Snow Shoveling—A Real Risk for Heart Attack

Each year, shoveling snow sends more than 11,000 people to the hospital. While most have orthopedic injuries, 7 percent have cardiac problems, and many of these are heart attacks. Doctors advise against shoveling if you are older, have heart disease or think you might. “Shoveling snow is hard work,” says Cleveland Clinic cardiovascular surgeon A. … Read More

Don’t Fall Prey to Winter Perils (Infographic)

Forging through snow and ice and cold is challenging in the winter and can lead to physical peril. Find out what you can do to avoid injuries and health problems. Check out the following tips from Family Medicine doctor Michael Rabovsky, MD, Interim Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine in the Medicine Institute and Medical Director … Read More

Your Best Strategies for Beautiful Hair in the Winter

Winter can be tough on your hair. The air outside is freezing cold. The air inside is dry. You’re dealing daily with static electricity and hat hair. The harsh winter weather can give your hair such a beating that the American Academy of Dermatology recommends spacing out chemical services like color, a perm or straightening to eight to … Read More

7 Tips to Overcome Asthma When You Exercise

Contributor: Susan Joy, MD If you’re an athlete with asthma, you don’t have to hold back. With proper medication and conditioning, you can participate fully in sports.  But in colder months, you should take some special precautions because cold dry air can trigger asthma attacks. Does this sound familiar? You start your workout and begin … Read More

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Wetter Winter This Year Could Spell Allergy Woes

When the weather finally warms up this spring, many of us will go from snow blowing to blowing our noses. Lots of snow fell this past winter, which means there’s lots of water in the ground. That can set the stage for a bad allergy season. That’s because lots of moisture in the ground usually … Read More

Yes, You Really Can Be Allergic to the Cold

After months of frigid weather, you might joke that you’re allergic to the cold. But some people really do have an allergy to cold temperatures. This winter has been exceptionally tough for people with a sensitivity to cold, says immunologist Sandra Hong, MD. “Every time they go out in certain temperatures, they’ll break out in hives in any … Read More

5 Ways to Say Goodbye to Dry Eye

As the weather turns cold and dry, many people’s eyes start to feel like parchment paper. They burn, itch and feel like they have grit in them that just won’t come out. If you have these symptoms, you may have dry eye. Dry eye is a condition in which the eyes don’t produce enough tears … Read More

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Are Your Hands Aging You?

You work hard to look youthful. You cover your grey hair, faithfully apply anti-aging crèmes and protect your face with sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats when you’re outside. But if you neglect your hands, they may give away your true age or make you look even older. Don’t wring your hands with worry; moisturizer, sunscreen and … Read More

5 Foods You Should Eat This Winter

Chilly winter weather affects more than just your wardrobe and heating bill. Your body also experiences changes in energy levels, metabolism and even food prefer Do you react to bitter cold by skipping the gym and convincing yourself you deserve a calorie splurge to warm up and offset your discomfort? You’re not alone. But the … Read More