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House Call: Alcohol use and new thinking about drinking

Many of us enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail without giving it much thought, but checking in on your alcohol consumption can and should be a routine part of your wellness care. While a drink can be relaxing or celebratory at first, drinking more can result in adverse health effects such as stress, poor sleep and over the long-term, drinking that is not in control.

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Despite worries, experts say bird flu unlikely to effect humans

UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2023

Bird flu has been making headlines over the past month, resulting in millions of bird deaths, driving up poultry and egg prices, and raising public concern over potential human infections. According to the experts, however, bird flu is unlikely to become the next human pandemic. In its current variations, it simply lacks the ability to spread among people the same way that COVID-19 did.
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People’s Pharmacy: Can aspirin really help protect against sunburn?

UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2023

Q. My spouse and daughter are both natural blondes, and their fair skin burns and blisters very easily in the sun. About 15 years ago, they began taking an aspirin if they started to turn pink from being in the sun. They've had no blistering or bad burns since we have used aspirin.We usually take only one aspirin tablet. (My daughter is 30 now; we knew children should not take aspirin.) I have mentioned this approach to people, even nurses, and no one seems to know about it.
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How too much caffeine can lead to sleep deprivation

UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2023

Recently, a 32-year-old patient of mine told me he had driven to work and fallen asleep behind the wheel at a red light. To his chagrin, he was pulled over by an officer who arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He wasn't.
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No One Dies Alone program ensures a human touch at end of life

Nationwide, many hospitals offer a volunteer program called No One Dies Alone, to ensure that a dying patient without any family can have someone to hold their hand and be with them at death. Providence started its NODA program 10 years ago at Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital. MultiCare nurses launched a NODA program in 2021 for volunteers who go to Deaconess Hospital and Valley Hospital. The nurses wanted to bring something positive after seeing multiple COVID deaths.
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Limiting teens’ social media feels impossible, but we have to try

Recently, my husband and I had a talk with our teen boys about phones. There was too much mindless scrolling going on, and we had an idea. What if, we said, you plug your phones in downstairs, in the basement? And when you need them, you go downstairs, do what you need to do, come back. That includes texting, snapping friends, checking box scores.
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Leading cause of death for infants had no known cause. Experts may have just found one

UPDATED: Sun., May 28, 2023

For a new parent, losing a child in their sleep is an absolute nightmare. Not knowing why adds to the anguish. Thousands of parents in the United States experience this feeling each year after losing a child to sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. SIDS is the “sudden unexpected death of an apparently healthy infant under 1 year of age that remains unexplained,” and the mysterious syndrome is ...

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