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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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‘Desperate Housewives’ Star’s Cancer Highlights Dangers of HPV

4 days ago | Comments | Celebrities, Cancer

“Desperate Housewives” star Marcia Cross is using her celebrity to remove the stigma of anal cancer and emphasize the importance of preventing human papillomavirus (HPV), a likely cause of her anal cancer and her husband’s throat cancer.James Ouellette, DO, cancer surgeon with Premier Surgical...

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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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Why Pregnancy-Related Deaths Are On the Rise

May 21 | Comments | Pregnancy

More women are dying from pregnancy-related deaths in this generation than their mothers’ generation, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And three out of five of those deaths are preventable. This alarming trend is occurring despite medical...

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Despite Studies, Sunscreen Still Good Protection

May 21 | Comments | Cancer

Sunscreen is a leading line of defense, second to clothing, against the sun’s harmful, cancer-causing rays. But recent headlines put a chink, or a little doubt, in this UV-blocking armor. A small study, published in the medical journal JAMA and conducted by the Center for Drug Evaluation and...

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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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Maternity Mystery: 11 Miami Valley Hospital Nurses Pregnant At Once

May 7 | Comments | Pregnancy

Eleven nurses who work in Miami Valley Hospital’s labor and delivery department are pregnant. It’s a story so unusual, it’s making local and national headlines. What’s the science behind the phenomenon? Premier Health Now looked to OB/GYN Stephen Guy, MD with Women’s Health...

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Reviving a Dead Brain? Really?

April 23 | Comments | Brain Health

It sounds like a sci-fi movie. Last week Yale researchers revealed their ability to suspend cell death and revive some basic cell function in the brains of pigs four hours after they died. Their groundbreaking findings are raising plenty of eyebrows. Premier Health Now looked to...

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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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Brain Aneurysms: Game Of Thrones Actress’ Toughest Battle

April 12 | Comments | Celebrities, Brain Health

She’s known by millions of fans as the strong and powerful Mother of Dragons on the popular HBO series Game of Thrones. Yet during the first half of filming, Emilia Clarke was “deeply unsure of herself” as she battled to recover from two brain aneurysms.  This week — in the lead-up to the...

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Can Taxes Reduce the Sweet Allure of Sugary Drinks?

April 8 | Comments | Nutrition

Sugary drinks lure us with their sweetness. Then sock us with calories that often bring on weight gain and health threats like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. What’s the answer to reducing this risk and our intake of sodas, sports drinks, and juice? One approach: recent...

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Woman’s Double Uterus Produces Two Births, Three Babies a Month Apart

April 8 | Comments | Pregnancy

Twenty six days after a Bangladeshi woman with a double uterus gave birth to a healthy baby boy, she went to another hospital with stomach pains and delivered healthy twins by C-section. Premier Health Now asked David McKenna, MD, maternal-fetal medicine specialist with Perinatal Partners in...

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Younger, Healthier Heart Patients May Bypass Open-Heart Surgery

April 6 | Comments | Heart, Celebrities

Rolling Stones fans in North America are disappointed that the legendary band is postponing their upcoming tour due to Mick Jagger’s heart valve replacement surgery. The 75-year-old superstar is recovering from a minimally invasive procedure called TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement),...

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How to Speak Up — and SpeakEndo — About Endometriosis

March 26 | Comments | Pain

If you’ve seen the TV commercials urging you to “SpeakEndo,” you may realize that the way you talk with your doctor about your endometriosis symptoms can influence your care. Of course, in real life — unlike in the commercial — you can’t count on a well-meaning stranger to help you during your...

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Starting Your Child in Sports: Just Do it!

March 20 | Comments | Fitness, Self-Improvement

Tuning in to your kids’ unique interests at any age will help you find the sports that will reward them with a lifetime of healthy habits. Sports medicine specialist Dr. Jon Sulentic and athletic trainer Justin Perkins cover the mind-body-social benefits of starting sports early, how to choose, and...

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Vaccines: Know the Basics to Protect Your Kids

March 15 | Comments | Parenting, Illness

Whether it's the flu or a return to school, the topic of vaccinations always seem to be in season. The latest debate comes from the news that an 18-year-old from Norwalk, Ohio, got vaccinated after doing his own research — and against his mother’s wishes. There are some key things to...

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‘Jeopardy!’ Host Says He’ll Fight Pancreatic Cancer

March 11 | Comments | Celebrities, Cancer

Last week Alex Trebek, popular host of the game show “Jeopardy!” for almost 35 years, announced to fans that he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. In his brief, one-minute announcement on the Jeopardy! stage, an upbeat Trebek told fans he plans to fight the disease, adding, “I have to beat it,...

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Luke Perry and What to Know About Stroke

March 6 | Comments | Celebrities, Illness

According to news reports actor Luke Perry, best known for his roles in "90210" and "Riverdale," died Monday at age 52, five days after suffering a "massive stroke." What does it mean to have a “massive stroke” and how do you reduce your risk? Premier Health Now posed these questions to John...

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Making Sense of the Momo Challenge

March 1 | Comments | Parenting, Technology

Legendary horror novelist Stephen King is quoted as saying, “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes they win.” In today’s digital age, separating true monsters and ghosts from the false is a growing concern for parents seeking to protect their children from...

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The Promise and Perils of Fad Diets

February 28 | Comments | Fitness, Self-Improvement, Nutrition

If you’re thinking about jumping into a quick-fix fad diet because you heard a friend of a friend lost a lot of weight on it, hold that thought. Set yourself up for success. Join Dr. Joe Northup and nutritionist Diana Weathers on this Premier Health Now On-Air podcast to learn how to spot which...

