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What to Do When Your Friend Has Cancer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 11, 2018 9:34:00 AM

The news devastates you, too.

When you learn that a friend has been diagnosed with cancer, you are not sure what to do. You may not know how to help, let alone what to say.

You may not realize it initially, but your role as a friend is very important. According to the American Cancer Society, studies have shown that cancer patients who have a strong support system tend to deal better with treatments and lead a more positive quality of life.

Your presence and your connection provide a sense of comfort during a period of emotional uncertainty and physical challenges. That is especially true long after the initial diagnosis, when well-meaning acquaintances offer to help but later go on with their lives. It’s those weeks after the start of treatment when your friend will need you the most.

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Topics: Cancer

6 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Did you know 8 out of 10 women who get breast cancer have no family history? Despite recent publicity about genetic testing and the breast cancer gene, your genetics aren’t a reliable predictor of whether you’ll develop the disease.

Cancer is a frustrating game of odds, but when it comes to breast cancer, lifestyle habits seem to some impact. With this in mind, here are 6 things you can do to minimize your risk.

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Topics: Cancer

Does My Teen Still Need Well-Child Visits?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM

The number of U.S. kids receiving well-child care has increased in the past 10 years. An estimate from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed that the rate of children age 10 to 17 who did not receive a well-child checkup in the past year dropped from 31 to 21 percent.

That’s great news. It means an increasing number of tweens and teens are getting preventive health care. Having good childhood care bodes well for lifelong health.

Wondering whether your teenager still needs well-child visits? Here are some compelling reasons why they do.

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Topics: Pediatrics

Cut Care: Protecting Cuts From Infection and Scarring

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Oh no! Your child got a scrape on the knee. What’s the best thing to do next? Flush it with hydrogen peroxide? Wrap it tightly? Slather it with butter?

Cuts and scrapes are subject to a lot of myths and bad advice. Some of these “old wives’ tales” - like putting butter on burns and scrapes - can actually introduce bacteria and do more harm than good.

Parents need the facts about proper wound care. Here’s a rundown on the best ways to handle the cuts and scrapes every child encounters.

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My Child Has a Big Bruise. Should We See a Doctor?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 10, 2018 10:00:00 PM

Most bruises aren’t a big deal. They’re the body’s natural reaction to an impact. Blood cells from deep within the skin collect near the surface, becoming visible as a red, purple, blue, or black discoloration. Some bruises even look yellow or green as they heal.

As a parent, it can be hard to know how your child has gotten every bump and bruise. When you discover a large bruise, your child may or may not be able to describe the cause depending on their age.

Here’s a closer look at bruises and when to head to the doctor’s office.

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Topics: Pediatrics

What are the Normal Side Effects of Vaccines?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 1, 2018 10:00:00 PM

Vaccines are an important part of preventive health care. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) maintains a helpful list of vaccines that are recommended for people at all stages of life, from birth to advanced age.

After receiving a vaccine, you or your child may experience mild side effects. Let’s take a closer look at which side effects are normal, and which should make you call your doctor.

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Topics: Pediatrics

5 Facts about Kids’ Fevers and When to Call a Doctor

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 26, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Almost every parent has felt the panic that accompanies a rising fever. As your child’s temperature creeps up, it’s hard to know whether to call a doctor. Is it just a little cold? Is it a sign of something more serious?

Here are five facts about fevers that will help you make a judgment call about seeking further care. Of course, it never hurts to go ahead and call the doctor for advice!

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Topics: Pediatrics

Understanding Pinkeye: Common Questions From Parents

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 20, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Pinkeye can be highly contagious. If your child or someone in your family has pinkeye, consult a family doctor or ophthalmologist. It’s important to determine exactly what’s going on, and what steps you should take to manage it.

Here are some common questions parents have about pinkeye in children.

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Topics: Pediatrics

‘Tis the Season for Stomach Bugs

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 6, 2017 12:58:31 PM

Did you know “stomach flu” isn’t flu at all? Gastroenteritis, which affects the stomach and intestines, is not related to influenza, a virus of the respiratory system.

It goes by many names. Whether you call it the stomach flu, an upset stomach, a stomach bug, or the winter vomiting flu, it has symptoms we all recognize: abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, and a low-grade fever. When these symptoms arise, they can last between 12 hours and 10 days. It can feel like an eternity for a sick child - and their parents!

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Topics: Pediatrics

Preventing 5 Common Childhood Health Issues

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is certainly true with many common childhood illnesses. Things as simple as handwashing and drinking fluids can go a long way toward prevention.

Here’s what you can do minimize the impact of five common childhood issues: urinary tract infections, earaches, sore throats, skin infections, and the common cold. Of course, always consult a doctor for recommendations specific to your child’s health situation.

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Topics: Pediatrics