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What Causes Fractures?

Posted 10/27/2017 by UHBlog

What Causes Fractures?

While many injuries are unavoidable, there are some ways athletes can help prevent a fracture or other sports injury.

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Know Your Numbers

Posted 10/18/2017 by UHBlog

Know Your Numbers

Knowing your biometric health screening numbers can help you understand whether you are at risk for chronic conditions – and how to prevent or treat them.

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Surviving the Cold and Flu Season

Posted 10/5/2017 by UHBlog

Surviving the Cold and Flu Season

No one can live in a bubble to avoid cold and flu season.

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New guidance on martial arts

Posted 6/1/2017 by UHBlog

New guidance on martial arts

Karate, Taekwondo and other martial arts are popular with children. Although these activities provide a good workout for kids, some types also come with increased risk for injury, reports a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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6 ways to boost your child’s gut health

Posted 3/1/2017 by JONATHAN MOSES, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterologist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

6 ways to boost your child’s gut health

Whether you’re concerned about constipation or tummy aches, or just want to bolster your child’s digestive health to promote optimal health, these tips from University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s pediatric gastroenterologist Jonathan Moses, MD, can help.

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5 medicines you shouldn’t give your preschooler

Posted 3/1/2017 by ANGELA HARDMAN, MD
Pediatrician, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Pediatricenter
Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

5 medicines you shouldn’t give your preschooler

Each year, medicines given to help children send many to the emergency room instead.

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Only 2 HPV vaccine shots needed for kids 14 and younger

Posted 3/1/2017 by UHBlog

Only 2 HPV vaccine shots needed for kids 14 and younger

In October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidelines for HPV vaccine use.

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Petting zoos are popular with kids – and germs

Posted 3/1/2017 by UHBlog

Petting zoos are popular with kids – and germs

There are few sights more adorable than watching your little one snuggle that cute baby chick at a petting zoo. But animals – even healthy ones – shed a variety of bacteria that can be toxic to your toddler.

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Cut back on germs

Posted 3/1/2017 by UHBlog

Clean these places to cut back on germs.

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6 Food-Drug Combinations That Could Be Dangerous

Posted 2/8/2017 by UHBlog

6 Food-Drug Combinations That Could Be Dangerous

Learn what foods can prevent certain medications from being effective.

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Simple Steps to Prevent Diabetes

Posted 2/7/2017 by UHBlog

Simple Steps to Prevent Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is on the rise among Americans, but there are some steps you can take to help prevent developing it.

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To Shovel or Not to Shovel: When to Check with a Doctor Before a Strenuous Activity

Posted 1/16/2017 by UHBlog

To Shovel or Not to Shovel: When to Check with a Doctor Before a Strenuous Activity

The cold weather, ice and snow becomes more of a health and safety issue as we age.

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Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring Reveals Early-Stage Heart Disease

Posted 1/6/2017 by UHBlog

Calcium Scoring

A simple test can help determine your risk for a heart attack.

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When to See a Doctor about Moles and Changes in Your Skin

Posted 12/9/2016 by UHBlog

When to See a Doctor about Moles and Changes in Your Skin

How do you know when a mole needs to be checked by a dermatologist? Learn to recognize the signs.

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Have a Holiday Heart to Heart

Posted 11/16/2016 by UHBlog

Have a Holiday Heart to Heart

Ask questions about your family’s medical history to learn more about your own health risks.

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Pre-Winter Workout: Getting Your Body Ready for the Cold Weather

Posted 10/28/2016 by UHBlog

Pre-Winter Workout: Getting Your Body Ready for the Cold Weather

Don’t want to be stuck inside for your winter workouts? Get a jump start on adapting your outdoor routine.

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Six Footwear Dos and Don’ts

Posted 10/26/2016 by UHBlog

Six Footwear Dos and Don’ts

Choosing the right shoes is crucial for preventing injury and keeping your feet pain-free all day.

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Ways to Safeguard Your Health in the Locker Room

Posted 9/29/2016 by UHBlog

Ways to Safeguard Your Health in the Locker Room

A locker room can be a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses and other things that can make you sick. Take these steps to protect yourself.

