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  1. Exercise Bulimia — September 16, 2019
  2. GROIN STRAIN – Best Treatment is Prevention! — September 9, 2019
  3. Happy, healthy Labor Day! — September 2, 2019
  4. No Homework promotes healthy back — August 26, 2019
  5. Your skin and you — how to stay protected — August 19, 2019

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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
17

Walk with a Doc

National Program Comes to NEPA by way of GCSOM Special Feature “ Health & Exercise Forum” with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine the 3rd Monday of every month! Cecelia Strauch, MD2 of Factoryville is a member of GCSOM’s MD Class of 2021. She is a member of GCSOM’s Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG), and served …

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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
29

Avoid Spring Baseball Shoulder Pain

It happens every spring. A young pitching ace that started strong is now beginning to lose some speed on his fast ball. A third baseman that had no problems last week can’t throw to first base without pain. Shoulder pain in young baseball players occurs every spring just as the first robin, warmer temperatures, and …

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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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