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Which test is best for COVID-19?

August 10, 2020 5 min read

So much about testing for COVID-19 is confusing--from the types and number of tests available to woefully incomplete information about testing and the changing options. Understanding the current choices can help you make an informed decision about how to proceed if you want to be tested.

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Be vigilant about bug spray

August 07, 2020 4 min read

It’s likely people are trying to spend more time outside this summer, whether to avoid indoor situations where COVID-19 may spread or just for enjoyment. But the threat from illnesses spread by ticks and mosquitoes hasn’t changed, so knowing basic information about insect repellent, and using it the right way, will help people protect themselves.

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Children, teens, and the safety of psychotropic medicines

August 06, 2020 4 min read

While many children and teens are prescribed psychotropic medicines to treat conditions like depression or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a comprehensive look at safety data has been lacking. A recent review of multiple studies synthesizes evidence on the side effect profiles of many widely used medicines.

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Rising temperatures: How to avoid heat-related illnesses and deaths

August 05, 2020 5 min read

Hotter summer temperatures and prolonged periods of intense heat can lead to heat-related illness — and even deaths –– particularly in areas known as urban heat islands. People who are elderly and those with existing health problems are especially vulnerable. Know what to do to protect yourself and others.

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School, camp, daycare, and sports physicals: What to do in the time of COVID-19

August 04, 2020 3 min read

Summer activities are underway and some schools will be reopening come September. Does your child need a physical exam, or a form from the pediatrician? Here's how to think through the options for fulfilling these requirements.

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Wondering about goosebumps? Of course you are

August 03, 2020 3 min read

What are goosebumps? Why do we get them? Do they serve a purpose? Some of these questions can be answered, others can’t. But a recent study in mice links goosebumps to stem cells responsible for the regeneration of hair.

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Lifestyle changes are important for managing atrial fibrillation

July 31, 2020 4 min read

Many lifestyle factors can influence the development of atrial fibrillation, and doctors now better understand the importance of these factors in treating afib. Those who are at risk of developing afib can take action to improve their health, and in some cases they may be able to reduce their symptoms.

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Can appealing to teenagers’ vanity improve sun-protective behaviors?

July 30, 2020 3 min read

Most people understand the risks of sun exposure, even if they do not regularly wear sunscreen, but getting younger people to pay attention to this concern can be difficult. A study chose a novel approach to this problem by appealing to teenagers’ vanity and focus on their appearance.

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I can’t tolerate CPAP, what can I do?

July 29, 2020 4 min read

Many people with sleep apnea find that a CPAP machine helps them, but others struggle and have difficulty using a CPAP machine. There are many reasons this could be happening, and it’s important for people to work with their doctor to troubleshoot and try adjustments that can make using the machine easier and more effective.

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Avoiding COVID-19 when following the guidelines seems impossible

July 28, 2020 4 min read

By now people understand the measures intended to prevent the spread of coronavirus, yet people with certain conditions may not be able to follow these guidelines. Here are some suggestions that may help.

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The lowdown on the low-FODMAP diet

July 27, 2020 4 min read

Studies show that a diet that eliminates or lowers consumption of low-FODMAP foods can reduce symptoms for many people with irritable bowel syndrome. But the process is time-consuming and can be confusing, so it is best undertaken under the supervision of a dietitian.

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Youth sports during COVID-19: What parents need to know and do

July 24, 2020 4 min read

Playing youth sports is a great way for children to be active and learn important socialization skills, but the risks of COVID-19 mean parents with children who participate in sports must consider a number of factors when deciding whether to play.

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