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Evaluation of Medical Information

[member-grid items=" Ted Humphry" perrow="4" linkprofiles="1" /]Evaluating information, medical and otherwise, on the Web or in print is difficult. It is important to decide if any given information is worth reviewing, using or remembering. Here are some general guidelines to help you evaluate medical information: Who is the author? What are her or his credentials? [...]

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Don’t want to immunize?

[member-grid items=" Ted Humphry" perrow="4" linkprofiles="1" /]The desirability of doing immunizations has been debated since the practice gained wide acceptance and became public health policy in the middle of the last century. Now, in the United States, some children get as many as twenty-five shots to immunize against twelve common diseases. Most of the diseases [...]

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Upper Respiratory Infections

[member-grid items=" Ted Humphry" perrow="4" linkprofiles="1" /]Many kinds of virus may cause the symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection. A viral cold, also known as the Humboldt Crud or respiratory flu, is a frequent occurrence on our Northcoast area, especially during the wetter months. If symptoms including a fever, cough, headache or earache are [...]

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Smoking and Childhood

[member-grid items=" Ted Humphry" perrow="4" linkprofiles="1" /]It has been well established that smoking is related to many health problems in adults. There is also evidence that smoking influences the health of people around the person who is smoking. This includes children in the home or car where the adults  smoke. Children whose parents smoke are [...]

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Poisoning or Toxic Exposure

[member-grid items=" Ted Humphry" perrow="4" linkprofiles="1" /]You should, of course, take precautions to make sure medications and other poisons are kept locked and out of reach of children. But even in the most careful of homes, toddlers sometimes take advantage of the briefest opportunity to taste a forbidden substance. Maybe it will be the red [...]

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On Choosing A New Doctor

[member-grid items=" Ted Humphry" perrow="4" linkprofiles="1" /]We’re sorry you’re leaving. At this time of transition there will be plenty of stresses in your life including getting established with a new physician. In choosing a new doctor or medical resource you want somebody who is friendly, always available, easy to talk to, knowledgeable, inexpensive, and does [...]

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MRSA

[member-grid items=" Ted Humphry" perrow="4" linkprofiles="1" /]MRSA – (METHCILLIN RESISTANT STAPH AUREUS) In the last decade, a new type of staphylococcal (staph) bacteria infection, resistant to common staph antibiotics, has emerged in the community. This is true over most of the world. This kind of staph infection can be serious and difficult to treat, however [...]

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Firearm Safety

[member-grid items=" Ted Humphry" perrow="4" linkprofiles="1" /]On the Northcoast many families have firearms in the home. Going through a normal day’s activities, guns can be seen on policemen or other law enforcement officials and occasionally in vehicles driven by citizens. Anyone who goes to the movies or watches television sees firearms in use. Guns are [...]

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Diarrhea, Vomiting and Dehydration

[member-grid items=" Ted Humphry" perrow="4" linkprofiles="1" /]Diarrhea and vomiting both come from irritation or infection of the intestinal tract. Diarrhea and vomiting may have the same cause. The goal of treatment of either one is to maintain hydration, keep the child as happy as possible, and promote healing. If a child has both diarrhea and [...]

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Colic

[member-grid items=" Ted Humphry" perrow="4" linkprofiles="1" /]Colic is fussiness to sometimes vigorous crying that seems to affect babies usually between the ages of two weeks to three or four months. Colic is most frequently in the evening hours, but it may be at any time of day. Sometimes associated there is burping or passing gas, [...]

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