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Coping with Anxiety

By Ann Wlazelek Do you worry about work, paying bills, how you will care for an aging parent or any of life’s other countless challenges? If so, chances are you are experiencing one of the most common phenomenons known to man: anxiety. “Anxiety is like the common cold of psychology,” said Dr. Robert Gordon, an area psychologist for more than 40 years. Everyone is anxious a... »

No Better Time Than Today To Quit Smoking

By Andy Cook Smoking is one of the hardest habits to break. The U.S. Surgeon General has said  smoking cessation (stopping smoking) represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives.” It’s really the nicotine which does the harm – it has health risks which outweigh the pleasant feelings. A first-hand report fro... »

What is Meningitis and How Can We Prevent It?

By Kathleen Mory There are many ways a person can get sick. Whether it is through human contact, consuming a substance, or even just breathing the air, as humans we constantly have reason to take precaution against illness. Infectious disease is one of the easiest transmittable and avoidable forms of illness. By simply washing one’s hands or covering the mouth when sneezin... »

Understanding Diabetes

By Sara Hodon Diabetes is a complicated condition, but a combination of education and self-discipline can make it easier to manage. “Diabetes Mellitus is a group of diseases in which high blood sugar, or glucose, levels are caused by defects in the body’s ability to produce and/or use insulin. Insulin is a hormone made in the body to convert sugar, starches and food into e... »

Is Weight Loss Surgery for Me?

By Sara Hodon How many times have you tried to lose weight the old-fashioned way, through diet and exercise, only to fail miserably time after time?  If the weight is not going away and it’s starting to affect your overall health, it may be time to consider bariatric, or weight loss, surgery. Weight loss surgery is not a “quick fix” for folks who want to lose a few pounds.... »

Asthma & Spring Allergies

By Sara Hodon Springtime means warmer temperatures and more quality time outdoors, but it also means the start of allergy season. While any number of things can aggravate an allergy inside a person’s home—dust and pet dander among them—the great outdoors are chock-full of allergens that compromise respiratory systems.  According to Eric Schenkel, MD, Director of Valley Ast... »

Fibromyalgia: A Life Sentence Of Pain

By Sara Vigneri It was 1991 and Paula Thibault was working as a nurse in a local hospital when she suffered an injury. The injury itself was not too traumatic and she figured the pain would pass once it healed. But despite getting treated for her injury, the pain never went away. Soon, the pain from the injury site spread to all four limbs and her internal organs. As the w... »

Don't Be SAD This Winter

By Sara Vigneri Cold, brisk air. Quiet snowfalls. Sitting by the cozy fireplace. The winter season is a time to settle indoors, spend time with family and friends and enjoy skiing and sledding. But for some, the dark chilly winter days usher in a melancholy that physicians refer to as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.  Sure, we all feel a little blue at times and winter... »

Urgent Care Centers

By Sara Hodon Your child has been complaining of an earache. Your spouse needs a physical for a new job. You pulled a muscle in your shoulder. You don’t want to wait in the emergency room, and your family doctor is booked solid. A trip to your nearest urgent care center can take care of everyone in a few hours. These facilities, which provide short-term medical care to pat... »

Back to School Health Concerns

By Sara Hodon As students prepare to hit the books for another school year, parents are busy reinforcing the proper hygiene habits kids need to fend off a number of ailments that strike the average classroom every year. Almost like clockwork, Dr. Moshe Markowitz, pediatrician with ABC Family Pediatricians’ 17th Street office in Allentown, says that he sees a number of youn... »

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