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Dementia and Your Diet

Posted 6/8/2018 by UHBlog

Older couple in kitchen fixing a healthy meal

While no diet has been proven to prevent Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, certain foods can boost your brain power.

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Setting the Record Straight About Drowning

Posted 6/7/2018 by UHBlog

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Experts say instances of so-called “dry drowning” are extremely rare, but parents should make water safety a priority.

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Out of Balance

Posted 6/6/2018 by UHBlog

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Do you have trouble with dizziness or balance? It may be an inner ear problem that can be corrected through vestibular therapy.

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7 Things You Need to Know About Joint Replacement

Posted 6/5/2018 by UHBlog

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If constant pain has you considering a knee or hip replacement, here are some things you need to know about this surgery.

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Healthy Picnics

Posted 5/31/2018 by UHBlog

Multi-generational family enjoying picnic in park together

With picnic season in full swing, make sure your al fresco meal is safe, nutritious and delicious.

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Coffee and Brain Health

Posted 5/29/2018 by UHBlog

Coffee and french croissants for breakfast

Is your coffee habit actually helping to ward off certain neurological disorders?

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Gym Membership Neglect

Posted 5/28/2018 by UHBlog

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Signing up for gym membership to be more healthy is one thing. Actually pushing yourself to go is another.

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Employer Challenges That Really Work

Posted 5/25/2018 by UHBlog

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Workplace challenges are a fun way to encourage healthier behaviors in your employees through friendly competition.

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IBD and Heart Attacks

Posted 5/22/2018 by UHBlog

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Researchers at UH led a study that suggests a link between inflammatory bowel disease and heart disease.

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Tales of a Torn Meniscus

Posted 5/21/2018 by UHBlog

Man having a pain in his knee

A torn meniscus is one of the most common knee injuries and can occur either suddenly or develop over time.

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Opioids vs. Common Painkillers

Posted 5/18/2018 by UHBlog

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With the opioid epidemic in Ohio and around the nation, physicians are more often turning toward non-opioid painkillers and other non-addictive pain management techniques.

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The Widowhood Effect

Posted 5/16/2018 by UHBlog

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When one loses a spouse, their emotional and physical health may suffer as they grieve. Find out how you can help a loved one through the process.

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Ways Your Body Gets Better with Age

Posted 5/15/2018 by UHBlog

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Life isn’t over just because you’re getting older. In fact, it may just be getting better.

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The Beef with Beef

Posted 5/14/2018 by UHBlog

Grilled pork steak with fresh salad

There are still ways to incorporate red meat into your diet in a healthy way.

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The Benefits of Workplace Ergonomics

Posted 5/11/2018 by UHBlog

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Making small changes to make the workplace more ergonomic can go a long way in preventing injuries.

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Diabetes Risks for Children

Posted 5/10/2018 by UHBlog

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The rate of diabetes in children is increasing. Know what signs to look for.

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Is 60 the New 40?

Posted 5/9/2018 by UHBlog

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The goalposts just keep moving.

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What Your Handwriting May Say About Your Health

Posted 5/8/2018 by UHBlog

Elderly man signing medical papers at the doctor's office

When a person’s handwriting becomes shaky or illegible, it could be a sign of a neurological disorder such as Parkinson’s disease.

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Too Much Ibuprofen?

Posted 5/7/2018 by UHBlog

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Ibuprofen is a popular and effective over-the-counter pain reliever, but it may not be the safest option for some people.

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Not-So-Funny Bone

Posted 4/30/2018 by UHBlog

Tennis player clutching elbow

When elbow pain strikes, it’s most likely not a serious condition requiring surgery. Find out what the culprit could be.

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Allergies and Age

Posted 4/27/2018 by UHBlog

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Both indoor and outdoor allergies often develop during childhood but there are ways to help prevent and manage symptoms.

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Concussions in the Workplace

Posted 4/26/2018 by UHBlog

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Being proactive about preventing workplace injuries, including concussions, can help keep your employees safe on the job.

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Calorie Controversy

Posted 4/25/2018 by UHBlog

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Counting calories can make you more aware of what and how much you are eating, and can help you meet your goals.

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Orange Theory

Posted 4/23/2018 by UHBlog

People doing pushups in exercise class

High-intensity interval training can help you continue to burn calories even after your workout is over.

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Bedwetting or Something Else – A UTI?

Posted 4/20/2018 by UHBlog

Sad child resting head on mother's lap

If your child is suddenly wetting the bed again well after potty-training, it could be as sign that he or she has a urinary tract infection.

