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When you or someone you love is hospitalized, you face the challenge of not only having to quickly understand what illness you’re dealing with and how it will be treated, but also, how to arrange for the assistance and supplies that will be needed after you leave the hospital. Add to this the fact that you may be partially incapacitated in some way and it’s easy to see why many patients and their families become overwhelmed during a hospitalization. Huge new demands are suddenly placed on your abilities to both understand complex medical information and arrange and pay for unexpected…

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In 13 years of monitoring influenza, the CDC announced that, as of January 6, every part of the continental U.S. showed “widespread” flu activity. “This is the first year we had the entire continental U.S. be the same color on the graph, meaning there’s widespread activity in all of the continental U.S. at this point,” CDC Influenza Division Director Dr. Dan Jernigan said. “It is in a lot of places and causing a lot of flu.” And, the flu is an especially dangerous illness for pregnant women. Today, more than half of pregnant women in the United States ““ an…

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The golfer at the driving range was a regular. George likes to keep his drive going straight by hitting a bucket of balls a day. But he is not your normal golfer. He is on the range while in hospice care. Debunking a stereotype, George, from Edgewood, Kentucky, proves living with hospice means anything but spending the rest of your life in bed. George’s experience is not unique. The mission of hospice is to provide specialized care for end-of-life patients and their families. More simply, hospice care supports living one’s life to the fullest with dignity regardless of how much…

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Unfortunately, a  trip to the  emergency room becomes inevitable when an injury or other life-threatening condition requires medical attention. For other injuries or illnesses  that need immediate attention but are not considered a medical emergency, such as Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) or toothaches, urgent care centers have shorter wait times and lower costs than their Emergency Department counterparts. But how do you know which center will provide you or your loved one with the right medical care for whatever you may be experiencing? In an emergency, there is no time to waste. It’s important to know the difference between Urgent…

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Nagging shoulder pain and stiffness, a creaking or clicking sound with movement, night pain””these symptoms of shoulder arthritis should not be ignored. Why not just tough it out? Because patients who promptly care for inflammation of this joint have better outcomes, even if a future shoulder replacement is necessary. Arthritic Conditions Osteoarthritis is the most common type of shoulder arthritis, resulting from every day wear and tear Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which also causes shoulder arthritis. Post-traumatic arthritis or avascular necrosis is initiated by injury to the shoulder Inflammatory arthritis, such as gout Septic arthritis caused be infection…

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“It’s just a pinkie finger,” is a common response to an injury of the littlest hand digit. But, if that pinkie finger is broken and heals improperly, it can be misshapen forever. In fact, hand or finger injuries, often regarded as inconsequential nuisances by patients, may be more serious. Sprains and fractures are frequent injuries to the hand and wrist. A sprain is a tear in a joint capsule, ligament or tendon, while a fracture is a break in the bone. Although the initial symptoms of sprains and fractures may appear similar, knowing which injury you’re dealing with is critical.…

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Type 2 diabetes can be risky business. The good news is you have the ability to reduce some of the risks; the bad news is you can’t change some of the risks. So what’s a person to do? The American Diabetes Association has developed a program called CheckUp America, which helps people learn how to lower their risk for Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. “There are many things ““ called risk factors ““ that affect your risk for Type 2 diabetes and heart disease,” CheckUp America reports. “It’s important to know risk for diabetes and heart disease. Understanding and…

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It seems everywhere we go, sport concussions are a hot topic. If you have kids, or are involved in athletics yourself, it’s likely you know someone who has had a concussion. And you likely have questions. Here are answers to the six questions I am asked most often: What is a concussion? A sport concussion involves an injury to the brain on a cellular level caused by either direct or indirect forces. Concussions can be caused by anything from the “big hit” to head-ground impacts or even repetitive small hits. How do I know it’s a concussion? Recognizing…

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We posted  this article in the fall when Cincy Bike Share – better known as Red Bike – kicked off in Downtown Cincinnati, Over-the-Rhine and Clifton. The bikes are now available at several stations across Cincinnati. You can rent a bicycle for  $8 per day or $80 for an annual membership. In honor of National Bike Month we’re sharing these 12 tips again to inspire you to hop on a red bike and explore the city. Before you start your ride, here are a few tips to keep in mind: 1. Keep your noggin safe You should wear a…

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Not all hand pain and tingling are carpal tunnel. Most people have heard of carpal tunnel, but another very common condition that causes hand pain, tingling, and numbness is called “cubital tunnel.” Similar to carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel is a compression of a nerve in your arm (a peripheral nerve). There are three main nerves that provide function to the hand: median, ulnar, and radial. Carpal tunnel is the compression of the median nerve at the wrist, while the cubital tunnel is the compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. Both conditions can cause pain, numbness, and tingling. Typically,…

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