Posts Categorized: Family

What you need to know about chicken pox

Ask an adult over age 30 about the chicken pox and many will immediately start to feel a little itchy and uncomfortable. These itchy adults can often tell you their story about the week they missed school. They can also recall their parents scolding them every time they went to scratch because a parent never…
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Protect your vision while playing sports

More than 40 percent of all eye injuries are related to sports or recreational activities. They represent more than 100,000 physician visits per year and cost more than $175 million. It is important to understand how to prevent these injuries from occurring. Ninety percent of the sports related eye injuries in school aged children can be…
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Family medicine: A family-focused alternative for primary care

What is primary care? Primary care refers to medical care given by a provider (physician, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant) who is the first point of contact for patients’ non-emergent symptoms, disease management, and health concerns. It is also encompasses preventative types of care including cancer screening, vaccinations, health maintenance exams, and patient education. Providers…
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Children and flu: What to do?

You may have been hearing it is flu season for a few months now. But have you heard that the flu can really be very dangerous for children? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that between 6,000 and 26,000 children younger than 5 have been hospitalized each year in the United States…
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Why can’t I visit a baby in the NICU?

Throughout late fall, winter and early spring, the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) in the hospital is often limited to parents and grandparents. Brothers and sisters may be eager to meet their new best friend, but this time of year is RSV season, which can be life threatening to our tiniest patients. Respiratory Syncytial Virus,…
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