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Fast facts about whooping cough

Written by Community Health Network on 3/3/2015 2:00:00 PM

Whooping coughPertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. While most severe in infants, the illness is common among children ages five to 18.

The bacteria that causes the illness spreads from person to person through tiny drops of fluid from the nose or mouth. These may become airborne when an infected person sneezes or coughs. 

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"Pertussis is a bacterial illness that initially presents itself like a cold, with a fever, cough and runny nose," said Dr. Shannon Tighe, pediatrician at Community Physician Network. continue reading ...


7 ways to prevent colon cancer

Written by Cancer Care Team on 3/2/2015 7:00:00 AM

Cancer and nutrition experts say that more than 50 percent of colorectal cancers are preventable by combining a diet that includes fiber with daily physical activity and weight management. Try these easy diet and nutrition tips to protect yourself against colon cancer.

Eat fiber to help prevent colon cancerEat more fiber.
Just 10 grams of fiber a day can reduce your risk for colorectal cancer by 10 percent. You'll find fiber in whole grain breads, cereals, oatmeal and beans. continue reading ...

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10 warning signs of Alzheimer's

Written by Community Health Network on 2/26/2015 11:00:00 AM

Alzheimer's is a brain disease that causes a decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. It is the most common form of dementia, affecting over five million people in the United States. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. continue reading ...


How to protect your child from RSV

Written by Dr. Megan Gruesser on 2/18/2015 6:00:00 AM

Dr. Megan Gruesser is a pediatrician at Community Physician Network.

As influenza activity slows the door opens for other viruses like RSV.

RSV What is RSV?
Respiratory Syncytial Virus is a virus that causes upper respiratory infections (a.k.a the common cold) in older children and adults. However, in children under two years of age RSV can cause lower respiratory infections like bronchiolitis and pneumonia.continue reading ...


Guidelines for healthy sodium intake

Written by Wellspring Pharmacy on 2/15/2015 10:30:00 AM

Reviewed by Kathleen Haynes, PharmD at Wellspring Pharmacy.

Limit sodium intake to 2,300 mg per daySalt (a.k.a sodium) is an important part of a well-balanced diet, and is essential in small amounts. 

Sodium helps your body function properly by helping maintain the correct balance of fluids in your body, assisting in transmitting nerve impulses, and influencing the contraction and relaxation of muscles. But too much sodium in a diet can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. continue reading ...


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