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What are the best ways to avoid, identify and treat head lice?

By August 21, 2018 Just the Facts

According to Maria Lombardi, MD, pediatrician at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), lice are highly contagious, and are spread from person to person (mostly children) via the direct contact of hair accessories, hats, pillows, bedding, and of course, heads. Read More

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How can I pack a healthy school lunch that actually gets eaten?

By August 21, 2018 Just the Facts

Success starts well before the lunch bell rings. Read More

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How can I make Halloween a safe yet enjoyable experience?

By August 21, 2018 Just the Facts

Each year, 4,400 trick-or-treaters across the country are taken to a hospital. Mark Papish, MD, Associate Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), shares strategies to minimize risk. First, remember that one-third of Halloween injuries involve lacerations from pumpkin-carving. “Using a children’s pumpkin-carving knife that is serrated, but not sharp, can mitigate this risk,” Dr. Papish says. “You can also have young children paint the pumpkin instead.” Read More

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How can I help prevent a senior citizen family member from getting injured in a fall?

By August 21, 2018 Just the Facts

The bad news: One in three falls among adults 65 and over leads to a traumatic injury, such as a hip fracture. Read More

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What’s the best way to navigate a medicine aisle and make sense of all the options?

By August 21, 2018 Just the Facts

In drugstore aisles, over-the-counter medications are organized by symptoms. To find the right match, think about cause. “When you see your symptoms on the front of the box, flip it over to see the active ingredients,” says Steven Seeberger, RPH, Director of Pharmacy Services at Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). “There are many cold and allergy medications. The rule is: If your runny-nose symptoms are being caused by the common cold, you should select a decongestant. If your runny nose is caused by seasonal allergy, you should use an antihistamine. If you see the word “PM” in the name of the medication, it contains a sleep aid.” Read More

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Which gym health hazards should I watch out for?

By August 21, 2018 Just the Facts

There’s nothing more aggravating than getting sick while trying to stay healthy. Read More

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What type of sunscreen — spray or lotion — is best for preventing skin cancer?

By June 22, 2018 Just the Facts

Short answer: It doesn’t matter — as long as you wear sunscreen in some form, says Arlene Cohen, oncology nurse at HealthAlliance Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Read More

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What summer illnesses should I look out for — and how can I prevent them?

By June 22, 2018 Just the Facts

Heatstroke poses a danger to athletes and people who work outdoors, and the key to prevention is staying hydrated. “Power drinks are beneficial, but there’s nothing better than good old-fashioned water or salt tablets,” says George Cox, MD, internal medicine physician at Bon Secours Medical Group, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Read More

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How can I prepare my child for the transition back to school?

By June 22, 2018 Just the Facts

Summer means a break from everything school-related — from bedtimes to bullies. All should be addressed well before Labor Day to smooth the transition for children, says Abraham Bartell, MD, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). “Children need a week or two to retrain their brains and bodies to return to a full day of school,” he says. Read More

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How can I stay healthy while traveling to different parts of the world?

By June 22, 2018 Just the Facts

“The first thing I tell people is to start thinking about potential health issues as soon as you book your flight,” says Rajiv Narula, MD, travel-medicine expert and internal medicine physician at MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). “Most people look up restaurants or resorts, and only realize they need vaccinations at the last minute.” Read More

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