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The facts on stress

Posted on August 22, 2016

When’s the last time you felt stressed? Might not have been too long ago. Let’s take a look at stress, from the good to the bad and everything in between. Everyone experiences stress at one time or another. So what exactly is it? Stress is defined as “something that causes strong feelings of worry or … »


kids sports

Kids & sports: Too much of a good thing

Posted on August 19, 2016

Your daughter loves soccer so much that she wants to play it year-round. While the physical activity is great for her, the stress on her body from doing the same thing over and over might not be. Years ago, most young athletes played several sports, skipping from one season into the next. These days, though, … »


health screenings

A guide to women’s health screenings

Posted on August 17, 2016

From mammograms to pelvic exams, colonoscopies to bone density tests, health screenings provide an important way for doctors to detect and treat potential health problems early on. But how do you know which tests are recommended — and when to get them? One simple way is to schedule a wellness check with your primary care physician … »


postpartum depression

Demystifying postpartum depression and anxiety

Posted on August 15, 2016

You’ve probably heard of postpartum depression, but did you know that new moms can also experience postpartum anxiety? Read on for answers to some common questions about the two conditions. Q: How do I know if I have postpartum depression? A: Postpartum depression occurs anywhere between a few days after delivery to months after. The … »


arthritis pain

Answering common questions about arthritis

Posted on August 11, 2016

When you were young, you may have heard your grandmother complain about the ache in her hands as “her arthritis acting up.” These days, you may be feeling its effects yourself. How much do you know about the condition? Arthritis is common in the United States — more than 50 million Americans have the condition, … »


pediatrician

Calming your child’s dr. fears

Posted on August 10, 2016

Very few kids love going to the doctor. But some react with anxiety or in downright terror. Fortunately, there are ways to help calm their fears. Kids fear a trip to the doctor’s office for many reasons, from simply thinking about experiencing the pain of a shot to worrying that there might be something wrong. … »


muscle soreness

Am I sore or am I injured?

Posted on August 9, 2016

You worked out a couple days ago and are feeling a lingering ache. Did you accidentally pull something during your workout, or is it just normal, to-be-expected soreness? Aches after a workout can feel similar whether they’re caused by an injury or just the workout itself. However, there are a few simple ways to tell … »


immunizations

A back-to-school handbook on immunizations

Posted on August 8, 2016

You’re probably starting to shop for backpacks, notepads and pencils. Maybe you’ve taken a trip to the mall to pick out clothes and shoes for the new school year. But is your child prepared with the immunizations required for his or her grade level? Kids often receive age-appropriate vaccinations during their annual checkups. Keeping up … »


primary care

5 reasons why primary care is essential

Posted on August 5, 2016

When was the last time you saw your primary care physician (PCP)? Do you see your doctor a couple of times a year, once a year – or even less frequently? As adults, we often lose sight of primary care because we’re short on time or we put the needs of our families first. We … »


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What kind of headache is this?

Posted on August 2, 2016

When you have a headache, you just want it to go away. The key to effectively treating a headache? Knowing what kind of headache you’re having. There are approximately 150 different types of headache. But there are four types that are more common than the others. Tension headache Tension headaches are the most common type … »


fun activities

3 ways to beat the boredom blues

Posted on August 1, 2016

Every parent has heard the “I’m bored” line at one point or another. As summer break winds down, keep your kids entertained with a few boredom busters. And though they’ll have a blast, with these activities they’ll also learn something! Play Word or Letter Hopscotch. This one will enlarge their vocabularies and get them hopping … »


back to school

3 back-to-school basics to get your kids ready

Posted on July 29, 2016

Did you hear that groan? That’s the sound of children across the region thinking about school starting back. Fortunately, a few easy steps can help you ease their transition back to school. Whether your family hit the road for vacation or stayed home and enjoyed the local sights, your kids had a blast this summer. … »


bad cholesterol

A user’s guide to cholesterol

Posted on July 28, 2016

Maybe your doctor has told you that your cholesterol’s too high. Or you’ve seen commercials on TV for high cholesterol medications. But how much do you actually know about cholesterol? Well, first things first: Cholesterol isn’t a bad thing. Cholesterol, a type of fat, is a waxy substance produced by and used by the body … »


leukemia

Making strides in childhood leukemia

Posted on July 27, 2016

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common cancer seen in children, but luckily remains fairly rare. Thanks to research and developments over the last few decades, a diagnosis of leukemia carries a generally excellent prognosis. Clinical trials have shown us how to improve survival, minimize side effects, and tailor therapy to meet the needs … »


nutrition labels

How food labels are changing: 5 things to know

Posted on July 26, 2016

Chances are, you’re familiar with what a nutrition label looks like now. Well, everything you know is about to change. Maybe not quite everything. But the Food and Drug Administration announced new guidelines for food manufacturers earlier this year — so changes are on the way. These changes are a good thing for consumers. They’ll … »


hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer: Does it really work?

Posted on July 25, 2016

You see it everywhere – at schools, doctors’ offices, public attractions, even grocery stores. But have you ever wondered how effective hand sanitizer really is? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking proof. On June 29, the agency issued a proposed rule requesting manufacturers provide additional scientific data to support the safety and … »


bug bites

Bug off: A guide to insect bites and stings

Posted on July 23, 2016

Summertime brings picnics, pool time and afternoons at the lake. That extra time spent outdoors puts you in someone else’s home — a literal It’s a Bug’s Life. Whether you like bugs or jump when you see them, insects offer plenty of benefits to earth. They pollinate plants, including flowers, fruits and vegetables. They eat … »


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