As a society, we are constantly being inundated by the latest diet trends. We are bombarded by claims like “no need to exercise” or “eat what you want, when you want.” And while the types of diets may change, the “no fail” messages remain the same.

When I became editorial director of niche publications for the Observer Publishing Company nearly two years ago, Total Health was the first title that I really felt connected to – in essence, it became my baby. I loved how the topic resonated with readers of all ages and demographics. Health…

The Pittsburgh Pirates partnered with Allegheny Heath Network Trauma Centers’ Trauma Prevention Community Outreach Program to offer Stop the Bleed training to 240 staff on March 20 and to install QuickClot bleeding control kits to enhance safety throughout PNC Park.

A practicing optometrist for 29 years, Dr. Lynn Pavlic OD, has a private optometry practice on Beau Street in Washington. She received her undergraduate degree from Washington & Jefferson College, her Bachelors of Visual Science from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1987 and her …

February is American Heart Month, and so often we focus on the signs and symptoms of heart attack or stroke in adults. But, the reality is that cardiovascular issues affect children, too. We spoke to Dr. Lee Beerman, director of both the Electrophysiology Services and Pediatric Arrhythmia pr…

January is Thyroid Awareness Month, so we sought out endocrinologist Dr. Wayne Evron at St. Clair Hospital to talk about thyroid issues, risk factors and treatments. Dr. Evron did his undergraduate studies and went to medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, his internship at the Un…

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A practicing optometrist for 29 years, Dr. Lynn Pavlic OD, has a private optometry practice on Beau Street in Washington. She received her undergraduate degree from Washington & Jefferson College, her Bachelors of Visual Science from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1987 and her …

February is American Heart Month, and so often we focus on the signs and symptoms of heart attack or stroke in adults. But, the reality is that cardiovascular issues affect children, too. We spoke to Dr. Lee Beerman, director of both the Electrophysiology Services and Pediatric Arrhythmia pr…

January is Thyroid Awareness Month, so we sought out endocrinologist Dr. Wayne Evron at St. Clair Hospital to talk about thyroid issues, risk factors and treatments. Dr. Evron did his undergraduate studies and went to medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, his internship at the Un…

It’s the same old New Year’s resolution we make year after year: Lose weight, eat healthier. But how do we accomplish that goal? Eating healthy is also a health goal for those who don’t have to lose weight, but who may be dealing high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes or cardiac issues.

Colleen Presken often sees oncology patients right after they’ve received some disheartening news. “Some of them are in tears while they’re in here because they may have just found out from our oncologist across the hall that they’re going to lose their hair with chemotherapy,” says the radi…

Heather Baker, 31, of Washington County, has an extensive family history of breast cancer. Her mother passed away during her second bout of the disease at age 38, and her grandmother died when she was only 34. Barker also had several aunts on her mother’s side of the family who all passed aw…

Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of abo…

As fall comes and our schedules change, I am someone who regularly skips meals and workouts, thanks to both a busy work schedule and family life. I’m wondering if you have any tips that might get me back on track?

Becky Markley was in the hospital once again. The former nurse was used to working in healthcare environments, but was growing weary of always being a patient and knew her health was deteriorating. “I smoked for years and I did finally quit but, by then, I had already done the damage,” admit…

While summer breaks may be enjoyable, relaxing and fun for most of us, they can bring on added stress to the furry members of our families. Concerns about tick bites, family travels and hot, sunny weather can take a toll on everyone. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid problems and ensure a…

Janet Jackson admits she has occasionally thought her pets had medical emergencies when, in reality, they didn’t. “Oh, yes, the last one was with the puppy when she lost a tooth and I thought she had broken it off,” says the Robinson Township cat and dog owner. “Another time, I had a dog tha…

If you ask most men you know what vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements they take daily, you’re likely to get a list that includes a multivitamin, vitamins B, C or D, fish oil and probiotics. Yet new research is changing the old advice about taking your daily vitamins in the form …

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