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Text Neck – Is You Cell Phone Ruining Your Posture?

Text Neck – Is You Cell Phone Ruining Your Posture?

Add “text neck” to the list of digital-age maladies, a condition caused by the unnatural position of the head as we look down repeatedly at cell phones, tablets and laptops. In a chat, Harry Jenkins, outpatient orthopedic physical therapist at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Cetronia Road clinic, discussed conditions caused by poor posture, their effect on overall health an... »

Healthy Aging

September is Healthy Aging Month

September is Healthy Aging Month, a time to consider the positive side of growing older and celebrate the steps older adults, often in collaboration with health care professionals, take to stay healthy, happy, and independent. In a wide-ranging conversation with Jason Meixsell, Area Rehabilitation Manager, HCR-ManorCare, he discussed why people are living longer, emerging ... »


Why Playing Golf is Good for Your Health

A round of golf means being outside for four or five hours and briskly walking several miles in the great outdoors over rolling terrain. All while building core strength with every swing and by carrying or at least pulling a weighty set of clubs and along the way. Throw in some invigorating conversations with a foursome of friends or family, and you have a recipe for a ben... »


Barre3 – Stronger in Mind & Body

When my editor asked me if I wanted to take a bar class, I got giddy. My head was spinning with the possibilities. Would I learn how to juggle vodka bottles? Would I learn how to muddle mint? Would I learn to stick my nose in a wine glass, sniff with exuberance, and be able to identify what region the wine was from? By the time my brain stopped, I pictured myself being a s... »

Everything You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

Everything You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

Ever since the first headline of a rapidly spreading virus hit news channels and Twitter feeds, all we’ve been worried about is Zika – especially with mosquito season right around the corner. We chatted with Dr. Jeffrey Jahre, Chief of Infectious Disease and the Senior Vice-President of Medical and Academic Affairs at St. Luke’s University Health Network, to learn the fact... »

Life-Saving Alternatives to Open Heart Surgery

Life-Saving Alternatives to Open Heart Surgery

There’s good news for individuals looking for alternatives to open heart surgery. Recent advances in surgical technique and equipment allow surgeons to perform some heart procedures in a less traumatic way. For individuals who are not candidates for open-heart surgery, there are now minimally invasive procedures to remedy aortic valve stenosis and degenerative mitral valve... »

Direct Primary Care

Direct Primary Care: What You Need to Know

Changes in modern medicine usually bring with them a sense of leaping progress, of conquering new frontiers. But an emerging trend in physician practice, called Direct Primary Care (DPC), actually strives to improve patient care by patterning itself on a business model that dates from the last century. You see, prior to the 1940s, most Americans paid their medical bills di... »

6 Summer Bummers and Ways to Avoid Them

6 Summer Bummers and Ways to Avoid Them

By Kathryn M. D’Imperio From hitting the beach to family hikes, swimming, playing outdoor sports, or simply doing more gardening and yard work, the summer time offers us delightful weather and longer daylight hours to enjoy as we do some of our favorite things. But, with the summer fun can come a slew of health troubles. Keep reading for some of the most common summer heal... »

5 Symptoms You Should Not Ignore

By Sara Vigneri In 2012, after a career spent hosting a successful talk show, appearing in movies, and running an eponymous magazine, comedian Rosie O’Donnell found herself out of a job when her OWN network show was cancelled. But O’Donnell seemed to take her unemployment as a chance to slow down and spend time with her family. One afternoon, in the middle of August 2012, ... »

Gluten-Free Guide

By Angela Bristow If you walk down the aisles of any grocery store you’ll no doubt notice the plethora of Gluten-free products. This way of eating is not necessarily a choice but a necessity for those who have celiac disease or celiac sprue. These are autoimmune diseases that prevent the small intestine from absorbing nutrients and the body from breaking down gluten. This ... »

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