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National Children’s Dental Health Month: Sippy cups and your child’s teeth

Story Submitted: Kimberly Allbritton, Madison County Health Department As soon as teeth appear in the mouth, decay can occur. One of the risk factors for early childhood cavities (sometimes called baby bottle tooth decay or nursing mouth syndrome) is frequent and prolonged exposure of a baby’s teeth to liquids, such as fruit juice, milk or formula, which all contain sugar. Tooth decay can occur when a baby is put to bed with a bottle. Infants should finish their nap time or bedtime bottle before going to bed. Because decay can…

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Don’t quit on quitting smoking

Story Submitted: Tobacco Free Florida New Year’s resolutions do not always go according to plan. By the second week of February, about four out of five resolutions fail. Quitting smoking is no different. For many smokers, it can take several attempts to quit for good. The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program wants you to know that slips and relapses are common among people trying to quit smoking. A slip is one or two cigarettes after you quit. A relapse means going back to smoking regularly. While most…

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Healthcare Hero: Justin Buchanan

Mickey Starling: Greene Publishing, Inc. For most of us, a day at work is about eight hours long, but for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Justin Buchanan, a day at work is 24 hours of being ready for the next call for an ambulance. Fortunately, Buchanan gets two days off following each shift. Still, it makes for a 56 hour work week, which can be tiresome, but Buchanan still believes “this is a fun job.” “I’ve thought about what I want to do when this job becomes too demanding, but I…

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Transitions offers free support to people with a life-limiting illness and their caregivers

Story Submitted When Mary Still’s husband Albert started showing signs of dementia, she knew she could no longer leave him at home alone. Albert has health problems, including congestive heart failure and diabetes that often make it difficult for him to leave the house. He also becomes anxious when his wife is away. “If I move, he moves,” said Mary. “I think he’s afraid I’m going to desert him, but I would never do that. We’ve been married 53 years.” Mary found herself in a predicament that many caregivers experience:…

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