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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. ...

 
 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

The importance of colorectal cancer screening

In many cases, anticipating an unpleasant event is much worse than the reality. Doing your taxes, going to the dentist, and taking out the trash are not high on the list of fun for most people, but we get through them. Like these necessary tasks, getting a colorectal cancer screening is one of those things that most people dread doing. However, it’s not only a ...

 

Helping teens overcome depression

Teenagers have always been stereotyped as moody and brooding, and it’s true that young adulthood is a time naturally filled with difficult emotional challenges. However, major depressive episodes (MDE) – a serious condition that goes well beyond the boundaries of normal adolescent angst – is on the rise among teenagers. A recent national study shows there has been a ...

 

Understanding the Heart

Understanding the Heart: Heart Attack, Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Heart Failure Heart disease takes many people well before their time. The recent deaths of celebrities Carrie Fisher, George Michael and Alan Thicke – all from heart conditions – has put heart health and its related problems into the public eye, and for good reason. Heart disease is the leading cause of ...

 

Folic acid and prevention of birth defects

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, there are many things you can do to increase your chances of having a healthy baby. Getting the recommended amount of folic acid every day should be near the top of your list since it plays an important role in preventing major birth defects during the first few weeks of pregnancy. Folic acid, also known as folate, ...

 

Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer tests

Some families seem to have exceptionally bad luck when it comes to cancer. There are mothers and daughters, sisters and aunts who have battled with breast or ovarian cancer, frequently more than once. But it’s more than simple bad luck – the elevated risk for developing cancer is part of their genes. Every year in the United States, more than 207,000 patients are ...