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Safe Swimmers: What is Dry Drowning?

August 23, 2018

Swimming has long been a favorite summer activity. Nothing cures the heat of a sweltering summer day more than a nice dip at your favorite swimming spot. Most of us are aware of the basic safety guidelines for being a safe swimmer and enjoy the relaxation of swimming without incident. However, there's a less well-known danger that threatens swimmers called dry drowning. Let’s look at what causes dry drowning, how to recognize the symptoms, and what steps to take to prevent it. What is Dry Drowning? Dry drowning is a term that describes water entering the airway causing the vocal chords to...Continue Reading

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Beware of These 4 Tick-Borne Diseases

August 21, 2018

It’s hard to believe that such a small creature can wreak such havoc, but tick-borne diseases are on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), tick-borne diseases have more than doubled in the last thirteen years. From avid outdoors lovers to people outside for their daily activities, everyone is at risk for a tick bite. Read on to learn more about the most common tick-borne diseases and how to prevent tick bites. Lyme Disease Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease. In fact, eighty-two percent of people with a tick-borne disease are diagnosed with Lyme disease...Continue Reading

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Beat the Heat: How to Prevent Heat Stroke

June 12, 2018

Blue skies, bright sun, and warm temperatures make for perfect days of working, playing, and being in the great outdoors. After the winter chill, we're all ready for a little fun in the sun. However, every season comes health hazards. For warmer seasons, heat stroke is the most serious heat-related injury. In fact, it can cause brain damage or even death. Staying safe in the sun is possible though. Learning about heat stroke and how to prevent it is an important step to protect yourself. Important Facts About Heat Stroke Temperature and humidity create dangerous conditions for heat stroke...Continue Reading

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On the Frontline: The Unsung Heroes of EMS

May 30, 2018

You're home alone on a Friday night when all of a sudden you feel dizzy. Before you know it, you’re on the floor unable to get up. You know you need help but your family isn’t close by, and your spouse is out of town for a weekend business trip. Who do you call? Each year, the emergency department at Augusta Health treats more than 60,000 people. Not all of these patients made it to the hospital on their own or were transported by people they know. When there is no other way to get to the hospital safely, or there’s a dire emergency, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responders step in to help...Continue Reading

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Hard Knocks: How to Spot a Concussion

September 12, 2017

We've all seen the cringe worthy hits on the NFL highlight reels. Sports like football, boxing, and hockey are well known for the rough and tumble action that causes concussions. You don't have to be a professional athlete to be at risk for a concussion though. In fact, concussion injuries have doubled over the last ten years. Let's explore the risk factors, symptoms, and best ways to prevent concussions. What is a Concussion? Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury that results from a jolt or hit to your head or body. Your brain is soft like Jell-O. As extra protection, it's...Continue Reading

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Stay Safe & Healthy This Summer: Watch It in the Water!

June 30, 2017

Temperatures are rising and days are getting longer—it's summer! While it's a great time of year for outdoors activities, the warmer weather, sunshine and longer days do present some seasonal health concerns. Here are some tips and information to help make this summer a great one and a healthy one. When the temperatures start to reach the 80s and 90s, everyone starts to head towards the water. Families go on beach vacations, head to their neighborhood pool, or maybe even the slip-n-slide. Every summer countless lives are lost to drowning. It is one of the leading causes of death in children,...Continue Reading

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Stay Safe & Healthy This Summer: Fun in the Sun

June 28, 2017

Temperatures are rising and days are getting longer—it's summer! While it's a great time of year for outdoors activities, the warmer weather, sunshine and longer days do present some seasonal health concerns. Here are some tips and information to help make this summer a great one and a healthy one. Skin Cancer Statistics There is nothing better than sitting outside and soaking up the sun, but there are serious consequences to not protecting exposed skin. Exposure to sun without using skin protection can cause skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the United States. On average, about...Continue Reading

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Stay Safe & Healthy This Summer: All You Need to Know About Ticks

June 26, 2017

Temperatures are rising and days are getting longer—it's summer! While it's a great time of year for outdoors activities, the warmer weather, sunshine and longer days do present some seasonal health concerns. Here are some tips and information to help make this summer a great one and a healthy one. Summer months bring about lots of fun outdoor activities, but with those activities come an increased risk of encountering a tick. Although these small creatures might not seem like a threat to health, they can be carriers of serious diseases. How to avoid them It is simple to be proactive in...Continue Reading

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Stay Safe & Healthy This Summer: Beat the Heat

June 20, 2017

Temperatures are rising and days are getting longer—it's summer! While it's a great time of year for outdoors activities, the warmer weather, sunshine, and longer days do present some seasonal health concerns. Here are some tips and information to help make this summer a great one and a healthy one. Each year, hundreds of people die because of heat-related illnesses, so it's important to be aware of the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and what to do when they occur. It's also important to know what you can do to protect your health when temperatures are extremely high. It all comes down to...Continue Reading

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The 5 B’s of Children’s First Aid

November 28, 2016

As parents, you're expected to be experts in more areas than ever before. Not only do you need to be able to help with math homework, teach them how to throw a curve ball, feed them a healthy (and tasty!) diet, and even play the role of doctor when they hurt themselves. While we may not be able to teach you advanced calculus or how to throw the perfect curve ball, we wanted to share with you not only what you should do when you're tasked with tending to the inevitable bumps and bruises your little ones will encounter, but also the things you should avoid to prevent making things worse. Lucky...Continue Reading

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