Health

Swim lessons after autism diagnosis

Private, semi-private or small group swim lessons recommend after diagnosis of autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Swim Lessons Are Important for Safety and Survival Of all the challenges parents of a child with autism face, making sure they’re safe around the water is probably not top of mind. However, it should be. A new study reveals that children with autism are at a much higher risk for drowning than other children. Researchers from the University ...

 
 

Heartburn vs. Acid Reflux vs. GERD

What’s the Difference? Heartburn is very common, affecting more than 60 million Americans at least once a month. Acid reflux and GERD are related to heartburn but each means something a little different. While none of the conditions are life-threatening, they can lead to medical complications and more severe diseases if they’re not treated. Acid Reflux: A Very ...

 

Mind Matters: The wisest investment

In high school, I discovered Maria Montessori and her theories of childhood education that she developed in the early 1900s. She stressed how important the early years of childhood, 0 to 5, were in the development of the healthy individual. She considered the young mind to be an absorbent mind, rapidly developing and in need of great nurturing and care. Since her ...

 

Preventing tick-borne diseases

Now that warm weather has arrived, the Chester County Health Department encourages residents to take action to prevent Lyme disease and other tick-related illnesses. Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria transmitted through the bite of an infected deer tick. While there is no Lyme disease vaccine available for humans, residents can reduce their risk through personal ...

 

Stroke rehabilitation and exercise

Just when you’re at your lowest after suffering a stroke, you’ll be asked to do some of the hardest things you’ve ever done in your life. The road to recovery includes a significant amount of rehabilitation. You’ll undergo physical therapy to regain gross motor skills such as walking and maintaining your balance. Occupational therapy will help you relearn how to ...

 

Dealing with panic attacks

Many people mistake a panic attack for a heart attack or other serious illness. Panic attacks are traumatic. They can come out of nowhere for seemingly no reason and stop you in your tracks. The symptoms are physical and emotional. Sufferers describe it as a sense of impending doom, intense fear, and a feeling like you’re going to die. It may even send you to the ...

 

Mind Matters: Writing to heal

In the sturm und drang of adolescence, I remember sitting alone on the living room sofa or in my bedroom writing about my wretched state of being in a stream of consciousness fashion. After doing this for 20 minutes or so, I could hardly read these tomes and so would tear them up with a: “blah.” However, I felt relief in pouring out my soul on paper and could get ...

 

Managing chronic medical conditions

If you have a cold or the flu, you go to the doctor to receive treatment. Once you’re over the sickness, you may not see the doctor again until your next physical or injury. This is called “acute care.” But if you have a chronic illness, you need to be continually vigilant about your condition to keep it stable, controlled, and manageable. For this reason, chronic ...

 

Wellness Jackie’s Way: Metrics for healthy living

Recently I attended a free lecture on “Eating for Exercise” Fueling your body for the Best Workout.” I enjoy free lectures on the subject of eating as well as exercise specifically to compare notes on my current recommendations to clients. This talk was given by a physician and a dietitian from Main Line Health. And the good news is that my recommendations are in ...

 

Addiction knows no boundaries

On an average day at the Crozer-Keystone Recovery Center, the team opens its doors and welcomes people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction from all walks of life. There are high-paid executives and emergency room nurses, people who work blue collar jobs and students, homeless veterans and soccer moms. Addiction truly knows no boundaries – it’s a problem that ...

 

Is that mole normal? Recognizing skin cancers

It’s a common question that dermatologists hear all the time: “Is this mole normal?” In most cases, the answer will be yes. Moles are a very normal part of healthy skin that first appear during the first 25 years of your life. By the time you’re an adult, you may have as many as 40 moles or more. Most are brown or black and are perfectly healthy. However, if a mole ...