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Fall has finally arrived, and while many of us are excited for a break from the heat, the dreaded cold and flu season will be upon us in no time. And while getting sick isn't always avoidable, there are steps you can take to ensure you're as prepared as possible to fight off cold and flu viruses. So let's take a look at a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself this season.

Summer is ending, and it’s time to send the kids back to class. With a new environment comes exposure to new risks for your child’s health. Here are five tips to ensure your family has a great start to a healthy and productive year of learning.

At the end of summer, many families decide to go on vacations. And while vacations can be tons of fun, they also pose the risk of illness or injury as well. For example, running around on the beach could result in a sprained ankle -- 90% of which result from inward rolling of the ankle. But there's a more dangerous threat when traveling out of the country, which is illness or disease.

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Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals are specially designed for people who drive trucks, buses, and other large vehicles.

When the hot summer sun is beating down, we generally worry about slathering on sunscreen to avoid getting burned. But sunburn isn't the only skin ailment people have to be concerned about during the summer. Heat rash is another skin irritation that can bring discomfort and should be treated properly -- so let's take a look at a few key things to know about heat rash.

 

With the warm summer sun beating down, the last thing on your mind is probably the thought of catching a cold. But contrary to popular belief, you can catch a cold in the summer too, not just during the winter months. Millions of cases of the common cold are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, with adults having, on average, two to three colds each year.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are something most people don't like talking about. But the reality is that millions of people are exposed to STDs each year. If you're sexually active, it's important you're aware of the risk of getting an STD and the importance of regular STD testing. So let's take a look at a few commonly asked questions about STDs and STD testing.

There are a lot of important things young athletes need to do to get ready for their sports season. But one of the most important tasks for young athletes to complete is a sports physical. Before athletes are allowed to play, they usually have to have a sports physical or a pre-participation exam. So let's take a look at what this exam may involve and why it's important.

 

As a parent, it can be absolutely terrifying when your child gets sick or injured. And at that moment, it can be difficult to figure out what to do. Do you need to make an appointment with their doctor? Or do they need immediate medical attention? Let's take a look at a few instances that could require immediate medical attention and a trip to an urgent care for kids.

When you think about it, children have every right to hate going to the doctor's office. They're usually already sick when they go, so the excursion begins with discomfort. Then, they have strangers in a foreign environment poking and prodding at them, sometimes with painful needles.

When you go through a traumatic experience like a car accident, you may struggle to figure out what to do next. From dealing with property damage to insurance claims, it can be all too easy to forget to take care of yourself. But no matter how severe or minor a car accident is, you should always make sure to visit a doctor as soon as possible.

During warm summer nights, people like to gather around campfires, roast marshmallows, and, of course, set off fireworks. No perfect summer night is complete without some awe-inspiring fireworks, right? Well, as amazing as they can be, fireworks can also be extremely dangerous.

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