Compression socks for runners are important for recovery

Congratulations to the dedicated runners and organizers of yesterdays 22nd Annual Steamtown Marathon. The 26.2 mile event, beginning in Forest City and ending in downtown Scranton, is a spectacular event. By my view, the event represents everything that makes NEPA special: hardworking, unselfish organizers, appreciative and enthusiastic supporters, beautiful landscape and fall foliage. Many runners …

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Top Ten Health & Wellness Pearls of Wisdom for National Physical Therapy Month

Top Ten Health & Wellness Pearls of Wisdom October is National Physical Therapy Month October is National Physical Therapy Month. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) would like the nation to recognize the positive role physical therapy plays in your health and wellness. We are passionate about what we do! No, we don’t save lives, …

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Managing cholesterol with education, medication, diet, and exercise

PREVENTIVE MEDICINE LECTURE “TAKING THE DIE OUT OF DIET” Guest Speaker: Kim Williams, MD Chief of Cardiology, Rush University Medical Center Thursday, October 5, 2017 5:30 pm Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine 525 Pine Street Scranton, PA For more information: 570-504-9685 tcmc.edu/PreventiveMed According to the American Board of Medical Specialties, “preventative medicine focuses on the …

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Fitness: It’s More Than Just Physical

Leanne Woiewodski, MD 2

The third Monday of every month is dedicated to the students and faculty of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Guest Columnist: Leanne Woiewodski, MD 2, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine This week’s column is written by Leanne Woiewodski, a Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine second-year student.  Originally from Lower Burrell, PA, she attended the University …

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What is all the fuss about sugar?

  You have probably noticed a lot of attention being paid to sugar lately. Even television star Ellen DeGeneres recently shared with her audience that she would be going on a “sugar cleanse.” I have had several patients and friends tell me the same thing. For 4-6 weeks these people decide to avoid all refined …

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Happy, Healthy Labor Day

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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 …

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Why “The Pill” may not be your best option

Medical Advisor, Brian Wilcox, M.D.

Special Feature “ Health & Exercise Forum” with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (formerly The Commonwealth Medical College) – The 3rd Monday of every month!  Guest Columnist: Sabrina Brunozzi; Medical Advisor: Brian Wilcox, MD  Sabrina Brunozzi, MD2: This week’s article is written by Sabrina Brunozzi, a second year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of …

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Health tips for the new school year

Students beware: summer is passing by quickly…so don’t waste one single minute idly watching TV or playing video games! Finish your reading list and get outside and play! It won’t be long before your parents will begin the end of summer shopping scramble…uniforms, shoes, backpacks, tablets, copy paper etc. Well, the same could be said …

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Safely return to driving after injury or surgery

I enjoy the privilege of working with people recovering from a wide variety of medical conditions. However, many of these directly affect activities of daily living, particularly, the ability to drive safely: orthopedic and sports injuries, fractures, sprains and strains, joint replacements, hip fractures, shoulder and elbow surgeries and spinal fusions. Despite the many different …

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Be cool with summer fun: Part 2 of 2 on heat stroke

BE COOL WITH SUMMER FUN! Part 2 of 2 After a long cold and rainy spring, NEPA is finally experiencing hot summer weather! So, get outdoors and have fun in the sun. However, please be mindful of how your body reacts to high humidity and heat and take appropriate precautions. You don’t have to be …

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Be cool with summer fun: Part 1 of 2 on heat stroke

BE COOL WITH SUMMER FUN! Part 1 of 2 on Heat Stroke After a long cold and rainy spring, NEPA is finally experiencing hot summer weather! So, get outdoors and have fun in the sun. However, please be mindful of how your body reacts to high humidity and heat and take appropriate precautions. While football …

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Protect your skin, for your health and looks

Eduardo Ortiz, MD3

Protect Your Skin …for your health and looks! Guest Columnist: Eduardo Ortiz, MD3 This week’s article was written by Eduardo Ortiz, a third 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 …

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Stand while working!

Standing while studying, working, reading … good for children and adults to learn, work and be healthier! I think we would all agree, technology is a wonderful thing. However, like all good things, it comes at a price. Students and workers alike are suffering from the many physical effects of sitting for too many hours. …

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Childhood vaccines are safe and critical

Dennis Dawgert, M.D.

