Monthly Archives: December 2018

Bringing joy to pediatric patients can start with a dog

in-residence dog

Bringing joy to pediatric patients can start with a dog (BPT) – For pediatric patients, being in the hospital can be a frightening, vulnerable and lonely experience, especially for those undergoing serious medical treatments. Struggling with illness can rob kids of the simple joys of childhood. However, research has shown that dogs, with their playful,…

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4 ways to reduce your stress

stress

4 ways to reduce your stress (BPT) – Stress. No one wants it but we all experience it from time to time. Higher levels of stress can cause problems at work and at home. But stress is not just hard on your mental well-being, it is hard on your body and can lead to many…

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Most adults with chronic health conditions unaware of dangers of influenza

NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, M.D.

Most adults with chronic health conditions unaware of dangers of influenza (BPT) – During the 2017-2018 influenza (flu) season, nearly 80,000 people died and more than 950,000 people were hospitalized due to flu and flu-related illnesses, and less than four in 10 U.S. adults (37.1 percent) were vaccinated against flu, fewer than in previous years,…

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Hum bug: The flu is the holiday gift no one wants to receive

The flu

Hum bug: The flu is the holiday gift no one wants to receive (BPT) – Is influenza on your gift list this year? December is typically the height of the flu season and holiday parties can be a swap meet for pathogens. Holiday hugs, handshakes and conversations may include germs that will make you sick….

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