Category Archive: General Wellness

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 …

Continue reading »

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 …

Continue reading »

Oct
22

Stay Limber and Stay Healthy

Photo A - Quad Stretch

October is National Physical Therapy Month! The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) would like to recognize the thousands of physical therapists as dedicated health care providers. Moreover, physical therapists would like to thank the public for allowing us to participate in your health and wellness. While PT’s may not save lives…we do save LIFESTYLES! This …

Continue reading »

Oct
01

What you need to know about OTC drugs: Part 2 of 2

OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS…What You Need to Know PART 2 of 2 (Read Part 1 here)  This is the second of two columns dedicated to the proper use of over-the-counter drugs used, especially  during the “cold and flu” season. First and foremost, consumers must read and comprehend the information provided on the labels of all …

Continue reading »

Sep
24

What you need to know about OTC drugs: Part 1 of 2

OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS…What You Need to Know PART 1 of 2 According to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, approximately 3 billion trips to the pharmacy are made each year to purchase over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in the United States. The average household spends about $338. per year on these products and seven out of 10 …

Continue reading »

Sep
17

How to prepare for your visit to the doctor

Patrick Connors, M.D.

Guest Author: Patrick Connors, MD, 2014 Graduate TCMC (GCSOM) This column is a monthly feature of “Health & Exercise Forum” in association with the students and faculty of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. In 2009 65 young men and women became part of TCMC’s (now GCSOM) charter class and less than ten years later, after …

Continue reading »

Sep
03

Have a healthy Labor Day

Proper Lifting Technique

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 …

Continue reading »

Aug
13

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 …

Continue reading »

Jul
30

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 …

Continue reading »

Jul
23

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 …

Continue reading »

May
14

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 …

Continue reading »

Feb
26

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 …

Continue reading »

Jan
29

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 …

Continue reading »

Jan
22

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! …

Continue reading »

Oct
16

Tips to prepare for surgery

Megan Lombardi

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). TIPS TO PREPARE FOR SURGERY Guest Author: Megan Lombardi 2nd Year Medical Students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) Megan Lombardi is a second year …

Continue reading »

Oct
02

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, …

Continue reading »

Aug
21

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 …

Continue reading »

Aug
14

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 …

Continue reading »

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 …

Continue reading »

Mar
20

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 …

Continue reading »

Mar
06

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 …

Continue reading »

Feb
28

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 …

Continue reading »

Jan
23

Worried Sick? Be happy in 2017 (Part 2 of 2)

Worried Sick? Be Happy in 2017! Part 2 of 2 Special Feature “ Health & Exercise Forum” with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (formerly The Commonwealth Medical College) – The 3rd Monday of every month! Guest Columnist: Kathryn Schmidt Personal Bio: Kathryn majored in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a post-baccalaureate pre-medical and …

Continue reading »

Jan
16

Worried Sick? Be Happy in 2017 (Part 1 of 2)

Kathryn Schmidt

Worried Sick? Don’t Worry, be Be Happy in 2017! Part 1 of 2 Special Feature “ Health & Exercise Forum” with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (formerly The Commonwealth Medical College) – The 3rd Monday of every month! Guest Columnist: Kathryn Schmidt  Personal Bio: Kathryn majored in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a …

Continue reading »

Jan
09

Reasons to Exercise

There are many reasons we exercise. Some people exercise to prevent illness such as cardiovascular disease or osteoporosis. Others exercise for mental health and as a stress release; others do it to improve strength, flexibility, and endurance to prepare for a sport. However, the number one reason people exercise is TO LOSE WEIGHT! When it comes …

Continue reading »

Jan
02

Start the new year with a “runner’s high”

HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR 2017! NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: GET A “RUNNER’S HIGH” ON LIFE! The number one New Year’s Resolution in the United States is to lose weight. A close second is to gain control over one’s life. One of the best ways to lose weight is thought diet and exercise. It can also be …

Continue reading »

Dec
26

Reading for health: Part 2 of 2

Healthy Holiday Gift Idea…a Book! Part 2 of 2 A recent study in the journal, Social Science & Medicine, found that reading books is linked to living longer! So, give a healthy holiday gift…a book! (See Part 1) While it does not appear obvious at first glance, the Lackawanna County Library System’s Library Lecture Series …

Continue reading »

Dec
19

Reading for health: Part 1 of 2

Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., and Kelly Scheinman

Authors: Steven Scheinman, MD & Kelly Scheinman Dr. Scheinman is the president and dean of The Commonwealth Medical College with campuses in Scranton, Sayre, Williamsport and Wilkes-Barre. Kelly Scheinman is a health care consultant and former hospital administrator. She serves on the boards of United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties and St. Joseph’s Center. …

Continue reading »

Dec
05

Exercise can help with Parkinson’s Disease – Part 1 of 2

EXERCISE FOR THOSE WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE – Part 1 of 2 Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic, degenerative disease that leads to slowness of movement, balance disorders, tremors, and difficulty walking. PD results from the loss of dopamine-producing nerve cells in the brain. Dopamine is critical to stimulate the nerves of the muscular system in …

Continue reading »

Nov
14

Antibiotic Crisis: Avoiding Overuse

Gretchen Welby, MHA, PharmD

Guest Columnist: Dr. Gretchen Welby, MHA, PharmD Dr. Welby received undergraduate degrees from Keystone College and Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.  She received a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the University of Scranton and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Temple University.  She currently teaches in the Biology department at the University of …

Continue reading »

Older posts «