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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... »

Eye Care

By Sara Hodon Let’s face it—most of us take our vision for granted. Sunglasses look cool, but most of us don’t think about the fact that they also protect our eyes against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Eye exams may be just another item to fit into the jam-packed household calendar but these visits can help to detect a number of problems before they become more serious. Many ... »

The Benefits of Massage Therapy

By Sara Hodon Massage is not just a way to relax and loosen tense muscles. Regular therapeutic massage treatments can help to ease the suffering of a number of chronic health conditions. Therapeutic and relaxation, or Swedish, massage have some distinct differences. A Swedish massage is commonly offered at a salon or day spa; therapeutic massage is typically done at a well... »

Sleep Disorders

By Jeffrey Gould, MD Most industrial accidents and tractor trailer motor vehicle accidents take place between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.; most strokes and heart attacks take place during those same hours as well. But what do these facts mean? Primarily, these facts indicate that the human body was not meant to be awake during these hours. Humans are not nocturnal and attempts to re... »

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