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  1. Studies Show That Sitting Time in USA Rises and That Sitting is Unhealthy! — May 6, 2019
  2. Vaccines and Children: What Every Parent Should Know, Part 3 — April 22, 2019
  3. Vaccines and Children: What Every Parent Should Know, Part 2 — April 15, 2019
  4. Vaccines and Children: What Every Parent Should Know, Part 1 — April 8, 2019
  5. HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING — April 1, 2019

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May
06

Studies Show That Sitting Time in USA Rises and That Sitting is Unhealthy!

Get Off Your Butt! A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that the average daily sitting time in the USA has increased by almost an hour over the past decade. This translates to approximately 8 hours of sitting for teenagers and 6 ½ hours for adults in this …

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Apr
22

Vaccines and Children: What Every Parent Should Know, Part 3

Part 3 of 3 (Read Part 1 or Part 2) This column is a monthly feature of “Health & Exercise Forum” in association with the students and faculty of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Guest Author: Timothy D. Welby, MD – board certified pediatrician at Pediatrics of NEPA and associate professor of pediatrics at GCSOM. For centuries, …

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Apr
15

Vaccines and Children: What Every Parent Should Know, Part 2

Part 2 of 3 (Read Part 1) This column is a monthly feature of “Health & Exercise Forum” in association with the students and faculty of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Guest Author: Timothy D. Welby, MD – board certified pediatrician at Pediatrics of NEPA and associate professor of pediatrics at GCSOM. For centuries, millions of adults …

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Apr
08

Vaccines and Children: What Every Parent Should Know, Part 1

Dr. Timothy Welby

Part 1 of 3 This column is a monthly feature of “Health & Exercise Forum” in association with the students and faculty of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Guest Author: Timothy D. Welby, MD – board certified pediatrician at Pediatrics of NEPA and associate professor of pediatrics at GCSOM. For centuries, millions of adults and children died …

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Apr
01

HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING

NEW RESEARCH DEMONSTRATES ONE TYPE OF EXERICSE MAY HAVE SUPERIOR FAT-BURNING AND ANTI-AGING BENEFITS HIIT is the new hit! If the primary reason you exercise is to burn fat and lose weight than you many want to rethink your training program. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is the “new buzz” in exercise. Like all new trends, …

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Mar
11

Top 10 apps Recommended by Physicians to Patients

When computer technology was first applied to medicine, many were concerned that it would negatively impact the quality of patient-physician communication. While some may feel that technology has lead to more distant interaction, others feel that it has contributed to more informed, involved and empowered patients.   In a recent report released by the Joint …

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Mar
04

The Female Runner and Body Mass Index

PIAA Spring Sports (Track & Field) Begins today, March 4Th! To prevent injuries such as shin splints and stress fractures, participants, especially female athletes, must take time to properly prepare for your event. Have you notice more local running enthusiasts in the past few years? Moreover, have your noticed that most of the runners are …

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Feb
25

Research Shows Exercise Keeps Your Heart Young!

New Research It is a well established fact in the medical literature that the benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are numerous, from reducing blood pressure to lowering the risk of falls. However, a study recently conducted in the Human Performance Lab at Ball State University and published in The Journal of Applied Physiology …

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Feb
11

Exercise & Diet for Brain Health – It’s not too late!

New Research It is a well established fact in the medical literature that the benefits of a healthy diet, regular exercise and physical activity are numerous, from reducing blood pressure to lowering the risk of falls. (SEE BOX A Below) However, a study recently published in journal Neurology, reported that a healthy diet along with …

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Jan
14

AVOIDING CARBS…LOTS OF OPTIONS

We are two weeks into the New Year and many of you are working hard to hold onto the number one resolution…to lose weight! Today, this column will offer some sage and practical advice on satisfying hunger with healthy snacks. You have probably noticed a lot of attention being paid to sugar lately. In fact, …

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Dec
24

This Holiday Season, Be Religious and Spiritual–It’s Good for Your Health

Holiday Spirit Requires a Healthy Mind, Body, Spirit! Happy Holidays! It is at this time of year that we celebrate life with great hope and faith. People of many faiths take time to reflect, respect, and resolve. Christians celebrate Christmas, the miraculous birth of Christ, the Son of God, and the Messiah. Jews celebrate Chanukah, …

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Dec
17

Merry Fitness! Top 10 Fitness Gifts for Christmas!

Every December, as we finish the last of the leftover turkey, patients begin to talk about the holiday season and gift shopping. This conversation invariably leads to suggestions for gift ideas related to health, exercise and fitness. The suggestions below offer a wide variety of fitness related gifts, some expensive and frivolous and others reasonably …

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Dec
10

Use good judgement when buying holiday toys

Last Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) received overwhelming national attention in the media regarding a recent report about electronic devices and child development. National Public Radio and Time Magazine were among the many media outlets reporting on the AAP document which cited studies suggesting that heavy use of electronic media may interfere with …

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Dec
03

Preventing ski injuries

Photo 1 - Nordic Hamstring

PREVENTION OF SKI INJURIES! Pre-Thanksgiving Snowfall Gets Skiers Pumped up!!! Winter arrived early this November and, like many in NEPA, I love winter in great part due to my love for downhill and cross-country skiing. However, with age and wisdom, I have become much more aware of the need for safety through the use of …

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Nov
26

Health and safety tips for hunters

Today is an unofficial holiday in the state of Pennsylvania…the first day of firearms deer season! Approximately, 750,000 hunters from age 12 to seniors will hike through the woods in search of a whitetail. While I am not a hunter, I am an avid outdoors person with great passion for mountain biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, …

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Nov
19

Advanced Care Planning

Dr. Glen Digwood, D.O.

