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Depression: Signs and Treatment

By Frederick Jerant “Depression” can mean a lot of different things–a sunken landform, a very severe economic downturn, an area of low atmospheric pressure. But for as much as 15.7% of patients seeking treatment for any ailment, it’s the name of a mental disorder that can have crippling, even fatal outcomes. (It often leads to suicide, which is the 11th leading cause... »

Cold-Weather Safety

By Frederick Jerant Ah, winter. It’s the season for skiing and skating, snowball fights and fort building, sleigh rides and snowshoeing. But in the midst of all that wintry fun, we still need to be aware of the power of cold. Just as high temperatures can adversely affect your body, so can low temperatures. One of the simplest ways to avoid cold-weather problems is dressin... »

The Truth About Physician Assistants

By Christine A. Krahling In last month’s “Health Watch” department, we did not accurately discuss the role of the physician assistant in our article, “Choosing the Right Physician for Your Family.” We truly regret this error. Several physician assistants in the Lehigh Valley were quick to inform us that we had a great deal to learn about this highly respected healthcare pr... »

Choosing the Right Physician for Your Family

By Frederick Jerant Choosing a new doctor can be a tough job, especially if you’ve just moved to the area. And finding the right specialist can be even tougher. You can always take a chance by closing your eyes and pointing your finger at a doctor’s name in the yellow pages, but that’s not a wise procedure. Instead, a little digging and talking can help you find the right ... »

Dental Health

By Frederick Jerant We’re bombarded with information about cancer prevention, weight loss, hair loss, hair recovery…even something called “digestive health” (whatever that means). But 32 parts of our bodies often get short shrift. Yes, I’m talking about our teeth. “Common sense often goes out the window when we’re dealing with our teeth,” says Dr. James P. Newman, DMD and ... »

Childhood Obesity

By Frederick Jerant These days, the statistics on childhood obesity are astounding: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the condition in children ages 6 to 11 went from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008, with similar increases among adolescents. We’re not talking about a couple of extra pounds; we’re talking seriously–and potentially dangerously&... »

The Path to Wellness and Personal Success

By Paula Beck Dr. Nathaniel Williams knows about overcoming adversity. He also knows that everyone has the potential for success and personal fulfillment. After losing his mother at the age of five, Williams became a ward of the New York City foster care system. Despite this, he realized at the age of 12 that he wanted to be a CEO. After receiving a bicycle as a gift, he r... »

Heart Smarts

By Fred Jerant~ We’ve seen many heart attacks on TV—the sudden grimace, the hand to the chest, the grunts of “…heart attack…call 9-1-1…” followed by a fall to the floor. Actually, “TV symptoms” occur only sometimes. The most common signs (usually brought on by exertion) are a lot less dramatic. The American Heart Association says they can include: • Discomfort in the cent... »

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