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Who Needs to Carry an EpiPen

Posted 9/15/2016 by UHBlog

Who Needs to Carry an EpiPen

An EpiPen can be the life-saving difference for kids with severe allergies. Learn more about who needs to carry one and when it should be used.

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Protecting Yourself from Health Care Scams

Posted 9/13/2016 by UHBlog

Protecting Yourself from Health Care Scams

Health care scammers can target anyone, but seniors can be especially susceptible. Find out how to protect yourself or a loved one from becoming a victim.

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Top 9 Inflammatory Foods

Posted 8/18/2016 by UHBlog

Top Inflammatory Foods

What we eat affects every cell in our body.

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How Mammograms Can Reveal Heart Disease

Posted 8/17/2016 by UHBlog

How Mammograms Can Reveal Heart Disease

Did you know the screening test may uncover heart disease?

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Cell Phones and Brain Tumors

Posted 8/15/2016 by UHBlog

Cell Phones and Brain Tumors

Concerned about technology affecting your child’s development?

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Prostate Exams: What You Need to Know

Posted 8/10/2016 by UHBlog

Prostate Exams: What You Need to Know

Catching and treating prostate cancer.

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Why Won’t My Kid Wear a Coat?

Posted 1/19/2016 by UHBlog

If every conversation with your child feels like a battle, maybe it's time to learn some new, more effective strategies. We can help. Does your child refuse to wear his winter coat? It's an age-old struggle that many parents face. According to developmental/behavioral pediatrician Marie Clark, MD, MPH, the battle has little to do with the coat. Often, it’s more about acknowledging your child's independence and letting him suffer the consequences of a less-than-ideal decision. When tempera...

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Get The Lead Out: Childproofing Your Home

Posted 1/12/2016 by UHBlog

If you live in an older home, make sure your baby is tested for lead exposure at age 1. Call us for an appointment. Lead poisoning in children is a serious health problem that can lead to developmental and physical problems, but the news isn’t all doom and gloom. “We’re still seeing kids with lead in their bloodstream, but most of the kids have low levels that don’t require treatment,” says pediatrician Laura Caserta, MD. “There’s no safe blood level an...

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Qigong – Let the Life Force Be with You

Posted 10/25/2015 by UHBlog

Learn how Qigong can help alleviate pain, increase energy and reduce anxiety. This fall, why not go with the flow and start practicing Qigong? Qigong – pronounced chee-gong – is a fluid exercise program that uses graceful, repetitive movements, mental focus and measured, deep abdominal breathing to boost and balance a person’s energy. “In Chinese, qi means energy or life force, and gong means work or practice,” says Qigong Master Healer Ted Gannon, LAc. “Toget...

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What You Need to Know About Pneumonia

Posted 10/20/2015 by UHBlog

Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed its pneumococcal vaccination recommendations? See us for advice. Last year, new pneumonia vaccination recommendations for adults ages 65 and older went into effect. The new health guidelines advise older adults to get two separate vaccines, says geriatric medicine specialist Taryn Lee, MD. “The new recommendations went into effect in September 2014, but many patients were waiting for their insurance to catch up,...

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Is Your Running Form Setting You Up For Injury?

Posted 10/19/2015 by UHBlog

Whether you need treatment for an injury or guidance to run your personal best, we can help. As a runner you tell yourself, “No pain, no gain,” but are you doing more harm than good? You ought to go back to the basics, says senior physical therapist Yazmin Torres. “It’s a runner's mentality,” she says. "Runners think, ‘If I can run, I should run,’ even if it’s not efficient or effective.” According to Torres, the key causes of running injurie...

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Take the Well Flu Quiz

Posted 10/14/2015 by UHBlog

Ready to arm yourself against influenza? We can help. It’s important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the flu. Otherwise, you could put yourself and loved ones in jeopardy of catching this potentially serious virus. “I like to say that prevention is the best intervention because flu can cause up to 36,000 deaths a year,” says internal medicine specialist Roy Buchinsky, MD. “The hallmark of the flu is muscle aches and fever. You can also get headaches, nonpro...

