Exercise Regularly

General Exercise Physical activity can be divided into two types: aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic exercise involves large muscle movements over a sustained period of time and includes activities like: Running Fast walking Aerobic exercise class When you make aerobic activity a part of your regular routine, your heart and cardiovascular system become much healthier.  In addition, your mood improves because exercise relieves...

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Fever and Tylenol Dosing in Children

Significances Fever is a normal body response to infection and a symptom of an illness, not an illness itself. Temperatures of 100-103 degrees are usual with childhood infections and help combat disease. Temperatures of 104 degrees and above may cause convulsions in infants and chills in older children and adults. Sudden changes in temperature can precipitate convulsions in infants...

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GI Disorders

Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD) Historically, the bland diet has been used in peptic ulcer disease (PUD). With the introduction of H2 inhibitors for the treatment of PUD, the use of diet has been questioned. In addition, there is growing evidence that most ulcers are associated with the microorganism called Helicobacter pylori, which is usually treated with bismuth-subsalicylate, tetracycline or ampicillin...

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Reading Labels and Fun Food Facts

Tips on Reading Labels If it says Fat Free Low Fat Reduced Fat or Less Fat Saturated Fat Free Low Saturated Fat Reduced or Less Saturated Fat Cholesterol Free Low Cholesterol It means Less than .05g fat per serving 3g or less fat per serving At least 25% less fat per serving Less than .05g saturated fat per serving 1g or less and no more than 15% of calories from saturated fat per serving At...

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Stomach Virus and Flu

The following is an example of a progressive diet that may be followed when you have a "stomach virus" or the flu. Start with clear  liquids:  Sodas, Gatorade, Jell-O, Clear Soups (like chicken or beef broth) and Popsicles. Try small amounts of the above about every 20 minutes rather than a lot at one time. Your stomach will tolerate small amounts....

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Menopause

Understanding Menopause In a 1972 episode of All In The Family, the theme was menopause: Archie: Edith, if you’re gonna have a change in life, you gotta do it right now. I’m gonna give you just 3o seconds! Edith: Can I finish my soup first? Unfortunately, this what many people, both men and women, still think they know about menopause. Menopause is perhaps...

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Hypertension – High Blood Pressure

Diseases of the heart and blood vessels are the number one cause of death in the United States. People with hypertension (high blood pressure) are more likely to develop these diseases. Therefore, it is important to try to lower elevated blood pressure. Hypertension cannot be cured in most cases. It can be successfully managed with lifestyle changes and/or medication. With...

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Head Injuries

Danger Signs After An Injury To The Head Head injury, regardless of the type, including surgical operations to the head, is followed by a group of symptoms that may be regarded as common to all forms of cranial trauma. All of the symptoms may not be found in every patient, but most are present in the majority of instances. MOST IMPORTANT  First is the...

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Gout

Gout is the recurrent attacks of joint inflammation caused by deposits of uric acid crystals in the joints, especially in the base of the big toe. Gout may also involve the elbow, knee, hand, foot, ankle and/or shoulder.  It affects adults of both sexes but is 20 times more frequent in men than women. Frequent Signs and Symptoms include:  Sudden onset...

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Diarrhea and Vomiting

Begin with clear liquids for 24-48 hours: Pedialyte, Ginger Ale, 7-Up, Gatorade, frozen Kool-Aid popsicles and Jello-O. Slowly add soft, bland foods - bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, Ritz crackers, dry cereal. Avoid greasy foods, milk, orange juice or liquids that contain caffeine. As the vomiting and diarrhea improve, continue to add foods more firm in consistency. Let your appetite be the guide. Be...

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