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 in Safety

Beware Carbon Monoxide Poisoning From Generators After Storms

May 30 | Comments | Safety

One aftermath of recent storms in the Dayton area is an uptick in carbon monoxide poisoning, according to recent news reports. Emergency department physician Randy Marriott, MD, medical director of Premier Health’s EMS Center of Excellence, has witnessed the increase. Premier Health Now asked him...

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Heading To the Pool? Urine For a Surprise

May 24 | Comments | Safety

As the weather warms up and signals the end of another school year, summertime rituals begin to kick into high gear. For many families, those annual traditions will include multiple trips to their local swimming pool. Do you know how safe your local swimming pool’s water actually is? It may be...

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First Things to Know to Give First Aid

May 16 | Comments | Safety, Illness, Pain

Knowing what to do and what NOT to do in an emergency can mean the difference between helping or making an injury worse. Brush up on the basics, challenge what you think you know, and learn what family health information should be in your First Aid kit. Join Family Nurse Practitioner Jeff Penny on...

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Safety Strategies for Your Kids Online

April 16 | Comments | Safety, Technology

Kids today are fearless digital natives whose world has always been internet-ready. But they don’t have your life experience to make the best decisions online. You can help them explore safely by staying a step ahead of them with these strategies, resources and watch-outs. Join Dr. Michael Barrow...

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CDC: Say No To The Dough!

12/12/2018 | Comments | Safety, Nutrition

It’s the time of year for holiday baking — and for a food safety refresher. Many of us may sneak a taste of raw sugar cookie dough, or let our kids lick the chocolate cake batter from mixing beaters. That’s not such a healthy move, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Raw flour can...

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Buzz Around CBD Oil Heightens Public Interest and Concern

12/10/2018 | Comments | Safety

As public policy and private interest on the subject of marijuana has grown in recent years, so has the interest in cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which is derived both from the marijuana and hemp plants. CBD oil is being touted as a kind of miracle drug that is a remedy for issues such as anxiety, acne,...

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Teen Vaping Up 80 Percent; FDA Takes Action

11/20/2018 | Comments | Safety, Parenting

Vaping increased nearly 80 percent among high schoolers and 50 percent among middle schoolers since last year, according to the latest data from the US Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has proposed new measures against flavored nicotine products that could ultimately remove them from stores and...

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Selfie-related Deaths on the Rise: Why?

10/13/2018 | Comments | Safety

What should be fun can turn deadly. Taking selfies can be fatal, according to a new study, which found that 259 people worldwide died taking selfies between October 2011 and November 2017. And the numbers are on the rise. Just three selfie deaths were reported in 2011. By 2016 the number jumped to...

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Football Death a Wake-Up Call for Player Safety

10/8/2018 | Comments | Safety, Parenting, Brain Health

The tragic story of a Georgia high school football player’s death after collapsing during a game reawakens every parent’s fears about a fatal head injury during contact sports. Premier Health Now asked Jeffrey James, DO, of Premier Orthopedics, to offer perspective and advice on what to do to...

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Keep Baby Safe: Avoid Infant Walkers

9/26/2018 | Comments | Safety, Parenting

Infant walkers are unsafe and should not be used. That’s the message — again — from the American Academy of Pediatrics as a new study reveals more than 2,000 babies a year are treated for walker-related injuries in hospital emergency rooms. To understand why the nation’s pediatricians want a...

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Cutting Through the Fog: Vaping Harms Teens

9/24/2018 | Comments | Safety, Parenting

E-cigarettes used for vaping were “initially designed as an off-ramp for smokers to get off cigarettes,” says Michael Barrow, MD, of Premier Health Family Care – North. Now they’re increasingly becoming “an on-ramp for people who wouldn’t normally get involved” in vaping – particularly middle and...

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Vampire Facials: Is the Reward Worth The Risk?

9/20/2018 | Comments | Safety

Even though pursuing a more youthful look may be worth the great sacrifice and even greater expense, it could put your health at risk. Unfortunately, this was the case when patrons of a New Mexico health salon were recently told they needed to be tested for HIV and hepatitis after receiving...

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How to Calm Irritated Summer Skin

7/25/2018 | Comments | Safety, Illness

Don’t just hope to ease through summer without a scratch. Here are do-it-yourself strategies to prevent or soothe summer-irritated skin. Learn the first, most important step to take if you think you’ve tangled with poison ivy, and discover how charcoal can take the bite out of summer itchiness. Join...

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What’s in Your Suitcase? Must-Haves for a Healthy Vacation

7/20/2018 | Comments | Safety

Being sick or hurt is no vacation. So expect the best but plan for the worst with these tips to help your summer travel remain safe, healthy and fun from start to finish. Learn how to keep bugs at bay with picaridin, why a “boo-boo kit” may not be enough and what to know about your vaccines – even...

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Perils of Fish Pedicures…and Other Foot Notes

7/12/2018 | Comments | Safety

It’s not your typical pedicure: Immerse your feet in a tub of water, as small Garra rufa fish imported from the Middle East nibble on your dead skin. A “fish pedicure” purportedly relaxes you and leaves your feet feeling softer and smoother, but several medical authorities question their...

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Lap-riding on a Slide Unsafe for Children

7/3/2018 | Comments | Safety, Parenting

There’s a growing awareness about slide safety that every parent of a young child needs to know: Mom and Dad should not go down a slide with a child on their lap. To understand the dangers of this seemingly harmless activity, Premier Health Now talked with Michael Griesser, MD, an orthopedic...

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Be on ‘Tick Watch’ This Summer

6/23/2018 | Comments | Safety, Illness

Summer’s an excellent time to take advantage of the great outdoors. But beware: Ticks are taking hold of Ohio in growing numbers. One indicator of this: The Ohio Department of Health reports that since 2008, cases of Lyme disease – the most common illness spread by ticks – have risen six fold...

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You’re Ready If Summer Fun Takes a Painful Turn

5/22/2018 | Comments | Safety, Pain, Brain Health

Summer’s all fun and games – until somebody gets hurt. But you can be prepared by brushing up on what’s serious and what’s not—and what to do next. Orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. Michael Griesser preps you for managing the cuts, breaks and concussions that can come with summer...

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Eyelash Extensions Can Be Breeding Grounds for Mites

5/16/2018 | Comments | Safety

Eyelash extensions provide the long luscious lashes many women dream of — yet this hot beauty trend could have a downside if you’re not careful: mite infestations. Eye surgeons are issuing warnings about fake eyelash applications after several women in Orlando sought treatment for painful...

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Ready. Set. GO for Warm Weather!

5/4/2018 | Comments | Safety

When days turn sunny and warm, it’s tempting to jump in with everything you’ve got. But to enjoy ALL of the warm weather ahead, try these tips to ease in – including how bug spray for your clothes can keep pesky biters at bay. Join primary care physician Dr. Matthew Stone on this Premier Health Now...

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Going for Gold! Smart Strategies for Winter Sport Success

2/8/2018 | Comments | Safety, Fitness

Do the Winter Olympics inspire you try a new winter sport – or aim higher in one you already pursue? Learn how to adapt the mental and physical strategies of high-performance athletes to reach your personal best. Listen in with sports medicine specialist Dr. Jeffrey James and Human Performance...

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Resolve to be Healthy this Winter

1/22/2018 | Comments | Safety, Fitness, Nutrition

Premier Health physicians Anessa Alappatt, MD and Jon Sulentic, DO, discuss strategies for a safer, healthier winter season from exercise and healthy eating for weight loss to cold weather safety.  

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Tide Pod Challenge: A Deadly Dare

1/19/2018 | Comments | Safety, Parenting

A dangerous trend is circulating among teens on social media. Kids are daring each other to eat colorful laundry detergent pods and document the event on video for everyone to see. They call it the Tide pod challenge. While risk-taking behaviors are part of growing up, this latest version is...

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Simple Steps to a Safe and Healthy Holiday Season

11/21/2017 | Comments | Safety, Nutrition

Keep the “happy” in your holidays with these helpful reminders for making safe and healthy choices in the seasonal rush – from Dr. Aaron Block and Premier Health Dietitian Meredith Jones in this Premier Health Now On Air podcast.  

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Timely Health Tips so Fall Won't Trip You Up

10/30/2017 | Comments | Safety, Flu, Illness, Nutrition

Premier Health physician Dr. Melinda Ruff and clinical dietitian Meredith Jones discuss strategies for a safer, healthier fall season from covering flu protection, Halloween safety, carbon monoxide and holiday eating.  

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Could Concussions Deliver a Harder Hit to Girls?

10/28/2017 | Comments | Safety, Parenting, Brain Health

Twenty-eight days after sustaining a concussion, half of young female athletes still complained of symptoms. Yet that number dropped to just 11 days for young male athletes. This according to results of a study reported this month by Reuters.  What does this news mean for parents? To...

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Protect Yourself from Sexual Harassment

10/23/2017 | Comments | Relationships, Safety

Revelations of sexual harassment by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein spanning years and actress Alyssa Milano’s invitation for all victims of sexual harassment to speak out with #MeToo tweets have sparked overwhelming responses across the world. In 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment ...

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Don't Back Off Safe Sleep for Your Baby

8/29/2017 | 0 Comments | Safety, Parenting

Mothers know best when they follow the advice of their health care providers to always place their babies on their backs for sleep. But intending to put your baby on her back at night, and for naps, isn’t the same as actually doing so – every time – according to a recent study published in the...

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Danger in Dayton: Why Eclipse Protection Matters More Here

8/19/2017 | 0 Comments | Safety

Monday’s celestial sky show will draw big crowds anxious to see the moon covering the sun. If you’re planning to watch, be sure to protect your eyes. Premier Health Now talked with Amina Husain, MD, Premier Eye Surgeons, about how to safely view the event. The Aug. 21 eclipse is the first time...

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Moral of the Study: Take Concussions Seriously

8/5/2017 | 0 Comments | Safety, Parenting

Football season will soon kick off. And a recently published study gives players, their families, coaches and trainers a jolting reminder to take head injuries seriously. The study, published in the medical journal JAMA, found that a neurodegenerative brain disease linked to having multiple...

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How to Avoid Summer's Heartbreaking Headline

8/2/2017 | 0 Comments | Safety, Parenting

It’s a news story that makes parents shudder. Sad news came Saturday that the Huber Heights 3-year-old who fell into a pool last weekend died from his injuries. Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children from infants through age 4. With plenty of warm days still ahead, Premier Health...

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Protect Your Family from Burns and Other Summer Hazards

6/14/2017 | 0 Comments | Safety, Parenting

The summer heat is on — and with it come potential dangers. Pouring an accelerant onto a fire pit or grill is one of many preventable summer hazards. An 11-year-old Ohio boy recently experienced severe burns from flames that flared when he used an accelerant on a fire pit. To learn more about...

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Swim Healthy: Follow These 10 Tips

5/26/2017 | 0 Comments | Safety, Parenting

Are you planning to spend the lazy days of summer at the community pool, waterpark or other water play areas? Before you dive in, Premier Health Now recommends you teach your family how to avoid catching a recreational water illness (RWI). You’ll be thankful you did. The most common RWI is...

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Don't Get Burned by Homemade Slime

3/31/2017 | 0 Comments | Safety, Parenting

They stretch it, poke it, shape it, add color and even glitter to it. The current craze for homemade slime among teens and middle schoolers had a recent setback when a young girl from Massachusetts experienced second- and third-degree burns from handling her homemade slime. Fox News...

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Turn Off the Noise: Hearing Loss Impacts Young, Old

2/13/2017 | 1 Comments | Safety, Hearing

Hearing loss doesn’t wait for old age. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that nearly 20 percent of people in their 20s have some hearing loss, and an estimated 40 million Americans under age 70 have hearing damage — often not related to job noise. NBC News recently cited these and...

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Home Safe Home: Protect Babies and Toddlers

1/7/2017 | 0 Comments | Safety, Parenting

Are you overlooking hazards to child safety in your own home? The shocking video of a 2-year-old pinned by a dresser and his twin brother’s astonishing rescue has grabbed the attention of millions. The twins’ parents posted their nanny cam video to alert others to the dangers of tipping...

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