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Educational health information to improve your well-being.

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Breathe Easy: How Doctors Diagnose Asthma

July 10, 2017

Few medical symptoms are scarier than compromised breathing. If you are experiencing recurring symptoms that effect your breathing, you may want to be tested for asthma. Asthma occurs when your airways swell and become narrow making it difficult to breathe. Common triggers include: Allergic reactions to things like pollen, mold, or animals Environmental irritants such as smoke, chemicals, and air pollution Medications Exercise Stress These triggers can cause asthma symptoms such as: Wheezing Coughing Trouble breathing Chest tightness These symptoms are also present in many other illnesses. So... Continue Reading

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Love Your Lungs: What Happens When You Quit Smoking

July 7, 2017

Smoking – maybe you started in high school or picked up your first cigarette during a stressful time. No matter how you started, one thing is for sure, smoking is a hard habit to break. Some even delay quitting because they feel the damage to their health is already done. It's true that smoking increases your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and many other illnesses. However, there's good news for those that decide to kick the habit. In fact, the benefits of being smoke-free start in as little as 20-minutes after you quit. A Journey Begins With a Single Step: The First 24 Hours After... Continue Reading

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AHH-CHOO! Common Allergy Culprits and How to Avoid Them

July 5, 2017

Sneezing, congestion, watery eyes, and hives. These are some of the frustrating symptoms of allergies. We know the signs, but what are the culprits causing such discomfort? A variety of factors cause allergies. It can take a bit of detective work to find the actual source. Here's a rundown of how to identify and avoid those pesky allergy culprits. Common Allergy Culprits Finding the source of your allergies helps determine an effective treatment plan. Allergy sufferers can be susceptible to one or many of these common triggers: Pollen Dust mites Mold Food Animals and Cockroaches Insects... 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: Get Ready to Grill!

June 23, 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. During the summer, there is no shortage of cookouts and barbecues. There are many popular food combinations that are best enjoyed from the grill. As delicious as food from the grill can be, there are some very serious dangers that can come from cross-contamination or undercooking. There are 6 steps... 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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Stroke Recovery: What Happens After a Stroke?

June 13, 2017

When people experience a stroke, symptoms can vary depending on which parts of the brain are affected. Some people have weakness on one side of the body. Others have trouble thinking, talking, or moving. A stroke can be frightening to both the patient and the family. It helps to remember that stroke survivors often have a successful recovery when medical intervention happens as quickly as possible. Factors That Affect Your Ability to Recover The disabilities a stroke survivor experiences and the prognosis for recovery depend on the following: General Health How Much the Brain Was Damaged... Continue Reading

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Stroke Recovery: 7 Questions to Ask Before Going Home

June 9, 2017

Leaving the hospital after a stroke can be just as terrifying as the day you were admitted. While being discharged may provide some relief, it can also be confusing and overwhelming for patients and their caregivers. Every hospital has its own discharge and assessment process that determines the type of care prescribed once you leave their care. To make the transition easier, it's vital that you and your caregiver be completely involved throughout the process. Here are a few questions to ask before going home after a stroke: 1. Where is the Best Place for Me to Continue My Recovery? Going... Continue Reading

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