Category Archive: Disease Prevention and Management

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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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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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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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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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
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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May
07

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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Apr
30

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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Apr
23

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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Apr
16

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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Mar
26

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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Mar
19

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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Mar
12

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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Mar
05

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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Feb
19

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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Feb
12

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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Feb
05

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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Jan
15

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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Jan
08

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure): Part 1 of 2

Michael Ambrose, 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). HYPERTENSION (High Blood Pressure): Part 1 of 2   Guest Authors: Michael Ambrose and Christian Bohan 3rd Year Medical Students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine …

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Nov
06

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. It is appropriate that it is also National Family Caregivers Month, considering the fact that many people afflicted with Alzheimer’s are physically fairly well and often rely on caregivers. It would be very unusual to find a person whose life has not been affected by someone with Alzheimer’s …

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Oct
30

Flu Myths: Part 2 of 2

FLU MYTHS: Part 2 of 2 At this time every year, patients come to our office with questions and concerns about the flu shot. The most frequently asked questions is, “Can the flu shot give me the flu?” As you are about to learn, the answer is NO! In fact, in well-designed scientific studies, where …

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Oct
23

Flu Myths: Part 1 of 2

FLU MYTHS: Part 1 of 2 At this time every year, patients come to our office with questions and concerns about the flu shot. In an attempt to educate the public and dispel any fears or misconceptions, Influenza has a long recorded history in medicine. It was first mentioned by Hippocrates in 412 BC. The …

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Sep
29

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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Sep
11

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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Jul
17

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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Jul
10

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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Jun
19

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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May
08

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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