Posts Categorized: Wellness

Fireworks safety for your family

Fireworks are beautiful and fun. They are often used at celebrations and on holidays. Yet, as an advocate for children’s safety and a pediatrician, I am all too aware that accidents happen—but there are ways we can protect our children from the dangers and still enjoy our festivities. First, igniting fireworks should be left to…
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Beware of poison ivy

It’s summer time, but beware of certain plants as you enjoy the outdoors. Whether hiking in the woods or gardening—poison sumac, ivy and oak can be lurking close by. Poison sumac has nine to 13 leaflets per stem and the leaves are round with pointed tips. It grows as a shrub or small tree. Poison…
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It’s time to put on the sunglasses

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can have a lasting impact on your eyesight. According to the National Eye Institute, UV rays can contribute to cataracts, macular degeneration and more. Wearing the proper sunglasses can help protect your vision. UofL Physicians has tips for choosing the right sunglasses for you and explains why it’s important to…
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Stress–and its impact on your health

Many times we hear the message that stress is ‘all in your head,’ but it’s important to not discount a person’s experience. The impact of stress, and how we cope, is different for each individual. Each person’s experience is real and valid. Some individuals notice more cognitive aspects and may have trouble concentrating, decreased memory, or racing thoughts, while…
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Don’t let ticks drain the fun out of summer

Bugs can be more than just an annoyance, they can make you sick—especially ticks. Ticks typically feed on birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. The highest risk of human infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is greatest in late spring and summer. While Lyme disease, is most commonly associated with ticks, there…
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