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HEALTH MATTERS: Nurturing playful minds with baby toys for under $10

HEALTH MATTERS: Nurturing playful minds with baby toys for under $10

You don’t need to break your budget to find holiday toys that stimulate a young child’s learning. Babies and toddlers love almost any toy they can grab, pull, push or drag around as they discover their own strength and explore their world.

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HEALTH MATTERS: Keep food safe every step of the way

HEALTH MATTERS: Keep food safe every step of the way

Holidays are all about friends, family and food. During this holiday season, keep food safety in mind to protect your friends and family from foodborne illness. Food safety begins in the grocery store and ends with leftovers.

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HEALTH MATTERS: Open enrollment for health care starts Nov. 15

HEALTH MATTERS: Open enrollment for health care starts Nov. 15

If you’re among the nearly one in five Montanans who are uninsured, the Affordable Care Act changes how you buy health insurance, when you buy it and what you buy.

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HEALTH MATTERS: Older adults should consider the vaccine for shingles

HEALTH MATTERS: Older adults should consider the vaccine for shingles

Anyone who has had chickenpox can get shingles. Shingles, a virus known to cause a painful skin rash, is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Herpes zoster and zoster are other names for the same virus.

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HEALTH MATTERS: Strategies can help reduce risk for sleeping babies

HEALTH MATTERS: Strategies can help reduce risk for sleeping babies

No parent or caregiver wants to hear the words Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. But Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death of infants less than 1 year old and the third leading cause of death for babies under 2 years of age.

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HEALTH MATTERS: Making screening a habit can prevent colorectal cancer

HEALTH MATTERS: Making screening a habit can prevent colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer diagnosed in Montana and the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society and Centers for Disease Control. Screening tests can help prevent and provide early detection of colorec…

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HEALTH MATTERS: Protect yourself from influenza

HEALTH MATTERS: Protect yourself from influenza

People often talk about the “flu” to describe colds or a stomach virus, but influenza is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. The symptoms can include high fever, chills, headaches, exhaustion, sore throat, cough and body aches. Symptoms can be mild o…

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Health matters: Finding cancer early can save lives

Health matters: Finding cancer early can save lives

Many of us are preoccupied with our own struggles. But in October, the color pink forces us to realize just how many lives are caught up in the struggle against breast cancer.

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Health matters: Healthy aging equals increasing number of life changes

Health matters: Healthy aging equals increasing number of life changes

Feeling great and staying healthy is important at any age. As you grow older, you experience an increasing number of life changes. These changes may include new careers or retirement, kids growing up and leaving home, the loss of family and friends, and noticeable physical changes. Learning …

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HEALTH MATTERS: Get Ready Yellowstone County: Be prepared

HEALTH MATTERS: Get Ready Yellowstone County: Be prepared

Disaster often strikes without warning. It might be a natural disaster or one involving hazardous chemicals or infectious diseases. In an emergency or widespread disaster, police, fire, rescue and other first responders may not always be able to reach you quickly. You may have to take care o…

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Health matters: Viral hepatitis ranges from mild to deadly

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. While it can be caused by drugs or alcohol use, it’s commonly caused by a virus. Chronic cases of viral hepatitis can lead to life-threatening diseases, including a scarring of the liver called cirrhosis, liver failure, or liver cancer.

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HEALTH MATTERS: Plenty of work behind scenes to make food safe at MontanaFair

HEALTH MATTERS: Plenty of work behind scenes to make food safe at MontanaFair

As a child, MontanaFair meant carnival lights, concert music and the tantalizing smell of food on the midway. Since becoming a registered sanitarian at RiverStone Health, when I think about the fair, I think about food safety.

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Little hearts can have big problems

Parents are thrilled to welcome a new baby into the world. But if that baby arrives with a life-threatening condition, it can be one of the scariest times in a parent’s life.

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Health Matters: Women, follow these 10 tips to stay healthy

In today’s fast-paced society, it’s difficult for women to balance family life, work life and self care. But if we’re not taking good care of ourselves, we won’t be able to take care of our responsibilities at home, work or school. In recognition of Women’s Health and Fitness Day today, here…

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Hand washing the most effective way to prevent spread of germs

In many ways, your health is in your hands.

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Health Matters: Prevention the best way to address obesity epidemic

The growing obesity epidemic has been a hot topic in the United States, and for good reason. In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that medical care costs of obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases totaled about $147 billion. That estimate does not take into …

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Health Matters: Annual HIV test day promotes knowledge

In March and April, six new positive HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) tests were reported in Yellowstone County.

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Health Matters: Proper medication use sometimes overlooked in health care

Jack suffered a heart attack a few years ago. Now he is not only concerned about how he feels, but he also worries about the costs and side effects of his medications. He takes a combination of medications — drugs for fluid retention, blood pressure, heart function and high cholesterol. He a…

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Health Matters: Be prepared; Disasters happen anywhere, anytime

We’ve faced some unusual and frightening situations this summer. It’s felt like the summer of perpetual storms that have claimed lives and caused a whirlwind of destruction across our state. A tornado touched down in Billings for the first time in decades.

September 01, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

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