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Obesity and knee pain—how weight-loss surgery can help

Joseph R. McPhee, M.D. | 04/18/2014

If you’re obese and are having trouble with your knees, a small study offers a possible way to reduce your pain—and your weight. Read more

Can weight-loss surgery help cure your diabetes?

James Ku, MD | 04/17/2014

If you’re obese and have diabetes, you may be able to dramatically reduce your diabetes symptoms by having weight-loss surgery. Your disease may even go into remission for good. Read more

New benefits of calcium and vitamin D for older women

Gayle Sisbarro, D.O., Crooked Oak Family Medicine | 04/14/2014

If you only thought calcium and vitamin D were good for your bones, a new study is touting benefits for your cholesterol if you’re past menopause. Read more

Should you be screened for lung cancer?

Edgar Fearnow, M.D., Lancaster Radiology Associates | 04/11/2014

If you’re at high risk of developing lung cancer, you may be a candidate for screening. For the first time, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is recommending an annual low-dose CT scan for heavy smokers and former smokers. Read more

What to do if you think your child is overweight

Jennifer Ammons, MD | 04/11/2014

One in every three children is overweight or obese and risks serious consequences. Parents and health care providers can significantly influence a child’s body composition and fitness to halt or reverse the implications of excessive weight. Read more

Preventing Colon Cancer: Know your risks and options

Daniel Connell, Jr., M.D., Regional Gastroenterology Associates of Lancaster | 04/03/2014

If you’re between 50 and 75 years old, you’re either among the two-thirds of Americans who’ve been screened for colon cancer—or among the one third who have not. And that’s a screening you should not miss because detecting colon cancer early saves lives. Read more

Menopause: A time of change

Cherise Y. Hamblin, M.D. | 03/27/2014

The official definition of menopause is when a woman has not had a period for 12 consecutive months. This change occurs as the body naturally ages and ovulation stops. It's the end of your ability to have children. Read more

Menopausal weight gain: Fighting the battle of the bulge

Cherise Y. Hamblin, M.D. | 03/25/2014

Of all the menopausal symptoms women endure, gaining extra pounds may be the unkindest blow of all. It’s bad for self-esteem and can lead to other health problems as well. What makes matters worse is where the fat is deposited, right in the midsection. Read more

Do you know what’s on the new nutrition label?

Jacqui Zimmerman, RD | 03/23/2014

If you do the grocery shopping for your household or are at all concerned about healthy eating, then you’ve undoubtedly found yourself mulling over food labels among the sea of brightly colored packages on the grocery store shelves. Well, just when you thought you were finally getting the hang of it, they may be changing! Read more

Menopause keeping you sleepless? Three ways to cope

Kathleen H Gerbert, MD | 03/21/2014

As your hormones fluctuate with menopause, you may have trouble sleeping, and sleep difficulties can lead to a host of other issues, such as daytime drowsiness, irritability, and lack of concentration. Read more

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