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Feb19Protecting Your Electronic Health Records

Protecting Your Electronic Health Records

An electronic health record, or EHR, is the digital version of the paper records documenting your health care. These online records are an advance in health management in many ways. These records mean fewer and shorter forms to fill out at appointments. Your information gets to all of your providers so they can coordinate your […]

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Feb19Many Parents in the Dark on When Kids Should First See a Dentist

Many Parents in the Dark on When Kids Should First See a Dentist

American parents are less likely to seek early dental care for their children if they don’t receive guidance from a doctor or dentist, a new national survey finds. The poll of 790 parents with at least one child aged 5 or younger found that one in six of those who did not receive dental advice […]

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Feb19Health Tip: Protect Baby from Whooping Cough

Health Tip: Protect Baby from Whooping Cough

(HealthDay News) — Vaccination is the best way to prevent whooping cough, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Whooping cough (pertussis) is a very contagious disease that causes about half its victims aged 1 or younger to end up in the hospital, the agency says. The CDC offers these suggestions to help protect […]

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Feb19Health Tip: Comparing Soap and Other Body Cleansers

Health Tip: Comparing Soap and Other Body Cleansers

(HealthDay News) — Traditional soaps are made by combining fats or oils with an alkali, such as lye. Most body cleansers, however, are actually synthetic detergent products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. There are very few pure soaps on the market today, the agency says. The product’s ingredients and marketing determine how it’s […]

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Feb18Lung Cancer One of Many Reasons Not to Smoke

Lung Cancer One of Many Reasons Not to Smoke

You already know that smoking causes lung cancer. But tobacco use can lead to other major health problems, too, experts warn. “Cigarette smoking is probably the single most harmful thing you can do to your health,” said Jonathan Foulds, a professor of public health sciences and psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine. “It’s hard […]

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Feb16Sibling Bullying Could Have Mental Health Effects

Sibling Bullying Could Have Mental Health Effects

People who, as young kids, either bullied their siblings or were bullied themselves by siblings face an increased risk for psychotic disorders, a new British study suggests. By age 18, those who’d been either the victim or the bully several times a week or month were two to three times more likely to have a […]

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Feb16Fentanyl Test Strips May Help Stem OD Deaths

Fentanyl Test Strips May Help Stem OD Deaths

A thin test strip — similar to a pregnancy test — can detect whether a street drug contains the dangerous opioid fentanyl, according to a new report. Fentanyl — one of strongest types of opioid painkillers — is often mixed into street drugs, such as heroin and cocaine. That makes it hard for users to […]

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Feb16Flu Season Shows First Signs of Slowing

Flu Season Shows First Signs of Slowing

While this flu season is still one of the worst seen in years, the first signs that infection rates are starting to level off were reported by U.S. health officials on Friday. As of Feb. 10, a total of 43 states continued to experience widespread flu activity, down from 48 the week before, according to […]

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Feb16How to Put Mass Shooting Tragedies in Perspective for Kids

How to Put Mass Shooting Tragedies in Perspective for Kids

In the wake of yet another deadly school shooting in the United States, one health specialist offers advice on how to ease children’s fears about acts of terror and violence. Consider the child’s age and emotional maturity when weighing the right time to discuss such tragedies, recommends Dr. Hannah Chow, a pediatrician at Loyola University […]

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Feb16Pets Good Medicine for Those Battling Mental Ills

Pets Good Medicine for Those Battling Mental Ills

Can the adoring gaze of a dog or the comforting purr of a cat be helpful to people with mental illness? Absolutely, new research suggests. Although furry companions won’t replace medications or therapy for mental health concerns, they can provide significant benefits, according to British researchers. Their review of 17 studies found that pets can […]

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