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  1. Research Shows Exercise Keeps Your Heart Young! — February 25, 2019
  2. Merry Fitness! Top 10 Fitness Gifts for Christmas! — December 17, 2018
  3. Use good judgement when buying holiday toys — December 10, 2018
  4. Preventing ski injuries — December 3, 2018
  5. Health and safety tips for hunters — November 26, 2018

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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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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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Aug
06

Headaches can be a pain in the neck

Photo A - Upright desk posture

Guest Coauthor: Alexa Rzucidlo, SPT2 Alexa is a second year doctor of physical therapy student at Temple University (2019). 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 VA in Colorado. …

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Jul
30

Prevent dehydration in elderly: Part 2 of 2

PREVENTION OF DEHYDRATION IN THE ELDERLY  (Part 2 of 2) Last week in Health & Exercise Forum, we discussed dehydration as a potentially life-threatening problem, especially in those over 60.Summer heat and humidity are here and the risk of heat related illnesses are greater than normal. Age, diet, illness and medications are some of the …

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Jul
23

Dehydration risk and increase with age: Part 1 of 2

DEHYDRATION …increased risk associated with age! Part 1 of 1 Summer heat and humidity are here and the risk of heat related illnesses are particularly high for those over 65, especially dehydration. Age, diet, illness and medications are some of the many reasons why elders suffer from dehydration not only in the summer heat, but …

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Jul
16

Protect your skin for your health and looks

Guest Columnist: Eduardo Ortiz, MD4 This week’s article was written by Eduardo Ortiz, a fourth year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM). Eduardo majored in Biology and minored in Art History at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. As president of the Dermatology Interest group, he helped organize a free skin cancer …

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Jul
09

Hit the trails and beat the heat

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” -Robert Frost The purpose of this column is to present an alternative to traditional running that will allow training on more interesting and less stressful surfaces such as those …

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Jul
02

Culture of Obesity–Part 2 of 2

Culture of Obesity – Overeating vs. Undereating. Part II of II Carolena Trocchia, MD1 Student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Carolena Trocchia, MD1, originally from Long Island, NY, is a first-year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Carolena received an undergraduate degree in science from Stony Brook University and a Masters degree …

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Jun
25

Culture of Obesity – Part 1 of 2

Carolena Trocchia, MD1

Culture of Obesity – Overeating vs. Undereating. Part I of II Carolena Trocchia, MD1 Student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Carolena Trocchia, MD1, originally from Long Island, NY, is a first-year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Carolena received an undergraduate degree in science from Stony Brook University and a Masters degree …

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Jun
11

Health and safety tips for gardeners: Part 2 of 2

Photo 2 - Knees to Chest Stretch

Health and Safety Tips For Gardeners with Disabilities: Part 2 of 2 Summer is finally here and gardeners in northeast PA are anxiously working in their gardens and enjoying the fruits of their labor. Last week, Health & Exercise Forum presented tips for gardeners for preventing hand and arm injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. …

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Jun
04

Health and safety tips for gardeners: Part 1 of 2

Photo 2 - Overhead Arm Stretch

Health and Safety Tips for Gardeners: Part 1 of 2. Prevention of Hand Injuries Associated with Gardening Memorial Day, the “kick off” day for gardening in NEPA without the fear of frost, was only one week ago, so it is not too late to get started. While gardeners are anxious to work in their gardens …

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May
28

Preventing headaches in children: Part 2

Photo 1 - Chin Tuck

Prevention of Headaches Associated with Neck Pain in Children and Adolescents: Part 2 of 2 Last week, Kelley German, MD3, GCSOM guest author wrote about the causes of headaches in children and adolescents. This week, we will discuss two additional causes, more mechanical than medical, but common none-the-less: poor posture and stress. Neck pain and …

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