Four Reasons Why You Should Have a Primary Care Physician

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Health | 0 comments

If you’re healthy and feeling good you’re probably wondering why you would need a primary care physician. According to William Saway, M.D., an internal medicine physician on staff at HCGH, “Even if you’re totally healthy, a primary care physician plays a very important role in keeping you healthy.” Several benefits for having a primary care physician include: Gaining a Medical Home “Your primary care physician’s office is your medical home—they know you and your medical history to treat you best when you are feeling sick,” says Dr. Saway....

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Bathing Suits and Posture

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Fitness | 0 comments

With the pressure of the beach and pool season upon us, many people start looking for stomach exercises to look better in their bathing suits. Visions of 6 pack abs, or any pack abs for that matter, from magazine photos and TV ads often drive these requests. It takes months and months to build muscle tissue and developing visible abs requires a great amount of work with both nutrition and exercise as well as the right genetics. Additionally, any sort of 1, 2, or 6 pack does not necessarily equate to great posture and daily function just as...

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Choosing your New Baby’s Doctor: 7 Questions to Ask

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Parenting | 0 comments

Your pediatrician’s office should be your medical home, where your child’s medical needs are met. We can get you started on finding the right fit.

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Free Blood Pressure Screenings

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Health, Screenings | 0 comments

My son had his blood pressure checked at a recent doctor’s visit. He made a terrible face as the cuff squeezed his arm. I assured him he was going to live. After the nurse left the room he said to me, “what do the numbers mean?” I told him I was not sure, but your numbers must be good or the nurse would have said something. Not the best answer or the most reassuring, so I decided to educate myself. Blood pressure is commonly recorded as two numbers and written as a ratio. The top (or typically higher) number is your systolic pressure,...

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The Vitamin D-lemma

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Health, Reviews | 0 comments

I don’t know whether you’ve had any lab work done recently, but if you have, there’s a good chance your healthcare provider took a look at your vitamin D level. Why all the growing interest in vitamin D? Won’t a couple of glasses of milk per week and some sunlight take care of it? Sufficient vitamin D promotes bone growth and repair and is required for our bodies to absorb calcium. Adequate calcium levels help assure bone strength. Conditions associated with low vitamin D levels include rickets, osteomalacia, and...

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A Look Back: Reflections from a Long-time Nurse

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in News | 0 comments

In 1982, I found myself working at a hospital in the community I called “home.” I wanted the quality of care to be the best it could be, and for the past 34 years, I have committed to doing just that. Medicine runs in my family. My son is an emergency department physician in Pittsburgh, and my husband is a professor and medical researcher at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. My mother attended nursing school during World War II. She never finished school and that was her biggest regret. She was my inspiration and the reason I...

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From 9/11 to 9-1-1: a Nurse’s Journey

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Reflections for National Nurses Week 2016 You reach an age in life where you reminisce…where am I? What have I done with my life? Where am I going? Am I on track for what I set out to do? I was 31-years-old when I was reminded in an instant that I had not embarked on my lifelong dreams yet. It was 9-11. The day the towers came down. I watched it happen. From 1993-2000 I worked in and around the World Trade Center. I knew the city that was underneath the towers and the intricacies of the offices above ground. I wanted to do something. I wanted...

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Caffeine: why it’s not all perks when you have too much

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Health | 0 comments

Do you use caffeine to help wake up in the morning or perk up in the evening? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. Millions of people use caffeine on a daily basis. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, “caffeine is the most mood-altering drug in the world.” On average, Americans consume about 280 milligrams of caffeine daily—about 30 milligrams alters mood and behavior and 100 milligrams can result in physical dependence. So how many cups of coffee a day is too much? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that four to seven cups of...

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Moving on with Moving

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Parenting, Reviews | 0 comments

As you may already know, the Central Branch of HCLS closed its doors for an exciting three-month renovation (it’s going to be so cool when it reopens!). Central team members have been temporarily relocated to the East Columbia and Miller Branches during this time. Both East Columbia and Miller have been welcoming and accommodating beyond belief. Moving, however, is never without stress, confusion, and a bit of nerves. It occurred to me, as an adult woman, that if a temporary move into a more-than-friendly territory gives me the jitters,...

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Anemia’s Effect on Your Heart Health

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Cardiac, Health | 0 comments

Anemia can cause your heart to work harder to pump blood and result in a rapid or irregular heartbeat. Fortunately, the disorder is reversible. Read on for tips how.

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