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Preventing 5 Common Childhood Health Issues

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 29, 2018 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

Understanding Pinkeye: Common Questions From Parents

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 29, 2018 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

Primary Care Physicians are Specialists, Too

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 27, 2018 11:13:00 AM

When you have a specific disease or condition, specialists provide hyper-focused care in areas such as endocrinology, cardiovascular surgery or gastroenterology.

However, primary care physicians are - in a way - specialists, too. They treat the overall well-being of their patients. Like their specialist colleagues, primary care physicians go through equally rigorous education on all facets of medicine. Their "specialty" is serving as the first line of defense (and prevention) in the health care process.

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Topics: Primary Care

When Should I Get a Second Opinion?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 24, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Questioning the diagnosis of your doctor can be an uncomfortable situation. Many people fear they will hurt their doctors feelings or that they may receive worse care because they will be seen as "too picky."

Why Would I Seek a Second Opinion?

A second opinion could be sought for any situation, but usually a second opinion is sought when a patient is looking for different treatment options.

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Topics: Wellness, Health Care

Why You Should Not Ignore Spider Veins

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jul 20, 2018 6:09:25 PM

One-third of the U.S. population has varicose veins of some kind, including spider veins - thin, wispy veins that are usually most visible across the legs and feet. And if your parents have them, you have a 90% chance of developing them too.

If you spot spider veins on your body, it’s important to take action and notify a doctor. Although spider veins are often purely cosmetic, they can be a symptom of something much deeper.

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Topics: Vein Disease

What Role Do Genetics Play in Vein Disease?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jul 20, 2018 5:52:18 PM

Do you have varicose veins? If so, you should know that 50% of varicose vein patients have a family history of developing them, and you have a 90% chance of developing them if both of your parents have them.

This is an example of the strong link between genetics and vein health. Sorry to break the bad news, but genetics play a big part in your likelihood of having vein disease. However, having a family history doesn’t mean you’re facing a lost cause.

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Topics: Vein Disease

How to Avoid Vein Disease When You Stand All Day

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jul 17, 2018 5:45:07 AM

All jobs have an impact on our bodies. Even the most sedentary jobs leave us feeling at least a little bit tired at the end of the day, but jobs where you are on your feet most of the day seem to take an additional toll on your body.

By the end of a long day of standing, you probably feel aches and pains from your feet all the way up your spine, and you know the sense of relief of sitting down and kicking back at the end of the day.

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Topics: Vein Disease

Dietary Supplements Known to Help With Vein Disease

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jul 9, 2018 11:20:25 AM

Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans over age 45 has some type of vein disease? Many people don’t even realize they have it or don’t realize the seriousness of its early symptoms.

Vein disease, also known as venous disease, often goes even deeper than what we see on the surface; it doesn’t stop with symptoms like skin changes, ulcers, spider veins, and varicose veins. Venous diseases deal with blood flow inefficiencies and are life-threatening.

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Topics: Vein Disease

How Alcohol Can Affect Your Varicose Veins

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jul 1, 2018 3:24:47 PM

It’s fairly common knowledge that smoking, poor diet, and inactivity can lead to the development of varicose veins. However, many people don’t know that alcohol use can also have major effects on existing varicose veins as well.

Drinking, especially excessive drinking, affects every major organ in the body, and the circulatory system is no exception to this, particularly when the circulatory system has already been compromised by a vein disease.

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Topics: Vein Disease

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis, and What Are the Treatments?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jun 21, 2018 2:02:13 PM

Vein diseases of any kind can be very scary. After all, the circulatory system runs constantly and requires unhindered operation to run smoothly! Deep vein thrombosis may be the most serious type of vein disease; it can significantly disrupt the basic functions of the circulatory system, sometimes resulting in a life-threatening pulmonary embolism and even death.

Since it is so serious, it’s understandable to have lots of questions about deep vein thrombosis, also known as DVT. Here’s what you need to know about DVT and how it should be treated.

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Topics: Vein Disease