Meningitis
26May, 2017

Meningitis what is it and how can you protect yourself

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Meningitis is a potentially deadly inflammation of the fluid and membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis can be caused by a bacteria, virus, fungus, or parasite.  Bacterial meningitis is the most severe. Even with prompt treatment, approximately 10-20% of patients will bacterial meningitis die within 23-48 hours after onset of symptoms, and around 10-30% will sustain permanent damage and disability. Meningitis Symptoms The main symptoms of meningitis are fever, rash, vomiting, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, and drowsiness. Symptoms can develop over a matter of hours and […]
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Autism
12May, 2017

Autism Awareness

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What is Autism? Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder that typically appears during early childhood and impairs a person’s ability to communicate and interact. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors such as; delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with reasoning and planning, narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills and sensory sensitivity. Autism spectrum disorder symptoms vary widely and vary in severity. The 2016 prevalence of autism has risen to 1 in every 68 births from the 2004 rate of […]
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snake bites
24Apr, 2017

Snake Bites – What you should know

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Every year there are roughly 8,000 people who are victims of snake bites, fortunately there are usually no more than eight deaths. This should not lead people including backpackers and hikers to believe it isn’t something to worry about. In all honesty, snakes do not want to waste their poison on humans, but rather on small animals to feed on. If a bite victim is not treated quickly, the venom can be damaging and even deathly. Keep in mind that a bite from even a so-called “harmless” snake can cause infection […]
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poison ivy plant
13Apr, 2017

Poison Ivy – How To Stay Safe

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With summer just around the corner, and the weather getting warmer, many of us will be spending more and more time outside. Perhaps you’ll find yourself taking a hike or playing with the dogs outside. If you are like many people, you’ll be watching out for poison ivy! This stuff can be nasty and if your skin is sensitive, you can find yourself with at rash lasting days or ever weeks. So what exactly is poison ivy and what causes the rash? Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac grow […]
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bed bugs
22Mar, 2017

Bed bugs What are they, and How To Protect Yourself

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The common bed bugs we most often refer to is scientifically named Cimex lectularius. This small pest bites and feeds on blood, causing itchy bites on their human hosts. We hear about them, and sometimes worry about coming in contact with them at hotels. So lets learn a little about these bugs and how they can affect your health and what you can do to avoid them. Don’t let the bed bugs bite! And if they do, hit them with a shoe! Well not actually. The shoe is not the […]
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medicine cabinet
11Mar, 2017

Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet 

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Medicine Cabinet Warm weather is just around the corner, and we all know what that means. Spring cleaning! Time to get rid of all the junk you’ve accumulated throughout the year. But this year, don’t forget to clean out your medicine cabinet! Most likely you have old prescription bottles with leftover medication that never got used. Maybe you’re keeping them “just in case” or  perhaps you have medications from a loved one who has passed away. Now is the time to go through your medicine cabinet and spring clean! What […]
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Heart Valve Disease
22Feb, 2017

Heart Valve Disease

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Heart valve disease involves damage to one or more of the heart’s valves. This can reduce blood flow and lead to major complications- including death. What Are Heart Valves and How Do They Work? Your heart contains four chambers, a right and left atrium (top), and a right and left ventricle (bottom).  Your heart valves are located at the exit of each chamber and control blood flow. Heart valves maintain one-way blood flow and stop blood from leaking backward in the heart. What Is Heart Valve Disease? Heart valve stenosis […]
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Glass of water
8Feb, 2017

How much water should I drink?

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It’s a simple question, with a not so simple answer. There are many factors that can affect how much water your body needs. Perhaps as a child you were told you must drink 8 glasses of water a day. Think back to your food pyramid days. Before we look into some factors that determine how much water you need, lets look at the importance of a healthy intake of water daily.   What are the health benefits of water? About 60 percent of our body’s weight is water. It is […]
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Do I need to sleep
18Jan, 2017

Do I need to sleep?

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Do I need to sleep? Most people in the United States do not get enough sleep. But what is enough sleep? Could you imagine how much we could get done if we didn’t sleep? Sleep plays an important role in good health and our overall well being throughout our life. Your mental health, physical health and quality of life can all be protected with good quality sleep at night. In fact the way you feel when you are awake, depends greatly on the amount and type of sleep you got […]
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stalking
6Jan, 2017

Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.

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  While legal definitions of stalking vary from one jurisdiction to another, a good working definition of stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. ~ The National Center for Victims of Crime. The society we live in today is much different than at any other time in human history. Virtually every person on the face of the earth has a mobile phone or access to the Internet. The Internet in turn has a vast array of data […]
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