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Sun Safety: Tips for Healthy Summer Skin

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 31, 2021

Summer has arrived! With all the outdoor activities you will be doing in the coming weeks, it's important that you take care of your skin. Too much sun exposure can have damaging effects on the skin ranging from sunburns to cancer.

The ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the main source of damage to your skin. People who have more exposure to UV rays have a greater risk of developing cancer. That doesn't mean that you need to completely avoid the sun. Feel free to get outside and enjoy your summer, but take some precautions.

Here are some tips to keep your skin safe and protected this summer. 

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Topics: Cancer, Pediatrics

How to Keep Your Child Safer This Summer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 27, 2021

Summertime is fun time - and, unfortunately, injury time - for kids.

More than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger in the United States are injured in playground-related accidents during the summer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Emergency rooms and pediatricians most commonly see concussions, broken bones, cuts and burns from tumbles and other accidents while playing outside with friends or in youth sports programs.

Young people also get hurt from lawnmowers, barbecue grills and fall hazards.

Does that mean you need to keep them safe by enfolding them in bubble wrap confining them to their rooms? Of course not. Children need to run and play to keep their bodies and minds healthy.

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Topics: Safety, Pediatrics

Planning a Heart Healthy Diet for Your Family

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 2, 2021

The food you eat is just as important as regular exercise. Eating a heart healthy diet can significantly reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke and many other health problems.

By understanding which foods are the healthiest for your heart, you can take steps toward a healthy lifestyle and greater quality of life.

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Topics: Nutrition, Weight Loss

6 Easy Ways to Improve Your Heart’s Health During Pandemic

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 1, 2021

It’s February, and if you already feel a little guilty about the New Year’s Resolutions you’ve let slip, you are not alone. Fortunately, a resolution to boost your heart’s health can be easier to keep than you think!

Even with COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on gyms and exercise class gatherings, we want to share six easy actions any of us can take to improve the health of our hearts.

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Topics: Cardiac Care

What You Need to Know About Children and COVID-19

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 2, 2021

We have been worried about impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our older population. A significant percentage of people who have become seriously ill or died are seniors with other health issues.

There is growing concern, though, about children – and the long-term effects of contracting the virus, even when the symptoms are mild. Research shows that while rare, children can become very sick with COVID-19, and even die.

Also, children without symptoms might be carriers of the virus – easily spreading it to their parents, grandparents and other adult family members.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, about 11 percent of patients with COVID-19 are children. Children make up 1 to 3.6 percent of total reported COVID-19, hospitalizations, and between 0.6 and 6.9 percent of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in hospitalization. Here is some information you need to know as a parent:

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Topics: Pediatrics, COVID-19

What To Do If a Family Member Has COVID-19

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 30, 2020

As the percentage of Hoosiers testing positive for the coronavirus continues to exceed double-digits, chances are higher someone in your home may become infected.

The symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild to severe, and many people testing positive ride out the illness at home. That means family members and others in the household need to provide care while protecting themselves from the highly contagious pandemic virus.

If others in your home contract the coronavirus, here are ways to help them as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana State Board of Health:

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Topics: COVID-19

How to Cope With Loss During the Holidays

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 28, 2020

Holidays just aren’t the same when you have lost a loved one.

Though coping with the emptiness is challenging every day, the grief can be perplexing and overwhelming during this time of year.

One minute, you are fine and seem to have hope. The next, a yuletide song on the television leaves you heartbroken.

We also are feeling a sense of loss during the Covid-19 pandemic. Chances are you know someone who has been ill or passed away from the virus. At the very least, you are grieving the loss of a normal life - like not seeing family and friends while you are staying home.

Grief during the holidays is especially profound in a year of loss. However, it can also linger for years. That’s because holidays mark the passage of time in our lives, according to Grief.com. “They are part of the milestones we share with each other and they generally represent time spent with family. They bring meaning to certain days and we bring much meaning back to them.”

So how do you cope? Is there a way you can have an enjoyable holiday following the death of a spouse, partner, family member or friend?

Here is some advice that might help:

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Topics: Mental Health

What We Know About Smoking and Covid-19

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 19, 2020

Maybe you are taking all precautions possible to prevent the infection of Covid-19. Maybe you are wearing a mask while in the public, staying socially distant from others and washing your hands often.

But if you are a smoker, have you considered stopping to reduce the risk of getting or having complications from the coronavirus?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.

We don’t know exactly, yet, the correlation between smoking and COVID-19. But this is certain at this time, according to Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC:

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Topics: COVID-19

What You Should Do to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 17, 2020

The Coronavirus COVID-19 infection continues to rapidly spread locally, nationally and internationally. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Indiana State Department of  Health are working 24/7 to deal with the pandemic, while also educating the public about the disruptions to our daily lives.

We should continue to treat this matter seriously as we see the infection grow in our communities.

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The Whys and Hows of Wearing a Mask During the Pandemic

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 15, 2020

While the benefits of wearing a mask during the Covid-19 outbreak has been politically controversial, the science is clear.

The mask, when worn by everyone while in the public, is an important tool in the fight against this pandemic.

There were many unknowns in the initial wave of this health crisis. Researchers were uncertain whether a mask protected people from the airborne drops containing the coronavirus.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initially said wearing masks was essential in preventing people who were infected with coronavirus — whether they know it or not — from spreading it to others.

New research touted by the CDC now indicates the wearer gets some protection, too. We know now that wearing one in the public helps protect everyone.

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Topics: COVID-19