health problems. “It’s remarkable how well the body protects us from infections, injuries and environmental stresses,” says interventional cardiologist David Zidar, MD, PhD. For instance, if you'...

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Why You Can’t Rely on Blood Pressure Meds to Prevent Stroke

Posted 8/24/2015 by UHBlog

Untreated high blood pressure can wreak havoc on your body. Do you know your numbers? Many people take medication to control their high blood pressure, but a major, large-scale blood pressure study may have you wondering if the pills you take provide the protection you need. The Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) project, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), followed 30,239 participants ages 45 and older for more than six years. The study wanted t...

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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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The Disease Behind the Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted 10/2/2014 by UHBlog

A few months ago, if you polled a random group of people and asked them what ALS stands for, chances are pretty good that you’d get a blank stare. Today, thanks to the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t heard about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease – a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord, and eventually causes total paralysis an...

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Dance Therapy – for Parkinson’s?

Posted 8/7/2014 by UHBlog

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that comes with many debilitating symptoms – one of which is limited movement. So it may come as a surprise that dancing is a key therapy for Parkinson’s patients. Research shows that light exercise is beneficial to people with Parkinson’s. It helps to ease stiffness, increase mobility and even improve mood. But there is something about dance in particular – along with similar movements like tai chi and y...

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Over-the-Counter Remedies for Insomnia

Posted 8/6/2014 by UHBlog

Approximately half of Americans complain of poor sleep, according to internal medicine specialist Crystal Lantz-DeGeorge, MD. Prescription sleeping pills may seem like the obvious solution to insomnia, but they can come with dangerous risks. Dr. Lantz-DeGeorge explains how they work, why they’re risky and which alternatives you and your doctor can discuss. What are the risks of sleeping pills? Dr. Lantz-DeGeorge: Most sleeping pills are “sedative-hypnotics,” a class of dru...

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A Pain in the Wrist: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Posted 8/1/2014 by UHBlog

Numbness, tingling, pain – carpal tunnel syndrome can make even the simplest of tasks uncomfortable. “Driving a car, holding a book or picking up a phone all become difficult,” says neurologist Bashar Katirji, MD. The source of this pain is a pinched nerve in the wrist. The median nerve is enclosed in a narrow tunnel that runs along the forearm and palm. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the nerve inside becomes compressed. It’s commonly believed that carpal tunnel syn...

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Study Tests Promising Alzheimer’s Drug

Posted 7/24/2014 by UHBlog

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. This disease is characterized by severe dementia – the steady loss of memory and mental ability. “We need to test and find ways of preventing or at least slowing down the progression of the disease to ease the burden on patients, their families and society,” says neurologist Alan Lerner, MD. As the principle investigator for new research being conducted in C...

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Brain Pain – Could it Be a Tumor or Aneurysm?

Posted 6/10/2014 by UHBlog

Headache is one of the most frequent ailments there is. Most headaches are mild and resolve quickly, at worst making for a rough day at work or a bummer of a day off. “The most common causes of various types of headaches aren’t related to anything serious like major structures or blood vessels,” says neurological surgeon Nicholas C. Bambakidis, MD. But sometimes headaches are a sign of a much more serious health problem – especially if they are sudden, severe or worsening...

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Depression and Suicide, Gender and Age – What You Need to Know

Posted 5/19/2014 by UHBlog

Emotions like sorrow, grief and moodiness are part of life. But when sadness consumes someone on a daily basis like an unwelcome, unrelenting companion, it may be depression. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than 20 million people in the U.S. suffer from clinical depression. This condition is treatable through methods such as medication and talk therapy, but unfortunately many people don’t seek treatment. Some believe emotions are not a medical concern. Others ar...

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Are You Shaky? Your Doctor Can Help

Posted 5/14/2014 by UHBlog

Imagine your hands resting peacefully in your lap – but the moment you reach for something, they begin to shake involuntarily, causing you to fumble with the phone, spill your coffee or scribble on your checkbook. The simplest tasks become impossible. The cause may be essential tremor, a common movement disorder that affects up to 10 percent of the population, according to movement disorders neurologist Benjamin Walter, MD. The disease is hereditary, and you are more likely to have it if...

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Are Your Employees Ignoring You – or Can They Not Hear You?

Posted 5/13/2014 by UHBlog

Managing delinquent workers can be one of the most frustrating roles for employers. But before you assume that Greg has been shirking his duties or Carla has been neglecting assignments, take a moment to consider this: Can they even hear you? “A common myth is that only older people suffer from hearing loss,” says audiologist Andrea Sterkel. “The truth is there are six million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 44 with hearing loss.” Despite the fact that it&...

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Alzheimer’s in Your 40s? What You Need to Know

Posted 5/1/2014 by UHBlog

Ask someone to describe a typical Alzheimer’s disease patient, and chances are you’ll hear about a forgetful person with telltale signs of aging such as wrinkled hands and white hair. But what about the midlife businesswoman who suddenly can’t complete her spreadsheet? Or the forty-something man having lunch with his daughters who suddenly can’t calculate the cost of their meal? “Young onset Alzheimer’s starts before the age of 65,” explains neurologis...

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Best – and Worst – Foods for Acid Reflux

Posted 4/15/2014 by UHBlog

A hot burning in the chest, a bitter taste in the throat, a gassy bloating in the stomach – acid reflux is no picnic. What you pack for your picnic, though, may be the difference between sweet relief and sour misery. “Dietary changes,” says gastrointestinal surgeon Leena Khaitan, MD, “can significantly affect acid reflux and allow avoidance of other treatments.” Dr. Khaitan explains that acid reflux occurs when the sphincter at the base of the esophagus isn’t ...

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The 2 Biggest Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted 3/17/2014 by UHBlog

“Alzheimer’s,” says neurology and psychiatry expert Brian S. Appleby, MD, “can start decades before you ever see any clinical symptoms.” Symptoms often begin slowly and then gradually worsen. Dementia – or a loss in cognitive ability that is so severe it affects everyday living – is a telltale symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. But how exactly does dementia manifest? Dr. Appleby identifies the two most common warning signs. Trouble Remembering New Th...

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Poor Sleep Quality Linked to Fibromyalgia in Adults Over 50

Posted 3/13/2014 by UHBlog

It’s not just how many Z’s you can catch that matters – it’s the quality of your sleep that counts, too. A recent study in Arthritis & Rheumatology reveals a significant link between pain and poor sleep in adults over the age of 50. The study found a strong correlation between fibromyalgia – a common syndrome causing widespread body pain and fatigue – and non-restorative sleep – light, restless, poor quality sleep. It is not clear, however, if poor ...

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