Parents, you may be thinking about getting back into the early morning routine or shopping for school supplies, while your child is thinking about which friends are in class with them this year, but the start of a new school year is also the time you want to think about annual checkups and sports physicals. This is a good opportunity to discuss preventative measures with your child’s pediatrician, as well as manage pre-existing conditions like asthma or allergies. Additionally, parents need to understand if there are any changes that should be taking place this year with regards to their... Read More »

We’re not getting any younger. It is something we celebrate with candles and cake each passing year, but in reality, many of us dread the idea of aging. We don’t want to look older and we certainly don’t want to feel older. Of the 75 million Baby Boomers, every day thousands are literally blowing out the candles on their 50th birthday. The anti-aging industry is also celebrating – as an estimated $12 billion is spent annually on products claiming to make us look and feel younger. However, aging is not just skin deep. As a new study finds, how quickly we age can affect our health later in... Read More »

Warmer weather calls many people to the water - whether that be to area lakes, rivers or pools. With more splashing, catching rays and fun in the sun, summer is also a high time for drowning. Fortunately, the latest research shows the number of drowning deaths is falling, but not for all age groups. Help keep you and your family safe this summer season, while also enjoying the warmer weather and time outdoors.

Latest Drowning Numbers

In a recent government report, researchers looked at data on drowning deaths from 1999 through 2010. They then studied the data to see what kind... Read More »

If you are exercising outside this summer, you already know how hot it can get during the day. Adjusting to this added heat and humidity can almost feel impossible. When you have to worry about dehydration and heatstroke, you may wonder how you can stay cool this summer while still maintaining your exercise plan. Here are a few tips on how to how to stay healthy during summer workouts:

Acclimate: If you enjoy running or walking outside, when hot weather hits you may be tempted to give yourself a break during hot days. If you want to continue your workouts outside, make sure you give... Read More »

If you’ve ever wondered about starting a healthy lifestyle, adhering to a vegetarian diet is a great way to start. A vegetarian is a person who abstains from eating any fish, meat, or poultry. Many vegetarians still eat dairy products and eggs. Although you may not want to cut out all meat from your diet, even incorporating some healthier food choices can make a difference. According to a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, approximately six to eight million Americans adults abstain from eating fish, meat, and poultry (Harvard Health). Vegetarianism can... Read More »

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month.  When caught early, testicular cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer.


The following are the most common symptoms of testicular cancer:

Lump on either testicle, which is usually not painful Enlargement of a testicle Hard mass in a testicle.

The symptoms of testicular cancer may look like other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.

Risk Factors

Research shows that some men are more likely than others to develop testicular cancer.

Possible risk factors include... Read More »

With 29 million Americans living with Type 2 diabetes and another 3 million living with Type 1 diabetes, you are probably aware of someone trying to manage this complex condition, if you are not yourself. You may be wondering why some people develop diabetes and others do not and what risk your children have of developing diabetes in their lifetimes. Unfortunately, the answer is not always clear. While we know the risk factors for both types of diabetes, some who may be considered at-risk never develop the condition, while others do. However, you can take a proactive role in reducing that... Read More »

Two days ago snow was on the ground and now we are within two weeks of the official start to spring. When trees start to bloom and new life begins to sprout, allergy season will be close behind. If spring is your season for wheezing and sneezing, you’re not alone. Seasonal allergies affect 60 million Americans. To help gear up, health care providers recommend refilling those allergy medications now. Additionally, here are some survival strategies to help you through allergy season.

Don’t Sniffle in Silence  While allergies and allergy-induced asthma don’t have cures, you can manage the... Read More »

March 2 - 8 is Sleep Awareness Week and if you are a sleep-deprived parent, sleep is probably top of mind more than just one week out of the year. Today’s we’re sharing tips and information to help parents, whether you have a newborn waking every one to two hours, or a preschooler who can’t seem to make it through a night without coming into your room. Sleep health is important not only for parents, but also for children as it is as essential as nutrition and their overall safety and well-being. The following are some helpful tips for establishing good sleep habits for your child:

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A report published in JAMA Oncology this month reveals promising news for the more than 140,000 Americans diagnosed with colorectal cancer, especially for those among 50 to 64 years old. While cancer remains a leading cause of death, advances in technology and treatment is helping to boost survival rates, as well as continued awareness of prevention and early detection. As March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Utica Park Clinic health care providers remind us that we need to begin regular colorectal cancer screenings at the age of 50, unless your health care provider advises... Read More »