Category Archive: Seasonal

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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Jul
09

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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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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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 …

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Jan
01

Simple and Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for 2018

New Year’s Resolutions For 2018… Keep it Simple & Healthy! New Year’s Resolutions are very predictable. While most are health oriented, I purport that to be truly healthy, one must have a healthy mind, body and spirit And, to have a healthy mind, body and spirit, one must be open-minded and balanced. Interestingly, the ten …

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Dec
04

WILL SANTA BRING YOU A BACKACHE?

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Holiday shopping is stressful to your body as well as your wallet. Driving from store to store, getting in and out of the car, bundled in a sweater and winter coat, the expert shopper carries package after package from the store, to the car, over and over again. Six, eight, or ten hours later, the …

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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 …

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Jul
31

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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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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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 …

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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. …

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Sep
05

ACL injury prevention for female athletes: Part 1 of 2

ACL INJURY PREVENTION FOR FEMALE ATHLETES: Part 1 of 2 Guest Contributor: Danielle Maurice, SPT  Various studies have shown that female athletes are on average four times more likely than males to tear their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee. Susceptibility for female athletes to an ACL injury is a multifaceted problem; anatomical, mechanical, physiological …

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Jul
18

Dehydration and Special Considerations for the Elderly

Dr. Peter Cognetti

Guest Author: Peter Cognetti, MD, practices family medicine in Scranton and is regional education coordinator, family medicine for The Commonwealth Medical College’s North Campus in Scranton.   This column is a special feature the third Monday of every month of Health & Exercise Forum in cooperation with The Commonwealth Medical College.     DEHYDRATION: SPECIAL …

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Jul
11

Long Distance Running May Not Accelerate Knee Joint Arthritis

It is the time of year when many runners will ramp up their training for the Steamtown Marathon to be held in October. As you increase your mileage in preparation for the marathon you probably have noticed some difficulty walking down the steps for your morning coffee the next morning. The stiffness in your joints, …

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Jul
04

Rediscover Your Inner Child: Hit The Trails

  “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 …

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Jun
06

This Summer, Make Your Pool a Health Spa

This Summer Make Your Pool a Health Spa! Have Fun and Get in Shape!  Enjoy the recent Memorial Day Weekend heat wave by getting in the pool! Each summer in Northeastern Pennsylvania people open their pools for fun in the sun. However, this summer I urge you to look at your pleasure puddle in different …

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Feb
29

Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Joints This Winter!

Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, is often considered to be a normal part of aging. Usually by the age of forty our joints, especially those which are weight bearing (lower spine, hips, knees, ankles, feet) begin to show signs of wear and tear. The cartilage begins to thin, joint surfaces are not as …

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Feb
22

Protect Your Skin this Winter

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, winter is a fun-filled time for outdoor activities. Many people will be enjoying the outdoors hiking, snow shoe hiking, sledding, down-hill and cross-country skiing, snow-boarding, ice-skating and ice fishing. However, frigid, wind, snow, and sleet can play havoc on your skin. It is critical to be keenly aware of the time spent …

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Dec
28

Healthy Holiday Resolutions for Seniors

According to American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), seniors are considered those 50 years old and older. I will never forget how humbled I felt when I received my application to join AARP two years ago. With this in mind, this year I offer healthy holiday resolution for seniors. Overindulgence during the holidays causes many …

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Dec
21

Be Religious and Spiritual … It’s Good for Your Health!

It is at this time of year that we celebrate life with a great sense of hope and faith. Christians celebrate Christmas, the miraculous birth of Christ and Jews celebrate Chanukah, the miraculous festival of lights. But this year, only a few short months since the visit of Pope Francis, a breath of fresh air …

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Dec
14

Finding The Best Exercise Gifts For Christmas: Cardio Equipment

Last week, “Health & Exercise Forum” presented “The Top Ten Fitness Gifts for Christmas.” This week, I will offer more detail on the three most popular, but expensive, pieces of aerobic (cardio) exercise equipment; treadmills, bikes and elliptical. Every year, well intended family members purchase expensive exercise equipment as Christmas gifts for loved ones with …

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Aug
10

Prevent Heat Stroke During Summer Football

Summer football training camps and practice sessions will soon be in full swing in Northeastern Pennsylvania. In 2013, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) implemented “Preseason Heat-Acclimatization Guidelines” This policy was recently updated for the 2015 season. At this time each year, I receive several emails from concerned parents regarding heat stroke in football players …

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Jul
13

Swimmer’s Shoulder: Part 2 of 2

Swimmer’s Shoulder: Part 2 of 2 Last week, guest columnist, Dr. Gary Mattingly, anatomy professor at the University of Scranton, described the problem of “swimmer’s shoulder” … “inflammation of part of the rotator cuff, a group of muscles that stabilize the shoulder passes between the arm bone (humerus) and a bone in the back (scapula). …

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Jul
06

Swimmer’s Shoulder: Part 1 of 2

It’s summer time! 4th of July weekend is a great time to enjoy the water. Whether your swimming laps for exercise or competition, be careful not to overdo it and injure your shoulder. While there are many different types of shoulder problems, one is specific to the sport of swimming called “swimmer’s shoulder”. The Shoulder …

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May
11

Health and Safety Tips for Youth Baseball Coaches – Part 2 of 2

Prevent Overuse Injuries in Youth Sports. Part 2 of 2 on Health and Safety Tips for Youth Baseball Coaches. Recently, much attention has been given to the drastic increase in the incidence of serious injuries in youth sports, like baseball, from overuse. In my practiced as an orthopedic and sports physical therapist, I have seen …

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Apr
27

Pre-Season Golf Tips – Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2 After a long winter, spring is finally in the air as indicated by the number of golf enthusiasts as seen in the past few weeks at Pine Hill’s Golf Club in Taylor, PA. However, it is important to remember that without proper warmup and preparation, the risk of injury can increase …

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Apr
20

Pre-Season Golf Tips – Part 1 of 2

PRE-SEASON GOLF TIPS: Part 1 of 2 After a long winter, spring is finally in the air as indicated by the number of golf enthusiasts seen in the parking lot at Pine Hill’s Golf Club in Taylor, PA in the past few weeks. However, it is important to remember that without proper warmup and preparation, …

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