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Health and Fitness

Is It Strep Throat?

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 2:05pm October 29th, 2014 · 22 hours ago
Strep throat is a common type of sore throat in children, but it's not very common in adults. Healthcare professionals can do a quick test to determine if a sore throat is strep throat and decide if antibiotics are needed. Proper treatment can help you feel better faster and prevent spreading it to others! Many things can cause that unpleasant, scratchy, and sometimes painful condition known as a sore throat.

Two strains of flu reported in Iowa; vaccinations urged

By Iowa Dept. Of Public Health · 10:15am October 28th, 2014
Surveillance by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network shows while flu activity in the state is slowly increasing and remains low, there already are two strains of the virus circulating. “This is the perfect time to get your flu vaccination,” said IDPH Medical Director, Dr.

Get the Skinny on Dermatitis

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 11:21am October 27th, 2014
You’ve probably had a rash at some point or another, whether from poison ivy or the chickenpox or something more unusual. Why does your skin break out in red blotches like that? More important, is there anything you can do about it? We often think of the skin as a barrier—it keeps the insides of our bodies in, and it keeps the outside world out.

How Sugars and Sweeteners Affect Your Health

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 8:36am October 24th, 2014
Most of us love sweet foods and drinks. But after that short burst of sweetness, you may worry about how sweets affect your waistline and your overall health. Is sugar really bad for us? How about artificial or low-calorie sweeteners? What have scientists learned about the sweet things that most of us eat and drink every day? Our bodies need one type of sugar, called glucose, to survive.

Understanding Breast Cancer

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 11:22am October 22nd, 2014
More women are beating breast cancer these days, in part because of improved treatments and screening. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found in its early stages, it may be easier to treat. NIH-funded scientists are searching for better ways to diagnose, treat, and even prevent breast cancer. Some are studying cancer at the cellular level to learn which tumors pose little danger and can be left alone.

First Influenza (Flu) Cases Reach Iowa

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:04am October 20th, 2014
Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on October 14th that the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) had identified three cases of influenza in the state. While influenza activity remains at a low level, the identification of the first flu cases of the season indicates the virus is circulating in the state.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:14am October 15th, 2014
Most children get restless, rowdy, or distracted at times. That’s all part of being a kid. But some kids have such trouble paying attention, staying focused, and finishing tasks that it interferes with their schoolwork, home life, and friendships. These difficulties might be signs of a developmental disorder called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

VPRD now offering Fall Aqua Aerobics

By Brad Barker · 6:40pm October 13th, 2014
VPRD has begun accepting registrations for our upcoming Fall Aqua Aerobics session held Wednesday and Sunday evenings at the Iowa Braille School's indoor pool. Class times are from 6:30-7:30 PM on October 22, 26, 29. November 5, 12. Class times are from 5:30-6:30 PM on November 2, 9, 16. The cost of the class is $40 and registrations must be submitted by Monday, October 20.

November WOW Newsletter

By Benton County Extension · 1:09pm October 13th, 2014
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What Parents Need to Know about Enterovirus D68

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:04am October 13th, 2014
Every year, millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses that can cause coughing, sneezing, and fever. This year, the enterovirus that is most commonly causing respiratory illness in children across the country is enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68). Take basic steps to keep your child from getting and spreading EV-D68.

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