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  • Diabetes: What to Eat When You’re Sick

    Diabetes: What to Eat When You’re Sick

    When a diabetic comes down with the flu or a bad cold, diabetes care often takes a backseat. Who can be bothered to check blood sugar when just getting out of bed seems like a chore? And who wants to follow a meal plan when it’s hard to keep food down? As difficult as it

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  • Insect and Spider Bites and Stings

    Insect and Spider Bites and Stings

    Insect bites and stings are a fact of life if you spend time outdoors. Fortunately, although they may be painful, they usually aren’t serious. Unfortunately, some bites and stings are poisonous or can cause serious allergic reactions or infections. Most sting reactions are caused by five types of insect: yellow jackets, honey bees, wasps, hornets,

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  • Cuts and Scrapes (Children)

    Cuts and Scrapes (Children)

    What’s the best way to treat a cut or scrape? If the cut or scrape is deep and bleeding, apply pressure with a clean cloth, paper towel, or bandage to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding doesn’t stop in 10 minutes, call your child’s physician immediately or go to the nearest emergency room. If the

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  • Removing a Splinter

    Removing a Splinter

    Be careful not to let a wooden splinter get wet for very long because the moisture will make it swell.

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  • Spider and Scorpion Bites

    Spider and Scorpion Bites

    What should I do if my child is bitten by a spider or scorpion? Most spider bites are harmless, causing redness and swelling at the site but no serious risk, so you can probably relax. The only spiders that pose a real danger are black widow and brown recluse spiders. Scorpions are also potentially dangerous.

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  • Shock

    Shock

    Shock can occur after any kind of trauma: a severe allergic reaction, poisoning, heat stroke, burns, or any other severe stress on the body. But the phenomenon can also ensue from severe dehydration, excessive vomiting, or extreme diarrhea. Some types of infections and certain heart or kidney problems that reduce blood flow can cause shock

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  • Electric Shock and Burns

    Electric Shock and Burns

    A person with an electrical burn should get immediate medical attention, even if the skin doesn’t seem injured or if the wound does not appear deep. Electrical burns often cause serious injury inside the body that may not be apparent on the skin.

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  • Cuts and Stitches

    Cuts and Stitches

    As just about anyone who has chopped vegetables knows, minor cuts are a part of everyday life. Knowing how to care for them quickly can help prevent infection and lessen the chances of scarring. Before treating any cuts, remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to avoid contamination. Never cough, blow, or

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  • 2nd Trimester Prenatal Visits

    2nd Trimester Prenatal Visits

    While no one would say it’s all downhill from here (there’s labor after all, as well as the aches and pains of late pregnancy), for many women the second trimester feels like the “easy” part of pregnancy. Fear of miscarriage subsides, nausea abates, and energy surges — all in all, there’s less to be worried

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  • Diabetes: Are Salt Substitutes Safe?

    Diabetes: Are Salt Substitutes Safe?

    Filling your shaker with a low-salt or salt-free alternative can definitely help you cut back on sodium, especially if you’re the type who tends to use the shaker at every meal.

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