To Your Health

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Artist Flash Rosenberg once commented, “I believe humans get a lot done, not because we're smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.”

There is still a lot of debate over the positives and negatives of coffee and other sources of caffeine, but research is showing that in moderation, caffeine consumption can be a good thing.

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Hospitals are where we go when we are in need of treatment and healing. But that healing touch comes with a chance of spreading a potentially fatal infection: c. diff colitis.

This is clean hands week and a good time to talk about c.diff, a dangerous bacterial infection of the colon that can be easily transmitted, especially in hospital settings.

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What if when we talked about kids going “back to school” we considered their actual backs and their spinal health?

September 20 is Backpack Awareness Day.

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Alex Haley once said, “Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.”

Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 10. While there may be plenty of hand drawn cards and special presents given to them on this day, grandparents can be provided gifts in the form of health benefits all year long through regular interaction with their grandchildren.

Shingles

Aug 30, 2017
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Many of our listeners came of age before there was a chickenpox vaccine. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that studies show that more than 99% of Americans aged 40 and older have had chickenpox, even if they don't remember getting the disease. But once we got done with the fever, blisters, scabs and a week off from school, the varicella virus wasn’t done with us.

I had chicken pox in second grade. The shingles vaccine lies in my future.

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