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Dating Violence: How to Prepare and Protect Your Teen

February 21 | Comments | Relationships, Parenting

Teen dating violence is a real and growing concern for parents. How can you increase the chances your son or daughter will establish healthy dating relationships and avoid becoming a teen dating violence statistic? In observance of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Beth Collins, MS, LPCC-S, a...

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Why Your Random Act of Kindness Makes YOU Happy

February 16 | Comments | Self-Improvement

Your kind deed on Random Act of Kindness Day (Sunday, February 17) – or any random day – can affect more than the recipient of your act. Plenty of research indicates that being kind can have positive returns. Let’s say you pick up the tab for the person next to you at the coffee shop. She’ll...

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Alert: Obesity-Related Cancers on Rise in Young People

February 11 | Comments | Parenting, Cancer

For anyone concerned about links between obesity and some cancers, new findings released by the American Cancer Society are even more unsettling. A recent study showed obesity-related cancers in young people are on the rise in significant numbers. Cancers associated with excess body weight...

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The Benefits Of Tidying Up

February 4 | Comments | Self-Improvement, Emotional Health

Marie Kondo is all about de-cluttering, yet the value in her lessons goes far beyond techniques for creating an ordered closet. To understand the deeper benefits of tidying up, Premier Health Now talked with Stephen Liptak, Psy.D., a psychologist at Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health. It...

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Stuck In a Rut? Set Small Goals For Success

February 1 | Comments | Self-Improvement

Groundhog Day can be a shot at a new beginning or a sign that we’re stuck in a rut — just like Bill Murray reliving the same bad day, again and again in the movie. It’s also about the time that many people who made New Year’s resolutions give up. As February begins, what can you do to...

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I Won’t Drink to That: Dry January Movement Grows in Popularity

January 11 | Comments | Self-Improvement, Nutrition, Sleep

As 2019 begins, the only thing that may be more synonymous with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne” is the customary practice of making — and then breaking — New Year’s resolutions. Though you may be resigned to the idea that you may never live up to the promises you make before the clock strikes 12, a...

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Homelessness Comes to Sesame Street

12/19/2018 | Comments | Parenting, Emotional Health

It’s fitting that Sesame Street Muppet Lily left the show, but now is back again. Instability is one of the realities of homelessness that Sesame Street producers hope Lily will teach viewers. Empathy and understanding of the growing issue is their overall goal. As a social worker with Samaritan...

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How Does Screen Time Impact Children’s Brains?

12/19/2018 | Comments | Parenting, Technology

That’s a major question being asked in a multi-year National Institutes of Health study that will investigate brain development over a decade in more than 11,000 children ages 9 and 10. Preliminary results of the national study showed that children who spend more than two hours a day on...

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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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Why is the Prevalence of Autism Rising?

12/11/2018 | Comments | Parenting

The prevalence of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder appears to be rising – to one in 40, or 2.5 percent of children in the U.S. – according to a recently published study in the medical journal Pediatrics. The study is based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 National Survey...

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Brain Cyst a Factor in Urban Meyer’s Retirement

12/4/2018 | Comments | Brain Health

The rumors about Ohio State Buckeyes football coach Urban Meyer’s early retirement proved to be true. The winning coach cited his health and family as his number one reason for stepping away from a job he loves. Completing his seventh season at OSU, Coach Meyer recently revealed he suffers...

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Ready, Set, Here Comes Puberty

11/28/2018 | Comments | Parenting, Hormones

How can something so totally normal and so universal become such a rollercoaster ride? Welcome to puberty, a hormone-induced journey of physical, mental and emotional changes that transform a girl to a woman. Can you prepare yourself and your daughter? You bet. Join Dr. Anessa Alappatt and certified...

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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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IVF Gave Obamas a Second Chance at Pregnancy

11/15/2018 | Comments | Pregnancy

If you suffer from infertility, Michelle Obama has shared your pain. In her new book and in recent interviews she opens up about the heartbreak of miscarriage, fertility issues, and her desire to help young women who want to conceive. She says in vitro fertilization (IVF) provided her and...

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Spanking May Not Have the Impact You Want

11/13/2018 | Comments | Parenting

To spank or not to spank? Parents have long wrestled with this question, Mark Casdorph, DO, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health Services, tells Premier Health Now. But in recent years spanking has been falling more out of favor in the child health...

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New Drug Shortens Flu Misery

11/1/2018 | Comments | Flu, Illness

It’s not a substitute for a flu shot, but a newly approved medicine called Xofluza™ (pronounced zoe FLOO zuh) may help you feel better if you get the flu. Premier Health Now asked family practitioner Joseph Allen, MD, from Vandalia Family Care about when and whether to take the new...

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Should You Hold the Burger to Fight Antibiotic Resistance?

10/26/2018 | Comments | Nutrition

All but two of the Top 25 burger chains in the U.S recently received failing grades for their efforts to serve antibiotic-free beef in a report card from a group led by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Should you be concerned? Antibiotics are essential to fighting and preventing...

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Don’t Let Your Heart Take One for the Team

10/23/2018 | Comments | Heart

As a sports fan, you may give your heart to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Or the Boston Red Sox. Or maybe the Detroit Red Wings. When you do that – no matter your team – you know you risk a broken heart. Many sports fans, though, experience more than figurative symptoms. That’s according to a 2017...

