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Pumkpin muffins

Written by Dietitian and Nutrition Team on 10/1/2015 5:00:00 PM

Get a healthy taste of fall with this recipe for pumpkin oat bran muffins.

1-1/2 cups oat bran
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice continue reading ...

The squeeze on blood pressure

Written by Heart and Vascular Team on 8/19/2015 6:00:00 AM

Blood pressure checkThere’s no better time than the present to take control of your heart health. A principal way to maintain a healthy heart is through blood pressure management. 

Blood pressure is measured by determining the force that your heart pumps blood through your body. The size and flexibility of your arteries also affects your blood pressure numbers.

The current standard for a healthy blood pressure is 120/80 mmHG (read as “120 over 80”). Systolic pressure (the top number) is the maximum pressure exerted when the heart contracts. continue reading ...

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 ...

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