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Are shortness of breath and a cough signs of a mild cold or the flu? Or, could they be something much more serious, like pneumonia?

Fruit is nature’s sweetest treat. We add it to an assortment of different foods, from salads to smoothies. While we know we are supposed to eat two to five servings a day of fruit, we may not know why. Dr. Robert A.J. Fernandez, DO, MPH, an osteopathic family physician and faculty member at the Lake

Summer is coming to a close and it’s time to go shopping for all your back-to-school needs, including perhaps the most essential item on the list- the backpack. While backpacks are a stylish way for your child to express their personal taste, they can also do injury to your child’s back. Dr. Robert Glinski, DO,

With so much of our workday spent seated in front of a computer, the thrill of outdoor sports can be quite enticing. Though there are many health benefits to getting more physical activity, for some adults these benefits can come at a price: sports injuries or fitness injuries. The term “sports injuries” refers to injuries

With summer over and school back in session, an inevitable flu season looms just ahead. Dr. Karen Benedum, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at LECOM at Seton Hill in Greensburg, PA, answers commonly asked questions about the flu, to help keep your family healthy this fall and winter. First, what is the flu and what

Nosebleeds, although common, can be frightening to experience. Fortunately, most are easily treated and require no medical intervention. Many people, however, incorrectly treat nosebleeds, so the next time you or your child experiences one, consider these tips for treatment and prevention. The first thing to know about nosebleeds is that there are two types –

Plastics play a crucial role in our kitchens. From storing to serving, there are numerous ways our food comes in contact with plastic everyday. The question is: are all these interactions safe? When it comes to heating our food in microwaves, the answer is potentially, no. When certain types of plastic are heated in the

With the rash of unfounded claims about the risks of vaccination, many parents are rethinking its necessity. Are vaccines really safe? Are they even necessary in the modern world? Here’s what you need to know about vaccinating your child. First, parents need to know that vaccines save lives, explains Kim M. Schoeffel, DO, an osteopathic

As more families try to avoid processed foods, raw milk is becoming a popular alternative to pasteurized milk. With its supposed nutritional benefits, raw milk may seem to be the healthier option, but there are risk factors that need to be taken into account. To figure out which type of milk your family should be

According to the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (NIPC), by the time a child has reached eighth grade, one out of every five has used an inhalant to get high. Unbeknownst to most parents, the inhalation or sniffing of everyday products among children and adolescents is growing. While illegal substances are often at the center of

With the popularity of fast and inexpensive processed food, many of us struggle to get all the nutrients we need out of our diets. As a result, dietary supplements are growing in popularity and are now a multi-billion dollar industry. Still, many of us remain either confused by what to take or skeptical of what

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