Ashley Wood, RN, BSN

RSV

Why is your child having trouble breathing? You wake up one morning and find that your infant daughter is congested. At first, you don’t think too much about it because your 3-year-old son has had a cold the past few days. A day goes by and you notice that it seems...

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Air Pollution & Exercise

Do you really benefit? You want to go outside and get some exercise. As you get together all of the things you’re going to need, you decide to check the weather. When you check the weather, do you think to look at the air quality? Given that air pollution is becoming...

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Key Things You Should Know Handwashing. Here's How To Do It Properly. Do Face Masks Help Protect You From the Coronavirus? What is Difference Between Social Distancing, Self-Quarantining and Isolation? COVID-19 Symptoms What does 'Flatten the Curve' mean? Why is it...

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PTSD

How do you know if you have it? You’ve survived a tragic event and, initially, it has a significant impact on how you function every day, but, gradually, it gets easier. However, one day, out of the blue, you feel like you’re experiencing the situation all over again....

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Social Interaction & Health

Is there a correlation? Humans are highly social beings. It’s an integral part of who we are. Being social, or not, has a huge impact on our health. Why is this the case? As a result of needing to separate ourselves from each other due to COVID-19, how is it impacting...

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Why must you do repetitive tasks? You’ve probably heard someone referring to another individual as have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) if that individual is particular about certain things, like being neat or clean. For the majority of people, even though they...

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Coronavirus Update

Why has it gotten so bad? The coronavirus, COVID-19, is now a pandemic. The number of cases is expected to increase, not just globally, but here at home. This brings forth numerous questions about what is being done to protect American lives. Unfortunately, the...

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Do travel bans work?

A travel ban means that individuals from a certain area aren’t allowed to enter or leave an area. In the case of the travel bans put into place by the Trump administration, this means that individuals coming from various parts of the world are not permitted to enter...

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Bradycardia – Podcast

What is it? You might never have heard of the word bradycardia before, but based upon the ‘cardia’ part of the word, you might guess that it has something to do with your heart. This is correct, but what exactly does it mean? Is it a serious issue? Is it...

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Sugar vs Salt

Which is worse for you? When it comes to snacks, most people fall into one of two groups—those that like salty or those that like sweet. We know that too much of either isn’t good for us. For years, we’ve heard about how bad salt is for you. More recently, we’re...

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Binge Eating Disorder

Why can’t you stop eating? We’ll all have our favorite foods that we enjoy. While it’s alright to partake in the occasional overindulgence, if you’re doing this on a regular basis, it can signify a problem. If you’re consuming large quantities of food and feel like...

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Gaming Disorder

Is it real? Most of us like to play video games at some point during our lives. For some, they outgrow this as they become an adult. For others, it’s activity that they continue to partake in as adults. The concern is whether or not gaming is addicting. Is gaming...

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Borderline Personality Disorder

Why are you afraid of being alone? Despite your intense fear about being alone, you often get angry and have outbursts that cause others to leave. This results in you having many unstable relationships. If this sounds like your life, you might have borderline...

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Added Sugar

Just how bad for you is it? We hear all the time that sugar is bad for you. Recently, there has been more and more talk about added sugar and the negative impacts it has on your body. What is added sugar? How is different from “regular” sugar? Why is it so bad for...

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Social Anxiety Disorder

Why are you so nervous? At some point in your life, you’ve probably been nervous about something, like giving a speech or asking someone out on a date. This is a normal part of life. What happens though when your anxiety and fear over something lead you to avoid the...

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Health News March 2020

-Coronavirus death toll climbs to 9 in U.S. as global mortality rate increases to 3.4% – Los Angeles Times
-Are You Lonely? You’re Not Alone. – The Wall Street Journal
-Fatal Car Crashes Rise With Spring Clock Reset – The New York Times
-Stop touching my face? Why the easiest way to prevent coronavirus is so hard. – The Washington Post

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Vasculitis

What causes it? Your blood vessels play a vital role in your body functioning correctly. So, when something happens to them and they don’t perform as well as they should, it can result in significant issues for your organs. Depending on the location of the issue,...

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Living Organ Donation

Why is it so important? You probably know that organ donation is when someone receives an organ from another person because the recipient’s is no longer functioning correctly. In most cases, the donated organ from someone is deceased. However, there is such a thing as...

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Coronavirus

Should you be worried? You turn on the TV or you read the news on internet and it’s all about the coronavirus. This has led many people to be very concerned about their risk of catching it and to inaccurate information being spread. So, what is the coronavirus? Where...

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Endocarditis

Are you at risk? An infection can occur anywhere in your body. Most infections are minor and your body’s immune system is able to fight it off without a problem. Some infections can be very serious because of the part of the body they impact. One of these areas is...

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Will China’s Economy Hold?

