Like you, we’re keeping an eye on news – especially the bits that could affect our health or the well-being of our families. But let’s face it, those stories don’t always get to what it means. That’s why the Premier Health Now team came up with this idea to give you more insights into the headlines you and your friends will be talking about. Whether the story is close to home or far away, whether it causes worry or makes you smile, we invite you to check in with Premier Health Now to get the "so what" behind the day’s news.

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Stories from March 2018

Why Mumps are Making a Comeback - Despite Vaccinations

3/29/2018 | Comments | Parenting, Illness

It was decades ago that U.S. children began squirming over not one, but two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination (one as an infant and a booster at age 6). Yet today mumps are on the rise, especially among college students. At James Madison University in Harrisonburg,...

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Greater Fitness Means Lower Dementia Risk in Women, Study Says

3/28/2018 | Comments | Fitness, Brain Health

It’s no surprise that being fit is good for mind and body, but USA Today reported on a Swedish study of middle-aged women that shows just how important it is to achieve a high level of fitness. Using research spanning more than 40 years, scientists concluded that women with higher fitness...

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Behind the Mask on Roseanne: CPAP for Healthy Sleep

3/26/2018 | Comments | Heart, Sleep

When Dan Conner is startled awake by wife Roseanne in the opening scene of the rebooted TV show “Roseanne,” he sits up and pulls a mask off his face. “I thought you were dead!” Roseanne says. In reality, that mask — part of a CPAP machine — helps save lives.  Continuous positive airway...

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Painful Reality: The Impact of Opioid Addiction on Children

3/26/2018 | Comments | Parenting, Emotional Health

About twice as many children in the U.S. are now being admitted to hospitals for opioid overdoses than in 2004, according to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics. Fortunately, that’s not the case for southwest Ohio children, despite opioid addiction and overdoses reaching...

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When Health Care Goes to the Dogs: Celebrating the Canine-Human Connection

3/22/2018 | Comments | Emotional Health

When Charles M. Schulz famously wrote in his Peanuts comic strip that “Happiness is a warm puppy,” he not only tapped in to a sentiment shared by dog lovers everywhere, but he also pointed to the idea that dogs can and do play a significant role in improving our psychological health. In honor of...

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Could Some Protein Powders be Hazardous to Your Health?

3/22/2018 | Comments | Fitness, Nutrition

Protein powders have become a dietary staple for many people trying to build muscle, lose weight or get sufficient nutrition on the go. But are consumers getting more ingredients than they bargained for?  Consumer Reports recently covered a study of protein powders by the non-profit Clean...

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The Pain of Infertility: 4 Ways to Show Your Support

3/16/2018 | Comments | Relationships, Pregnancy

“Fertility is a fickle thing.” When actress Hilarie Burton posted those words recently on Instagram, she peeled away layers of the taboo surrounding infertility. Burton talked about her journey to have a second child – her “miracle baby” – with actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan in announcing the birth of...

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Tim McGraw's Concert Collapse Spotlights Proper Hydration

3/16/2018 | Comments | Fitness, Nutrition

When it comes to maintaining our overall health, it could be argued that we largely underestimate and overlook the importance of routine water consumption, even though a significant portion of our body is made up of the stuff. Paying closer attention to how much water we drink is important since it...

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Smoking Still a Threat to Babies' Health

3/12/2018 | Comments | Pregnancy, Parenting

Despite the health risks to mother and baby, 1 of every 14 pregnant women in the U.S. – about 7.2 percent – smoked cigarettes in 2016, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ohio and 30 other states have a smoking-while-pregnant rate above this national...

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Spring Forward in Good Health with these Seasonal How-tos

3/10/2018 | Comments | Allergies

Waking up to Daylight Savings Time and spring allergies can put you off your stride. But they don’t have to. Learn tried-and-true strategies for sailing through these seasonal transitions – and why you might consider vacuuming your dog! Listen in with primary care physician Dr. Mark Williams on this...

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Achoo! What to Do When a Cold Catches You

3/7/2018 | Comments | Illness

What you do or don’t know about colds may leave you suffering longer. Dr. Laura Tully and Dr. Joseph Allen share their own strategies for keeping colds at bay and shortening the symptoms if one hits. Hear their best tips on this Premier Health Now On-Air Podcast.  

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Sexting on the Rise Among Teens, Preteens

3/6/2018 | Comments | Parenting

For teens and preteens exploring their sexuality, smart phones have fueled the growing popularity of sexting. A study recently published in JAMA Pediatrics revealed that about one in four children age 11 to 17 has participated in sexting, defined as "the sending or receiving of nude or seminude...

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