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E-Cigarettes and Vaping Are they Safe

Posted 10/6/2015 by UHBlog

Just how addictive are electronic cigarettes? Ask us. Despite strict anti-tobacco legislation, e-cigarettes are gaining in popularity among middle- and high school-aged children. If you think they’re safe and non-addictive, you may not know what you’re up against, says pediatrician Sara Lee, MD. “The non-smoking battle has gotten tougher for parents,” she says. “Your kids know they’re not supposed to smoke, but because of the way electronic cigarettes are mark...

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Balance Your Weight Lifting Routine: Fixing Rounded Shoulders

Posted 10/5/2015 by UHBlog

Are you shouldering too much pain? We can help. Mom always told you to sit up straight. That can be a challenge for those of us who spend our days slumped forward toward our computers. The result of slumping can be chronic pain and fatigue, says sports medicine specialist James Voos, MD. “Not a day goes by when we don’t see at least one patient who has pain associated with rounded shoulders,” he says. “Many patients complain about chronic shoulder and neck pain that they ...

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Guarding Against Falls

Posted 9/18/2015 by UBlog

Although preventing an injury is always better than treating one, University Hospitals Center for Rehabilitation Services is there to help patients regain independence after an accident. Twenty-six years after “Mrs. Fletcher” first cried out the immortal words on TV, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” remains one of the most parodied catch phrases in American pop culture. But it isn’t so funny when it really happens. Falls are the leading cause of fatal a...

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5 Rules for Backpack Safety

Posted 9/15/2015 by UHBlog

Do your kids know there’s a right way to wear a backpack? More than 14,000 children are treated annually for backpack-related injuries. Follow these rules for proper backpack safety and to prevent injury. Get more health tips and information on symptoms, treatment options, prescription medications, prevention and more from UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Health & Wellness Library.

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Athletes: A Guide to Hydration

Posted 9/15/2015 by UHBlog

Did you know that you need different types of fluids to stay hydrated depending on how long your activity spans? Follow these helpful tips as a guide to what athletes should and shouldn’t be drinking before, during and after activity. UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Sports Medicine Program’s Health & Wellness section offers a host of information about children and sports medicine, from common injuries and treatments to prevention. Find out the latest about procedures us...

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How to Cool Down After a Tough Training Session

Posted 9/14/2015 by UHBlog

If you’re sidelined by injuries because your cool down routine is non-existent, we can help fix you up. Are you as diligent about cooling down after your workout as you are about warming up? If you don’t cool down properly, it makes you more susceptible to injuries, says physical therapist Benjamin Geletka. “In my opinion, the cool down phase of your exercise routine is generally more important than the warm up, especially when it comes to injury prevention,” he says. ...

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10 Symptoms that Shouldn't Be Ignored

Posted 8/18/2015 by UHBlog

Feeling healthy isn’t the same as being healthy. When’s the last time you visited your doctor? It’s a known fact that women are more likely than men to visit the doctor. But by ignoring your annual physical and age-recommended exams, you might miss some early warning signs that could affect your health and well-being. “You might believe that you're invincible and that nothing bad can happen to you, but just because you don't feel sick doesn't mean you're well,” say...

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Bang-Bang-Ouch: Fireworks Safety

Posted 7/1/2015 by UH Blog

Many people enjoy a Fourth of July holiday celebrated with fireworks. But the 30 days surrounding Independence Day are some of worst in terms of injuries. In fact, an estimated 240 people on average go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries near July 4th.

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Under the Rainbow, Summer Health Briefs

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

No summer vacation for viruses Summer colds are more frequent than you might think. Two common troublemakers this time of year are: Enteroviruses – the leading cause of summer colds, which sometimes cause nastier symptoms than the winter variety Parainfluenza – a respiratory bug especially hard on very young children Enteroviruses cause 10 to 15 million infections in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And although anyone can ca...

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When to Use Urgent Care vs. ER

Posted 6/30/2015 by UH Blog

Don’t hesitate to check up on your health. See your doctor today. Whether you are a parent, caring for an elderly parent or just going about your day-to-day life, you probably know that medical problems don't always happen during a convenient 9-to-5 timeframe. When your doctor’s office is closed or you need to be seen quickly, sometimes you need another option. That’s when an urgent care can help. “Urgent care is about access. We’re like a doctor’s office with...

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