As infections and fatalities are swelling, the world’s second-largest economy is almost at a standstill. Given the restrictions put in place to contain the spread of the virus many urban manufacturing and financial centers are on at least partial lockdowns, migrant...

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Do Infrared Thermometers Really Work?

If you’ve been watching the news, you’ve probably seen health officials using an infrared thermometer to check individuals’ temperatures before they’re allowed to go into grocery stores or other public buildings. It seems like an easy enough way to see if someone has...

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Bankrupt Drug Makers

How does this effect your medications? If you’ve been following the news any time in the past year, you probably have noticed that there have been several drug manufactures who’ve filed for bankruptcy. Why are they doing this? Don’t they make tons of money selling...

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Tachycardia

Why is your heart racing? You’re sitting in your favorite chair one lazy afternoon when all of sudden it feels like your heart is beating funny. You also feel slightly lightheaded and short of breath. When you check your pulse, you notice that it’s very fast. What’s...

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Bradycardia

What is it? You might never have heard of the word bradycardia before, but based upon the ‘cardia’ part of the word, you might guess that it has something to do with your heart. This is correct, but what exactly does it mean? Is it a serious issue? Is it something...

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Nursing Shortage

How will it impact your health? Nurses play a key role in our healthcare system. Without them, there would be potentially dangerous scenarios that would occur on a regular basis. So, it might come as a surprise that we are in the midst of a nursing shortage and that...

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Health News February 2020

-Burnout linked to potentially lethal heart condition – Fox News
-Another win for optimism! Recovery after stroke – CNN
-Caloric counts on nutrition labels may not be as precise as you think – Los Angeles Times
-Patients Often Get Antibiotics Without a Doctor Visit, Study Finds – The Wall Street Journal
-Why Fruits and Vegetables May Lower Alzheimer’s Risk – The New York Times
-Being obsessed with being productive…is unproductive – The Washington Post

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COVID-19 Symptoms

Article updated with latest information on 03/31/2020. One of the challenging aspects of COVID-19 is that some of the symptoms associated with it are similar to that of the common cold, allergies or the flu. The other issue is that the virus is still so new that all...

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Handwashing. Here’s How To Do It Properly.

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by using proper handwashing techniques. Unfortunately, many of us don’t know the best way to do this. Let’s take a closer look at the steps: 1. Turn on the water and get your hands wet. This helps you to spread...

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SARS

What is it? A few years ago, SARS was in the news every where. There was a significant amount of concern regarding people traveling and spreading the deadly disease. Where did it come from? Why did it spread so quickly? Is it still an issue? Definition Severe acute...

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Tobacco Age Increase

Will it make a difference? Within the past month, a new law went into place raising the minimum age to purchase any tobacco product to 21. This has the support of many groups, including several large tobacco companies. Why is this law so important? Will it help curb...

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The New Virus is Here

A man who lives in Washington state was the first American to be diagnosed with the new coronavirus. He recently returned from visiting Wuhan, China and once back in the United States, started to have symptoms associated with the novel virus. He has been taken to the...

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Mesothelioma

What is it? It seems like that every time you turn on the TV there is a commercial advertising for a class action lawsuit for those who are suffering from mesothelioma or their families. Many people don’t know what mesothelioma is, let alone why there would be...

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Paris Climate Accord Withdrawal

What are the health impacts? Australia is burning. The effects of it are being felt by the environment, wildlife and humans. Unfortunately, this is one of many situations that are having negative consequences in these areas. The Paris Climate Accord is supposed to...

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The New Virus Is Spreading

While in China the new coronavirus has claimed another life, it’s also on move and has made it to Thailand and Japan. As of this past Monday, Thai officials announced that there are two confirmed cases. Japan only has one case so far. In talking to the first patient...

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Hospital Price Disclosures

Will it make a difference? There is no question that healthcare is expensive. The issue is that the cost of healthcare isn’t clear. So, how do we fix this? Well, two regulations are being suggested to help make the price of healthcare more transparent. What are they?...

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Emphysema

What's wrong with your lungs? For the past several years, you’ve noticed that you get short of breath when you do certain activities. No big deal, you just stopped doing them. Now, it seems like you’re short of breath all the time. What’s happening? Can it be treated?...

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New Virus Emerging in China

As of three days ago, Chinese officials have reported that there is a new virus found in the city of Wuhan that first appeared in late December. The virus is causing pneumonia-like symptoms, such as fever, difficulty breathing and lung lesions. So far, it has infected...

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

What causes it to occur? Not too long ago in the news, they were talking about a respiratory condition that was referred to as ARDS. ARDS stands for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and is a serious illness. Who is most at risk for developing it? Can it be treated?...

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Politics & Health

Is there a negative correlation? It seems like it doesn’t matter what you do, but politics are everywhere—TV, social media or talking to friends and family. With the 2020 election and impeachment hearings, the information is nonstop. This leads to information overload...

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