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  • UPMC Expert: Does Your Lifestyle Affect Your Eyes?0

    We are all aware of the impact certain lifestyle choices — smoking, activity level, sleep — can have on our health and wellness, but do many of us consider how these decisions also affect our eye health? Our eyes are an essential organ, yet we often take them for granted. Your daily habits can affect

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  • UPMC Gynecologist: Understanding Endometriosis0

    Cramps and uncomfortableness are considered as a normal part of every menstruating person’s life. However, some people experience debilitating pain that leaves them unable to function for one week every month. When this happens, among other symptoms, a diagnosis of endometriosis might be in order. It’s time to talk openly about a condition that affects

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  • UPMC Physician: Colonoscopies Save Lives0

    Every March, the health community focuses on colorectal cancer awareness. Colon cancer is the fourth most common cancer that affects Pennsylvanians — in 2020, 5,688 cases were reported and 2,342 of these cases ended in death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When caught early, colon cancer is easier to treat

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  • WAHS SADD Club Wins 1st Place in Statewide Suicide Prevention Video Contest for 3rd Consecutive Year0

    A Williamsport Area High School video produced to help raise awareness on mental health stigmas and suicide prevention received first place for the third consecutive year in a recent statewide PSA contest conducted by Prevent Suicide PA (PSPA). The video, created by members of the high school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club, earned the

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  • UPMC Gastroenterologist: Don’t Get Burned by Heartburn0

    Everyone loves to indulge in fast food, processed snacks, and carbonated beverages from time to time. We know that they aren’t the best for us health wise, but did you know that they can also trigger heartburn? Heartburn is the burning feeling in your chest, up to the back of your throat, caused by acid

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  • UPMC Expert: Understanding Eating Disorders0

    Eating disorders are serious conditions that go beyond dieting or wanting to lose weight — they can significantly affect one’s physical and mental health and overall well-being. In addition, out of all mental illnesses, eating disorders have one of the highest mortality rates and can be life-threatening if left untreated. Approximately 9% of the U.S.

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  • UPMC Expert: No Matter Age, Early Detection Key for Cancer Care0

    The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that a little over 1.9 million people have been diagnosed with cancer in 2023 — and more than 609,820 will die. To help reduce cancer deaths, the ACS recommends a wide range of cancer screenings to promote early detection over your lifetime. While some screenings are specifically for men

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  • UPMC Expert: Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder0

    Have you noticed general lower energy, and are feeling sad more often now that the days are shorter, and the weather is colder? If so, you may have a mood disorder called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of depression triggered by circumstances connected to seasonal changes, like fewer hours of sunlight, but

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  • UPMC Physician: Movement at the Heart of Health0

    Thanks to the convenience of technology and our modern lifestyles, people in the U.S. are more inactive than ever. Whether we’re sitting behind desks, hunched over laptops all day for work, or lounging around binging our favorite shows, Americans simply aren’t as physically active as we used to be — and that’s a problem. According

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  • UPMC Doctor: Avoiding Winter Injuries0

    There are very polarizing opinions about winter weather — you either love it or hate it. While ice and snow are beautiful and bring winter sports fun, they can also cause treacherous conditions for roads and sidewalks with the potential to wreak havoc on our bodies. Though many people may prefer to stay inside and

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  • UPMC Physician: Awareness, Proactive Screening Has an Impact on Cervical Cancer0

    Cervical cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer among women. The American Cancer Society estimates about 13,960 new cases of invasive cervical cancer were diagnosed and about 4,310 women died from cervical cancer in 2023. Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. Fortunately, according to the

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  • UPMC Expert: Can Cold Weather Make You Sick?0

    You may associate the cold weather with being sick or catching a cold. Contrary to the old saying, the weather is not directly responsible for making you sick, but it can affect your body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of people in the U.S. develop the common cold each

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