Take a Bite Out of Colon Cancer


By My Gut Instinct March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the 3rd most common cancer and 4th leading cause of cancer-related death in worldwide. Because > 90% of CRC cases involve a carcinoma that develops from a precancerous polyp, screening for and early identification, and removal of polyps through screening colonoscopy … Continue reading Take a Bite Out of Colon Cancer

GoggleWorks, Penn State Health St. Joseph & Berks LaunchBox Announce Virtual Reality Project 


New art tool will help patients overcome anxiety and post-traumatic stress for blood withdrawal Dr. Jerry Lee, pediatric physician at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical (St. Joseph), achieved positive results from testing VR software in a situation where a child resisted immunization and blood withdrawal due to a history of trauma. GoggleWorks and CTMR learned … Continue reading GoggleWorks, Penn State Health St. Joseph & Berks LaunchBox Announce Virtual Reality Project 

Irish Soda Bread Scones


Source: EatingWell.com Ingredients  Scones 2 ½ cups whole-wheat pastry flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed ⅔ cup dried currants ¾ cup low-fat buttermilk ¼ cup pure maple syrup 1 large egg Glaze ½ cup confectioners’ sugar 1 tablespoon orange juice Directions To prepare scones: … Continue reading Irish Soda Bread Scones

Chilean Lentil Stew


Trying to follow a heart healthy diet means cutting down on meat consumption. Eating more vegetarian meals is great strategy for heart health because you end up eating more fiber and less saturated fat. Try this recipe which is light on sodium, filled with heart healthy fat, vegetables, and proteins. Healthy, please meet delicious! Source: … Continue reading Chilean Lentil Stew

Love Your Heart


By Aparna Mele February is all about hearts, and not just the candy kind. It’s also National American Heart Month, a 56 year tradition to increase awareness of, and keep families and communities free from heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans. This month reinforces the importance of heart health. Consider this: cardiovascular disease, … Continue reading Love Your Heart

I Am Different, Not Sick: Thoughts from a Gifted Bipolar


By Richard Gardner One of the issues which looms large in the field of medicine and mental health, and which has disturbed me for many years is the definition of “healthy”. I am not really sure what healthy actually means, except for an average of everyone’s health in a population with no tolerance for “healthy” … Continue reading I Am Different, Not Sick: Thoughts from a Gifted Bipolar

Walk At a Clip


By Aparna Mele, MD A recent study of nearly half a million people concludes that walking at breakneck speed might increase life expectancy. Recently, researchers linked a spring in your step to the number of years between birth and death. In the study, researchers took self-reported walking speeds and body mass indexes (BMI) of nearly 475,000 … Continue reading Walk At a Clip