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  1. Hip and Knee replacement updates: Part 2 of 3 — January 20, 2020
  2. Hip and Knee replacement updates: Part 1 of 3 — January 13, 2020
  3. Simple & Healthy New Year’s Resolutions — January 6, 2020
  4. Get 2020 Vision and resolve to stick with the program! — December 30, 2019
  5. Healthy Holiday Tips for Seniors — December 23, 2019

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Jan
20

Hip and Knee replacement updates: Part 2 of 3

DO YOU NEED A NEW HIP OR KNEE? This column is a monthly feature of “Health & Exercise Forum” in association with the students and faculty of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.  There is good news for those in need of a hip or knee replacement today! Recent advances have ushered in a new era …

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Jan
13

Hip and Knee replacement updates: Part 1 of 3

 HIP & KNEE REPLACEMENT UPDATES: IMPORTANT NEW OPTIONS AVAILABLE This column is a monthly feature of “Health & Exercise Forum” in association with the students and faculty of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.  There is good news for those in need of a hip or knee replacement today! Recent advances have ushered in a new era of joint replacement …

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Jan
06

Simple & Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

A Clear Vision For 2020! New Year’s Resolutions are very predictable. While most are health oriented, I purport that a healthy mind, body and spirit requires a healthy lifestyle. Interestingly, the ten most popular resolutions listed below, all have an impact on a healthy life.    More Time With Family And Friends Polls repeatedly show that …

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Dec
30

Get 2020 Vision and resolve to stick with the program!

I am sure that many of you feel as I do…it is beyond my comprehension that in two days I will be living in the year two thousand and TWENTY! Moreover, I hope you share my sentiments that each year, each month, week, day, and minute is a gift, not to be taken for granted. …

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Dec
23

Healthy Holiday Tips for Seniors

Happy Holidays! My gift to readers this holiday season is to offer some health tips. However, before I get accused of being a “Scrooge” about enjoying the food and drink associated with the season, please know that I was raised in an Italian kitchen. As such, it is fair to say that I have and …

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Dec
16

The truth about vitamins: Part 2 of 2

Guest Author: Robin Tanner MD3, 3rd Year Medical Students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) Robin Tanner MD3 is a third year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Originally from Danville, Pennsylvania, Robin received her bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. Aside from studying medicine, she enjoys learning about World …

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Dec
09

The truth about vitamins: Part 1 of 2

Guest Author: Robin Tanner MD3 3rd Year Medical Students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) Robin Tanner MD3 is a third year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Originally from Danville, Pennsylvania, Robin received her bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. Aside from studying medicine, she enjoys learning about World …

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Dec
02

Prevention of ski injuries

Like many in NEPA, I enjoy 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 proper equipment, good technique and preseason conditioning. Every November 1st I begin my preseason ski conditioning …

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Nov
25

Exercise Can Improve Quality of Life for Those with COPD

Part 2 of 2 November is National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) month. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This problem refers to a group of lung diseases that causes damage to the airways and air sacs in the lungs.  People with …

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Nov
18

Lung disease and COPD

LUNG DISEASE Part 1 of 2 This column is a monthly feature of “Health & Exercise Forum” in association with the students and faculty of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (formerly The Commonwealth Medical College). GCSOM GUEST AUTHOR: Nicholas Czelatka, MD1 Nicholas is a currently a first-year medical student Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. He is a …

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Nov
11

Prevention of Lower Back Pain: Part 3 of 3

Part 3 of 3 GUEST COLUMNIST: Paul Mackarey, Jr. DPT Lower back pain (LBP) is one of the most common problems in our society as well over 85-90% of all Americans will suffer from it at least once in their lives. It affects productivity in the workplace and lifestyles at home. The medical costs of treatment including; …

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Nov
04

Your back has preferences: Part 2 of 3

Part 2 of 3 GUEST COLUMNIST: Paul Mackarey, Jr. DPT Lower back pain (LBP) is one of the most common problems in our society. In fact, over 85-90% of all Americans will suffer from back pain at least once in their lives. It affects productivity in the workplace and lifestyles at home. The medical costs of treatment …

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Oct
28

The truth about lower back pain: Part 1 of 3

…THE MORE YOU KNOW Part 1 of 3 GUEST COLUMNIST: Paul Mackarey, Jr. DPT One of the most common problems people come to our office with is lower back pain (LBP). Studies show that 80-90% of adults in the USA will experience lower back pain at one or more times in their lives. It is the second …

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Oct
21

Hunters and Heart Attacks: the Dangers of Buck Fever

This column is a monthly feature of “Health & Exercise Forum” in association with the students and faculty of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (formerly The Commonwealth Medical College). Guest author: Branston Allen Branson is a currently a 4th year medical student at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Lock …

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Oct
14

Women’s purses and back pain

Recently, a young woman came to my office with complaints of severe middle and lower back pain. On her first visit, I carried her purse (big bag), to the treatment room to assess its weight. Then, I asked her permission to weight the bag and discovered that it weighed 8 pounds. While 8 pounds does …

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Oct
07

Only smokers die earlier and at higher rates than couch potatoes!

