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  • Children and medication safety: Part I Published 6/22/2011 at 4:03 p.m. 0 comments

    When it comes to medicine, children are not just “little adults.” Among children, potentially dangerous medication errors occur at three times the rate seen in adults, and outpatient errors in dosage are common because most medication doses should be based ...

  • Is your health at risk? Published 6/15/2011 at 3:10 p.m. 0 comments

    How is your health? You might answer this question with “good” if you are fortunate enough not to have any major health problems. However, you also might want to consider your weight before answering this question, since being overweight increases ...

  • What’s up with men’s sexual health supplements? Published 6/8/2011 at 4:45 p.m. 0 comments

    Many men do not have erectile dysfunction on an ongoing basis, so they do not feel a need to buy a prescription medication such as Cialis or Viagra. But, they may have other issues they would like to address. In ...

  • The emotional aspects of weight loss Published 5/25/2011 at 4:50 p.m. 0 comments

    Weight loss is about much more than dropping pounds. Just ask anyone who once was on a successful journey of losing weight, and then finding themselves fighting those pounds later on. Clearly, the nuts and bolts of weight loss are ...

  • Fueling your body for fitness Published 5/18/2011 at 2:08 p.m. 0 comments

    May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. What a great reminder that we all need to focus on moving more. The council recommends that all adults need at least 30 minutes of activity five days a week, and children ...

  • Ten years past the ‘decade of the brain’ Published 5/11/2011 at 2:42 p.m. 0 comments

    We are 10 years past the Decade of the Brain. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush proclaimed, “A new era of discovery is dawning in brain research.” The 1990s were an unprecedented, highly-focused research effort challenging the existing understanding of ...

  • Counting sheep not the only way to get some sleep Published 5/4/2011 at 2:49 p.m. 0 comments

    It's time to get your ZZZs -- especially during May's observance of Better Sleep Month. For some of you, there's no better way to do that than to get a better understanding of sleep apnea. Many of us take a ...

  • Behavior modification: The key to success Published 4/27/2011 at 3:10 p.m. 0 comments

    I have spent countless hours trying to make the perfect workout program for numerous clients and friends over the years. These were programs that outline what and when to eat, how many times to work out and exact exercises to ...

  • Therapy can help those with Sensory Integration Disorder Published 4/20/2011 at 2:59 p.m. 0 comments

    Occupational therapy (OT) is a type of therapy that many people do not know a lot about, especially occupational therapy for children. If you have a loved one that has had a stroke, brain injury or broken hand, you may ...

  • Five tips for healthy vacation travel Published 4/14/2011 at 10:21 a.m. 0 comments

    As summer vacation time approaches, many of us will be heading to the airport to embark on a relaxing trip in an exotic location. While traveling by air does allow more time to spend at your destination, it can take ...

  • National Healthcare Decisions Day: Make plans before a crisis happens Published 4/7/2011 at 9:46 a.m. 0 comments

    National Healthcare Decisions Day, which is on Saturday, April 16, is a day of education and reflection regarding advance directives. Beginning in Virginia in 2006, the goal of the day is that all competent adults will know what an advance ...

  • Facts about the most common eye cancer Published 3/30/2011 at 1:07 p.m. 0 comments

    There are many serious diseases that can affect the eyes. Ocular melanoma, also called uveal melanoma, is one of the more serious cancers that can occur in the eye. It is the most common eye cancer and the second most ...

  • Colorful plate, healthier you (Eat right with color part II) Published 3/23/2011 at 1:34 p.m. 0 comments

    You may not consider yourself an artist, but you could be when it comes to preparing your meals. Adding colorful fruits and vegetables to your meals is an easy way to increase the nutritional quality of your diet. We’ve all ...

  • What color is your food? (Eat right with color Part I) Published 3/16/2011 at 1:57 p.m. 0 comments

    Most of us have been told at one point in time to eat our greens. But research now shows that eating blue, red, yellow, orange and purple foods also is important for your health. Consuming a diet heavy in a ...

  • Patients can protect themselves from medical errors Published 3/9/2011 at 2:33 p.m. 0 comments

    In the past few years, there has been considerable publicity concerning medical errors. State and federal regulators, accrediting agencies and health care providers, including Blount Memorial Hospital, have studied data and standardized and instituted new processes to eliminate errors. All ...

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