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Researchers Work to Identify Cause of Mysterious ‘Polio-Like Virus’ in Children

10/19/2018 | Comments | Parenting, Illness

Remarkable advances in modern medicine have eradicated diseases that once plagued humanity — and even struck fear at the very mention of their names. This might explain the growing concern over a “polio-like” virus that has already been identified in more than 60 children this year. Premier...

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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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How Immunotherapy Cues Your Body to Fight Cancer

9/25/2018 | Comments | Cancer

The latest revolution in cancer treatment is an inside job – mobilizing your own immune system. Immunotherapy helps your body recognize cancer cells as the invaders they are and stop them – like the way your body protects you from invading viruses and bacteria. It’s proving successful in some lung...

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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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Aspirin’s Groundbreaking News: May Do More Harm Than Good

9/19/2018 | Comments | Heart

Millions of older adults take a daily low-dose aspirin to help prevent heart attack and stroke. But according to three recent studies, the aspirin could be doing more harm than good. Premier Health Now asked Mukul Chandra, MD, from Premier Cardiovascular Institute about the findings and if...

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7 Tips to Reduce Germs at Airport Security

9/10/2018 | Comments | Colds, Flu, Illness

When you’re hustling through airport security, you’re focused on following instructions and organizing your belongings – and possibly those of your children – so they quickly pass through the X-ray scanner. “Everything is so fast-moving that most of us are not thinking in those moments about...

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Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease: Not Just for Kids!

8/27/2018 | Comments | Illness

A disease common to children has taken some adult athletes off the playing field recently. Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), typically found in kids, sent New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard to the 10-day disabled list. And it forced the cancellation of the West Virginia University...

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EpiPen Shortage Sparks Back-to-School Concerns Among Parents

8/25/2018 | Comments | Parenting, Allergies

Back-to-school shopping is an annual tradition that takes families on an annual scavenger hunt to locate supplies such as pencils, paper and new clothes. For others, however, the most difficult thing to find on their list is a particular item that can mean the difference between life and...

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Ease Your Way Back to School

8/25/2018 | Comments | Parenting

Going from carefree summer days back to the school routine can be hard for kids and parents alike. Ease the transition with practical tips on required vaccines and physicals, setting up healthy sleep habits, watching out for concussion signs and who to consult for extra help. Join Dr. Michael Barrow...

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Stress, Implicit Bias Increase Childbirth Risks for Black Women

8/10/2018 | Comments | Celebrities, Pregnancy

By speaking out about their own experiences giving birth, Serena Williams and Beyoncé are calling attention to a serious health concern for black women: they are more likely to experience childbirth risks such as pre-eclampsia, or blood clots. Beyoncé had pre-eclampsia that required an emergency...

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Study Linking Digital Media Habits with ADHD Draws Attention

8/2/2018 | Comments | Brain Health

Is there a link between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and digital media consumption? A recently released study of more than 2,500 high school students has generated a lot of interest as it sought to determine an answer. Researchers spent two years examining the digital media...

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‘Sober’ No More: Demi Lovato’s Struggle with Addiction and Depression

7/27/2018 | Comments | Celebrities, Emotional Health

Thankfully, singer Demi Lovato survived an apparent drug overdose after she was reportedly revived at her Los Angeles home. Lovato has been open about her struggles with substance abuse and mental health issues, including an eating disorder and bipolar disorder, with its manic and depressive...

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Why You and Goldfish Need to Call It Quits – For Now

7/27/2018 | Comments | Illness, Nutrition

Toddlers call them “fishies.” But you can call them “temporarily unavailable.” This week Pepperidge Farm issued a recall of four types of Goldfish crackers because they contain whey powder that may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. Several varieties of Ritz crackers are also included on...

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Why Are Heart Attacks Rising in Pregnant Women?

7/23/2018 | Comments | Heart, Pregnancy

The number of women having heart attacks during pregnancy or within two months after delivery rose 25 percent in the 12 years (2002-2014) of a recently released NYU School of Medicine study.  What’s going on?  Mukul Chandra, MD, of Miami Valley Cardiologists, assures Premier Health Now...

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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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Death of Teen From Toxic Shock Syndrome Raises Concern

7/2/2018 | Comments | Illness

The death of 16-year-old Canadian Sara Manitoski in March 2017 was the result of toxic shock syndrome (TSS), according to the just-released coroner’s report. She died while on a school camping trip after complaining of menstrual cramps and not feeling well. She was wearing a tampon at the time of...

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The One Healthy Step Smart Guys Never Skip

6/25/2018 | Comments | Heart, Fitness, Illness, Cancer, Emotional Health, Sleep

At any age, men can do their older selves a huge favor by taking one smart step now: making time once a year for a checkup with their primary care provider. Dr. Aaron Block, family physician, and Dr. Douglas Gaker, urologist, review the health issues that can trip up men as they age – and how every...

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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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Why the Latest Stroke Treatment Depends on You

6/18/2018 | Comments | Illness, Brain Health, Technology

Even with major advances in stroke treatment and research, good outcomes depend on getting fast help for a stroke victim. Neuroscience specialists Dr. Bryan Ludwig and Dr. John Terry share the life-changing progress in stroke treatment and how you can diagnose a stroke with more than 90 percent...

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Suicides Among Youth Show Alarming Increase

6/12/2018 | Comments | Parenting, Emotional Health

Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 15 and 34 in the United States. With the deaths by suicide last week of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain it’s more important than ever to talk to our children about the permanence of suicide...

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Why Does Kate Spade’s Suicide Create Profound Grief for Some Fans?

