Health

Managing risks for colorectal cancer

A risk factor is anything that impacts your risk of developing cancer or another disease. Because every type of cancer is different, each form has their own risk factors – some of which you can control.Identifying and understanding your risk for certain cancers, especially colorectal cancer, isn’t meant to scare you. In fact, having one or even many risk factors ...

 
 

Today’s Family: Stress tips for teens

Considering yet another school shooting just a few weeks ago, I am inspired more than ever to work with our young people — tomorrow’s future. One issue, of course, is how do we keep them safe. Just as important is how do we know what to do to help them thrive. As a guidance counselor for the past 22 years and now in private practice, I have seen a multitude of ...

 

Flu taking toll in Chester County

The Chester County Coroner’s Office has received reports to date of 11 deaths associated with influenza during the 2017-2018 reporting period. By comparison, five deaths due to influenza were reported during the 2016-2017 flu season. Influenza was the primary cause of death in six of the 11 cases and a contributory factor in five other cases. Influenza type A was ...

 

Fentanyl misuse can be deadly

Addiction to opioid drugs is a growing problem across the United States. Like other drugs associated with the crisis, fentanyl creates significant health risks for people who misuse and abuse it. New research published in the International Journal of Drug Policy suggests that more than half of overdose deaths are linked to fentanyl. While fentanyl on its own is a ...

 

Mind Matters: Helping children cope

Here we are again, revisiting how to help children cope with yet another school shooting. Children, whether they be toddlers, teens, or even in their 20s, are affected by such violence. Parents and families can help them feel safe. The American Psychological Association, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network are a ...

 

Gurgles and grumbles stomach troubles

No one really likes to talk about diarrhea in public, but it’s a fact of life and an important health issue. While diarrhea can make you run for the bathroom at the most inopportune time, it can also quickly progress from merely embarrassing to potentially life-threatening if left untreated. In fact, one out of nine deaths among children worldwide is attributed to a ...

 

Phlegm: icky yet informative

Phlegm. Ick. No one wants to think about phlegm. It’s gross, right? But it’s important to talk about, especially during cold and flu season. A lot of people are or soon will be dealing with colds, congestion and other seasonal infections—and they often come with phlegm. Mucus is a normal part of your body. Your respiratory system is packed with mucus membranes that ...

 

Mind Matters: Why hate

Are there ways to dismantle hate? This question was addressed recently in the American Psychological Associate Monitor (January 2018). Social psychology research aids in identifying both the factors that incite hostility and hatred, as well as those factors which have the opposite effect. While hatred of others is not new, "identifying ways to counter hate and unite ...

 

Five things to prevent heart disease

While you may often hear scary stories about heart disease affecting those around you, it doesn’t mean you have to let the fear of it control your life. You can Lower your risk for heart disease with these simple steps that you can make a part of your everyday routine. “Many people might think they have no control over their heart disease risk if they have a certain ...

 

Today’s Family: Screen time and the brain

Is social media making us antisocial? Consider this: According to a stunning new study presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science by University of Michigan researchers, today's teen are 40 percent less empathetic than those of 30 years ago, and college students who hit campus after 2000 have empathy levels that are 40 percent lower ...

 

Chester County aims for 5 billion steps

At their Sunshine Meeting public work session this week, the Chester County Commissioners, along with Health Department Director Jeanne Casner, announced this year’s WalkWorks ChesCo! goals and challenged all county residents to increase the number of steps collectively taken from one billion to five billion by the end of the year. In addition to upping the step ...