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Let's talk about lice

Written by Community Health Network on 7/20/2015 6:00:00 AM

Lice removal The common cold and the flu are easily spread between school children, but parents often forget about another “bug” that spreads through close personal contact: lice.

Head lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp. They are about the size of a sesame seed and typically grayish-white in color. They attach themselves to the skin on the scalp and lay eggs (a.k.a. nits) in the hair.

Lice can live on the scalp for up to 30 days and their eggs can live up to two weeks.continue reading ...

Tags: lice , nits | Posted in: Children's Health , Family Health , Wellness

Heat stroke vs. heat exhaustion

Written by Wellspring Pharmacy on 7/6/2015 6:00:00 AM

Heat exhaustion is common in the hot summer monthsThe summer can bring scorching heat that increases your risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. But what’s the difference between these two heat-related illnesses? 

Heat exhaustion

"Heat exhaustion is a form of heat related illness that develops after a period of exposure to high temperatures, and inadequate fluid intake," said Courtney Nichols, PharmD at Wellspring Pharmacy. continue reading ...


Safely celebrate the Fourth of July

Written by Community Health Network on 6/26/2015 5:00:00 PM

Use caution when lighting off fireworks

The Fourth of July is a time for BBQ's, parades and fireworks. Fireworks can be a fun and memorable way to celebrate special events, but it's important to keep safety top-of-mind.

"The use of fireworks can be dangerous," said Dr. Richard Hon, medical director for MedCheck and occupational health programs at Community Health Network. "It is critical to follow all safety guidelines and carefully supervise children."

The National Safety Council suggests these precautions while using fireworks: continue reading ...


Health challenge how-to

Written by Community Health Network on 6/17/2015 6:00:00 AM

Group walkingThe idea of eating a healthy diet and committing to an exercise plan can seem daunting for some. However, having a support system of other people can help you stay the course and accomplish your goals. 

Tracy Knox, a school-based nurse at Community Health Network, has taken a group-oriented approach to weight loss and implemented a health challenge at her workplace. Knox split coworkers into teams and challenged them to eat well and exercise. The team that collectively lost the most weight received a reward for the efforts. continue reading ...


Tick safety

Written by Community Health Network on 6/10/2015 6:00:00 AM

TickSummer is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors. It’s also the height of tick season. Whether you’re spending a week at camp or taking an afternoon hike, you may come across ticks, especially in deep wooded areas.

There are two main types of ticks: Deer ticks and dog ticks. Deer ticks are brown and about the size of a pencil point - they carry Lyme disease. Dog ticks are about the size of a pencil eraser and do not transmit Lyme disease.

Here is what you need to know about tick prevention: continue reading ...


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