6/7/2018 | Comments | Celebrities, Emotional Health

At age 55, popular fashion designer Kate Spade seemingly had it all: money, fame, husband, child. Her freckles and warm smile added to her happy-go-lucky persona. So when news broke of her suicide, fans were understandably shocked. But some fans’ reactions went much deeper: sobbing during TV...

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Cancer Discovery: No Chemo Needed for Certain Breast Cancers

6/5/2018 | Comments | Cancer

For specific types of early-stage breast cancer, chemotherapy may not be needed to prevent cancer recurrence, according to a new international study. The authors of the TAILORx study predict that their findings will soon change the standards of care for up to 60,000 women a year in the U.S. About...

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Mixed Signals: What Did You Hear?

5/18/2018 | Comments | Hearing

Did you hear Yanny or Laurel? That’s the first question Premier Health Now asked Fadi Tayim, PhD, Division Chief of Neuropsychology with the Premier Health Clinical Neuroscience Institute. But more than wanting to know what he heard when he clicked on the Vocabulary.com audio clip that’s...

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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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America's Loneliness Epidemic: Are You Responsible?

5/9/2018 | Comments | Relationships, Parenting, Emotional Health

Last year the U.S. Surgeon General raised eyebrows by announcing a loneliness epidemic throughout the world. But results of a recent survey by health insurer Cigna may silence the doubters. Of the 20,000 Americans who responded to the survey, nearly half indicated they sometimes or always feel...

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Endometriosis: Even Stars Need Help to Manage Pain and Fertility

5/7/2018 | Comments | Celebrities, Pregnancy, Illness

As more celebrities share personal stories about their struggles with endometriosis, the condition is becoming less mysterious. Singer Halsey, 23, is the most recent personality to disclose how she is managing the disorder.  Yet many women still struggle for months — and sometimes years —...

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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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Should You Drink Alkaline Water Like LeBron?

5/1/2018 | Comments | Fitness, Nutrition

To quench your thirst after working out or mowing the lawn, any kind of H2O will do. Water is water. Right? You may have your doubts, though, if you’ve noticed NBA stars’ current obsession with alkaline water. The players — like LeBron James — are raving about the supposed superior hydration and...

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Pitcher's Duel: Big League Player Battles Aneurysm

5/1/2018 | Comments | Brain Health

On April 20, Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Danny Farquhar had no idea he was approaching his toughest opponent ever as he walked towards the dugout in the middle of the sixth inning against the Houston Astros. Once there, Farquhar would suddenly become ill and pass out as medical staff...

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New Study: Why Breast Cancer Can Spread After Surgery

4/24/2018 | Comments | Cancer

A new study establishing a link between inflammation and tumor cells raises questions about cancer cells that may survive after breast cancer surgery. As reported by ABC News, the study conducted with mice puts forth the idea that the immune system is so busy healing inflammation at the surgical...

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Do Tumor Markers Mean Shannen Doherty's Breast Cancer Returned?

4/24/2018 | Comments | Cancer

Although 47-year-old actress Shannen Doherty is understandably anxious after learning that some of her tumor markers were elevated after a recent blood test, it doesn’t necessarily mean her breast cancer has returned. Doherty, who is currently in remission, made the announcement via Instagram...

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New Shingles Vaccine Shares Spotlight with ‘Hamilton’

4/16/2018 | Comments | Illness

Broadway composer and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, who gave Alexander Hamilton a much celebrated encore, also brought the viral disease shingles back in the spotlight with a couple of recent tweets. His tweets about having shingles and quarantining himself in his parents’ home, to protect his and...

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Fight's Off Due to a Popular MMA Fighter's Extreme Weight Loss Routine

4/6/2018 | Comments | Fitness

Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters are notorious not only for their toughness, but also for their grueling training regimens that allow them to compete with the very best in their sport. Fighter Max Holloway recently made news when it was revealed he was taking extreme measures to rapidly lose...

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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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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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Colonoscopy: The Only Colorectal Screening That Prevents Cancer

2/28/2018 | Comments | Cancer

Most people with colorectal cancer have no symptoms, which is why it’s so important to understand your risks and get proper health screenings. “This is very relevant to everyone,” says Rosanne Danielson, MD, Premier Gastroenterology Specialists.  Since March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness...

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Tech Giants Race to Develop Pain-Free Device to Monitor Blood Sugar

2/20/2018 | Comments | Technology

Patients with diabetes currently have the ability to use devices known as continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) to keep constant tabs on their blood sugar levels, but these also require embedding a needle underneath the skin. However, a new non-invasive technology is emerging that will allow...

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Another School Shooting: Don't Run From the Difficult Conversation

2/20/2018 | Comments | Parenting, Emotional Health

When a school shooting like the one in Parkland, Florida, saturates the airwaves, it naturally creates anxiety in kids. And in parents. It can be tempting to deal with the anxiety by avoiding the topic. But that would be a mistake, says psychiatrist Mark Casdorph, DO, with Upper Valley Outpatient...

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Winter Bugs Love a Crowd. Here's How to Steer Clear

2/19/2018 | Comments | Colds, Flu, Illness

Winter can be a challenging time for avoiding seasonal illnesses that spread fast in close quarters. These tips for preventing some common winter illnesses can help keep your family healthy this winter - from Dr. Marcus Washington and certified nurse practitioner Amanda Fox in this Premier Health...

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'Is That a Tattoo?' Therapeutic Tape Grabs the Olympic Spotlight

2/19/2018 | Comments | Fitness

United States figure skater Mirai Nagasu recently made international headlines when she became the third woman in history to land a triple axel in Olympic competition. At the same time, Nagasu, who is competing at the 2018 games in PyeongChang, South Korea, was also gaining attention for a thin...

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New Guidelines Buy Time for Some Stroke Patients

2/16/2018 | Comments | Brain Health

When you notice signs of a stroke coming on, dialing 9-1-1 for immediate medical care is still the order of the day. But for some stroke patients, according to newly published guidelines, the narrow window of time for effective stroke treatment may be a little wider than previously...

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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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How to Block and Tackle a Super Bowl Gall Bladder Attack

2/2/2018 | Comments | Nutrition

Odds are high that many of us will spend this Sunday at a Super Bowl LII party. Whether you watch the commercials or the game, you’re likely to eat some of the rich, fatty foods that herald the day. Super Bowl Sunday is the nation’s second-biggest food consumption day— behind only Thanksgiving —...

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Will Your Behavior Change During Wednesday's Full Moon?

1/30/2018 | Comments | Self-Improvement

The notion that a full moon causes people to behave strangely dates back hundreds of years. (The word “lunatic” comes from “luna,” the Latin name for the Moon.) But is it really true?  Although there’s no scientific evidence to support it, as explained here, research or no research, many are...

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Neil Diamond’s Parkinson’s Diagnosis May Lead to Brighter Future

1/26/2018 | Comments | Celebrities, Brain Health

The career of legendary singer and recording artist Neil Diamond has spanned nearly seven decades and garnered numerous awards. Just last week it was announced that The Recording Academy will be presenting him with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award this summer. However, this honor has been...

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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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Male Infertility from Pain Pills?

1/19/2018 | Comments | Pregnancy, Fitness, Pain

Athletes and others who exercise intensely often use over-the-counter pain medications to control their aches and pains. But according to a new study, ibuprofen – in doses commonly taken by athletes – can lower fertility in men. What should regular ibuprofen users make of this news, which was...

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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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Rocker, Eric Clapton Suffering from Tinnitus, Hearing Loss

1/15/2018 | Comments | Celebrities, Hearing

Music icon Eric Clapton hopes his fans will continue to support him after revealing in a recent interview that he suffers from tinnitus and hearing loss. Tinnitus, often referred to as “ringing in the ears,” is the perception of hearing something when there is no external noise...

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Can't Stop Gaming? Soon It Will Be a Mental Health Condition

1/8/2018 | Comments | Brain Health, Technology, Emotional Health

“Gaming disorder,” an obsessive playing of video games that impairs personal, social, academic or occupational functioning, is likely to be recognized soon as its own mental health condition.  CNN recently reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) has drafted a definition of...

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The Party Crasher: Holiday Heart Syndrome

12/18/2017 | Comments | Heart

Celebrating the holidays with family and friends does your heart good. Overeating and drinking too much alcohol while you party, though, can interrupt your good cheer with a condition called “holiday heart syndrome.” This condition is characterized by a fluttering in the chest, an irregular heart...

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Why Facebook is Scanning Your Posts for Suicidal Clues

12/8/2017 | Comments | Technology, Emotional Health

Your Facebook posts, video and live streams are now under continual surveillance, Facebook execs announced in late November. With the help of computer software, the company has begun scanning for phrases like “Are you OK?” or “Can I help?” that may indicate a Facebook user is having suicidal...

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Dayton Tesla Test Yields Not-So-Shocking Results

12/5/2017 | Comments | Heart, Technology

What impact might electric vehicles have on patients with pacemakers or defibrillators? As modern technology continues to advance, could the things designed to save our lives somehow collide with those that make them more convenient? A group of patients at Good Samaritan Hospital (closed in...

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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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High Blood Pressure: What a Difference a Day Makes

11/16/2017 | Comments | Heart, Brain Health

The American Heart Association issued new guidelines this week regarding who — and who doesn’t — have high blood pressure (HBP). That means millions of Americans woke to a diagnosis of HBP that they didn’t have when they went to bed the night before. HBP, which can lead to stroke, heart...

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LeBron James Heals Himself by Standing Still

11/13/2017 | Comments | Fitness

It’s no secret that basketball superstar LeBron James is a popular draw on social media, but you might be surprised to know that his most recent viral video doesn’t feature a spectacular dunk, pass or shot. Instead, over 3.2 million Instagram viewers have watched James balance himself on two...

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Dodging Dementia With Clot-Blocking Blood Thinners

11/10/2017 | Comments | Heart, Brain Health

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) who are treated with blood thinners are less likely to develop dementia compared to AFib patients who don’t take blood thinners. This, according to results of a new study reported by The Guardian. AFib, an irregular heartbeat, can lead to blood clots and...

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How to Help Your Child When School Stress Grows

11/10/2017 | Comments | Parenting, Self-Improvement

It’s that stressful time of year again. As teachers release first quarter grades, anxiety levels can increase for children and teens. Whether your child’s report card is filled with A’s or an alphabet soup, the end of the first grading period can trigger emotional responses. Academic, social and...

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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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The SAD Effects of Shorter Days

10/19/2017 | Comments | Illness, Brain Health

As days get shorter, sunlight dwindles and skies turn grey, does your mood seem to take a downcast turn, too? If so, you could have a condition called seasonal affective disorder – known by its apt acronym, SAD. To learn more about SAD, its symptoms and how to treat it, Premier Health Now recently...

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What’s Behind Your Pumpkin Spice Addiction?

