Is going gluten-free on your mind? Get the facts and even test your knowledge with this quiz before you decide. [ Link ]
Do you know how to spot a cancer cure scam? Unlike the evidence-based treatments recommended by your doctor, many products haven't been tested. Often, they're a waste of money and they could even have negative side effects. How to spot a scam: [ Link ]
What started as a few students’ grassroots efforts in 1993 has transpired into nearly 70,000 students in 235 schools. If your school would like to participate, you can learn more here:
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Mini-THONs, monumental impacts | Penn State University
Less tobacco. Less alcohol. Fewer illegal drugs. That's what adolescents and teens said they did in 2016. But the use of one particular drug has remained pretty stable over the years. [ Link ]
Safe travels team. #LifeLion #InspiredTogether
According to a national survey, 7 in 10 U.S. adults will track health data for themselves or a loved one. [ Link ]

“If you’re self-tracking for health and wellness, using commercial trackers for data collection motivates people to do better"
- Eun Kyoung Choe, assistant professor of information sciences and technology (IST) at Penn State

New year, new you? IST researcher offers three health tracking tips | Penn State University
Have a nice and safe weekend!
The next session of Fit, Trim and Slim, Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute's 12-week weight management program, will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

This comprehensive program, led by experts in the fields of behavior modification, nutrition and exercise, is held in a small-group setting and helps participants identify areas in which they can make positive, lifelong changes. There is a $225...
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What are those popping or cracking sounds our body makes and is it bad?
Orthopedic sports medicine specialists, Dr. Aman Dhawan and Dr. Robert Gallo answer these questions in this week’s Medical Minute. [ Link ]
Inspired by Angel – Making Spirits Bright!� Holiday spirits were a made little brighter this past season thanks to Angel Rivera. Angel, who is fighting pancreatic cancer, delivered treat bags to patients and their families at the Penn State Cancer Institute simply “to make people smile.” He put out a call for donations on social media and received an overwhelming response. Thanks to the...
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Exercising in cold, dry air can trigger asthma symptoms. Asthma symptoms can actually worsen in winter. Here's what to do. [ Link ]
New Penn State study demonstrates the importance of sleep and how sleep disturbance is a risk factor in drug addiction recovery.

Sleep quality and emotions affect opioid addiction recovery | Penn State University
If you have questions or thoughts about surgical weight loss, this Thursday, January 19, is a day to learn more! Learn about the long-term health benefits and have your questions about surgical weight loss answered.
Keep others in the family from getting sick. How to set up a sick room. An interactive infographic: [ Link ]
Is it a common cold (viral upper respiratory tract infection) or a sinus infection (acute bacterial sinusitis)?

Dr. Brittany Ann Massare - Pediatrician with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey Medical Group.

The Common Cold—or Something More? - theBurg
Penn State Health put two beehives on its Hershey campus. For the first time – the health system entered its honey in the annual Pennsylvania State Farm Show apiary contest. [ Link ]
Penn State Research - A process using human stem cells can generate the cells that cover the external surface of a human heart — epicardium cells — according to a multidisciplinary team of researchers.

Researchers use stem cells to regenerate the external layer of a human heart | Penn State University
The kangaroo care experiment was begun to find healthy options in countries where healthcare for preterm babies—including incubators—was limited. But the American Academy of Pediatrics says it has relevance for premature babies born in this country too. [ Link ]