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30 Ways to Beat the Heat

The most recent issue of Families First, which is hot off the presses, included creative activities for kids (and parents/sitters) looking for some indoor fun during the dog days of summer.  In no particular order, here are 30 ways to beat the heat. Have an indoor picnic Enjoy story time at the library Jump at […]

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Where to Get a Whooping Cough Booster

News of the Whooping Cough epidemic is pervasive in the media these days with experts recommending that adults get a whooping cough (pertussis) booster shot in an effort to protect the children in their lives. There are many resources where you can get a whooping cough booster, including your primary care physician, urgent care centers, the county […]

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Outpatient Surgery Center Calls Southeast Raleigh Home

Southeast Raleigh now has access to more outpatient services with the opening of the WakeMed Raleigh Medical Park and the Capital City Surgery Center.    The Capital City Surgery Center is a joint venture between community physicians and WakeMed and offers outpatient surgery in specialties including orthopaedics, general surgery, ophthalmology, ENT, neurosurgery, pain management and urology.  “The Capital […]

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Vitamin D Exposed

Originally associated with the childhood disease rickets, vitamin D has reemerged as an important factor in health and disease prevention. The studies are so convincing, health organizations and our government are considering officially increasing the recommended daily requirement for vitamin D in the diet.  It is estimated that 75 percent of US teens and up to […]

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What’s the big whoop about whooping cough?

Whooping cough or pertussis is characterized by a cough where the infected person makes a loud “whoop” sound after coughing.  Whooping cough is generally known as “a disease of childhood” because children tend to (but do not always) make a distinguishable “whooping” sound when coughing.  But whooping cough affects adults and children alike. So, what’s […]

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WakeMed Treats 200 Fireworks Injuries Per Year

Every year, WakeMed treats nearly 200 patients for burns from fireworks.  Please keep yourself and your family safe this Fourth of July by following these guidelines provided by Safe Kids Wake County. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch them at a community event where professionals handle them. Kids should never play with […]

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Health Care and the Human Connection

Frequently, in the pages of the newspaper you hear about the business side of health care; which new facilities are opening, financial results or hardships, among other things.  These stories miss the most important driving force behind health care.  Today, The News & Observer’s Deputy Editorial Page Editor Jim Jenkins eloquently brought the conversation back to […]

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