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Healthy Lunches


It may be tempting to fill your child’s lunchbox with convenience foods such as chips and cookies. But a nutritious lunch filled with at least three food groups can give your child the brain power he or she needs to concentrate in class. “Bag lunches can ...
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Program Teaches Kids to “Think First”


Sixty-two percent of Missourians killed in car crashes in 2013 were not wearing their seat belts. Community leaders are working hard to change that statistic by educating children about the importance of making safe choices. ThinkFirst is a national injury prevention program for children and teens. ...
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Signs of Bladder Infection


Bladder infections are common problems, particularly among women. More than half of all women experience at least one bladder infection in their lifetime, and many will have recurrent infections. Signs of a bladder infection include: burning sensation while urinating the need to urinate frequently fever or chills cloudy or bloody ...
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Treat Chronic Ear Infections


Ear infections are common among young children, usually affecting those between 6 months and 2 years old. When a child frequently suffers from ear infections, or when the infections continue to occur as the child ages, it may be time to seek further treatment. “An ear ...
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First-Ever Event Focuses on Men’s Health


Men generally don’t advocate for their health as much as women. Some men completely avoid going to the doctor unless they are “really sick.” Unfortunately, men with this attitude can become blindsided by irreversible or incurable diseases that may have been prevented with a routine ...
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Prepare for EP Study


An electrophysiology (EP) study is performed by an electrophysiologist, who is a cardiologist specializing in heart rhythm disorders. This study can determine if there are any electrical problems with your heart. “During an EP study, we insert soft flexible catheters into a vein in the groin ...
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Treat Minor Burn Wounds


If you suffer a minor burn wound, you should first hold it under cool running water for about 10 to 15 minutes until the pain lessens and the wound is clean. Then, treat it with a triple antibiotic ointment or prescription antibiotic treatment and cover ...
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Exercise After Knee Replacement Surgery


The purpose of knee replacement surgery is to help you resume an active life. Of course, you will need to take some time to heal after the procedure — but the best way to stop hurting is to start moving. “If you were in significant pain ...
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Avoid Heatstroke


Whether at work or play, you should always keep a bottle of water close at hand during warm weather. Water will help your body sweat and maintain a normal temperature, which is important for avoiding heatstroke. “Heatstroke occurs when your body temperature reaches 104 degrees or ...
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Detect Birth Defects


Throughout your pregnancy, your doctor may order several tests to detect potential birth defects. “When we know there are problems, we might be able to take steps to prevent them from worsening,” says Grant D. McWilliams, DO, obstetrician and gynecologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. When ...
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