Health

Six reasons breastfeeding is great for your baby

Crozer-Keystone's OB/GYN's can help new mothers learn about the benefits of breastfeeding.

If you’re a first-time mother, breastfeeding might seem like an intimidating prospect. However, it is quite literally the most natural thing in the world, and the benefits for you and your baby are significant. Doctors advise mothers to begin breastfeeding as soon as they can; waiting a couple of days until you get home from the hospital is often a big mistake. ...

 
 

Wellness, Jackie’s Way: Reasons to plant a garden

It seems tempting to pick up fresh vegetables at the market especially when we have so many options for terrific markets in our neighborhoods. There’s Wegmans, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Trader Joe’s, Costco and more. However, the nature of the American Food System means that fruit, vegetables and herbs found in these markets have often been grown hundreds of miles ...

 

Mind Matters: Are you thinking?

Years ago, in 1963, Hannah Arendt, a political philosopher, wrote about Adolf Eichman, the Nazi who murdered millions of Jews. Her book was titled “Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.” Arendt observed that Eichmann did not start out as an “anti-Semitic monster” but was a “normal person who had what was for his time a normal upbringing and ...

 

How to Train for a 5K

Spring is officially here. As the days get longer and temperatures rise, now is the perfect time to sign up for a race to motivate yourself to get into better shape. The most popular distance out there is the 5K, which stands for five kilometers – just over three miles. If the sound of that doesn’t make you cringe, then keep reading for a stepwise guide to properly ...

 

Recognizing the Early Signs of Autism

As a parent, sometimes you just have a gut feeling that your child is sick or struggling with a challenge – even if they can’t communicate it. Many parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) start investigating the early signs and symptoms of autism because they have this same type of intuitive feeling about their child. The earlier you recognize the ...

 

Mind Matters: From cemetery to science

Now that I've moved to Massachusetts, I miss the blues and purples of the Siberian squill and glory of the snow that carpet the forest of Winterthur. So, I come to the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge to look for nature’s beauty among the dead, whose remains rest there. I can see Boston’s Prudential Center as well as Sanders Theatre in Harvard Square. It’s a ...

 

Many people still misusing prescription painkillers

Maybe you had a surgery. Or you fell and broke your leg. At such times, your healthcare provider may give you a prescription for a painkiller. Potent pills like opioids can ease many painful ailments. But many people still misuse these medicines despite the danger, says a recent study. The opioid epidemic Since 2009, deaths from prescription medicine overdoses have ...

 

Worrying about your health is bad for your heart

Asking "Dr. Google" about your symptoms may cause more anxiety than you anticipated. Worrying needlessly about your health is easy to do, especially with instant access to a world of medical knowledge at your fingertips. You feel a slight twinge in your side or a sudden headache and ask “Dr. Google” what’s wrong by searching for your symptoms. In a matter of ...

 

Mind Matters: Creative visualization

Why not re-examine the new edition of the 40-year-old book, “Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life,” while the country, for many of us, seems to be in a constitutional crisis? After all, the author Shakti Gawain notes, “This is a time of great transformation on our planet. We all have a part to play, just be ...

 

Pain relief for sciatica sufferers

Surgery may be the fastest route to lasting pain relief for sciatica sufferers. Noninvasive and nonsurgical techniques sometimes work to alleviate the pain associated with sciatica. However, for some patients it can feel like there’s no relief from the leg cramps, shooting pains, or electrical jolts they feel running down the back of their legs. When ...

 

Wellness, Jackie’s Way: National nutrition month

Did you hear that it’s National Nutrition month? Let’s celebrate by taking the time to revisit the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Dietary Guidelines is published jointly every five years by the Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Agriculture. Its focus is on disease prevention and health promotion. Previous editions ...