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Alcohol Intolerance or Allergy?

Peanut butter and bees are common topics when it comes to allergies, but what about alcohol? 

Overdrinking isn’t the only reason why the human body might reject adult beverages. Some people may already have a natural intolerance to alcohol, or an allergy to the components of a certain drink.

Image of woman looking at a glass of wine. Learn how alcohol intolerance and related allergies can affect your health.

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Spring (Pollen) Is In the Air

Spring is in the air, and so are the pollens that lead to allergy symptoms in millions of Americans. Whether you refer to this as hay fever, seasonal allergies or sinus irritation, these symptoms can definitely affect your quality of life and lead to sinus infections, sleep disruption, and affect productivity at work or school.

image of a garden field of tulips in spring

Seasonal Allergy Symptoms Include

  • Itchy nose, mouth, throat, ears and/or eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose/congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Tearing of the eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes and/or redness of the eyes

Pollen Seasons

Pollen seasons vary based on the climate where you live. The first pollen season is the tree season. This generally starts in late February or early March and runs through June. The next pollen season is the grass pollen season. Grass pollinates May through July. The last pollen season is the weed season and includes Ragweed. The weed season starts at the end of July and lasts until the first frost, usually in October.

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Health Effects of Underage Drinking

Underage drinking is a growing issue for American youths. Not only is the act of drinking before the age of 21 illegal, it can also affect a teen’s health in both short-term and long-term ways.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, so we thought it appropriate to shine a light on the dangers of underage drinking.

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Photo Credit: "Pints of Beer" by Simon Cocks is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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How Technology Can Affect Your Children’s Sleep

Sleep is good. Not only does it keep you refreshed, it can also help you stay healthy.

Not sleeping enough can lead to a lack in judgment, a poor mood, and even various health issues like obesity and diabetes. High quality, uninterrupted sleep is especially important for children as they continue to develop, but technology can make it harder for kids to get a proper good night’s rest.

Contact Westshore today if you think your children’s sleep cycles have been thrown off by technology.

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Essential Vitamins for Women

“Always eat your fruits and vegetables.” It’s something that you’ve likely heard – and have possibly even said – several times during the course of your life. For good reason, too, because your body requires many essential vitamins to stay healthy.

A woman can require different vitamins for each stage in her life, but it doesn’t have to be too confusing to keep track of dietary needs. Here’s a quick rundown of essential vitamins that are important for women’s health and the foods that are rich in them.

Essential vitamins are critical for a woman’s health at all points in her life.

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The Importance of Palliative Care for the Oncology Patient

The Spring 2015 issue of Clinical Connections, a publication of Hospice of the Western Reserve, features a special focus on cancer care. Dr. Katherine Eilenfeld of Westshore Primary Care shares her perspective on the importance of palliative care for oncology patients in the article on the front page. Read the full article below.

Image of Dr. Katherine Eilenfeld, DO of Westshore Primary Care in Westlake, Ohio

The Importance of Palliative Care for the Oncology Patient

The diagnosis of cancer is arguably one of the most difficult pieces of information our patients will ever receive. They hear the dreaded C-word and simply shut down. It is at these moments that their physicians have the distinct opportunity to guide the future of their patients’ care in a significant way.

Cancer and its treatments can cause a variety of unwelcome symptoms and side effects. National organizations that specialize in cancer care are recognizing the importance of addressing these issues head-on. The idea of aggressively managing patient symptoms during the pursuit of cure is not a new one, but has undergone a transformation in the last decade. Palliative care – sometimes now referred to as supportive care – is aimed at relieving these symptoms and side effects.

But it’s not all about prescriptions. Palliative care focuses on the whole person and aims at supporting patients on an emotional, physical, social and spiritual level from the time of diagnosis, through treatments, and beyond.

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Alzheimer’s Symptoms or Normal Aging? How to Tell the Difference

It’s important to look for warning signs when it comes to your health. Early detection of a disease can help you and your physicians come up with a treatment plan. 

When it comes to Alzheimer’s, it can be difficult to tell whether the changes you may be experiencing are due to natural aging or the disease. However, there are signs that you can watch for in both yourself and your loved ones that may help you detect any issues earlier in the process.

Occasional forgetfulness is one thing, but warning signs for Alzheimer’s is another.

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LEAP Study Offers Strong Support for Early Introduction of Peanut Products

Results from the Learning Early About Peanut (LEAP) study have been published in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine  offer strong support that early introduction of peanut products may offer protection from the development of peanut allergies.

The prevalence of peanut allergy has doubled over the past 10 years in the U.S. and other countries that have advocated avoidance of peanuts during pregnancy, lactation, and infancy. The LEAP study was based on a hypothesis that regular eating of peanut-containing products, when started in the first year of life, will elicit a protective immune response instead of an allergic immune reaction.

Study shows that early introduction of peanuts can curb peanut allergy

Recap: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer? Millions of new cases are opened each year for the disease, making it the fourth most common type of cancer in the U.S. 

Fortunately, if everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, six out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this March, here are some signs to look out for and how you can make a difference.

Schedule a screening during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and follow these tips to help stop the disease.

Warning Signs for Most Common Heart Issues

It’s always good to be prepared. Of course, it’s hard to get ready for something that you never see coming. There are many warning signs for common heart issues that can help you stay healthy during American Heart Month and beyond.

Cardiovascular Diseases

A trip to Westshore Primary Care may help uncover some warning signs for common heart issues.


Roughly a quarter of all American deaths are attributed to heart disease. Fortunately, there are plenty of signs that can help you avoid a premature death.

People with high blood pressure are three times more likely to die from heart disease and four times as likely to die from stroke. High blood pressure is hard to detect without a screening, but regular screenings from a primary care provider can help you become aware of heightened health risks.

Other warning signs include chest pain, shortness of breath, and numbness or coldness in your arms and legs. Listen to your body to help prevent the leading cause of death in the nation.

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