Expert Health Articles

  • Harmful Effects of Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
    Most people are aware of the adverse effects of smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol during pregnancy. However, many remain unaware of the dangers of utilizing marijuana during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Marijuana is legal in many states, but using it during pregnancy may result in higher risk pregnancies, developmental and/or behavioral problems for the child, and other consequences.
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  • Allergies in Pollen Season
    Those who suffer from pollen allergies may find it difficult to control symptoms during pollen season. Fortunately, there are many treatment options including limiting exposure, over-the-counter and prescription allergy medication, allergy shots, or oral allergy tablets. Your physician and/or allergist can help you decide which treatment is best for you.
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  • Contact Dermatitis on the Hands
    Many people suffer from itchy, dry skin on the hands, especially during the winter. “Irritant contact dermatitis” is a common condition that is caused by frequent hand-washing, low humidity or the overuse of harsh soaps and cleaning agents. “Allergic contact dermatitis” is caused by an allergen or chemical in the environment. Many fragrance-fee cleansers and moisturizers can help combat the symptoms of contact dermatitis.
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  • Children’s Migraine and Tension Headaches: Massage Therapy Solutions
    Children who experience frequent migraine and tension headaches may benefit from massage therapy. There are many causes for both tension and migraine headaches that can be resolved by therapeutic massage. However, there are certain symptoms associated with migraine headaches in particular that should alert parents to take their child to receive medical attention.
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  • Hearing Loss
    While age is the greatest factor in hearing loss, people of all ages may experience hearing loss and could benefit from treatment. The best way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss is to avoid loud noises and protect your ears with earplugs in loud environments. There are many signs of hearing loss that make encourage you to seek an audiologist’s advice.
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  • West Nile Virus
    The West Nile virus is most commonly spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people who are infected with this virus do not develop any symptoms. Those that do can often treat their symptoms with over-the-counter medicine. However, less than 1 percent of infected individuals require hospitalization. The best way to prevent the West Nile virus is to prevent mosquito bites using commonly known techniques.
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  • Athletic Concussions (Part 2)
    This continuation of “Athletic Concussions” discusses how research has affected the evaluation and treatment of concussions in athletes. Over the past few years, research has revealed at least six different subtypes of concussion syndromes, each with their own symptoms and unique treatment methods. Additionally, research has found that previous rest methods for athletes are not sufficient, and new techniques have been developed. If you or a loved one experiences concussion symptoms, speak to your provider right away.
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  • Athletic Concussions (Part 1)
    Concussions have been a major topic in sports for the last few years. Research on concussions has taught us more about the evaluation and management of concussions than ever before. Certain symptoms act as signs of concussion, and players experiencing these symptoms should be taken out of the game and seen by a physician. Currently, tests are still being developed to tell if a patient has a concussion, but physicians still rely on reviewing the patient’s history and examination.
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  • Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in Children
    Hand, foot and mouth disease is most commonly contracted by children, especially those under 5 years of age. This virus causes painful blisters in the mouth and throat as well as on the hands, feet and diaper area. Fever and sore throat are typically the first signs of this disease. Fortunately, hand, foot and mouth disease is a minor condition, but parents are encouraged to contact their family physician if their child experiences these symptoms and/or refuses to eat or drink.
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  • Speech Delay
    Children who begin speaking at a later age than usual may be experiencing speech delay. This column includes speech and language benchmarks children ages 1-3 usually reach at specific times. Children who are falling behind in this development may need to attend speech therapy with a speech-language pathologist, who will use play strategies to help increase the child’s speech and language skills.
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  • Earaches
    Earaches, an ear infection, is extremely common in children. In fact, most children have experienced an ear infection by the age of five. Learn symptoms, causes, preventions and treatments.
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  • Infant Jaundice
    Infant jaundice is a yellow discoloration in a newborn baby’s skin and eyes that results from an excess of bilirubin. It is a common condition in babies born before 38 weeks gestation and in some breastfed babies.
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  • Childhood Obesity: A Growing Epidemic
    Childhood obesity in the United States is a problem that has grown considerably in recent years. Although it is among the easiest medical conditions to recognize, it is the most difficult to treat.
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  • Bronchiolitis
    Bronchiolitis is one of most common respiratory illnesses among young children. It's caused by a viral infection that affects the tiny airways in the lung called the bronchioles. As these airways become inflamed they swell and fill with mucus which can make breathing difficult.
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  • Car Seat Safety
    Motor vehicle crashes kill more than 1,100 children and injure more than 160,000 each year. In fact, this is the leading cause of death for children over the age of one.
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  • Asthma in Children
    Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. In the United States, nearly 1 out of every 10 children has asthma.
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