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

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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

6 Ways Winter Affects Your Health

Winter does more than just raise your heating bill and chill your bones. It can have an effect on both your physical and mental health. Get examples—plus links to more information on how to deal with them—below. 1. Winter makes some people SAD The short, dark days of winter can lead to seasonal affective disorder … Read More