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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Headaches can be a pain in the neck

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Health and safety tips for gardeners: Part 2 of 2

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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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Health and safety tips for gardeners: Part 1 of 2

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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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Preventing headaches in children: Part 2

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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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Headaches in children, Part 1 of 2

Kelley German, MD3

Headaches in Children: Part 1 of 2 Special Feature “Health & Exercise Forum” with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, the 3rd Monday of every month! Guest Columnist: Kelley German, MD3 Kelley German, MD3 is a third year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. She is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated with a …

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Spend time outdoors to improve your health

SPEND TIME OUTDOORS – IT IS HEALTHY! IT HAPPENED! SPRING HAS FINALLY SPRUNG…SO 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 …

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Lyme disease precautions for outdoor activities

LYME DISEASE! OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS BE AWARE! “Health & Exercise Forum” regularly promotes active lifestyles and outdoor activities. However, being one with nature is not without its risks and attracting ticks which can lead to Lyme disease is one of them. Over the last few years, I have been amazed by how many ticks I find …

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Ways to treat and prevent progression of osteoarthritis: Part 3 of 3

Ways to Treat and Prevent Progression of Osteoarthritis: Part 3 of 3 Special Feature “ Health & Exercise Forum” with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine the 3rd Monday of every month! Guest Columnist: Antonio Adiletta, MD3 Antonio Adiletta, MD3 is a third year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine from Lancaster, PA. During …

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Ways to Treat and Prevent Progression of Osteoarthritis: Part 2 of 3

Ways to Treat and Prevent Progression of Osteoarthritis: Part 2 of 3 Special Feature “ Health & Exercise Forum” with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine the 3rd Monday of every month! Guest Columnist: Antonio Adiletta, MD3 Antonio Adiletta, MD3 is a third year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine from Lancaster, PA. During …

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Five effective ways to prevent joint pain caused by osteoarthritis: Part 1 of 3

Antonio Adiletta, MD3

Five Effective Ways to Prevent Joint Pain Caused by Osteoarthritis: Part 1 of 3 Special Feature “ Health & Exercise Forum” with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine the 3rd Monday of every month! Guest Columnist: Antonio Adiletta, MD3 Antonio Adiletta, MD3 is a third year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine from Lancaster, …

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Break out of an exercise rut: Part 2 of 2

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STUCK IN AN EXERCISE RUT? Part 2 of 2 PEOPLE WILL OFTEN ASK ME, “IS THERE SUCH A THING AS AN EXERCISE RUT?” THEY WANT TO KNOW WHY THEY DO NOT SEEM TO BE IMPROVING WITH THEIR EXERCISE PROGRAM…they exercise 3-4 times a week for 30 to 45 minutes and they feel frustrated and STUCK …

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Break out of an exercise rut: Part 1 of 2

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STUCK IN AN EXERCISE RUT? Part 1 of 2 PEOPLE WILL OFTEN ASK ME, “IS THERE SUCH A THING AS AN EXERCISE RUT?” THEY WANT TO KNOW WHY THEY DO NOT SEEM TO BE IMPROVING WITH THEIR EXERCISE PROGRAM…they exercise 3-4 times a week for 30 to 45 minutes and they feel frustrated and STUCK …

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Certain types of exercise may have anti-aging properties

NEW RESEARCH DEMONSTRATES CERTAIN TYPES OF EXERCISE MAY HAVE ANTI-AGING PROPERTIES This column is dedicated to my friend and mentor, Dr. Gino Mori, who sent me this research study as a contribution to my column to raise the level of awareness and improve the health and wellness of the people of NEPA. Dr. Gino, who …

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10 best exercises to prevent Osteoporosis. Part 3 on osteoporosis and preventing the pain of aging

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While there is no cure for osteoporosis, being proactive can prevent, slow or stop the progression of this disease. As discussed in last week’s column, a healthy lifestyle, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol use, a well – balanced diet – rich in calcium and vitamin D, and weight –bearing exercises – such as walking and …

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Osteoporosis: A Strategy to Preventing the Pains of Aging. Part 2

Special Feature “ Health & Exercise Forum” with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine the 3rd Monday of every month! Guest Columnist: Ian Coote  Ian Coote, MD3 originally from Rogersville, PA is a third-year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Ian majored in Biological Sciences at Ohio Northern University before graduating in 2015. He …

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Osteoporosis: A Strategy to Preventing the Pains of Aging. Part 1 of 2

Ian Coote, MD3

Special Feature “ Health & Exercise Forum” with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine the 3rd Monday of every month!   Guest Columnist: Ian Coote Ian Coote, MD3 originally from Rogersville, PA is a third-year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Ian majored in Biological Sciences at Ohio Northern University before graduating in 2015. …

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Brendan Bormes, MD3

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). Seasonal Affective Disorder Brendan Bormes, MD3: GCSOM GUEST AUTHOR Brendan Bormes, MD3 is a third-year medical student at GCSM. A native of Clarks Summit and graduate of …

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Augmented Reality Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease: Part 2

NEW TREATMENT FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE AUGMENTED REALITY: Part 2 of 2 BILL CONNELL, SPT3 Bill is a 3rd year doctor of physical therapy student at The University of Scranton and works as a student PT aide at Mackarey Physical Therapy. He is a graduate of Scranton Prep and plans to practice orthopedic and sports PT in …

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Augmented reality treatment for Parkinson’s Disease-Part 1

This column is a monthly feature of “Health & Exercise Forum” NEW TREATMENT FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE –AUGMENTED REALITY Part 1 of 2 Guest Columnist: BILL CONNELL, SPT3 Bill is a 3rd year doctor of physical therapy student at The University of Scranton and works as a student PT aide at Mackarey Physical Therapy. He is a …

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Ten best ways to prevent the cold and flu

Guest Columnist: Paul Mackarey, Jr. DPT According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2017/18 flu season has been exceptional. Normally, elderly adults have the largest number of flu related hospitalizations while young children are second. This year, however, baby boomers between 50 and 64 years of age are the second most …

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Mindful Eating : Part 2 of 2

TRY A NEW APPROACH TO WEIGHT LOSS IN 2018…MINDFUL EATING! Part 2 of 2   WHAT IS MINDFUL EATING? Mindful eating, also referred to as intuitive eating, is based on Buddhist teachings which focus on the experience of eating, AND ENJOYING, our food. The concept was presented in a feature column in The New York …

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Mindful Eating: Part 1 of 2

TRY A NEW APPROACH TO WEIGHT LOSS IN 2018…MINDFUL EATING! (Part 1 of 2) There are many reasons why losing weight, the number one resolution for the New Year, is the most elusive goal of all. Not the least of these is the psychology of eating . In the land of plenty, we eat mindlessly! …

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Hypertension: Part 2 of 2

Hypertension: Part 2 According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), Hypertension (HTN), also known as high blood pressure (HBP), affects one in three adults (67 million people) in the USA. Unfortunately, only one-half of those with high blood pressure control the problem and, as a result, are at great risk for heart disease and …

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