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Dec
03

Preventing ski injuries

Photo 5 - Monster Walk

PREVENTION OF SKI INJURIES! Pre-Thanksgiving Snowfall Gets Skiers Pumped up!!! Winter arrived early this November and, like many in NEPA, I love winter in great part due to my love for downhill and cross-country skiing. However, with age and wisdom, I have become much more aware of the need for safety through the use of …

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Dec
25

Organ Donation Part 2: Common Questions Surrounding Organ Donation

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). This Holiday Season Give the Gift of Life! Register to be an organ donor Organ Donation – and ties to NEPA: Part 2 of 2 GCSOM …

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May
01

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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Jun
13

Enjoy Outdoor Activities this Summer: Walk, Run, Bike Safely

Like many of you, I have always enjoyed the outdoors…walking, running, biking, hiking etc. However, recently, I have been more concerned about my safety, (getting older and more cautious) when doing these activities on the side of the road. Over the years, I have encountered several close calls while walking, running or biking on the …

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Mar
07

Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy

MARCH IS NATIONAL KIDNEY MONTH! Guest Author: Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., President and Dean of The Commonwealth Medical College Your heart counts on normal levels of potassium to maintain normal rhythm. Your muscles produce chemical waste as they work. Sodium influences blood pressure. Excretion of water and salts needs to match intake.  Scores of delicately …

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Aug
31

“I Will”: A Reminder to Doctors on Communication

Guest Author: Soroosh T Hashemi Soroosh T Hashemi is a 2015 graduate from The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC).He was raised in Levittown,, PA and earned a B.S. in Biological from Penn State University. He matched in Internal Medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. This article appeared in “in-training,”a website for medical students, run by …

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Jul
27

Reflections of a Medical Student

Guest Author: David Louis Guest columnist David Louis is a third-year medical student at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton. Reflections of a Medical Student The first day of my medicine rotation, I proudly put on my white coat and stuffed its pockets with my stethoscope, reflex hammer, otoscope and a few pocket-sized books to …

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Nov
12

Lung Disease and Exercise: Part 1 of 2

Part 1 of 2 on Lung Disease and Exercise World COPD Day 2012 is Wednesday November 14th! The purpose of this two part series on lung disease is to raise the level of awareness for the prevention and treatment of this disease. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has become the …

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Aug
20

Flat Feet and Tendon Injury – Part 2 of 3 on Flat Feet and PTTD

"Too Many Toes" Test

Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS “Flat feet,” considered the most common foot deformity, affects 60 million people in the United States (approximately 25% of Americans).  Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) results from flat feet or may develop from an accumulation of prolonged, repetitive over-pronation of the foot. If not managed properly, PTTD can …

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Aug
06

Dehydration Part 3 of 3 – Prevent Dehydration in Elderly

Part 3 of 3 on Dehydration Because of the possibility of the life-threatening, and at best life-altering, consequences of dehydration, prevention is best defense against dehydration. We must take a proactive approach to ensure and/or encourage adequate fluid intake. Consider some of the following practical tips to promote optimal hydration. Review your medications and note …

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Jan
02

Health and Exercise Forum Welcomes TCMC

Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA, Interim President and Dean, TCMC

Co-authored by: Dr. Paul J. Mackarey and Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA, Interim President and Dean, TCMC Happy New Year! Try Something New! Health and Exercise Forum Welcomes The Commonwealth Medical College! For many years I have encouraged readers of this column to celebrate the New Year by “trying something new”…exercise, diet, activities, people, …

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Oct
10

Steamtown Marathon Recovery Tips

Congratulations to all the runners who participated in the 16th Annual Steamtown Marathon yesterday! In addition to the euphoria and pride that comes with successfully completing such an arduous task, one other feeling is present: pain! You may have blisters, black and blue feet, black toe nails, chaffed skin, stiff and painful lower back, knees, …

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Oct
03

Poor Posture Could be the Cause of your Aches and Pains

Guest Contributor: Tito Ogunsola, SPT, ATC October is National Physical Therapy Month! Stop by my office at Mackarey & Mackarey PT on Penn Avenue in downtown Scranton for First Friday festivities on Friday October 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 to celebrate PT Month. We will have live music by East Coast Trio and photography by …

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Jun
20

Prevent Knee Pain from Arthritis

Dr. Mackarey's Health & Exercise Forum

Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, OCS  Just a few weeks ago, The Scranton Times-Tribune published a column on new research that shows an alarming increase in knee replacement surgery in the last decade. While the number of replacements have doubled for the general population, it reportedly tripled for those 45 to 64 years old: “boomers” …

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Jan
10

Six-Pack Abs Without Back Pain: The Best Exercises to Strengthen the Abdominal Muscles

Level 1 - Isometric Belly Tuck

While “getting fit” might be one of the top New Year goals, “getting six pack abs” might be one of the most popular exercise goals.

Jul
26

Trail Running: Rediscover Your Inner Child

If you, like me, have been running for many years, trail running can help you rediscover why you love to run. It is beautiful, peaceful, natural and unique. It is fun to get in touch with your inner child as you run in the woods and get muddy. Trail running makes running fun!

Oct
15

Artificial Field Turf versus Natural Grass

Frankie Colletta, the area’s leading running back from Delaware Valley High School sustained a season-ending ankle fracture on October 9th against West Scranton High School at Scranton Memorial Stadium. Over the past week, I have received several inquiries from athletes, parents and coaches about the impact of the new FieldTurf at Scranton Memorial Stadium on his injury. Some readers feel that the injury would not have happened on natural grass while others feel old-style artificial turf is better.

Mar
11

Breast Cancer and Frozen Shoulder

Guest Columnist: Gary E. Mattingly, PT, PhD Donna, Mary, Patty, Louise are four physical therapy patients.   These four women have many things in common.  All were diagnosed with breast cancer, all had mastectomies, all had radiation and chemo, all lost their hair, and all had complications resulting in tight painful shoulders. Currently, conventional management for …

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