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Physical Distancing & the Joy of Joining In

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  Physical distancing is the act of avoiding crowded places and putting space between yourself and others. In practical terms, it means staying at home (mostly) and away from public places, such as restaurants, where people get together. It’s a prescription that goes double for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick Read More >

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Prep Your Health: Chronic Kidney Disease Care in an Emergency

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There are different forms of chronic kidney disease and many receive different types of treatment for it. In observance of March being National Kidney Month, Public Health Matters looks at how people who need dialysis can prepare for disasters and emergencies. For being so small (each is about the size of a computer mouse), the Read More >

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National Battery Day: Plan Ahead with Emergency Power Sources

In observance of National Battery Day on February 18, take a minute to think about how integrated electricity and power sources, like batteries, are to our everyday lives. Electricity is so integral to our routines, that we sometimes take it for granted. So many facets of our lives require electricity. Look around you. From cell Read More >

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Five Important Things You Need to Know About This Flu Season

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“It’s the least-fun, viral time of the year…” The indicators that CDC uses to track U.S. flu activity have been high this season. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the indicators that track severity–hospitalizations and deaths–are not high at this point in the season. Lots of people are catching flu, but, thus Read More >

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Even More Practical Skills for the Holiday Host(ess) with the Mostest

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This is an updated version of a post first published on December 17, 2018. Around this time last year, we published a post titled 5 Practical Skills for the Holiday ‘Host(ess) with the Mostest.’ And just like last year’s fruit cake, we’re baaaack with more do-it-yourself skills to help you prepare your health for the Read More >

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Preparing Children with Special Healthcare Needs for an Emergency

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In my home both of my children have special health care needs. My daughter Charlotte is 4 years-old, and my son, Zachary, is 2 years-old. Both were diagnosed with asthma at an early age. Having children with special health care needs means that my husband and I must think ahead, plan ahead, and prepare our Read More >

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