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Category: Spring and Summer

Aug 13, 2018

Preventing heatstroke in football, soccer, and fall sports

PREVENTION OF HEATSTROKE: For Football, Soccer and Fall Sports Summer football training camps and practice sessions are in full swing in Northeastern Pennsylvania. A few years ago, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) implemented “Preseason Heat-Acclimatization Guidelines” This policy is slightly updated for starting dates each year ( At this time each year, I receive […]

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Jul 30, 2018

Prevent dehydration in elderly: Part 2 of 2

PREVENTION OF DEHYDRATION IN THE ELDERLY  (Part 2 of 2) Last week in Health & Exercise Forum, we discussed dehydration as a potentially life-threatening problem, especially in those over 60.Summer heat and humidity are here and the risk of heat related illnesses are greater than normal. Age, diet, illness and medications are some of the […]

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Jul 23, 2018

Dehydration risk and increase with age: Part 1 of 2

DEHYDRATION …increased risk associated with age! Part 1 of 1 Summer heat and humidity are here and the risk of heat related illnesses are particularly high for those over 65, especially dehydration. Age, diet, illness and medications are some of the many reasons why elders suffer from dehydration not only in the summer heat, but […]

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Jul 9, 2018

Hit the trails and beat the heat

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” -Robert Frost The purpose of this column is to present an alternative to traditional running that will allow training on more interesting and less stressful surfaces such as those […]

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May 7, 2018

Lyme disease precautions for outdoor activities

LYME DISEASE! OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS BE AWARE! “Health & Exercise Forum” regularly promotes active lifestyles and outdoor activities. However, being one with nature is not without its risks and attracting ticks which can lead to Lyme disease is one of them. Over the last few years, I have been amazed by how many ticks I find […]

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Aug 14, 2017

Health tips for the new school year

Students beware: summer is passing by quickly…so don’t waste one single minute idly watching TV or playing video games! Finish your reading list and get outside and play! It won’t be long before your parents will begin the end of summer shopping scramble…uniforms, shoes, backpacks, tablets, copy paper etc. Well, the same could be said […]

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Jul 31, 2017

Be cool with summer fun: Part 2 of 2 on heat stroke

BE COOL WITH SUMMER FUN! Part 2 of 2 After a long cold and rainy spring, NEPA is finally experiencing hot summer weather! So, get outdoors and have fun in the sun. However, please be mindful of how your body reacts to high humidity and heat and take appropriate precautions. You don’t have to be […]

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Jul 17, 2017

Protect your skin, for your health and looks

Protect Your Skin …for your health and looks! Guest Columnist: Eduardo Ortiz, MD3 This week’s article was written by Eduardo Ortiz, a third year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM). Eduardo majored in Biology and minored in Art History at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. As president of the Dermatology Interest […]

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Jul 18, 2016

Dehydration and Special Considerations for the Elderly

Guest Author: Peter Cognetti, MD, practices family medicine in Scranton and is regional education coordinator, family medicine for The Commonwealth Medical College’s North Campus in Scranton.   This column is a special feature the third Monday of every month of Health & Exercise Forum in cooperation with The Commonwealth Medical College.     DEHYDRATION: SPECIAL […]

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Jul 11, 2016

Long Distance Running May Not Accelerate Knee Joint Arthritis

It is the time of year when many runners will ramp up their training for the Steamtown Marathon to be held in October. As you increase your mileage in preparation for the marathon you probably have noticed some difficulty walking down the steps for your morning coffee the next morning. The stiffness in your joints, […]

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