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Standing Up to Sitting

Posted 4/19/2018 by UHBlog

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Sitting at your desk for eight hours a day can have unhealthy consequences, but there are ways to incorporate more activity into your workday.

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Seasonal Allergies

Posted 4/18/2018 by UHBlog

Dandelion blowing in the breeze

The flowers and trees blooming may not be just a welcome sign of spring if you suffer from seasonal allergies.

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Silver Tsunami

Posted 4/17/2018 by UHBlog

View of Cuyahoga River and Cleveland

As more and more Baby Boomers turn 65 every day, it’s important that they get connected to the care and services that will keep them healthy and active through their golden years.

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Stem Cells and Sports

Posted 4/16/2018 by UHBlog

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From student athletes to the pros, stem cell therapy is becoming an increasingly popular treatment for a wide range of sports injuries.

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University Hospitals’ Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine Tackles U.S. Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage

Posted 4/16/2018 by UHBlog

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For international travelers, prevention of yellow fever is a priority.

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Your First Mammogram

Posted 4/12/2018 by UHBlog

Provider discussing health issues with patient

Physicians say most women should begin getting an annual mammogram starting at age 40. Find out more about other recommendations.

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Nine Stroke Warning Signs

Posted 4/11/2018 by UHBlog

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The earlier a stroke is treated, the better chance of a full recovery. Know the warning signs.

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5 Benefits of Travel

Posted 4/9/2018 by UHBlog

Older couple driving toward the horizon

Take advantage of your golden years by getting out and seeing the world.

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Cotton Swabs and Ear Injuries

Posted 4/6/2018 by UHBlog

Woman holding cotton swabs

Pediatricians warn against using cotton swabs to clean out ear wax.

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Your Hair and Your Health

Posted 4/5/2018 by UHBlog

Smiling middle-aged man enjoying the outdoors

Thinning hair can occur in both men and women as a normal part of aging, but it can also signal an underlying health problem.

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A family affair: Rainbow specialists offer the full gamut of resources to empower families to control Type 1 diabetes

Posted 4/1/2018 by Jamie Wood, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Diabetes Program, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Sarah MacLeish, DO
Pediatric Endocrinologist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Woman reading book to attentive toddler

Braydan seemed like he was always thirsty and going to the bathroom often. After checking his blood sugar levels, Braydan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

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Are sugary foods putting your children at risk for heart disease?

Posted 4/1/2018 by Andrew Dodgen, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

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New guidelines on the amounts of sugar children should consume indicate that most kids will need to cut back on their sugar intake.

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How to deal when others tell you how to raise your baby

Posted 4/1/2018 by Jason Tatka, DO
Pediatrician, UH Rainbow Portage Pediatrics

Mother on floor playing with infant

When you become a parent, it often feels like everyone around you has an opinion about all things baby-related.

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3 things you need to know about HPV

Posted 4/1/2018 by Kimberly Gecsi, MD
Obstetrician/Gynecologist, University Hospitals Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Pre-teen girl looking into the distance

Despite its prevalence, there remains a lot of misconceptions and myths surrounding HPV.

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Plant power: Plant-based eating for the whole family

Posted 4/1/2018 by Janet Kramer, MPH, RDN, LD
Clinical Dietitian, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

Whether you’re thinking about transitioning your family to plant-based cuisine exclusively or just a few days a week, you might be wondering whether you need to have special considerations for your youngest eaters.

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High blood sugar in pregnancy could affect baby’s heart

Posted 4/1/2018 by UHBlog

Pregnant woman holding glucose meter and cake

Having high blood sugar in early pregnancy could put your baby at higher risk for heart defects.

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4 big myths about asthma

Posted 4/1/2018 by Kristie Ross, MD
Clinical Director, Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy and Immunology, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Toddler holding asthma mask

Here are four common myths, along with the facts, about living with asthma.

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Uproot your couch potatoes

Posted 4/1/2018 by Kathryn Tegeder, MD
Pediatrician, Medina Pediatrics
Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Three young girls with hands raised

Sneak fitness into their days with “microbursts” of activity.

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Pitch Count and Rest Recommendations

Posted 3/30/2018 by UHBlog

Pitch count and rest recommendations

Pitch Count and Rest Recommendations

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Inevitable Obesity?

Posted 3/29/2018 by UHBlog

Mother hugging daughter

Simple intervention on the parents’ part can help prevent childhood obesity, which could have long-term effects as they grow up.

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