Stroke: What You Need to Know

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Health | 0 comments

You’ve most likely heard the term “stroke” and may even know people who suffered from a stroke, but how much do you really know about stroke? Do you know risk factors, warning signs and what to do in the event of a stroke? Saturday, Oct. 29 is World Stroke Day, and to help you learn about stroke, we’ve included the basics to help you take preventive measures, and understand what to do if you or someone you know is experiencing a stroke. About Stroke Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted, either by a blood clot that blocks...

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The Kids’ Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Parenting, Reviews | 0 comments

A wonderful resource for children, caregivers, teachers, and practitioners, The Kids’ Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control: Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate their Emotions and Senses is remarkable and even life-changing. Author Lauren Brukner knows how to keep things real and simple and sincere and children and emotions are two topics that go together and need to be talked about more, especially in the frank and charming way that Brukner does. Though it is specifically designed for children (and it is children who need it the...

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Flu Shot Tips for Comforting Children

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Health, Parenting | 0 comments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children. Children younger than 5 years old typically need medical care, and severe cases are more common in children younger than 2 years old. Children with chronic health problems like asthma, diabetes and brain and nervous system disorders are especially at high risk of developing serious complications from the flu. The CDC recommends flu vaccinations for children as being the single best way to protect them from the flu....

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Fitness Programs Designed For You, By You

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Fitness | 0 comments

Editor’s Note: Please consult your physician before starting an exercise program. Do you feel like you’ve spent quite a bit of time over the years “restarting” your fitness program? Are you discouraged with a lack of results? Have you repeatedly told yourself you will work out more, only to continue with the same habits? This article will require a little doing on your part but, in the end, you will design a program that fits your schedule, gives you options, and builds opportunities for a lifetime of health. The biggest struggles...

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Managing Arthritis Pain in Your Back

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Health | 0 comments

Many forms of arthritis that affect the joints, muscles and/or bones can cause problems like pain, stiffness and swelling in the back. While any part of the back can be affected, the lower back is the most common site of arthritis back pain. To help you better understand back pain caused by arthritis, we sat down with Steven Levin, M.D., a Johns Hopkins Pain Management specialist on staff at HCGH, for a Q&A session. Q: What is spinal arthritis? Spinal arthritis is the breakdown of cartilage in the facet joints—the joints that connect the...

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A Parent’s Guide to the Flu Vaccine

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Health, Parenting, Safety | 0 comments

The flu vaccine is the first and best way to prevent getting the flu, which causes approximately 250,000 illnesses and 36,000 deaths each year. We contacted Maura J. Rossman, M.D., health officer at the Howard County Health Department, to provide you with the latest changes in vaccine options and tips for making your child comfortable when getting a flu shot. Read what she shared with us. The Nasal Spray and Shot  Recent studies found from 2013 until 2016 the nasal spray showed “poor or relatively lower effectiveness” at only three percent,...

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Living with Bipolar Disorder II

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Mental Health, Reviews, Safety | 0 comments

Several weeks ago I was hospitalized for severe depression. I’d been dealing with a stressful project at work, my father’s terminal illness, and just getting over a painful breakup. For weeks it felt like I was drowning in my own head. I constantly felt exhausted. Simple tasks, like showering and getting something to eat, felt like climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro without oxygen. Crying for no reason became the new norm. I went through my normal routine, numb and almost robot-like and could not find it within me to feel any pleasure in what I...

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Pregnancy Series, Part Two: What to Expect in the Early Stage of Pregnancy

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Health | 0 comments

After learning you’re pregnant you’ll likely find yourself feeling excited and joyful while at the same time feeling overwhelmed with learning how to have a healthy pregnancy and the changes that are occurring in your body. Watch Francisco Rojas, M.D., gynecology and obstetrics physician at Howard County General Hospital, briefly describe what you can expect during pregnancy including doctor visits, ultrasounds and health screenings. Changes to Your Body During pregnancy, your body experiences many changes that help nourish and protect your...

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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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