Health

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 ...

 

Mind Matters: Families of origin

Have you ever considered your family of origin? I mean, really considered your family of origin—not just your mother and father, but way back to ancestors? I have always longed to be one of those people who could trace their history beyond the Mayflower. I have met folks who can, as well as those who settled here with William Penn. Perhaps part of the yearning is ...

 

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 ...

 

Today’s Family: The language barrier

Do you ever feel like you and your kids are speaking a different language? I work with teens and young adults who are either entering or exiting college, and their parents. I often find that both parent and child want the same thing — connection. They are just speaking a different language to get it. As a parent myself, I’ve learned that all the wisdom, love and ...

 

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 ...

 

Mumps outbreak in Chester County

The Chester County Health Department is issuing a public health announcement regarding a mumps outbreak linked to attendees of a social dance event – Baile Mejicano or Mexican Dance – that took place at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, on Feb.10. CCHD is now seeing the illness spread within Chester County. Chester County’s Health Department Director ...

 

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 ...

 

Mind Matters: Pollution, air and otherwise

Once upon a time, I lived in Pittsburgh when my joke was that you had a choice of eating or breathing. When the steel mills were belching, the air was deplorable, but there was work, and food on the table. When the plants would shut down, the labor force would be laid off and while money may have been stretched thin, the air was clear: we could breathe. During those ...

 

What is endometriosis?

The tissue that lines the uterus is called the endometrium. Normally, if a woman doesn’t get pregnant, this tissue is shed each month during her period. In endometriosis, tissue that looks and acts like endometrial tissue implants outside the uterus. Each month, this misplaced tissue responds to the hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle. It builds up, breaks down, ...