Health Care, Special Needs and Your Child's School

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A new school year can be stressful for several reasons, especially for those of us with kids who have medical conditions or learning needs that require special attention.

The good news is, there are plans that can be written specific to your child’s needs that can help parents, students, teachers, nurses and staff be on the same page.

Written plans act as an agreement between students and the school to make sure that barriers are removed, and accommodations are made so that your child can get the most out of their education.


When Your Doctor Is Booked, Try an N.P. or P.A.

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When you go to your doctor’s office, do you sometimes see a provider with N.P. or P.A. after their name?

In 2010, the Affordable Care Act recognized both nurse practitioners (N.P.) and physician assistants (P.A.) as primary care providers. As demand for health care grows in the U.S., these advanced care practitioners (ACPs) will become more and more important.


Beat the Heat!

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One of the most common issues we all can face in a heatwave is a heat-related illness.

Your body has a natural cooling system that is always working to maintain a safe temperature. Sweating helps your body cool down, but when you are exposed to high temperatures and the sun for a long time—working or exercising outdoors, for example—your cooling system has to work harder.

In that situation, your body sends more blood to your skin—and away from your muscles, brain and other organs. That can lead to a heat illness.


Tips on Ticks!

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This time of year is the perfect time to get outside and explore the great outdoors.

Hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing…the outdoor possibilities are endless, especially in our region.

But spending time in nature is not without its risks. One common issue in our region, and across the U.S., is ticks.

If you spend any amount of time outside this summer, you will probably find a tick on your clothes or skin at some point. But don’t panic.


To Swab or Not To Swab

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The verdict is in: don’t stick a cotton swab in your ear! Or anything else, for that matter.

As satisfying as it may be to try to clean your ears with a cotton swab, the reality is, you’re not really cleaning them at all. You’re pushing the wax in deeper, which can eventually cause damage and hearing loss.

Cotton swabs push more than 90 percent of earwax deeper than it belongs, to where it can’t get out. 



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