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Christina Bhattacharya is a California-based freelance medical writer specializing in healthcare, insurance, Medicare, seniors, wellness, fitness, and innovation.

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The Zika virus: What you need to know this summer| Reid Hospital

As the Zika virus continues spreading through the Americas — including the United States — here’s what you need to know about the virus and your risk.

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When Should You Consider an Asthma Specialist for Your Child? | Dignity Health

According to The Asthma Center Education and Research Fund, many conditions can mimic asthmalike symptoms including rhinitis, sinusitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and respiratory syncytial virus. So when do your child's symptoms warrant a referral to a pediatric asthma specialist?

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Senior living housing: Which is right for mom?

Whether space or safety is the reason, making the decision to relocate mom into senior living housing can seem overwhelming. With so many senior living housing options available, which is the one that will most meet her needs?

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Summer safety: The bee allergy

allergens that can be a painful part of summer with the bee allergy the most common of them all. Being aware of bee allergies, and particularly its symptoms and treatment options, will keep you healthy this summer.

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Safe Routes to School: Walking and Biking Safety Tips for Your Kids | Dignity Health

With school back in session, now's the time to discuss school transportation options. If you live close enough, walking or bicycling are exciting and healthy ways for children to commute, but you also want to be sure they're taking safe routes to school.

Psychiatrist vs. Psychologist: Questions to Ask Your Referring Doctor | Dignity Health

Many people are often confused by the level of care they could receive by a psychiatrist vs. psychologist. This article will provide you questions to ask your PCP so you can work together to identify the right provider for your treatment options.

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5 tasks for when your sick child comes home from school

Children are exposed to germs every day at school and during activities, and they can get sick even when parents take preventive measures. As parents, we’ve all had days when we had to pick up a sick child from school.

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Dignity Health | The 411 on Sitting vs. Standing at Work

While sitting all day at work isn't beneficial for your health, is standing all day any better for you? Here are a few facts about sitting vs. standing at work.

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Introducing Solid Foods Into Your Baby's Diet: When ...

Watching your baby grow and develop is an exciting time -- but there's a lot you'll need to know throughout the process, including how, when, and what to feed your newborn.

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Travel health: 10 ways to keep germs away

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, there’s always a chance to get sick. Take precautions by considering these 10 practical tips to help avoid illnesses and boost travel health.

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Assessing the Benefits of CrossFit: Is It Right for You?

CrossFit has a reputation as a potentially dangerous form of exercise, with some of its movements requiring considerable technical skill and posing an injury risk if performed incorrectly. How do these risks stack up against the benefits of CrossFit?

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Dignity Health | How to Help Someone Quit Smoking: 6 Tips for ...

If you're wondering how to help someone quit smoking and aren't sure where to begin, here are six tips to get the conversation started and give your loved one the support they need.

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Breastfeeding for New Moms: How to Increase Milk Supply

Your new bundle of joy just arrived. Congratulations! As a new mom, you're likely aware of the importance of breast milk for your baby, and because of the many benefits, you may have plans to breastfeed your baby for as long as a year or more.

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Affordable Care Act Maternity and Pediatric Care: What You Should ...

With all the changes, you may not be aware of the many great benefits the ACA offers. Here's an overview of the Affordable Care Act maternity care, breastfeeding support, and pediatric care benefits that any couple planning to have a child should know about.

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Tech For Seniors: 5 Must-Have Technology Devices for Seniors

Today's technology can help seniors to age in place more comfortably by keeping them engaged, connected, active and safe. Here are some senior-friendly technology devices to help seniors maintain their independence while monitoring their safety: