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Daylight savings and your health

Written by Community Health Network on 10/31/2015 8:00:00 AM

By Anne Batson, NP, sleep specialist nurse with Community Physician Network

Health effects of daylight savings time

This Halloween weekend, we will “fall back” by adjusting our clocks as Daylight Saving Time ends and we return to standard time. While many people welcome the additional hour, some struggle for weeks if their bodies are slower to adjust. The time change can disrupt sleep and wreak havoc on mental health. The turning back of the clock causes many people to stay up later after the time change, but they are not sleeping any later in the morning. The result is a mild sleep deprivation state. continue reading ...

Treats not tricks: Halloween safety

Written by Dr. Megan Gruesser on 10/12/2015 8:00:00 AM

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

Halloween safety tipsHalloween is almost here! Time to find a costume and carve your pumpkins! Can you hear the squeals of excitement coming from kids of all ages? What the about moans and groans coming from pediatricians? Why, you ask? continue reading ...

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

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