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5 Signs You  May Have A Hernia  & What to Do About it

5 Signs You May Have A Hernia & What to Do About it

A hernia is a protrusion of an organ through an area in the body in which it normally resides. Although hernias commonly occur in the abdomen if part of the intestine, bowel, or bladder pushes through a weak spot in the muscle wall, they can also develop in the upper thigh, belly button, groin, and chest. There are a multitude of reasons hernias occur explains Dr. Emanuel ... »

Sun Safety 101

Sun Safety 101

We’re just weeks from the official start of summer—and while we’re all excited about backyard cookouts and beach trips, all that time spent outdoors means your sun exposure is at its peak. Why should you care? According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), more skin cancer cases are detected each year than all other types of cancer combined – and its incidence is increasi... »

The Lyme  Epidemic

The Lyme Epidemic

A tiny insect called the deer tick, the size of a mere poppy seed, is wreaking havoc on the health of thousands of people across the country. Researchers now estimate that these nasty little blood suckers infect over 300,000 people with the bacterial infection known as Lyme disease every single year. This number has been steadily increasing for more than a decade. Cases... »

Parenting is Hard – The MD Guides Can Help

Parenting is Hard – The MD Guides Can Help

Back in 2009, I found myself wishing I could phone up my kids’ pediatrician during every moment of parenting confusion and panic. After a while, an idea hit me: I should create a book series featuring tips from doctors who are also moms, but only tips that they’d actually use themselves. I decided to call the books, and the experts in them, the Mommy MD Guides. To make the... »

4 Unexpected Things You Should Put in Your Birth Bag

4 Unexpected Things You Should Put in Your Birth Bag

If you’re an expectant mom, you’re probably doing everything you can to prepare for your little bundle of joy. But don’t forget to plan for yourself, too! One of the most effective ways to do this is by strategically packing your birth bag. Here are 4 surprising items that can make your experience that much more calm and enjoyable. Earplugs: These can drown out hospital no... »

Saving for College: Why You Need a 529 Plan

Saving for College: Why You Need a 529 Plan

Is college on the horizon for your kids? If so, you’ll probably face some extreme sticker shock when confronted with the bills. The average cost of a four-year private college was $35,260 for the 2017-2018 school year, according to the College Board. But on the priciest end of the spectrum, you could pay up to $60,000 per year. You should obviously be saving, but simply so... »

Bucket List: 5 Fun Things to Do With Everyone in Your Family This Summer

Bucket List: 5 Fun Things to Do With Everyone in Your Family This Summer

Most of us have packed schedules, so a week-long getaway to a vacation spot hours away is unrealistic. But you don’t have to sit at home either. Instead, consider grabbing your family and day-tripping to one of the Lehigh Valley’s many adventure- and culture-filled destinations. There’s something for absolutely everyone. Who said a staycation had to be boring? For the Wate... »

Raise Sharp Kids With Music

Raise Sharp Kids With Music

We hear so much music in a day—on TV, at restaurants, blasting from car stereos—that we often take it for granted. But from time to time, it’s good to remind yourself just how amazing it is. After all, no other species on the planet makes music!  “Music-making is one of the activities that make us distinctly human,” says Paul Murphy, PhD, chair of the music department at M... »

Sole-ful Advice

Sole-ful Advice

Origins of competitive running evolved out of religious festivals in Eastern Europe and Africa with the first recorded games tracing back to 776 BC. Since then, the cost of a good pair of athletic shoes has gone up!  Whether you like to walk over your lunch break or you’re preparing for your next 26.2 mile competition, consider the following 9 quick tips before you purchas... »

Download the Toolkit

Download the Toolkit

Every April, The American Heart Association® encourages us to commit to being more active. Individuals, families, communities and workplaces alike can participate by using their educational materials as a guide or to inspire ideas and customize their own program. Visit heart.org/movemoremonth to download the toolkit. »

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