Health

Treating melanoma

Long-awaited relief from what felt like an eternal winter is finally here, and it’s time to get out and about in the sunshine again. It’s the season of outdoor street festivals, backyard BBQs and happy hour locations with abundant outdoor seating. As summer approaches, doctors are reminding everyone to keep skin health top-of-mind when their bodies are being exposed ...

 
 

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 ...

 

Today’s Family: It’s not your journey

I recently returned from the family vacation of a lifetime to Europe with my two daughters, ages 19 and 22. One is a recent college grad and the other, completing her freshman year. We had talked about this celebration trip several times — their high school graduation, turning 18 and 21 and various spring breaks but this was the perfect timing as the recent college ...

 

Mind Matters: Change reaction

Family systems psychiatrist Murray Bowen noted years ago the phenomenon of change back/push back in a family system when an individual in the system starts to shake up the status quo. This shift is in the service of higher integration and greater awareness. However, our tribal primal inclinations of the family want to keep the individual in check and not be so ...

 

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, ...

 

Summer Blood Drive starts  May 21

The Blood Bank of Delmarva, with donor centers in the Chadds Ford area, has scheduled its summer blood drive to begin Monday, May 21. The launch begins at 11 a.m. in the Christiana Donor Center, 100 Hygia Drive in Newark. The launch is open to the public and BBD will have tours and WJBR on location broadcasting live with Michael Waite. The blood bank will also ...

 

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 ...

 

Mind Matters: Give and take

To begin the process of remodeling our kitchen, the old was gutted and appliances were going to be thrown away. Donating to Goodwill or other non-profits was not possible — our old kitchen was “too old” despite all being in working condition. Freecycle to the Rescue. Freecycle is an online listing service sort of like Craig’s List but, as the name implies, “free.” ...

 

Rotary helps rebuild Chesco Food Bank garden

What makes a garden grow?  Soil, seeds and sun, of course, but also hands—helping hands.  On Sunday, April 22, members of the Greater West Chester Sunrise Rotary teamed up to rebuild four raised garden beds in Sidney’s Garden at Barclay Friends, one of over a hundred partner sites dedicated to growing fresh produce for the Chester County Food Bank. After almost ten ...

 

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 ...