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Posted: Oct 26, 2017

Halloween Costumes, Candy & Decorating Tips

BY SMH TRAUMA COORDINATOR LEEANN PUTNEY

Halloween is a magical time for children, but for parents, there's a fine line between Halloween fun and safety fright, especially on Halloween night, when the streets and sidewalks are filled with trick-or-treaters. Did you know that children are twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year?!

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Posted: Oct 16, 2017

Ask an Expert: Medications & Supplements

Browsing the aisles at the pharmacy or vitamin store can feel overwhelming. With so many products to choose from, how can you know which is right for you? How do you know which ones are actually worth the money?

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Posted: Oct 12, 2017

Cancer Rehab Boosts Quality of Life

Written By SMH Lymphedema / Physical Therapist Sherry Ireland

Cancer rehabilitation is an important part of integrated cancer care. It helps a patient build strength and endurance, experience less pain, and feel better overall, which leads to better physical function and boosts quality of life. 

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Posted: Sep 22, 2017

Custom Cancer Care: One Survivor’s Story

Doni Schaefer isn’t your typical breast cancer patient. When her cancer was detected in the summer of 2015, it was neither early stage, nor the kind that responds well to standardized chemotherapy regimens. Hers was a fast-growing aggressive subtype known as HER2. The unfavorable biomarker, found in 15 to 20 percent of breast cancers, signals a more complex condition to treat.
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Posted: Sep 17, 2017

Caregiving & Preparing for the Unexpected

Most people know that it’s helpful to plan for the future. But for many caregivers, it is difficult to think about a time when they (not their loved one) may face a crisis or medical illness. Today, 30 million households are providing care for an adult over the age of 50 – and that number is expected to double over the next 25 years. So everyone who has the responsibility of providing assistance or care for another, (whether it is full-time, part-time or just occasionally) should start considering options if they become ill or unable to continue to provide care.
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