Our Nurse’s Blog

New Shingles Immunization Herpes Zoster, also known as Shingles, is a painful, itchy rash that lasts for two to four weeks. It develops along a nerve pathway and happens as we age. A complication called postherpetic neuralgia sometimes happens after …

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Anyone Can Treat an Opioid Overdose We are experiencing an opioid abuse epidemic now. Overdoses occur for many reasons: 1) illicit opioid drug abuse, 2) accidental prescription overdose, 3) mixing opioids with anxiety meds like Xanax or Valium, or drinking …

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The 411 on the Opioid Crisis Every day the media makes us aware of the growing opioid abuse epidemic in the US, but do you really know how this is happening? Each day 80-100 people die from opioid overdoses. Let’s …

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Are you alcohol aware? The National Institute on Health has designated April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Drinking alcohol can be a health risk for anyone. Let’s review what alcohol is and how it affects our body. Alcohol is both a …

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Care for Your Eyes More than 20 million Americans suffer from severe vision loss. The American Academy of Opthamology has dedicated March to educating us about things you can do to reduce vision problems. Not all diseases of the eye …

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CPR, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is another way you can help our community! Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church has two AED machines (automated electronic defibrillators). They are also available in community centers, work environments and airports. Police carry an AED in squad cars. …

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Medication: miracle or nightmare? Across our nation drug abuse is on the rise. What is the first step in preventing this health crisis? Education with assertive open dialogue is helpful in dealing with this problem, according to the NIDA (National …

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’Tis the Season to be Wary Thanks to increased time indoors and short winter days, our immune system seems to leave us more susceptible to infection. The flu season is here, and you will find people coughing with sore throats, …

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Holiday Health Tips Its November! This time of year is exciting and fun but it can also bring a lot of STRESS! Holiday stress can drain your body’s natural resiliency and harm your health! How does increased stress effect you? …

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College is an exciting and challenging time of life. So many changes, leaving home, living independently, getting less sleep, making seemingly earth shattering choices and taking tough classes! You or your family might find it all a bit too much! …

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