Salmonella, E. Coli, Hepatitis A

By Candice Hutchins, RN Salmonella causes about 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations, and about 400 deaths every year in the United States. E. Coli cause about 265,00 infections and about100 deaths yearly. Hepatitis causes an estimated 3,000 infections yearly, but that number may be higher because most people have no or mild symptoms and don’t […]

The Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Regular Exercise

Physical exercise can be extremely beneficial not only for your physical health but also for our mental health. Physical exercise is defined as a type of physical activity that is planned, structured, and repetitive for the purpose of conditioning any part of the body. This could be something such as lifting weights, following a workout […]

Keeping Safe on the Slopes: The Importance of Ski and Snowboard Safety

There are many recreational activities to do in the winter. Two of the most popular are skiing and snowboarding.  Downhill skiing and snowboarding are among the top three causes of injuries related to recreational winter activities. There are things to keep in mind when skiing and/or snowboarding that can keep it safe as well as […]

Dental Hygiene

Chompers, fangs, chiclets…no matter what you call them, teeth are underrated and often underappreciated. With the bountiful feasts of Thanksgiving and Christmas rapidly approaching, now is a good time to think about taking care of these important appendages so they don’t let you down at the table. However, healthy teeth and gums make for more […]

VACCINES: UNDERSTANDING HOW AND WHY THEY WORK

There has been a lot of discussion and debate lately regarding vaccines, and more specifically the use and safety of the Covid-19 vaccine. So, what are vaccines, how do they work, and most importantly how do they help people? Vaccines are one of the safest and most effective ways to protect yourself, your family, and […]

What is Asthma?

What is asthma

Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways to your lungs. According to the CDC, about 25 million Americans have asthma. In America, one child in 12 has asthma, making it the most common chronic condition among kids. Asthma symptoms vary from person to person, but the most common symptoms include shortness of breath, chest […]

Diabetes and Hemoglobin A1C

Diabetes and Hemoglobin A1C

Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C or A1C) is a simple blood test that measures the average blood sugar levels over the past 2- 3 months. Because it is an average over several months, you do not have to be fasting when you get you blood drawn to check it.  It is one of the commonly used tests to diagnose prediabetes (sometimes called insulin […]

Common Colds

Common Colds

We’ve all had a common cold. A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses, and upper airways.  Colds are very common but kids age six and younger are at greatest risk for complications. Healthy adults can expect to have two or three colds annually, but kids can have as many as […]

Slips and Falls on Ice

Slips and Falls on Ice

Slips and falls on ice and snow are a common occurrence in the winter. Injuries from slips and falls are normally minor but can also be very serious. Common injuries from slips and falls on ice and snow are bruises and sometimes fractures. But spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries can also occur. After a fall on the ice, if you are having significant pain or difficulties […]

Concussions

Concussions

We have all seen kids fall and bump their heads. But what if the bump is more serious? Do you know when you need to take your child to a healthcare provider?  And what’s the difference between a contusion and a concussion? A contusion is a bruise that can occur on your head but isn’t typically serious and tends to resolve within several days.  A concussion […]