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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lifestyle Choices May Help Glaucoma Patients Preserve Eyesight

Lifestyle Choices May Help Glaucoma Patients Preserve Eyesight

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of vision loss, affecting about 3 million people in the United States. Because there are no symptoms early on, about half of people with the disease don’t know they have it. Once vision is lost to glaucoma, it can’t be regained. Early detection and treatment, and some lifestyle choices can help protect your sight. …

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In Home Non-medical Care for Dementia Patients

Dementia is a condition characterized by a group of symptoms that often include memory loss, hallucinations, paranoia, agitation, personality changes, problems communicating, problems with motor skills and coordination, inappropriate behavior and an inability to reason. If your loved one has any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with their doctor as soon as possible to begin treatment. You may choose to …

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Here’s what’s happening Courtside at the Y

Here’s what’s happening Courtside at the Y

The Ashland Area YMCA is keeping it busy in February and March, with a racquetball tournament Feb. 16 & 17. It’s the 42nd year for the Racquetball Tournament, said Kevin Busick, Sports and Fitness Director at the Y, sponsored by Smokin’ J’s Rib and Brewhouse. The tournament typically draws 50 to 75 participants from throughout the tristate area. Funds raised …

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Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

Article Compliments of the American Heart Association Catch the signs early Don’t wait to get help if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. But most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Pay attention to your body and call 911 if you experience: • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort …

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At a loss for words?

Here are some quotes to inspire your  Valentine’s Day If you’re looking for a little inspiration – something that will carry your pen beyond “I love you, babe,” you’re in luck. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, some inspiring quotes to give your love wings. Happy Valentine’s Day! “Your flaws are perfect for the heart that’s meant to love you.” …

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Wholehearted

Wholehearted

By Jodi Thomas I love Valentine’s Day. Not just the flowers and the chocolate and all that good stuff, but I have always loved the idea of celebrating love . . . and on a trivial note, seeing all the pink and red hearts just makes me happy for some reason. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my own …

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ApexNetwork PT: Bringing the best in rehab to Mt. Sterling, Frenchburg & Stanton

ApexNetwork PT: Bringing the best in rehab to Mt. Sterling, Frenchburg & Stanton

ApexNetwork Physical Therapy wants to be the first name that comes to mind when you think of physical therapy services. If you live in Mt. Sterling, Frenchburg or Stanton, or soon Morehead, ApexNetwork is already an integral part of the healing community. ApexNetwork Physical Therapy specializes in bringing rehabilitation services to people in small or rural communities – places where access …

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Are Your Shoes Causing You Pain and Making You Fat?

Your Shoes Causing You Pain

By Dr. Brian K. Bailey, Podiatric Physician & Surgeon Foot pain can be a serious problem that can keep you tied to your recliner and TV. And it can cause you to give up on exercise. Are your feet making you fat? Ever wonder how much damage you are doing when you walk round in shoes that don’t fit proper …

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