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Topeka Hospitals Take Precautions against H1N1

Updated: 05/29/2009 - Topeka hospitals say they want to be prepared for however the H1N1 virus might unfold. They are asking patients with similiar symptoms if they've been in an exposure area and testing as needed.

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Spring Cleaning Can Spark Indoor Allergies

Updated: 05/29/2009 - Houses are home to allergens like dust mites and pet dander. Frequent cleaning and planning with over the counter medications can help keep a stuffy nose and watery eyes at bay.

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Quick Treatment Vital for Head Trauma

Updated: 05/29/2009 - The death of actress Natasha Richardson is a reminder to wear helmets while doing activities that carry a risk of fall or trauma, such as bicycle riding.

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Water Eases Stress of Exercise

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Physical therapists say water exercise is a good option for people with issues like arthritis, back pain or post-op recovery because it eases the stress on the body. It can work to aid strength and range of motion.

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Organ Donors Give Precious Gift

Updated: 04/02/2009 - The need for organ donors continues to grow with heart, kidney and liver failure on the rise. WIlling donors must let their families know of their decision.

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Proper Care before Birth Vital for Babies

Updated: 03/12/2009 - Two-and-a-half year old Luke Savage is living proof that proper care before birth can make a huge difference in a child's life.

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Spring Could Lift Winter Blues

Updated: 03/05/2009 - Shorter days of winter can have a negative impact on your mood, but the longer days of spring should help you lighten up.

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HealthWise 55 Launches Free Blood Pressure Checks

Updated: 02/26/2009 - HealthWise 55 will be offering free blood pressure checks from 8:15 to 9:30 am the first Thursday of the month at West Ridge Mall and from 10 to 11:30 am the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at the S. Topeka YMCA.

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New Emergency Facility Nearing Completion

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Stormont-Vail expects to complete its new emergency department in June. It will nearly triple the current ER space and increase emergency staff by 20-percent.

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Nerve Stimulation Helping People with Epilepsy

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Vagus Nerve Stimulation is helping people with epilepsy reduce the number of seizures they suffer. A generator in the chest sends an impulse up a lead implanted in the neck to disrupt the signals that trigger seizures.

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Proper Prosthesis Gives Lift to Breast Cancer Patients

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Breast cancer treatment often means a dramatic change in a woman's appearance, which can shake her body image. A partnership between Jayhawk Pharmacy and Cotton-O'Neil Cancer is helping women look - and feel - like themselves again.

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Healthy Eating Important for Seniors

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Senior citizens often let their eating habits decline, which is especially risky since age increases the risk of certain diseases.

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Technology Gives Leg Up on Knee Replacement

Updated: 12/19/2008 - Improved computer technology improves placement of new knees, helping them last longer. Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka is a test site for an upgrade on what's currently available.

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Report Gives Kansas "D" for Premature Births

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Kansas was among 23 states getting a "D" in the first-ever March of Dimes report card on premature births. Doctors say proper prenatal care, quitting smoking and paying attention to your body are among actions that can improve the grade.

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Rise in P.A.D. Spurs Creation of Topeka Clinic

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Peripheral arterial disease is a narrowing of the artery that supplies blood to the leg. A classic symptom is leg pain. With more people diagnosed with PAD, Stormont-Vail established a specific clinic for it within the Cotton-O'Neil Heart Center.

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Vaccination Can Prevent Pain of Shingles

Updated: 10/30/2008 - Medical Arts Pharmacy and Healthwise 55 are sponsoring a shingles vaccination clinic. Targeted toward people over age 60, Zostavax is the first vaccine that can prevent shingles and reduce the frequency and severity of painful outbreaks in those who have it.

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"Miracle Mason" Helps March of Dimes

Updated: 10/23/2008 - The Deitcher family's younger son, Mason, was born 11 weeks early. The family is sharing his story as ambassadors for the March of Dimes' upcoming Signature Chefs Gala.

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Music Aids Cancer Recovery

Posted: 10/16/2008 - The Cotton-O'Neil Cancer Center features weekly piano-playing volunteers to give cancer patients and their families a lift.

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Doctors Say, Double the Vitamin D

Posted: 10/13/2008 - Child doctors urge that a "twice a day" routine may reduce a child's risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease later in life.

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