10/7/2017 | Comments | Nutrition

As even more pumpkin spice products hit the shelves, your craving for the fall flavor may seem unending. The funny thing is many items — from yogurt and marshmallows to goat cheese — don’t contain pumpkin. Yet we still want it. What’s going on? To find out, Premier Health Now talked with Meredith...

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‘Today, I’m the One.’ Julia Louis-Dreyfus Breaks Breast Cancer News

9/29/2017 | Comments | Celebrities, Cancer

"1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one." That’s how Julia Louis-Dreyfus shared her news this week via Twitter. The Veep and Seinfeld megastar, 56, a longtime advocate of cancer research, received the diagnosis on Sept. 18, the day after picking up her eighth Primetime Emmy. The...

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Gaga Puts Her Face on a Puzzling Disease

9/22/2017 | Comments | Celebrities, Illness, Pain

You could almost hear the enthusiastic (yet empathetic) cheer from fibromyalgia sufferers recently when they got the news: Lady Gaga shares their long-misunderstood disease. Although fibromyalgia is nothing to cheer about, Lady Gaga’s admittance to the club will surely help dissipate some of...

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Study Raises Hope for Alzheimer's Diagnosis

9/15/2017 | Comments | Illness, Brain Health

Recently, an experimental blood test showed a high rate of accuracy in diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease, in a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  What does this mean in the quest to better understand, treat and prevent Alzheimer’s, the most...

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Apple Watch 3 May Detect Dangerous Irregular Heartbeat

9/14/2017 | Comments | Heart

Abnormal heart rhythms can cause blood clots and stroke, yet an unknown number of Americans may not even know they are at risk. That is about to change, thanks to new technology on the Apple Watch 3 being tested in the Apple Heart Study. To learn more, Premier Health Now talked with Mark...

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Why More Kids Will Be Diagnosed with High Blood Pressure

9/7/2017 | Comments | Heart, Parenting

The number of children diagnosed with high blood pressure, also called hypertension, is likely to jump as new rules for spotting and treating the condition are put into place. More than 2 million American kids already are living with hypertension. To get a better understanding of what this...

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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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'Everybody's Talkin' at Me': How to Talk About Hate in the News

8/25/2017 | 0 Comments | Relationships, Self-Improvement

Charlottesville, terrorism, demonstrations…When the headlines are saturated with hate, the topic naturally spills over into conversation among friends, family and co-workers. Such discussion can be helpful and educational. Yet because these topics are controversial, conversations can quickly become...

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'Fitbit for Fertility': Not a Cure-all, Says Fertility Specialist

8/25/2017 | 0 Comments | Pregnancy

As Americans, we’re dazzled by gadgets that make our lives easier, more efficient and more productive — sometimes literally. Recently, makers of a wristband called Ava, which measures nine physical indicators of fertility, celebrated the first baby born with the help of this high-tech fertility...

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After Charlottesville: 6 Tips for Talking With Your Kids

8/22/2017 | 2 Comments | Parenting

With so much violence and hatred in the news, it’s smart to talk to your kids about it. For a local perspective, Premier Health Now sought guidance from Shauna Dilworth, MS, LPCC-S, Clinical Supervisor, Young Children’s Assessment and Treatment Services (YCATS) program at Samaritan Behavioral...

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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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'Overfat' Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

8/10/2017 | 0 Comments | Fitness, Nutrition

Could your level of body fat say more about your overall health than your body mass index (BMI) or even your weight? CNN recently reported on a condition researchers call “overfat” that describes a harmful amount of fat in your body, particularly in your belly — even if you have a healthy...

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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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Jumping to Conclusions? Or is Trampoline Alert On Target?

7/26/2017 | 3 Comments | Parenting, Fitness

The gush of warnings began shortly after a Florida mom posted a pic of her tearful toddler. He broke his leg on a trampoline and is in a waist-to-ankle cast for six weeks. “Think again before letting your kid on a trampoline,” warned one online report. “Our lives have been turned upside down,” the...

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Reduce Dementia by a Third? Tell Us How!

7/25/2017 | 0 Comments | Self-Improvement, Illness

With dementia afflicting 45 million people worldwide in 2015, the disease could well be the biggest killer of the 21st century, some experts think. A new report from the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care suggests that up to a third of Alzheimer’s and other dementia...

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Did You See Those Legs?

7/20/2017 | 0 Comments | Fitness

The bulging veins of Tour de France cyclist Paweł Poljański's legs recently made for an eye-popping, viral photo. This image grabbed the attention of Premier Health Now — and probably of most anyone used to pedaling far less grueling distances than the Tour’s 3,540 kilometers. Health Now asked Jon...

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Bone Up on Ways to Beat Vitamin D Deficiency

7/14/2017 | 0 Comments | Nutrition

If you feel fatigued, not like yourself and maybe a little depressed, you might need more vitamin D. Nearly 40 percent of U.S. citizens do not get enough of the nutrient, which your skin makes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The rate of vitamin D deficiency is at epidemic levels, say some health...

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Step Away from the Fries

7/12/2017 | 0 Comments | Heart, Nutrition

Although your favorite fast food restaurant may entice you with discounts on National French Fry Day, July 13, there are good reasons to pass. According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and reported by CNN, people who eat fried potatoes two or more times a...

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Two Reasons Why Zika Remains a Threat to Unborn Babies

7/6/2017 | 0 Comments | Pregnancy

Last summer’s hype surrounding the Rio Olympics put Zika virus front and center. A year later, the barrage of news coverage has subsided, but the potential danger remains, as explained in this recent story. Premier Health Now talked to Katherine Bachman, MD, MS, Upper Valley Women’s Center, about...

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Alert: Beware Harmful Ingredients in Bodybuilding Supplements

6/29/2017 | 0 Comments | Fitness, Nutrition

The bodybuilding supplement you’re relying on to enhance your strength and muscle mass may contain an ingredient that’s hazardous to your health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a consumer alert that products containing anabolic steroids (synthetic testosterone) or...

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Coconut Oil: Healthy or Unhealthy?

6/23/2017 | 0 Comments | Heart, Nutrition

What’s to be made of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) recent Presidential Advisory that saturated fat — coconut oil, in particular — raises your risk of heart disease? The advisory, published online in Circulation, received widespread media attention. In response, many weighed in across the...

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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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Know Your Limit: Daily Drinking and Breast Cancer Risk

6/13/2017 | 0 Comments | Cancer, Nutrition

Daily drinking may increase your risk for developing breast cancer — but don’t forego that glass of wine with dinner just yet. A new report from the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research says sipping an average of 10 grams of alcohol a day is associated...

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Winning the Battle Against Bullying

5/27/2017 | 0 Comments | Parenting

What’s the impact of bullying on our youth? As many as 35 percent of young people ages 10 to 18 are bullied face to face and another 15 to 20 percent are cyber bullied.  Netflix’s popular “13 Reasons Why" series spotlights bullying as one of many contributing factors in a fictional high...

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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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Making a Case for Fidget Spinners

5/23/2017 | 0 Comments | Parenting

They’ve been around since the 1990s, but sales of fidget spinners to school-age children skyrocketed this spring into the millions. The paddle-shaped blades that spin when you press the core come in multiple colors, designs and prices. As CNN reported on this newest toy fad, Premier Health Now...

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Parents: Keep Open Dialogue on 13 Reasons Why

5/18/2017 | 0 Comments | Parenting

The events leading up to a fictional high school girl’s suicide, chronicled in Netflix’s new “13 Reasons Why” series, have gone viral with adolescents and teens since the show debuted in March 2017. As Netflix announced a second season for the show, Premier Health Now talked to Samaritan Behavioral...

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New Medicine Treats Paralyzing ALS

5/11/2017 | 0 Comments | Illness

Patients living with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) may be able to slow the progression of the crippling disease, improve their quality of life and live longer — thanks to a new drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Developed in Japan, edaravone shows promise in helping ALS...

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Linking Brain to Computer: Science or Science Fiction?

5/3/2017 | 0 Comments | Self-Improvement

Creating a brain-computer connection by implanting electrodes in the brain is the latest ambition of entrepreneur Elon Musk, who recently announced formation of a new company called Neuralink. This push to enhance brain power with computer power is more science fiction than realistic neuroscience,...

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Is Menstrual Syncing with Your Girlfriends Possible?

4/28/2017 | 0 Comments | Hormones

You’ve heard stories of female roommates who spent so much time together their menstrual cycles synced?   “Not possible,” report scientists at the University of Oxford, according to this Fox News report. The scientists recently followed 360 pairs of women, each using an app to track their...

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4 Ways to Make Lunch Count

4/13/2017 | 0 Comments | Self-Improvement, Nutrition

If you catch a quick lunch at your desk most days, take a break and celebrate Make Lunch Count Day on April 13. Founded by TGI Friday’s in 2016, Make Lunch Count Day encourages breaking the trend of eating at your desk to get out for lunch and have stimulating conversations.  Premier Health...

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Are Smartphones the New Drug of Choice?

4/12/2017 | 0 Comments | Relationships, Parenting

Recent studies have shown that American teenagers are growing less likely to try or regularly use drugs, including alcohol. Can smartphones be the reason? The list of experts who believe the two may be related is too long to ignore.  Replacing One Gratification With Another  An annual...

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Worrisome Trend: Diseases of Aging Strike Young

4/6/2017 | 0 Comments | Fitness, Illness, Cancer

More people under age 65 are diagnosed with arthritis, colon cancer and stroke — conditions once thought to be the domain of older adults.  What’s going on? Premier Health Now talked with Mark Williams, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine, to find out. “We don't know the absolute scientific...

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Arthritis - Not Just for Seniors Anymore

4/3/2017 | 0 Comments | Fitness, Pain

Think arthritis is strictly an old person’s ailment?  Think again, according to a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The CDC Vital Signs report says that about 54.4 million American adults have been diagnosed with the painful joint...

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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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Popular Lenten Detox a Real Headache

3/24/2017 | 0 Comments | Nutrition

Giving up sugar for Lent is no easy challenge. Two reasons:   Sugar is seemingly everywhere – a hidden ingredient in many foods.  The effects of sugar withdrawal can be a real headache.  To find out more about what many people may be experiencing right now, Premier Health Now...

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Apple Cider Vinegar: How Powerful Is It?

3/17/2017 | 1 Comments | Nutrition

New scientific studies tout the ability of apple cider vinegar to regulate blood sugar, prevent weight gain, reduce inflammation and boost the levels of good bacteria in our gut. Can one fermented product really provide all these health benefits? Premier Health Now talked with Dale Block,...

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Now Trending: Colon Cancer in Young Adults

3/6/2017 | 0 Comments | Cancer

Here’s disturbing news that’s trend-worthy. If you’re in your 20s, 30s or 40s, your risk of colon cancer has doubled, and your risk of rectal cancer has quadrupled compared to older adults. This, according to American Cancer Society researchers who found that people younger than 55 are 58 percent...

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What's Leftover Lasagna Got to Do with Colon Cancer?