A recent study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that only smokers died early at higher rates than couch potatoes! The study was the longest of its kind as researchers followed approximately 800 men for 50 years and concluded with this powerful message: poor physical fitness may be almost as bad for you …

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Sep
30

Healthy mom, healthy baby: Part 2 of 2

Finding Time for Fitness as a New Mom Guest Columnist: Catherine Udomsak Heimrich, DPT Getting back into shape after having a baby is a priority for many new moms. However, with little sleep and lots of new responsibilities this goal can often fall to the wayside. Taking the time to ease into an exercise program …

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Sep
23

Healthy mom, healthy baby!

Part 1 of 2 Guest Columnist: Catherine Udomsak Heimrich, PT, DPT For many women, expecting a baby can be one of the happiest times in their lives. Pregnancy comes with much joy and excitement as one prepares to bring a new life into this world. While much of the preparation is focused on the baby, …

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Sep
16

Exercise Bulimia

By Mary M. Pelkowski, MD2 Special Feature “ Health & Exercise Forum” with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine the 3rd Monday of every month!  GCSOM Guest Author: Mary Pelkowski, MD2 is a student in the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine MD Class of 2022. She grew up in Sayre, PA and graduated from Notre Dame …

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Sep
09

GROIN STRAIN – Best Treatment is Prevention!

 High school fall sports have begun! This includes; football, soccer, golf, cheerleading, women’s tennis, etc. Unfortunately, even well-conditioned, healthy, young athletes are vulnerable to a variety of injuries, including a pulled muscle on the inside of the thigh called a groin strain. Groin strains are common in the pre and early season but with a …

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Sep
02

Happy, healthy Labor Day!

 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
26

No Homework promotes healthy back

The government of India recently announced a ban on homework! Can you imagine…a ban on homework? In an effort to promote student health and address recent surges in the incidence of back pain in the young, there will be no homework for students in grades one and two. It was estimated that the majority of …

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Aug
19

Your skin and you — how to stay protected

Special Feature “ Health & Exercise Forum” with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine the 3rd Monday of every month! Guest Columnist: Brandon Eilberg, MD2 GCSOM Brandon Eilberg, MD2, GCSOM Class of 2022 – grew up in Bucks County, PA and is currently doing research with Northeast Regional Cancer Center (NROC) on radiation therapy for non-melanoma …

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Aug
12

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 several emails from concerned parents regarding heat stroke in …

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Aug
05

Total Hip Replacement Updates: Anterior vs Posterior. Part 2 of 2.

Guest Author: Matt Miraglia, DPT Matthew Miraglia – received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University in May of 2019 and interned at Mackarey Physical Therapy. He grew up in Plains, PA and graduated from Coughlin High School in Wilkes-Barre. Prior to PT school, he received a bachelor of science in kinesiology from …

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Jul
29

Total Hip Replacement Updates: Anterior vs. Posterior. Part 1 of 2

Matthew Miraglia – received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University in May of 2019 and an interned at Mackarey Physical Therapy. He grew up in Plains, PA and graduated from Coughlin High School in Wilkes-Barre. Prior to PT school, he received a bachelor of science in kinesiology from Temple University. Matthew plans …

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Jul
22

Use of Exoskeleton Suits for Gait Training

Special Feature “ Health & Exercise Forum” with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine the 3rd Monday of every month! Mary M. Pelkowski, Joseph Hornak, & Cecelia Allison Mary Pelkowski, MD2 is a student in the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine MD Class of 2022. She grew up in Sayre, PA and graduated from Notre Dame …

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Jul
15

Spend Time Outdoors: Part 2 of 2

SPEND TIME OUTDOORS – IT’S HEALTHY! Part 2 of 2 GET THE HECK OUTSIDE! Research shows that spending time outdoors has many positive effects on your health. While there are many year round activity options, in Northeastern Pennsylvania our short-lived summer is the inspiration to “suck the marrow out of a sunny day!”  Summer in NEPA can …

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Jul
08

Spend Time Outdoors: Part 1 of 2

RESEARCH SAYS IT’S HEALTHY! It is summertime! So, make time to enjoy the great outdoors because research shows that it is good for your health!  Daphne Miller, MD, is a physician, author, hiker and associate clinical professor at The University of California, San Francisco. She is an advocate of the National Park Service’s “Healthy Parks, …

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Jun
24

Control Menopause through Exercise!

According to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), 1.5 million American women reach menopause each year. The median age is 52, but some women will reach menopause as early as 40 or as late as 58. Recent research revealed that menopausal women who engaged in three hours of exercise per week for one full year …

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