Well Being

Thu
08
Aug

Cataracts: a sign of long life but decreased sight


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Almost everyone who lives a long life will develop cataracts at some point. August is Cataract Awareness Month, and the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology is encouraging seniors and their caregivers to understand cataract risks, symptoms, and prevention tips, as well as how to decide when it is time for cataract surgery so good vision can be restored.

Thu
08
Aug

Prevent illness with vaccines

No one likes getting shots. It especially can be uncomfortable for small children and their parents who bring them to the doctor – at least for a few minutes.  But getting a child properly immunized is one of the most important decisions a parent can make for the safety and welfare of his or her child.
Vaccinations are essential to decreasing the risks of serious diseases and infections. They not only help keep children safer and healthier, but they also help stop the spread of deadly, preventable diseases.

Thu
18
Jul

Talk to teens about driving — it may be a lifesaver

The ultimate goal when our kids start driving is to ensure their safety and the safety of others. That starts with establishing expectations. The good news is that by setting boundaries, we are making the roads safer for everyone.
Summer is the deadliest time of year for teenage motor vehicle accidents. If they haven’t yet, parents and their teen drivers should discuss safe driving habits such as always wearing a seatbelt, no texting while driving, and never driving while intoxicated.
Research shows teens whose parents set rules are half as likely to get in an accident, according to the the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Reducing accidents not only saves lives but also saves money through reduced insurance costs.

Mon
15
Jul

What to know if your child’s hurt

As summer heats up, millions of kids are outside enjoying warm weather and their time off from school. When kids are more active, though, they can be more vulnerable to potential injury. The nation’s emergency physicians are ready to handle any childhood emergency.
Of the 130 million visits to emergency rooms in 2010, almost 25 percent were made by children under the age of 18 and more of those emergency visits occur in the summer compared with the rest of the year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A trip to the emergency department for a sick or injured child doesn’t have to be a scary experience. It’s the responsibility of a parent or guardian to prepare for the visit ahead of time.

Mon
08
Jul

Keep eyes safe during fun in the sun

It‘s summertime, which means the days are longer and people are enjoying more time outdoors. But, along with risks to your skin, UV rays can be dangerous for your eyes. Studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and growths on the eye, including cancer.
UV radiation, whether from natural sunlight or indoor artificial rays, can damage the eye‘s surface tissues as well as the cornea and lens. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the dangers UV light can pose to their vision, and this can lead to potentially blinding eye diseases.

Tue
14
May

Dispelling migraine myths with just the facts

Although there are 29.5 million migraine sufferers in the US, many people who are not affected by this condition continue to believe commonly-held myths about migraine. According to the National Headache Foundation, here are the facts:

Wed
24
Apr

What kids can learn from a game

Regardless of what the scoreboard says, learning the basics of sportsmanship can help kids score big, whenever they compete.

Tue
16
Apr

Wake up to the benefits of breakfast

Ninety-three percent of Americans agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet less than half (44 percent) are eating breakfast every day. Here are a few ways breakfast helps to improve your day.

Fri
05
Apr

Dispelling migraine myths with just the facts, ma’am

Although there are 29.5 million migraine sufferers in the US, many people who are not affected by this condition continue to believe commonly-held myths about migraine. According to the National Headache Foundation, here are the facts:

Fri
05
Apr

Protect yourself from blood clots

Your blood is a miracle healer. When you cut yourself, almost instantly your blood forms a clot to stop the bleeding. As part of this natural healing process, the blood clot dissolves and is reabsorbed by the body.

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