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- Sip some cocoa, skip some stress: The holidays are a time of family togetherness, celebrations and fun. They're also one of the most significant times of the year for increased levels of stress, anxiety and depression. Geisinger doctors are available to talk about some ways to manage your own holiday stress - whether it's from dealing with your in-laws or worrying about pulling off the perfect holiday dinner - and enter 2014 a calmer, less frazzled you.
- Don't toy with holiday safety: The joy of seeing a child get the toy he or she wants for Christmas can turn tragic if it proves harmful. Yet each year, many children are treated in emergency departments for toy-related injuries. That's why Prevent Blindness America annually declares December Safe Toys and Gifts Month. Geisinger's pediatric team can provide tips on what hot holiday gifts parents should be aware of to keep their kids safe this holiday season.
- Maintain, don't gain: Trays of holiday cookies, cocktail hours and favorite family recipes are the special ingredients of the holiday season. Unfortunately, they can add up to extra pounds by the beginning of the New Year. And once you conquer the holidays, it's all about continuing with the changes you hope to make on January 1. Why not try a new approach this year? Geisinger dietitians can offer up tips for maintaining - not gaining - weight during the holiday season, and making monthly life changes for a happier, healthier you and long-lasting results.
- Blustery bumps and bruises: Winter weather is upon us and with the cold winds and snowfalls offer an array of potential health risks: hypothermia, frostbite, heart strain from shoveling and falls on the ice, not to mention mishaps when a mogul or tree interrupts a speedy trip down the mountain. Talk with a Geisinger physician for tips to stay at your best when Mother Nature is at her worst.
- What's better than free genes?: After a season of buy one get one free while holiday shopping, we're all in peak bargain-hunting shape. A new poll by HealthDay and Harris Interactive speaks to the deal seeker in all of us, finding that a financial incentive would be the push many Americans would need to undergo genetic testing. Of the more than 2,000 U.S. adults surveyed Oct. 21-23, 49 percent said they would undergo invasive genetic testing to determine their risk of cancer or inherited medical conditions if their insurance provided an incentive. That's good news for Geisinger Genomics Institute researchers involved with the ClinGen project, who are analyzing data from hundreds of thousands of clinical genetics tests to determine ways to improve patient care.
- A fare squat: In preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Russian public transit is doing its part to get people in the wellness state of mind with a new way to pay for a subway ride: 30 squats. Matching the typical price of a subway fare, a machine monitors proper form for patrons who can pay for a ride with 30 squats. This little bit of exercise can put people on the right track to overall wellness, which is something Geisinger doctors wholeheartedly endorse.
- Are those real?: Whether it's from a traumatic injury, vascular problem, diabetes or one of countless other conditions, limb loss is a problem more than a million Americans are living with. You may not even know it simply by looking at someone with a prosthetic, but the road to normal life following being fit with a new arm, leg, hand or foot is a long one, but definitely something with long-term benefits. Geisinger orthopaedic surgeons work with people who battle limb loss and can offer a source of confidence for those facing the long road of therapy and muscle training that comes with its fair share of emotional hurdles as well.
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