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The Dangers of Sharing Medicine

Medicine plays an important role in our health, from managing chronic diseases such as diabetes, to treating health problems like infections. But sharing medicine with family or friends, even when you intend to help them, is a dangerous misuse that…

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Does Your Child Need a Second Dose of the Flu Vaccine?

Children are at higher risk of getting the flu and may also be more likely to develop complications from the flu virus. In fact,20,000 children under age of 5 are hospitalized for flu-related complications in the United States each year….

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Preventing the Next Stroke

Jeanette was 46 when she was permanently disabled by a stroke. While blow drying her hair, she suddenly developed weakness in the left side of her face, arm and leg. Six weeks later, Jeanette was still unable to use or…

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Smart ER: How Overcrowded Are Our Emergency Rooms?

How many people surrounded you the last time you visited the ER?  Between 1995 and 2010, annual ER visits in the U.S. grew by 34 percent, while the number of hospitals with ERs declined by 11 percent. Emergency medical care is…

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Smart ER: Where and when to go?

The difference between a trip to a primary care physician or an urgent care center and the emergency room is an important one to understand. Primary care doctors are individuals who have known their patients for a long time and have a good idea…

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Blue Care Network now offering free, 24-hour Nurse Advice Line to members

It was summer and he was washing my car in the driveway. A relatively healthy guy, my husband has no chronic health problems, exercises regularly, watches what he eats and has an enviable BMI. So when he came into the…

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Are we talking about the same ICE pack?

Every home should have an ICE pack. It’s best served in a laundry room or by the front door in a dry, easily accessible area. Probably not the ice pack you’re thinking of then, right? That’s because this ICE pack…

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Making Good Use of an Urgent Care Center is Part of Practicing Smart ER

When you have a primary care physician, you’ve taken the biggest step in making sure you receive the best care when sudden illness or injury strikes. So, what’s the next most important step, one that can give you and your…

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Smart ER: Are You Providing Yourself With Fractured Care?

If you’ve been following Smart ER in this space … and you should be … you know that we place finding a primary care physician above all other suggestions on preparing for illness and injury. But, don’t just take our…

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