ADVANCED CARE PLANNING FOR NATIONAL HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE MONTH Special Feature Health & Exercise Forum with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine the 3rd Monday of every month! Glen Digwood, DO, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Dr. Digwood was born and raised in Taylor, PA., attended Riverside High School, Ursinus College …

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Nov
12

Ankle Sprains: Part 2 of 2

Photo 3. Single leg stance on stability disc with sports cord

Alexa Rzucidlo, SPT3 is a third year doctor of physical therapy student at Temple University (2019) and intern at Mackarey Physical Therapy. She grew up locally in Factoryville, PA. She graduated from Lackawanna Trail High School and Temple University for her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. Alexa plans to continue her clinical experience at Grand Junction …

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Nov
07

Ankle Sprains: Part 1 of 2

Alexa Rzucidlo SPT3

Guest Coauthors: Alexa Rzucidlo, SPT3 and Zach Brandt Alexa Rzucidlo, SPT3 is a third year doctor of physical therapy student at Temple University (2019) and intern at Mackarey Physical Therapy. She grew up locally in Factoryville, PA. She graduated from Lackawanna Trail High School and Temple University for her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. Alexa plans …

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Oct
29

Tips for Running in the Rain

Regardless of your source, it is fair to say that this summer has been one of the wettest in recent memory. According to The Weather Channel, NEPA has received 36.85 inches of rain as of August 15th exceeding the previous record set in 1945. Runners, walkers, cyclists, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts have learned to …

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Oct
22

Stay Limber and Stay Healthy

Photo A - Quad Stretch

October is National Physical Therapy Month! The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) would like to recognize the thousands of physical therapists as dedicated health care providers. Moreover, physical therapists would like to thank the public for allowing us to participate in your health and wellness. While PT’s may not save lives…we do save LIFESTYLES! This …

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Oct
15

Breast Cancer Awareness

Daniel Savaria, GCSOM, MD4

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month GCSOM “Health & Exercise Forum” – 3rd Monday of the Month… Guest Columnist: Daniel Savaria, GCSOM, MD4 Daniel Savaria of Collegeville is a 4th year medical student at Gesinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM). He is a 2012 graduate of Muhlenberg College and received a master of biomedical science …

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Oct
08

Steamtown Marathon Recovery

Congratulations to the close to more than 2,000 runners who finished the 23rd Annual Steamtown Marathon yesterday. Most, if not all of you, are waking up this morning with a little less jump in your step than you had yesterday. Runners, by nature, are very active (often hyperactive) people who may have difficulty sitting and …

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Oct
01

What you need to know about OTC drugs: Part 2 of 2

OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS…What You Need to Know PART 2 of 2 (Read Part 1 here)  This is the second of two columns dedicated to the proper use of over-the-counter drugs used, especially  during the “cold and flu” season. First and foremost, consumers must read and comprehend the information provided on the labels of all …

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Sep
24

What you need to know about OTC drugs: Part 1 of 2

OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS…What You Need to Know PART 1 of 2 According to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, approximately 3 billion trips to the pharmacy are made each year to purchase over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in the United States. The average household spends about $338. per year on these products and seven out of 10 …

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Sep
17

How to prepare for your visit to the doctor

Patrick Connors, M.D.

Guest Author: Patrick Connors, MD, 2014 Graduate TCMC (GCSOM) This column is a monthly feature of “Health & Exercise Forum” in association with the students and faculty of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. In 2009 65 young men and women became part of TCMC’s (now GCSOM) charter class and less than ten years later, after …

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Sep
10

Compression socks for runners

 HEALTH AND EXERCISE FORUM, By: Dr. Paul J. Mackarey  Compression Socks for Runners – Wear After The Race! Jury Out on Value for Running Performance – But New Research Suggests Socks May Prevent Post Race Bloot Clots —One month to go until the Steamtown Marathon! The 23rd Annual Steamtown Marathon will be held on Sunday …

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Sep
03

Have a healthy Labor Day

Proper Lifting Technique

Since 1894 Labor Day has been designated as the national holiday that pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Research supports the notion that healthier employees are happier and more productive. When employers encourage healthy behavior and safety at work, they benefit in many ways. For example, in addition to improving job …

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Aug
27

Addiction and avoiding opioid dependence with pain medication alternatives: Part 2

Anthony Morada, MD2

ADDICTION: Avoiding Opioid Dependence and Alternatives to Pain Medications Part 2 of 2 (read Part 1 of this series at this link) International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31, 2018 Special Feature “ Health & Exercise Forum” with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine the 3rd Monday of every month! Guest Columnist: Anthony Morada, MD2  Anthony Morada, a second …

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Aug
20

Addiction Awareness: Part 1 of 2

Sana Chughtai, MD2

ADDICTION: Part 1 of 2.  International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31, 2018 Special Feature “ Health & Exercise Forum” with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine the 3rd Monday of every month! Guest Columnist: Sana Chughtai, MD2  Sana Chughtai is a second year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine from Pittsburgh, PA. She received a …

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Aug
13

Preventing heatstroke in football, soccer, and fall sports

PREVENTION OF HEATSTROKE: For Football, Soccer and Fall Sports Summer football training camps and practice sessions are in full swing in Northeastern Pennsylvania. A few years ago, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) implemented “Preseason Heat-Acclimatization Guidelines” This policy is slightly updated for starting dates each year (www.piaa.org). At this time each year, I receive …

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