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Posted: Jan 1, 2019

Stroke Rehab You Can Dig

Written by SMH Occupational Therapist Cassandra Santiago

Studies show the benefit of traditional exercise or repetitive movements in stroke rehabilitation, but it’s how these are executed that has the most impact on a stroke survivor. Hobbies and interests play a vital role in motivating stroke survivors to face new challenges and push toward recovery to get back to enjoying these activities independently. Treatment should be both functional and fun! 

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Posted: Dec 18, 2018

Quit Smoking Forever with a Comprehensive Quit Plan

Written by SMH Emergency Clinical Pharmacist Kathryn Samai & PharmD Candidate Joshua Allman

Nearly seven in 10 smokers want to quit, according to the CDC. Smokers looking to break the addiction should consider using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), especially if they smoke more than a few cigarettes each day or have made past quit attempts that were unsuccessful. SMH pharmacists offer a breakdown of the pros and cons of the various options, so you can decide which one is best for you.

 

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Posted: Dec 13, 2018

Beware Holiday Hazards for Kids

With SMH Emergency Medicine/Toxicology Clinical Pharmacist Jeremy Lund

The holidays are a magical time, but the decorations, merrymaking and magic also can present unexpected hazards, especially for children. Keep everyone safe this season with these tips for poison prevention during the holidays. 

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Posted: Dec 11, 2018

Parkinson's Disease & Vision Problems

Written by SMH Occupational Therapist Cassandra Santiago

In people with Parkinson’s disease, related vision deficits are often overshadowed by larger issues, such as motor movement issues (short, shuffling steps or arm tremors) or changes in speech. But these visual impairments can seriously impact safety, independence and quality of life. Find out what symptoms to look for and how rehab can help.

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Posted: Dec 7, 2018

Urgent Care or ER: A Guide, by Symptom

Written by SMH Digital Content Editor Ann Key

Medical care at an urgent care center is not the same as care at an emergency room. So what’s the difference? How do you know when to go to urgent care or when you should head for the nearest hospital emergency room?

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