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Why Create a Family Health History?

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 8:53am December 22nd, 2014 · 5 hours ago
A family health history is a written record of a family's health. The history contains information about a family's medical conditions, lifestyle habits (for example, whether anyone in the family has smoked), and where and how family members grew up. It's like a family tree for health. What a Family Health History May Reveal You can use a family health history to see if you, your children, or your grandchildren might face an increased risk of developing serious health problems.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:36am December 19th, 2014
Based on early data, the 2014-2015 flu season could be severe. Protect yourself and your family against seasonal flu. Getting vaccinated and taking everyday precautions—like washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying away from sick people—are the best ways to keep yourself healthy this flu season.

January WOW (Words on Wellness) Newsletter

By Benton County Extension · 9:19pm December 17th, 2014
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12 Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:09am December 17th, 2014
Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority. Take steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy—and ready to enjoy the holidays. 1. Wash hands often to help prevent the spread of germs. It's flu season. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.

5 tips for a safe holiday party

By David Condry · 12:25pm December 15th, 2014
By David Condry, Project Coordinator Benton County Above the Influence Coalition During the holidays, many people look forward to celebrating with their family and friends, and serving alcohol is often a part of that celebration. To ensure that everyone remains safe and enjoys their holiday gatherings, it is always important to take the extra time for necessary planning.

Cold, Flu, or Allergy?

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 8:53am December 15th, 2014
You’re feeling pretty lousy. You’ve got sniffles, sneezing, and a sore throat. Is it a cold, flu, or allergies? It can be hard to tell them apart because they share so many symptoms. But understanding the differences will help you choose the best treatment. “If you know what you have, you won’t take medications that you don’t need, that aren’t effective, or that might even make your symptoms worse,” says NIH’s Dr.

Donations Increase, More Lives Saved

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:15am December 8th, 2014
We frequently hear about blood drives and the supply needs of our community but rarely do we learn about the impact of our giving community. In the past two years the blood drives held at Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics have yielded more than 250 pints of blood. Blood donated in our community stays in our community and that’s an incredible asset for a rural hospital.

Three Strains of Influenza Currently Circulating in Iowa

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 8:06am December 5th, 2014
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) says all three flu viruses covered by this year’s vaccine - A(H3N2), A(H1N1) and B - are currently circulating in Iowa. Nationally, an additional A(H3N2) strain is accounting for about half the illness seen across the country so far this year. The CDC today announced the current influenza vaccine does not offer as effective protection against this strain.

Feeling Stressed? Stress Relief Might Help Your Health

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:34am December 3rd, 2014
Winter holidays—do they fill you with joy or with worries about gift-giving and family gatherings? Do summer vacations leave you relaxed or fretful over travel and money? If you’re feeling stressed out over supposedly fun things, it might be time to reassess. Take a few moments to learn how stress affects your health and what you can do about it.

Drunk and Drugged Driving December, Impaired Driving Prevention Month

By Jeffrey Meyers ASAC · 2:33pm November 24th, 2014
December marks that perfect time of year when everything but the weather is winding down, a time of holidays, family, friends, food, and celebration. It’s a month that closes out the year, only to help usher in what promises to be an exciting new year ahead. It’s a month of joy, bonding, and laughter.

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