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Eat this, not that: Enjoy your favorite summer foods in a healthier way

Jacqui Zimmerman, RD | 05/22/2015

Ahh…Memorial Day. The unofficial start to summer: longer days, lighter foods, farm stands, the beach—I love everything about summer. But, for some, the summer season can feel like a virtual minefield of barbecues and vacations that disrupt routines and cause healthy eating habits to slide. Learn how to enjoy your favorites in a healthier way.

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7 ways to save money and eat healthier

Beth Koser Schwartz, RN, MSN | 05/18/2015

Despite what many people may think, healthy eating doesn’t need to be expensive. 

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How to prevent skin cancer: Don’t get a sunburn or even a tan

Bruce Brod, MD | 05/15/2015

With summer just around the corner, it’s an important time to review sun safety tips that can help prevent skin cancers like melanoma. Your goal? Don’t get a sunburn or even a tan.

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Eat well to feel better and heal faster during breast cancer treatment

Daleela Dodge, MD | 05/11/2015

For breast cancer patients, there are important and sometimes confusing decisions to make at every juncture along the treatment journey. Good nutritional choices are among them. Eating the right foods while fighting breast cancer can help you feel better, maintain your energy, heal faster, and better tolerate side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

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Parents: Get your kids tested for lead poisoning

Jeffrey R. Martin, MD | 05/07/2015

Recent media attention is highlighting a very real public health crisis in our community and beyond: lead poisoning. There is a lot of lead in Lancaster County and it’s taking a toll on our kids. More than 13 percent of county children tested have elevated blood lead levels compared to the national average of 4 to 5 percent. Learn what every parent needs to know.

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Can a brain heal itself after a stroke?

Jon Bentz | 05/05/2015

When a stroke deprives the brain of blood, the nerve cells in the brain are either damaged or die, causing the physical and mental changes typical of stroke. Now, research is telling us that the brain is a fighter and does try to heal itself.

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Dense breasts and what this means for your health

Nitin Tanna, MD | 05/01/2015

Dense breasts can be a risk factor for breast cancer and may require imaging tests beyond a mammogram to better detect tumors. What women need to know.

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Stroke can increase the risk of suicide: Signs to look for

Jennifer Collins, PsyD | 04/30/2015

If you or a loved one has suffered a stroke, you know that much emphasis is placed on physical recovery. However, new research indicates stroke patients have increased risk for suicide, highlighting the need for better awareness and treatment of post-stroke depression. Learn the signs to look for and steps to take to manage post-stroke depressive symptoms.

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Can you go sugar-free for 10 days?

Christopher Wenger, DO | 04/29/2015

Did you know the average American consumed 130 pounds of sugar in 2012?  One soda a day increases a child’s risk of obesity by 60 percent? One in three Americans will have diabetes by the year 2050?

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Are sports drinks the right choice for your child?

Jennifer Ammons, MD | 04/24/2015

With the spring sports season underway, you may be tempted to send your child off to the game with a bottle of her favorite sports drink. In most cases this isn’t a good idea.

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