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Thinking about New Year's Resolutions?

New Year’s resolutions vary from finding a new hobby to losing weight. Whatever it is that you plan to focus on, don’t forget about the most important thing….your health. Most healthy adults neglect their health since they “feel fine.” Leading an active lifestyle and feeling well is important but there are numerous conditions that can go without symptoms until the condition becomes severe. In addition to routine bloodwork to screen for conditions such as cholesterol and thyroid conditions, screening for certain cancers can save your life if caught early enough. For women, screening for cervical and breast cancer is recommended depending on age. These are simple and cost-effective ways o

Healthy & Safe Travel Tips For The Holidays

Tis the holiday season to spend time with family and that usually includes some form of travel. Being prepared for travel can help save you the headache of late night runs to the pharmacy or unneeded stress while you are on a plane. Here are a few tips we recommended you consider before packing up and hitting the road this holiday. Packing your bag: Before you zip up your suitcase or strap on your backpack, make sure you have all the essentials you will need for your travels. If you take regular medications for a medical condition, be sure to have plenty of pills to last you for your trip and a few extra as well. We never know when we may have an unexpected flight delay or need to exten

Are The Toys Your Children Receive This Holiday Season Safe?

Toys can be wonderful gifts for children which provide great memories that they can cherish for years to come. The really special toys can be passed down through generations. Toys can also be dangerous if used incorrectly or if placed in the wrong hands. It is important to make sure that the toys our kids receive are age appropriate and safe. Here are some safety tips when buying toys for you little ones this holiday season: Read labels: Simply reading the label on a toy will give you information on the age that is intended for its use as well as how to properly use the toy. Size matters: Toys and toy parts should be bigger than the size of your child’s mouth to help avoid choking conc

Dry Skin Blues Caused By Eczema?!?

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that is commonly found in persons with allergies and asthma. Colder months can cause flare ups of eczema due to a number of factors. Use of heaters in the house, hot showers and the cold, dry climate can all cause the skin to dry out and flare up underlying eczema. Even though eczema may not completely resolve in your lifetime, keeping your skin well-hydrated can help control flare ups and minimize daily symptoms. During bath time, avoid hot water showers/baths and opt for lukewarm water. Instead of rubbing yourself dry with a bath towel be sure to pat dry your skin after bathing. Apply a moisturizer as soon as you have pat dry your body so that your s

It's National Influenza Vaccination Week!

Influenza, also known as the seasonal flu, occurs from a virus which can cause mild to severe symptoms depending on the strain of virus contracted. Each year the severity of the illness varies, but every year it kills. Keep yourself and your loved ones out of harms way this year by getting your annual flu shot. The flu shot can help protect you against the most common strains of flu virus. People who should strongly consider getting the flu shot are those that are immunocompromised (on chemotherapy or long term steroids), have lung disease (like COPD or asthma), and those that are or have come in close contact with people who are elderly or very young. People that cannot get the flu shot

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