Teens: Answers to Questions You May Not Want to Ask

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Health, Mental Health, Reviews | 0 comments

Did you know teens read nonfiction too? And, no, we don’t just mean Wikipedia or sources for research papers. A lot of questions come up during adolescence, and sometimes when you’re a teen, you want to find a reliable answer without having to consult another person (or swim in the sea of too many conflicting answers known as the Internet). This little video highlights some of the Teen Nonfiction Collection at HCLS. Joanne Sobieck-Lingg is glad to blog about her many, disparate interests (though expert in none, except maybe...

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Back to School: How to Prepare Your Child’s School for Food Allergies

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Eating Right, Health, Parenting, Safety | 0 comments

With school starting soon, you’re probably busy with back-to-school activities, like buying clothes and school supplies, but is preparing your child’s school for his/her food allergies on the to-do list? With a little organization, preparation and education, you can help keep your child safe from experiencing a food allergy reaction at school. We’ve created this list of tips to get you started. Make an appointment with the allergist. Discuss and update your child’s food allergy emergency plan for school, making sure the plan includes a photo...

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Color Me Calm

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Reviews | 0 comments

Sharpen those colored pencils, clear some space at your desk, and begin your creation meditation. The adult coloring craze is well underway and there are designs for everyone. Many of the bestselling books on Amazon are adult coloring books and an abundance of beautiful designs are available free on the web. Even Crayola now has a product line for adults. You may experience many added social and emotional benefits if you start coloring. Popular designs include mandalas, landscapes, plants, flowers, animals, and patterns. The mandala is a...

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Pregnancy Series, Part One: Planning and the Pre-pregnancy Exam

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Health | 0 comments

One of the first steps women, who are thinking of having a baby and want to make sure they have a healthy pregnancy, should take is to see a gynecology and obstetrics physician. The first visit to a gynecology and obstetrics physician doesn’t have to happen after becoming pregnant. Actually, it’s best to visit before becoming pregnant. Proper health before becoming pregnant is almost as important as maintaining a healthy pregnancy. That’s where the pre-pregnancy exam can help. Watch Francisco Rojas, M.D., gynecology and obstetrics physician...

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How Much Sunscreen Do I Really Need?

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Health, Parenting, Reviews | 1 comment

Summer is all about having fun in the sun. We’ve all made plans to enjoy the beach, lake, and/or pool. Many of my friends are planning to lay on the beach and even out their tans for that perfect summer-kissed glow (due to all the up-coming weddings they are attending). Seems like no big deal, right? Well, it’s NBD until you have few moles removed from your back and your doctor is telling you that a sunburn you got 10-15 years ago is probably what made those moles a problem today. Listen, skin cancer is the most common type of...

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A Geriatrician’s Role in Aging

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Health | 0 comments

For an older adult, an ache or pain can have far-reaching effects, bringing additional concerns that are specific to their age. For example, a new knee pain can bring worry about reduced mobility and loss of independence or worsening existing illnesses. If an older man has knee pain, he’s thinking about a lot more than just the pain. He’s thinking this might be the end of things as he knows them. He fears he’ll have to move, go into a nursing home or never see his dog again. That’s when a geriatrician can help. Geriatricians are medical...

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Building Self-Confidence

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Mental Health, Reviews | 0 comments

Summer is not half way done and many of us are involved in the back to school process. Educators, parents and students will all experience that half-excitement, half-dread, pit-of-the-stomach feeling that unfamiliar experiences and change generate. And of course, there is a picture book for that. Lots of them. Reminding us that we can do this. A little girl in a humongous blue-striped helmet chooses a bike, practices a lot, and (aided by a patient guy in a green tie) learns to ride. The gentle text offers pithy encouragement....

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Know When to go to the Emergency Room: An Easy Reference Guide

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Health | 0 comments

With so many medical care options these days, it’s confusing to know when you should go to the Emergency Room (ER) and when you should seek care at your physician’s office or urgent care center. When in doubt, trust your instincts. If you think you’re having a true medical emergency, always call 9-1-1. This easy reference guide takes some of the guess work out of deciding. Fever First: Try acetaminophen or ibuprofen to control your fever. If your fever doesn’t go down, call your primary care physician or visit an urgent care facility. Go to...

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Swimming in Your Neighborhood Pool

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Fitness, Reviews, Safety | 0 comments

I rejoice when the weather is warm enough to swim! Swimming is one of the most healthful ways to exercise, and is broadly enjoyed by people of all ages, from babies to the aged. People can get into the pool and enjoy themselves so much that they don’t even know how much beneficial aerobic (heart-pumping) exercise they’re getting. Aerobic exercise itself has important health benefits: it reduces harmful inflammation linked to many diseases; lowers stress; lowers blood pressure; strengthens muscles (including the heart), and can...

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Four Reasons Why You Should Have a Primary Care Physician

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Health | 0 comments

If you’re healthy and feeling good you’re probably wondering why you would need a primary care physician. According to William Saway, M.D., an internal medicine physician on staff at HCGH, “Even if you’re totally healthy, a primary care physician plays a very important role in keeping you healthy.” Several benefits for having a primary care physician include: Gaining a Medical Home “Your primary care physician’s office is your medical home—they know you and your medical history to treat you best when you are feeling sick,” says Dr. Saway....

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