December 19, 2006

CONTACT: Kate Olderman
(215) 349-8369

Susanne Hartman
(215) 349-5964

Expert Advisory
University of Pennsylvania Health System Experts Available
for Season-Specific Health Topics

Over the River and Through the Woods: Traveling this holiday season? Be aware of the major impairments that lack of sleep may cause you behind the wheel.

Don’t Drop the New Year’s Ball on Your Resolution: The best approach for making and sticking to a healthy diet and exercise plan for 2007.

Winter Getting Under Your Skin?: The dry, winter air can wreak havoc on your skin. Learn ways to protect your skin from the elements and treat common conditions like dry, cracked, or itchy skin.

Can Your Heart Dig It?: Some of you do have an excuse to get out of "clearing the walk" after it snows. Why shoveling snow causes so much stress on your heart and who should avoid doing it.

Can’t Sit Still?: If you suffer from restless leg syndrome (RLS), it may worsen during the holidays. That's due to increased consumption of coffee, tea and chocolate this time of year.


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