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Is the way you sit causing your back pain?

By Ron Handshoe, MSPT ApexNetwork Physical Therapy After working all day, there is nothing you look forward to more than being able to sit and relax. You get home, and kick back in your recliner to read the paper or take a nap. An hour or so later, when you get up to make your way to the dinner table, …

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This year, get back to the roots of Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day in the U.S. is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of May. It’s a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. The first Mother’s Day in the U.S. was conceived by Anna Reeves Jarvis in honor of her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. Jarvis, a social …

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PrimaryPlus: Growing, expanding to meet the needs of FAMILIES

PrimaryPlus- Growing, expanding to meet the needs of FAMILIES

For nearly five years, PrimaryPlus has been serving the healthcare needs of Ashland. In 2014, PrimaryPlus and the Ashland Boyd County Health Department partnered to bring a new healthcare model, one of the first of its kind in the state of Kentucky–combining the health department services with primary care services, all under one roof. Although the two organizations operated their …

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Kick Those Ugly Warts to the Curb

By Brian K. Bailey, D.P.M., Body-Mind-Spirit Podiatric Care One of the most common foot pathologies seen in our office is plantar warts. They are painful and embarrassing to many patients. Most patients have exhausted home remedies and over-the-counter treatments with no success at removing the unwanted warts. What Are Warts? A wart is an infection caused by a virus, which …

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Be Still & Know

By Jodi Thomas Muddy water becomes clear if you only let it be still for a while. –Dallas Willard I’m a doer by nature. I like lists, and I absolutely adore crossing things off said list. On any personality test, my personality is the one that takes action, the one that gets things done. And this has been no different …

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Rising Temperature = Increase in Eye Injuries

Rising Temperature = Increase in Eye Injuries

It’s finally summer – and it’s all fun and games until somebody’s eye gets hurt. During the summer months the number of patients reporting to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms because of eye injuries increases exponentially. Keep that in mind while you are enjoying warm temperatures and the great outdoors. Pool Chemicals Pool chemicals are added to keep germs from …

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Think the Y is just a gym? Think again!

Think the Y is just a gym? Think again!

The Ashland Area YMCA is much more than a gym could EVER be. It’s a place where people from all walks of life, with all levels of abilities, varied interests, and divergent goals come together to form a community. The YMCA has a gym (two in fact) But it isn’t a gym. Learn more about your Y, and how membership benefits …

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“Test Drive” Hearing Aids with FLEX TRIAL

“Test Drive” Hearing Aids with FLEX TRIAL

By Ann L. Rhoten, Au.D., CCC/A Would you buy a car without test driving it first?  Would you buy a house without seeing it first? If the answer is no, then why would you buy a hearing aid without taking it for a “test drive”? If you are like most people for whom hearing aids have been recommended, you are reluctant …

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Right at Home of the RiverCities Receives 2019 Best of Home Care® – Provider and Employer of Choice Awards

Right at Home of the RiverCities Receives 2019 Best of Home Care

By Cathy Queen, RN Right at Home of the Rivercities Right at Home of the RiverCities announced today that it has received both the 2019 Best of Home Care® – Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice Awards from Home Care Pulse. These awards are granted only to the top-ranking homecare providers, based on client and caregiver satisfaction scores gathered by …

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Should I See an Ophthalmologist for Eye Care?

When you go for vision checks, do you know who is taking care of your eye health? Many people don’t know the difference between the three types of eye care providers. Ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians all play an important role in providing eye care services to consumers. However, each group has different levels of training and expertise; you should be …

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The 3 Facts You Should Know about Spring Cleaning (#3 is the best one!)

The 3 Facts You Should Know about Spring Cleaning (#3 is the best one!)

All across the Internet, people poke fun one of the most fundamental rites of the season: Spring Cleaning. From true to ridiculous, the jokes all acknowledge two basic facts: Fact #1: Spring Cleaning is necessary. Back in the day, when homes were heated with wood and coal, when roads were gravel, or mud, and surviving winter was a lot harder …

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What are your kids doing this summer?