Childhood Vaccinations Are Safe & Critical …for the health of your child and the children in your community! BE WISE…IMMUNIZE! Contributor: Dennis Dawgert, MD Dr Dawgert Graduated from the University if Scranton Attended Med school at St Louis Universality and did his residency training in Pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Memorial Hospital for Children In St Louis. …

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Prevent shoulder injuries in tennis by stretching: Part 2 of 2

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Prevention of Shoulder Injuries In Tennis by Stretching: Part 2 of 2 Last week we discussed the importance of strengthening to prevent shoulder injuries in tennis. This week we will focus on stretching the shoulder for injury prevention. As with the exercises for strength, it may be better to do nothing at all than to …

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Prevent shoulder injuries in tennis by strengthening: Part 1 of 2

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Prevention of Shoulder Injuries in Tennis: Strengthening. Part 1 of 2 HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! You can tell that summer is in the air, not only by the arrival of the sunshine, warm air and longer days, but also by the beautiful sound of a tennis ball hitting a racquet hitting at Scranton Tennis Club and …

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Walking a marathon to survive and thrive: Part 2 of 2

Walking a Marathon – to Survive and Thrive! Part 2 of 2 Author: Karen Arscott, DO Dr. Arscott is an Associate Professor of Medicine at GCSOM. She graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with D.O and is board certified in Neuromuscular Medicine and I am Chair of the Northeast Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition. I …

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Walking a marathon to survive and thrive: Part 1 of 2

Walking a Marathon – to Survive and Thrive! Part 1 of 2 Author: Karen Arscott, DO  Dr. Arscott is an Associate Professor of Medicine at GCSOM. She graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with D.O and is board certified in Neuromuscular Medicine and I am Chair of the Northeast Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition. I am Co-Chair …

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Spinal Stenosis: Treatment Options (Part 2 of 2)

Treatment and Prevention Last week, in part I on spinal stenosis, we discussed the definition and diagnosis of the problem and why people with the disease have difficulty walking and standing and preferred sitting.This week we discuss treatment options and prevention for this problem. If a diagnosis of lumbar spinal stenosis is confirmed, the physician …

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Lumbar spinal stenosis: Part 1 of 2

LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS PART 1: We all have known or seen someone with spinal stenosis, perhaps without even realizing it. Those with spinal stenosis often suffer from lower back pain with the additional complaints of pain, numbness and weakness in both legs when standing or walking but feel much better sitting. They are is frustrated …

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Breast cancer & metastasis: what does it mean?

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). Breast Cancer & Metastasis: What does it mean?  By Pamela Lucchesi, PhD, FAHA Dr. Lucchesi Chair of Basic Sciences and Professor of Physiology at Geisinger Commonwealth …

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Trekking poles aren’t just for serious hikers

Walking with Trekking Poles

  Several years ago, while hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon with my family, my wife Esther developed “canyon knee,” also known as “hiker’s knee” or in medical terms, “patellar tendonitis.” Regardless of the term, the end result was that she had severe pain in the tendon below her knee cap and was …

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Never too old to exercise: Part 2 of 2

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You Are Never Too Old To Exercise: Part 2 of 2 You are never too old to exercise! This is the second of two columns dedicated to appropriate exercise for the elderly. Last week I discussed basic strengthening exercises. This column will address three additional components necessary for independence in the elderly: flexibility, balance and …

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Never too old to exercise – Part 1 of 2

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You Are Never Too Old To Exercise! PART 1 OF 2 You are never too old to exercise! A reader who described herself as “elderly” asked me if she was too old to exercise. Without knowing her age, I replied that she was not. I did qualify my response with the fact that exercise must …

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The impact of adverse childhood experiences

Author: Kathleen Nealon, 2nd year medical student Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine  This column is a monthly feature of “Health & Exercise Forum” in association with the students and faculty of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Author: Kathleen Nealon,  MD2 Katie Nealon is a second year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. She …

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Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck (and back, shoulders, etc)

Germaphobes, cleaning zealots, neat freaks, and those with diagnosed or undiagnosed obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), this column is for you! If you would rather clean your bathroom floor than go for a walk on a beautiful sunny day, please read on.  If you use a toothbrush on tile grout on a regular basis and take …

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Yoga for Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit: Part 2 of 2

Yoga for Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit! Part 2 of 2     Guest Columnist: Catherine Udomsak, DPT It is hard to believe that yoga, which is now a cultural mainstay, was once considered a foreign practice.  An ancient discipline that totes numerous health benefits, yoga is meant to cultivate inner peace, enlightenment, and a strong relaxed …

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Yoga for Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit: Part 1

Yoga for Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit! Part 1 of 2     Guest Columnist: Catherine Udomsak, DPT It is hard to believe that yoga, which is now a cultural mainstay, was once considered a foreign practice.  An ancient discipline that totes numerous health benefits, yoga is meant to cultivate inner peace, enlightenment, and a strong relaxed …

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Clinical Trials are Essential for Cancer Prevention and Treatment

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). Clinical Trials – America’s Most Under Used Resource February is National Cancer Prevention Month and Clinical Trials are Essential for Research in Cancer Prevention and Treatment! …

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Ankle Arthritis: Joint Replacement (Part 2 of 2)

TOTAL ANKLE REPLACEMENT: 2nd in Series of 2 Columns on Ankle Pain (Read Part 1) NEED A TOTAL ANKLE REPLACEMENT? Total ankle replacement (TAR) is recommended for severe ankle pain which has not responded to conservative treatment: weight loss, activity modification, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and cortisone injections. Severe ankle pain can result from the following: …

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