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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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What you should know about ankle sprains

What you should know about ankle sprains

By Ron Handshoe, MSPT ApexNetwork Physical Therapy With spring sports gearing up, it seems like a good time to discuss ankle sprains and what steps to make the healing process easier and faster. There are more than 3 million cases of ankle sprain reported each year in the U.S. A sprain occurs when the ligaments that stabilize a joint (in this …

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Misphonia: Small sounds causing big problems

Misphonia- Small sounds causing big problems

By Ann L. Rhoten, Au.D., CCC/A The term misophonia, which means hatred of sound, was coined by Drs. Margaret and Pawel Jastreboff. The condition can make every-day sounds, which go unnoticed by most people, unbearable. Trigger sounds are typically soft noises related to the body that cause the sufferer to react. Most of us have certain sounds that annoy us, …

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Declutter Your Heart

Declutter Your Heart

By Alex Anderson, Senior Associate Pastor at Bayside Community Church I’m not a packrat (I’m in denial) but I do tend to pile stuff in my study at home. After a few weeks have gone by I start feeling sluggish when I sit down to write. I look around the room and begin to feel overwhelmed. I once blamed the …

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To defeat sciatica, treat the cause, not just the symptom

To defeat sciatica, treat the cause, not just the symptom

By Dr. Pete Stucchi ApexNetwork Physical Therapy Do you sometimes or often have pain or numbness that travels from the low back, through the buttock and into the leg? If so, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that as many as 40 percent of Americans will experience sciatica in their lifetimes. Although sciatica is most common in people age 30 to …

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Five Ways Hospice Can Help

Five Ways Hospice Can Help

The vast majority of Americans say what they want at the end of life is to die in their own homes, as comfortable and pain-free as possible. The hospice philosophy is about making sure that a patient’s end-of-life experience reflects their wishes. Here are five ways that Community Hospice helps to deliver this: Hospice gives you comfort. Hospices are experts at …

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Today’s Podiatrist: The Times They are a Changin’

Today’s Podiatrist: The Times They are a Changin’

By Dr. Brian K. Bailey, Podiatric Physician & Surgeon A podiatrist is a physician who specializes in medicine and surgery of the foot and ankle.  It is a specialty that is often misunderstood as to what exactly is their scope of practice, what they are capable of as far as the amount of education and training is required, and their abilities …

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The consequences of hearing loss are often underestimated

The consequences of hearing loss are often underestimated

By Ann L. Rhoten, Au.D., CCC/A Baby Boomers – those born between 1946 and 1964 – have had a profound and lasting impact on American society, changing every facet of life as they moved from childhood through adolescence, from adulthood to middle age and now, into their senior years. The aging trend will continue, and not just because of Baby …

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Preventing and Managing Type 2 Diabetes

Preventing and Managing Type 2 Diabetes

By Cathy Queen, RN Right at Home of the Rivercities The American Diabetes Association reports that nine out of 10 Americans at highest risk for type 2 diabetes, commonly called adult-onset diabetes, do not know about their health risk. On March 26, American Diabetes Association Alert Day® invites adults and youth to take the free, anonymous Type 2 Diabetes Risk …

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