363 articles found in "Health Matters"

Getting children vaccinated

Source: Billings Gazette

Don’t let cost be a reason to delay getting vaccinations. The Vaccines for Children program provides vaccine to children ages 0-18 who are uninsured or under-insured. Get your back-to-school immunizations now to avoid the rush.

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Neighborhood Placemaking

Source: Billings Gazette

Our Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator writes about ways neighbors can get together to foster a sense of place. She links the sense of connection and well-being to improved health. Safe, walkable streets and great parks go a long way toward encouraging a more active lifestyle.

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Childhood Trauma Affects Your Health

Source: Billings Gazette

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study suggests that the more trauma you face as a child, the more likely you are to engage in risky behaviors or have poor health as an adult. You can take a short quiz to find out your ACE score. Knowing your score, may help you understand your past and do something about your future.

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Summer calls for keeping kids safe

Source: Billings Gazette

Between bug bites, sunburns and other preventable injuries and accidents, parents have lots to do to keep their children safe through the summer months. One of the doctors in the Montana Family Medicine Residency offers some tips.

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Contracting Hantavirus Could be Fatal

Source: Billings Gazette

When Montanans clean out cabins, sheds, barns and other out-buildings where mice may be living, they need to follow safety guidelines to avoid the threat of hantavirus.

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Gardeners’ Market Packs Family Fun

Source: Billings Gazette

Shop the Healthy By Design Gardeners’ Market for fresh produce from local vendors. The market opens Thursday, June 8, from 4:30-6:30pm at South Park and continues through early October. If you have children, check out the Power of Produce activities, which encourage kids to sample fresh veggies and shop for their favorites.

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Plan ahead for travel vaccines

Source: Billings Gazette

If you plan to travel out of the country, leave plenty of time to get your travel vaccinations, especially if you are traveling to parts of South America or Africa that recommend or require immunization against yellow fever. This summer, RiverStone Health will become the only site in Montana that can offer the yellow fever vaccine.

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New Way to Vape, New Danger to Teens

Source: Billings Gazette

Teens who vape, may also be “dripping,” dropping liquid directly on to the heating element of an electronic cigarette. Electronic cigarette use among Montana high school students is almost double the national rate of 16 percent. That rate is particularly troubling, since 75 percent of young adults who use e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems also report using traditional cigarettes.

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