3/3/2017 | 0 Comments | Cancer

Since March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Premier Health Now reminds you that if you’re due for a colon cancer screening, now’s a perfect time to get it scheduled. Two reasons, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  Of cancers that affect both men and women,...

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Cassidy Moves Past Denial of Dementia

2/22/2017 | 0 Comments | Celebrities, Illness

David Cassidy — singer/actor, former teen idol and star of the ‘70s TV hit The Partridge Family — just ended his touring career at age 66. He’s been diagnosed with dementia and wants to “focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” he told People magazine.Cassidy has...

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Back Ache? Hold Off on the Pills

2/21/2017 | 0 Comments | Pain

When your lower back aches, you want relief. Now.And you may believe that the quickest route to comfort is a walk to your medicine cabinet.But not so fast.The American College of Physicians recently released new treatment guidelines for lower back pain. The guidelines recommend skipping medicine —...

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Can Sunscreen Really Prevent Skin Cancer?

2/17/2017 | 0 Comments | Celebrities, Cancer

Sunscreen has a new champion, and he’s right out of Hollywood. Actor Hugh Jackman’s four-time battle with basal cell carcinoma has him encouraging fans to #wearsunscreen! Jackman’s basal cell carcinoma is the most frequently occurring form of skin cancer. It’s caused by cumulative, intense...

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Stay Informed and Stay Sane

2/16/2017 | 1 Comments | Self-Improvement

Do you feel inundated with the constant updates on current events that seem to be occurring more rapidly than ever?Premier Health Now talked with Fadi Tayim, PhD, Division Chief of Neuropsychology at the Clinical Neuroscience Institute, about how to consume news in a meaningful and healthy way.By...

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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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15 Ways to Tackle Norovirus

2/6/2017 | 0 Comments | Flu, Illness

Fast on the heels of a spike in influenza cases comes the highly contagious, vomit-inducing norovirus.  Like the flu, norovirus can quickly infect an entire household or school or office. Premier Health Now talked with Emily Neal, nurse practitioner, Premier Family Care of Mason, about...

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Am I at Greater Risk of Dying from Cervical Cancer?

1/30/2017 | 0 Comments | Celebrities, Cancer

A new study says the death rate from cervical cancer is worse than experts thought. Premier Health Now asked Michael Guy MD, Premier Gynecologic Oncology, for the details.“It’s true that the chances of dying from cervical cancer are higher than we thought,” Dr. Guy says, “but it’s important to...

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Executive Order: Vaccines Reduce Pneumonia Risk

1/26/2017 | 0 Comments | Celebrities, Illness

Former President George H.W. Bush brought to national attention the seriousness of pneumonia for older adults when he entered the hospital January 14 with shortness of breath.Now that our 41st president is out of intensive care and on the mend, Health Now checked in with Marcus Washington, MD, of...

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Peanuts for Babies: Why Parents Can Trust New Recommendations

1/24/2017 | 0 Comments | Parenting, Allergies

New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics on introducing peanut products to infants have received mixed reviews from parents. In a recent New York Times article, parents from various states sounded off about their guilt and angst regarding new recommendations on reducing childhood...

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Be It Resolved: Weekend-Only Exercise Counts

1/20/2017 | 0 Comments | Fitness, Self-Improvement

Are weekday work and family obligations crowding out your New Year’s resolution to exercise regularly?If weekends seem to be your only chance for physical activity, you’re not alone. And you’re not out of luck.At least according to a study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine.Subjects of the...

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It's Not Too Late for a Flu Shot

1/19/2017 | 0 Comments | Flu

A spike in flu cases is a sign that flu season is kicking into high gear.Flu cases are on the rise in Ohio for the second week in a row and health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expect flu activity to increase. If you didn’t get a flu shot this fall, don’t panic. Premier...

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Why It's Hard to Keep New Year's Resolutions

1/17/2017 | 0 Comments | Self-Improvement

If you’re like most Americans, you’re about ready to bail on your New Year’s resolution. Premier Health Now talked with neuropsychologist Fadi Tayim, PhD, Premier Health Clinical Neuroscience Institute, to find out why it’s so difficult to keep resolutions, and what you can do differently to...

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Turn Your New Year's Fitness Resolution into a Habit

1/13/2017 | 0 Comments | Fitness, Self-Improvement

If your New Year’s resolution includes the phrases “exercise more” and “lose weight,” you are among the more than 25 percent of Americans who made resolutions that take aim at getting fit.To boost the odds of achieving your goal, Premier Health Now talked with Joshua Ordway, MD, Franklin Family...

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In Vogue: Motherhood After 50?

1/6/2017 | 0 Comments | Celebrities, Pregnancy

Celebrity births are big news. All the more when the celebrity happens to be 50 years old, and having her first child – like Janet Jackson this week. Even so, later life pregnancies seem to be more common today. We checked statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm...

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Taking News of Celebrity Deaths to Heart

12/28/2016 | 0 Comments | Heart, Celebrities

The loss of two pop icons two days apart — actress Carrie Fisher and singer George Michael — has left a hole in many fans’ hearts. Especially at this time of year. And the news that heart disease had a role in both stars’ deaths hits close to home: Heart disease can affect anyone.  What else...

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Is Phubbing Putting Your Relationships at Risk?

12/20/2016 | 0 Comments | Relationships

As families gather for the holidays, there’s a growing source of tension among generations: phubbing.  Coined in Australia in 2012 as shorthand for “phone snubbing,” phubbing occurs when you give your smartphone more attention than the people you’re with.  Parents and grandparents want...

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Source: Premier Health Now Team
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