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Why You Need Good Sunglasses (and How to Find Them)

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Your sunglasses are more than just an accessory. There’s good reason to invest in a quality pair of sunglasses. Prolonged ultraviolet (UV) ray exposure causes roughly 20% of cataracts, and it may lead to macular degeneration, a type of retinal damage and the No. 1 cause of blindness in the United States, according to the National …

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Time for Your Flu Shot!

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Summit Healthcare’s primary care providers want to make sure residents of the White Mountain Community are ready for the 2018–2019 flu season. “GETTING IMMUNIZED CAN help protect you from the flu, but it does more than that,” says William Thomack, Director of Occupational Health at Summit Healthcare. “This vaccine safeguards your coworkers, family, and friends …

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Which Sports Cause the Most Visits to the Emergency Room?

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Some parents are more cautious than others when it comes to healthy eating and trying new things, but that’s not us. Generally, we’re pretty much on board when it comes to letting kids try new activities, whether it’s art, music, or sports. Many children’s activities have many great benefits. Art and music encourage our kids …

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Do You Have a Cold, the Flu, or Something More?

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IF YOU’RE FEELING under the weather, you may be tempted to write it off as just a cold or the flu. But flu-like symptoms can also signal serious health problems, such as a heart attack. Sometimes the familiar warning signs of a cold or the flu—chills, dizziness, loss of appetite, and muscle aches—may indicate critical …

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How to Keep Your Kids Healthy in Winter

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Cold weather means flu season and kids spending more time indoors. Learn how to keep your children healthier through flu vaccination and more exercise. THE VALUE OF VACCINATION The flu runs rampant during the fall and winter months, causing a wide variety of symptoms, including cough, fever, headache, and sore throat. In severe circumstances, the …

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5 Steps to Stop SIDS

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The leading cause of death among babies 1 month to 1 year old is sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as crib death. WHILE IT IS not known exactly what causes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), following these steps can reduce the risk. 1. Back is best. When it comes to sleep, the safest position …

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Staying Hydrated In The Summer Months

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FEELING TIRED OR hungry? You might simply be thirsty. Our bodies need water to maintain the right temperature, circulate blood, remove waste, and lubricate our joints. We need a lot of water each day because we’re constantly losing precious body moisture—through breathing, urination, and sweating. HYDRATION INDICATORS Staying hydrated is always important, but during hot summer …

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Healthy Bones and Your Young Athlete

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GIVING CHILDREN THE space to recover after sports play goes a long way toward protecting their maturing bodies from overuse injuries. Children’s bones are still growing. That means growth plates—the areas of long bones where growth occurs—can complicate injuries that might occur playing sports that involve repetitive arm or leg use, says Jeffrey Reagan, M.D., orthopedic …

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