What are your kids doing this summer

With spring just sprung, it may be hard to believe, but it’s nearly time to make arrangements for your child’s summer! Make no mistake – what kids do in the summer matters! Some research indicates that kids lose a full month or more of achievement over the lazy, hazy days of summer. Researchers also found that achievement loss was greater …

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Start Now to Get Your Feet Ready for Summer Vacation! 

Start Now to Get Your Feet Ready for Summer Vacation!

By Brian K. Bailey, D.P.M., Body-Mind-Spirit Podiatric Care If your daydreams have recently turned to thoughts of warm sun, sandy beaches and mouse-themed amusement parks, join the club. Spring might have just arrived, but summer vacation is just around the corner. For some, however, those dreams may be clouded by concerns about your ability to keep up with the kids and …

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Donate Life Month: Life is a Beautiful Ride

Donate Life Month- Life is a Beautiful Ride

For the 2019 National Donate Life Month theme, Donate Life America was inspired by bicycles and the phrase “Life is a beautiful ride.” Like the donation and transplantation journey, a bicycle serves as a symbol of progress, renewal and the moving circle of life. Bicycles come in all styles, shapes and sizes, but each is comprised of the same components, …

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Vaccines save lives: National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 27-May 4 is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. 2019 represents the 25th anniversary of NIIW. Since 1994, hundreds of communities across the U.S. have joined to celebrate the critical role vaccination plays in protecting our children, communities, and public health. Vaccines have drastically reduced infant death and disability caused by preventable diseases in the United States. Through immunization, infants and children are protected from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two: #14. Diphtheria – Can cause a thick covering in the back of the nose or throat that makes it hard to breathe or swallow. Can lead to heart failure, paralysis and even death. #13. Chickenpox – A disease that causes an itchy rash of blisters and a fever. A person with chickenpox may have a lot of blisters – as many as 500 all over their body. This disease can be serious and even life-threatening, especially in babies, adults and people with weakened immune systems. Even healthy children can get really sick. #12. Mumps – Best known for causing puffy cheeks and a swollen jaw caused by swelling of the salivary glands. Other symptoms include fever, head and muscle aches, and tiredness. It’s contagious and there is no treatment. #11. Rotavirus – A contagious disease that can cause severe watery diarrhea, often with vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain, mostly in infants and young children. Children can become severely dehydrated and need to be hospitalized. #10. Pneumococcal Disease – caused by a bacterium, it causes ear infections, sinus infections, pneumonia and even meningitis, making it very dangerous for children. The virus can invade parts of the body, like the brain and spinal cord, that are normally free from germs. #9. Whooping Cough (pertussis) – A highly contagious disease that can be deadly for babies. It can cause uncontrollable, violent coughing, which often makes it hard to breathe. #8. Measles – A child can get measles simply by being in a room where a person with measles has been, even two hours later! Measles is very contagious and can be serious, especially for young children. #7. Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) – Can do serious damage to children’s immune systems, cause brain damage, hearing loss and even death. Mostly affects kids under 5. #6. Rubella – Spread by coughing and sneezing, it’s especially dangerous for pregnant women and unborn children. Can cause a miscarriage, birth defects or fetal demise. #5. Hepatitis A – The vaccine was first developed in 1995 and has cut incidence tremendously. A contagious liver disease spread by person-to-person contact or through contaminated food and water. #4. Hepatitis B – Spread through blood and bodily fluids, it’s especially dangerous for babies since it can spread from an infected mother to baby during birth. #3. Influenza – A respiratory virus that infects the nose, throat and lungs. Can affect different people differently, based on their immune system, age and health. Flu can be dangerous for children of all ages. #2. Tetanus – Can cause painful muscle stiffness and lockjaw and can be fatal. #1. Polio – A crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease spread by a virus. It spreads person to person and can invade the brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis. Talk to your child’s doctor about the vaccinations that your child needs to grow, thrive and live a healthy, safe and happy life!

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 27-May 4 is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. 2019 represents the 25th anniversary of NIIW. Since 1994, hundreds of communities across the U.S. have joined to celebrate the critical role vaccination …

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