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Whooping Cough: It’s back and it’s bad

by Howard Gerber on August 16, 2012

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Whooping Cough: It’s back and it’s bad

In April, Washington State declared a pertussis epidemic, with victims numbering upwards of 3,000. Wisconsin is in similar trouble. As of the end of July, nine people are dead from the infection, and the number of cases had more than doubled from this time last year. The CDC predicts that this could be the worst outbreak since 1959, when 40,000 people were infected by this highly contagious disease. [continue reading…]

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Vitamin D- Does it stand up to the hype?

by Howard Gerber on August 9, 2012

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Vitamin D – Does it stand up to the hype?

Listening to recent news, you might think that ordinary vitamin D is the new panacea for the majority of our ills. Emerging scientific is pretty exciting, but there is plenty of notable that should not be overlooked. Here’s what you need to know about what vitamin D is, what it does, and whether it lives up to its rockstar fame. [continue reading…]

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)…

by Howard Gerber on July 26, 2012

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder, known also as PTSD, is a condition caused by a terrifying life event. While many people may have difficulty coping after a traumatic event, most people will eventually be able to resume their normal lives. Unfortunately, some people may find their symptoms worsen and last for months or years. When this happens it can completely disrupt the life of the individual. [continue reading…]

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Summer Break or Continuing Education?

by Howard Gerber on July 12, 2012

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Summer Break or Continuing Education

Many people look at the job of teaching as a little bit of work with a lot of vacations. Summer vacation alone is more time off from work than most people get in several years in other careers. Then there is spring break and winter break and all of the other little three day weekends sprinkled throughout the rest of the year. Right? No, not really. [continue reading…]

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July is UV Safety Month…

by Howard Gerber on July 5, 2012

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July is UV Safety Month

 No matter your profession, you are probably exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation every day. Even people who spend most of their time indoors still receive exposure when they commute, go outside to check their mail, or walk from the car to the store. As a health care provider or educator, it is especially important to be aware of the risk and help to raise awareness in others. [continue reading…]

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The Role of Therapy Dogs in Nursing Homes

by Howard Gerber on June 28, 2012

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Nursing homes were one of the first institutions to welcome therapy dogs and allow them to interact with patients. They were originally welcomed because of the instant empathetic connection they were able to make with most patients and continue to be welcomed in part because of the increase in patient communication when the animals are brought in. [continue reading…]

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The Importance of Physical Therapy in the Home

by Howard Gerber on June 21, 2012

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Physical therapy is an important component in a patient’s recovery process after an injury or surgical procedure. Most patients will receive therapy in an institutional setting, whether it is a rehabilitation facility, nursing home, hospital, or therapy office. However, those patients will also need to follow a home routine designed to facilitate recovery. Other patients may only be able to receive therapy in their homes due to the severity of their condition. For both types of patients, the physical therapy routine must be maintained if proper healing is to occur. [continue reading…]

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