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Everyday Health: H is for Hernia

The Doctors outline the different types of hernias, and the most common risk factors for developing them.


Horrible accidents and life-threatening conditions can happen to anyone at any time, even you! The Doctors share ways to stay safe.

New Dehydration Treatment for Children
Hylenex, a recombinant-facilitated sub-cutaneous rehydration treatment, is used to treat severely dehydrated pediatric patients. In layman’s terms, fluids are administered in the child’s back, and the procedure cuts the normal rehydration process time in half, from five hours to two-and-a-half.

For mild dehydration, administering small amount of fluids by mouth, such as electrolyte drinks and freeze pops, over several hours is best.

Symptoms of Dehydration:
• Excessive tiredness
• Restlessness
• Irritability
• Increased thirst
• Dry mouth
• Weight loss
• No tears when crying
• Sunken eyes
• Muscle cramps

Traumatic Head Injuries
Every year, more than 200,000 people are treated for sports-related head injuries. Experts say that most of the injuries could have been prevented if patients had been wearing a helmet.

Gavin, like many 14-year-old boys, loves to skateboard, but says that wearing a helmet is uncool. Kyle, 25, sustained severe brain injury in a skateboarding accident because he wasn’t wearing his helmet. He shares his harrowing story with Gavin, in an effort to encourage the teen to wear his helmet when skateboarding.

 

Drug-Resistant Super Bug

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Brad Spellberg, author of Rising Plague: The Global Threat from Deadly Bacteria and our Dwindling Arsenal to Fight Them, weighs in on the current state of drug-resistant pathogens.

              


                    A Survivor's Story                                Fighting Deadly Microbes


Learn more about Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a staph infection that affects people of all ages. 


Colon Cancer
Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine, or colon, which is the lower portion of the digestive tract. It is the second most deadly cancer in America, but is 90 percent treatable if caught early enough.

Most cases of colon cancer begin as small cell growths, or polyps. Though the polyps are initially benign, or non-cancerous, they can develop into cancer. For this reason, it is vital to have regular colonoscopies to detect and monitor the state of the colon.

Colon Cancer Warning Signs
• Abdominal pain
• Changes in stool
• Blood in stool
• Unexplained weight loss
• Fatigue

How to Prevent Colon Cancer

• Get regular screenings after age 50
• Limit red meat intake
• Limit fat intake
• Limit alcohol intake
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Quit smoking
• Exercise
• Eat a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and leafy greens
• Keep to a diet high in fiber and low in fat


Spot Safety Hazards in Your Home!

Many households harbor threats to young children that are oftentimes overlooked.

              


                  Glass Furniture Dangers                               Fireplace Dangers


Fireplace Safety Tips

• Keep objects at least 2 feet away from the fire, because sparks can ignite a fire.
• Keep the chimney flue open so smoke can flow out, rather than into the room.
• Always place a screen in front of burning logs.
• Don't stack too many logs in the fireplace, because they can roll out.
• Do not leave children unattended near a lit fireplace and don't let them throw objects into it.
Do not let children touch the screen or glass covering the fire, because both can become extremely hot.
• Avoid using liquid igniters such as kerosene, gasoline or lighter fluid.
• If you are using a gas fireplace, make sure you turn it off completely when you are done, because the gas emitted from it can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. If people in the house develop flu-like symptoms — headaches, but no fever — go outside immediately, because it could be a sign of carbon monoxide poisoning.
• Have your chimney inspected by a certified specialist and cleaned once a year.
• If you have a space heater, keep it away from anything that can catch fire. Make sure it is certified by a certified testing organization and unplug it when not in use.


Lead Poisoning
If you or a family member experiences the following symptoms, ask your doctor to perform a lead test.

• Irritability
• Loss of appetite
• Sluggishness
• Abdominal pain
• Vomiting
• Constipation
• Learning difficulties


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