Frederick Jerant, Author at Lehigh Valley Marketplace's Posts

Bringing Light to Darkness

Bringing Light to Darkness

Local groups are working hard to stop death by suicide and provide support to those left in its wake. Sometimes called “a permanent solution to a temporary problem,” suicide always causes more problems than it solves: unfulfilled potential, grieving relatives and friends, and the nagging question of why? And around the holidays, the hole left in suicide’s wake can feel esp... »

How to Prevent (and Survive!) The Flu This Year

How to Prevent (and Survive!) The Flu This Year

It’s that time of year again. Time for the dreaded winter beast – the influenza virus. It’s also time for the great yay/nay debate – do I get a flu shot, or do I skip it? »

4 Ways to Reduce Carpal Tunnel Pain

4 Ways to Reduce Carpal Tunnel Pain

Carpal tunnel syndrome – that’s the thing you get when you type a lot, right? Not exactly.  “The tendency to develop carpal tunnel syndrome is actually genetic in nature,” says Jon D. Hernandez, MD, a hand surgeon with St. Luke’s Orthopedic Care. “It can also result from trauma to the wrist, such as a fall.” The carpal tunnel in your wrist contains the median nerve. If tha... »

Save Big On Medical Bills

Save Big On Medical Bills

Sometimes, even a top-of-the-line health insurance plan isn’t enough to cover all of your medical bills. You might have a high-deductible, high-copay policy. Perhaps you needed a critical—but uncovered—test. Or you may have incurred some out-of-network expenses. Now there’s an easier way to deal with those budget-busting expenses. It’s called AblePay Health, a no-cost serv... »

Your Guide to Medical Screenings

Your Guide to Medical Screenings

Annual auto inspections ensure our vehicles are safe to operate – but they perform another important function: They can uncover little problems before they turn into big ones. Our bodies would benefit from the same kind of attention because many serious medical conditions can fly under the radar for years before they display obvious symptoms. Getting in front of them with ... »

Healing at Home

Healing at Home

When you face a health issue that needs professional attention but doesn’t require the ‘round-the-clock services offered by a hospital or nursing home stay, St. Luke’s Home Health and Hospice can provide a less costly alternative.  St. Luke’s provides medically required services in a home-based setting and should not be confused with agencies that offer housekeeping, compa... »

5 Surprising Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis

5 Surprising Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Although osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) both involve stiff, painful joints, the two diseases are hardly the same. While OA generally damages just cartilage in your joints, RA can affect many body systems. Here are a few other facts about RA that might surprise you. MOVEMENT HELPS “Patients with RA tend to feel better when they stay active,” says Emily Ke... »

Stop the Bleed, Save a Life

Stop the Bleed, Save a Life

It’s a simple fact: when you control the bleeding of an injury, you increase the victim’s chance of survival. Data shows that 25% of all fatalities from trauma might have been prevented if bleeding had been controlled. “Since 9/11, there have been two million traumatic deaths in the U. S.,” says Peter Thomas, DO, Director of Trauma at St. Luke’s University Health Network. ... »

Secrets of the World’s Healthiest People

Secrets of the World’s Healthiest People

Some people seem to be walking commercials for good health. They’re strong, vibrant, and energetic­–exactly what we’d all like to display (but often can’t). How do they do it? Steven Bowers, DO, Medical Director for St. Luke’s Wound Management and Hyperbaric Medicine Centers, wondered, too. After interviewing over 30 very healthy and active people ranging in age from 33 to... »

Your Fall Allergy Game Plan

Your Fall Allergy Game Plan

You know the routine: nasal congestion, constantly running nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, throat irritation…it’s fall allergy time. The medical term for your upper airway discomfort is allergic rhinitis, says David Yen, MD, chief of the otolaryngology (ENT) section for St. Luke’s University Health Network, and it’s typically triggered by inhaling substances that activate your... »

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