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Posted: Jul 17, 2017

Sharing Your Family Health History

By SMH Genetic Counselor Nicole Wood

These days families have so many ways to communicate: texting, email, Facebook, video-calls, etc. But even with all of this digital connectedness, families often forget to talk about an important topic: their health histories. Knowing your family health history is more important than ever. 

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Posted: Jul 13, 2017

Is it a Summer Cold or Allergies?

Many people think of allergies as seasonal, typically striking in the spring or fall. But, allergies can strike in the summer or even year-round. Summer allergies (or hay fever) can develop even in adults who have never had allergies. In such cases, it's easy to mistake allergies for a summer cold.
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Posted: Jul 5, 2017

What to Know about Jaundice in Infants

BY SMH MOTHER-BABY NURSE LEAH BROWN, RN

1. What is jaundice?

Two-thirds of newborn babies will get jaundice in the first week following their birth. That can be a scary thought for new parents. Jaundice is caused when an infant has too much of bilirubin in his/her blood, so the body deposits it into the child’s skin and mucous membranes, causing a yellow tinge to his/her skin or whites of the eyes; bilirubin is the waste product of the breakdown of red blood cells. In most cases, infant jaundice is mild and harmless, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). But in unusual situations, the bilirubin level can get very high and could cause brain damage, making it important to monitor the levels.
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Posted: Jul 1, 2017

July 4th Holiday Safety TopTips Video

Keep your holiday focused on friends, family and fun—not a trip to the ER—with these easy safety tips.
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Posted: Jun 29, 2017

Brain Health: Tips to Boost Memory

By SMH Outpatient Care Coordinator Wanda Jackson

Some types of memory loss, like those caused by age and heredity, cannot be changed. But other types can be. Here are some lifestyle tweaks you can make today to enhance your memory and cognition.
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