Health

Pilates for back pain

Students in Pilates Class

Back pain is something you may be all too familiar with. An estimated 80 percent of adults will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lifetime. Adding Pilates to your workout routine may help minimize or eliminate the pressure. That’s because pain in the back can be be caused by muscle overuse or postural alignment problems. Certain exercises, such as ...

 
 

Lung screening helps save lives

November is lung cancer awareness month. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, following skin cancer, and is the leading cause of cancer death each year. More people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. That's why Crozer Keystone Health System developed its Lung Screening Program using low-dose ...

 

Mind Matters: Dum-Da-Dum-Dum

Anybody remember “Dragnet,” a TV program from the 1950s? Okay, you’d have to be pretty old to remember Sgt. Joe Friday, portrayed by actor Jack Webb, saying dryly to a witness or victim of crime, “All we want are the facts, ma’am.” Facts often take a backseat to ingrained mindsets or belief systems. However, with a change of perspective, a new understanding can be ...

 

Treating varicose veins

Whether it is at home during the summer or on vacation in the winter, hot weather can be an uncomfortable time for people who have varicose veins. After all, shorts and bathing suits that come along with warm-weather wear don’t exactly mesh well with someone who may be feeling self-conscious about their legs. Beyond cosmetic concerns, the symptoms associated with ...

 

Today’s Family: Tech time limits

Time change and cooler weather are upon us. As the nights grow longer and the temps get lower, we tend to want to snuggle up with ...our technology! So what’s a parent to do? According to a 2014 article by Nick Bilton in theNew York Times, Apples’ Steve Jobs was a low tech parent and there are a number of other technology chief executives and venture capitalists who ...

 

Better to sweat?

Does Sweating More Mean You’re Getting A Better Workout?  Many people equate a lot of sweating to a good workout. If you come home from the gym completely dry, you must have been doing something wrong, right? Not necessarily. We often assume that the amount we sweat correlates to the intensity of our workout or the calories we’ve burned, but this isn’t always the ...

 

Mind Matters: A psychologist’s trauma

I was probably a first-grader standing in line waiting to be dismissed from school at the end of the day when I muttered to myself, “I could hit that sister in the head for giving us so much homework.” The tattletale in front of me ran up to the teacher and blurted out, “Sister, Sister, Kathy wants to cut your head off!” With that, Sister whipped me out of line and ...

 

Casino Night in memory of Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly grew up in the Glen Mills area. Handsome and outgoing, he graduated from Salesianum and then St. Joseph’s University. He met Nina Napoli of Concordville while they were working at Pace One restaurant in Thornton. Nina liked Mark right away. “He was funny and sweet,” she remembers. They began dating three months after they met and married three years later, ...

 

Mind Matters: Everyone lies

Do you lie? Have you ever lied? You lie if you say you never have. Everyone, even a toddler, has lied sometime, somewhere. Our ability to lie goes hand in hand with our wanting to trust others. “Our capacity for dishonesty is as fundamental to us as our need to trust others, which ironically makes us terrible at detecting lies,” says Yudhijit Bhattacharjee (“Why We ...

 

Burn more calories

Going for a walk? Here’s how to burn more calories Whether it’s on your way to work, on a treadmill at a gym, or through the park on a summer evening, walking can be extremely beneficial for your health. Because it is such a huge part of our daily lives, we often forget about all the positive effects walking can have, particularly in terms of burning calories. ...

 

Today’s Family: Your anxiety Is not you

Life's challenges are sometimes overwhelming and we often feel alone dealing with them. Children and teens experience stress and anxiety in ways different than adults. The way each group looks at the world and their problems is based on a myriad of views: parents, teachers, friends and social media. Their core identities are emerging, and the world is becoming a much ...