10 Tips for Keeping Your Joints Healthy and Pain Free

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Exercise is an excellent way to tone up and lose weight. Plus, it builds muscle which supports your bones (which helps prevent osteoporosis) and improves your cardiovascular health. However, exercise can also be hard on the joints, often making them stiff or sore after a workout. If joint pain is severe enough, it can keep you from exercising, which negatively affects your health by keeping you from getting the benefits of physical activity. The best course of action is to keep your joints, muscles, ligaments and bones strong and stable. To help lessen and even prevent joint pain, we at Westchester Health recommend these 10 tips to follow before, during and after exercise.

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10 Foods That Boost Your Immune System

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Even though we’re well into spring, here at Westchester Health, we’re still seeing a lot of colds and viruses. To try and help keep everyone healthy and germ-free, we continually emphasize to our patients that their diet plays an important role in the strength of their immune system. Certain foods may actually decrease their chances of getting sick, while others can help them recover more quickly if they do get ill.

Regularly consuming the foods listed below can make a real difference in strengthening your immune system, helping you resist illnesses and shortening the time you are sick.

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10 Signs You May Have A Parasite

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Even though the thought of having a parasite is pretty unpleasant, parasites are far more common than you might think. We actually see quite a few cases of them here at Westchester Health. Not restricted to underdeveloped countries, parasites exist around the world and can afflict anyone of any race, gender or socioeconomic status. They can cause a myriad of symptoms, only a few of which affect the digestive tract, but the good news is that yes, they are treatable.

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For Working Moms: 10 Tips For Balancing Work And Family

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Something we often hear from our full-time working moms is that they feel guilty and stressed because of having to divide their time and attention between work and family. And with more mothers than ever in the workforce, these emotions are only going to increase. To help moms find a balance between the job and the kids, Maryann Buetti-Sgouros, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group and herself a working mom, offers these tried-and-true strategies in a recent blog.

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4 Tips To Help Your Child Safely Make It Through Puberty

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Puberty is an exciting time for kids and parents, but it can also be scary, emotional and frustrating. Lots of children are not comfortable with all the changes happening to them or what they mean. They may be concerned or embarrassed about their skin, their body image, their voice, sexual feeling, romantic attraction and/or any number of other changes. At Westchester Health, we understand all the changes your teen or pre-teen is going through and we’re here to help, with advice, information and a listening ear. To make what can be a rough ride a little smoother, we recommend this recent blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.

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10 Ways To Help A Depressed Teen

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Teenagers face a host of pressures, from the physical and emotional changes of puberty to wondering who they are and where they fit in. To help parents, teachers, coaches and anyone else involved with teenagers recognize the signs of depression and how to get help, we offer this excellent blog written by Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group. Here at Westchester Health, we see a lot of teenagers, which also means that we see our fair share of teenage depression.

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Is It Okay To Have Sex During Pregnancy?

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Sex during pregnancy is often the absolute last thing on some women’s minds, especially when they are dealing with nausea, vomiting and constant fatigue. Other women, however, may crave sex during this special time. Similarly, men seem to fall into two groups regarding sex during pregnancy. Some find nothing sexier than a pregnant woman, but others are too afraid of hurting the baby or their partner to even attempt it. At Westchester Health, we’ve witnessed all of these emotions in our patients over the years and thought we’d offer some helpful advice on the subject.

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How To Know How Much Sleep Your Child Needs

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At Westchester Health, one question we get asked almost more than any other is, “How much sleep does my child need?” Our answer: It depends on the age of your child. Our rule of thumb is that if your child wakes up groggy or is overly sleepy during the day, he/she is not getting enough sleep. To help you know how much is enough, we offer this recent blog by Jacklyn Alfano, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, in which she includes sleep guidelines grouped by age of the child.

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10 Ways to Help Minimize Morning Sickness

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For many of our patients here at Westchester Health, morning sickness should really be called “morning-noon-and-night sickness.” For some pregnant women, the symptoms are worse in the morning and ease up over the course of the day. For others, they last all day long. The intensity of symptoms can also vary from woman to woman. Although morning sickness usually subsides after the first three months of pregnancy, it can be a real hardship for some women. Even a mild case of nausea can wear women down, and constant nausea and vomiting can leave them exhausted and miserable (on top of all the other demands on their body from the pregnancy).

As we tell our expectant mothers-to-be, pregnancy can be really tough but it’s all worth it in the end!

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How Often Should You Get a Colonoscopy?

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A colonoscopy is a diagnostic screening exam that a physician, usually a gastroenterologist, uses to look inside your large intestine for colon polyps or possible signs of colorectal cancer.  How often you should be screened depends on the specific test, your age and your risk for colon cancer.

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