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How to beat the summer heat

  For many people, the summer months are a source of happiness. It’s always fun to join your family for a picnic, enjoy a walk through the neighborhood or spend an evening sitting on your front porch. However, as the temperature climbs, so does the risk of heat-related illnesses and injuries – especially for children, seniors and those with chronic health ...

 
 

Avoiding food prep injuries

Even chefs with world-class knife skills sometimes slice and dice a finger instead of the vegetable they meant to chop. If you’re a home cook, amateur baker, or backyard barbecue connoisseur, the dangers lurking around the kitchen are just as real for you. Cook a delicious meal without the trip to the emergency room. “Lacerations from knives make up the majority of ...

 

Prep now for fall allergies

Got fall allergies? Get prepped now. When the seasons start to change, it’s time for allergy sufferers to gear up for their fall allergies. Preparing in advance can help you get ahead of hard-to-fight symptoms later. While fall allergens might not be as obvious as those in the spring, there are plenty of triggers that can be in your day-to-day routine. Ragweed, ...

 

Surprising benefits of Mediterranean diet

In a recent U.S. News and World Report review of the best diets, experts gave top honors to the Mediterranean diet for its surprising health benefits. The very word “diet” belies the true power behind this way of eating, since it does so much more than shrink your waistline. Studies have shown it can help reduce your risk for many of the diseases and conditions most ...

 

Addressing infertility

Many couples who want a child face the problem of infertility. They have tried to conceive, but have not been able to do so. If you and your partner are unable to have a child, consider having an infertility evaluation at the HAN Fertility Center. Our experts can evaluate you and your partner to find out what is causing the infertility problem, and what can be done ...

 

No time to exercise?

Sneak microbursts of activity into your day. Sure, you know you should exercise. But if it’s a struggle to find time to work out, join the club! While health recommendations suggest that we aim for 150 minutes of moderate activity every week—the equivalent of five 30-minute walks—plenty of us find it difficult to make that fit into our busy lives. In fact, “lack of ...

 

Stay mentally sharp into old age

Seniors who stay mentally sharp get vigorous exercise Many people experience a natural decline in their cognitive abilities as they age. The decline can range from occasional forgetfulness, such as not knowing where you left your car keys, to more serious issues like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. However, others continue to stay sharp well into old age. ...

 

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects between 10 and 15 percent of the U.S. population. This condition affects the large intestine and causes uncomfortable symptoms such as cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. IBS is a chronic condition that needs to be managed long term. However, the good news is that it ...

 

Helping kids deal with anxiety

Everyone can experience anxiety from time to time. Whether it’s meeting someone or moving somewhere new, certain events or moments can cause anyone to feel anxious. This is true for kids, too. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, one in eight children suffers from anxiety. “Anxiety can be a normal part of childhood and is usually just a ...

 

Stress and risk of heart disease

Stress Can Increase Your Risk for Heart Disease.  Stress is a normal part of life. Stress can come from physical causes like not getting enough sleep or having an illness. Another cause for stress can be emotional, worrying about not having enough money or the death of a loved one. Stress can also come from less dramatic causes like everyday obligations and ...

 

How to prepare for a race

Training for a run is fun, exhilarating—and if you’re a newcomer, potentially daunting. It may be a race, but Crozer-Keystone Health System’s sports medicine specialists recommend, above all, taking it slow. That starts with knowing your own medical history and level of fitness. Anyone who’s planning to start running and might have risk factors or a family ...