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Thyroid Awareness Month – A Close & Personal Look at Grave’s Disease

Posted by Michelle Adams on Jan 20, 2017 11:05:21 AM

Your heart is racing, the room suddenly feels sweltering, and you can’t stop your hands from shaking.  You begin to feel anxious, and you don’t know why.  You hope the feeling passes, but each day you feel these same symptoms creeping back.  Constant anxiety, body tremors, and increased perspiration are now a part of your everyday life. Your appetite has decreased, and you simply don’t enjoy food the way you used to.  You’re losing weight without even trying, and it’s dropping fast.  Something isn’t right, but you can’t fully answer the “what,” or more importantly, the “why.” This is the scenario many people face prior to being diagnosed with Grave’s disease.  This month, we want to promote Thyroid Awareness by putting the spotlight on Grave’s disease, and sharing one healthcare professional’s personal journey facing her new “normal” while shining a light of hope for others fighting the same fight.

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Topics: Aging In Place, Events & Special Topics

Folic Acid Awareness Week - What You Need to Know about Folic Acid and Your Health!

Posted by Michelle Adams on Jan 13, 2017 10:15:36 AM

When it comes to our health, two of the best things we can be are proactive and responsible!  For women, and even men, a big part of that proactivity involves folic acid.  For Folic Acid Awareness Week, we want to remind you of the immense benefits of getting the recommended amount each day, and encourage you to spread the word to your patients, family, and friends! Folic acid is not an exclusive priority for pregnant women—it’s a priority for everyone!

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Topics: Nursing Community, Tips & Tricks, Events & Special Topics

4 Resolutions for Your Overall Health You May Not Have Considered!

Posted by Michelle Adams on Jan 6, 2017 10:40:53 AM

 Each year as December comes to an end, and a new January begins, we tell ourselves that this is going to be the year we finally get healthy. We’ll stick to that gym membership, get closer to those abs we’ve always wanted, and finally fit back into the jeans that have been sitting in the back of our closet for what feels like forever. We, then, create unrealistic expectations and goals for ourselves, and oftentimes can’t follow through. But why do we do this? Why do we make resolutions for our health that focus only on the exterior, rather than looking at the big picture?  Our health involves so much more than just outward appearance! For 2017, let’s focus on resolutions that encompass overall health and well-being, and stop being so hard on ourselves for the way we look. Make your overall health and yourself top priorities this year!

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Topics: Nursing Community, Tips & Tricks, Events & Special Topics

Simple Acts of Kindness: 20 Simple Things You Can Do Today to Add Beauty to the World!

Posted by Michelle Adams on Dec 23, 2016 10:27:09 AM

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

While donating to charities around the holidays is a great way to help many different people and organizations, donating your time can be just as valuable.  Simply paying it forward with simple acts of kindness can make a difference not only in others’ lives, but in your own as well. We want to see beauty in the world, especially during the holidays, and the key is us.

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Events & Special Topics

Holiday Food Safety: 6 Tips to Keep Your Holiday Meals Safe and Free of Foodborne Illness!

Posted by Michelle Adams on Dec 16, 2016 10:20:31 AM

Holiday family dinners are a time for fun, fellowship, and full bellies! They’re a time to reunite with loved ones and create memories, all while enjoying comforting cuisine of all kinds.  Regardless of your family’s holiday traditions, food will likely play a pivotal role at some point of your celebration.  It is the common denominator that brings everyone, even those certain bickering relatives, together.  Unfortunately, these same delicious holiday dishes can also be the culprit for some nasty holiday sickness!  Whether you are preparing the meal, or just helping with clean-up, there are steps you can take to ensure that your family’s holiday meal is safe and free of bacteria and foodborne illness.  Read on to learn how to best practice food safety this holiday season.

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Events & Special Topics

National Influenza Vaccination Week: Don’t Let the Flu Hamper Your Holidays!

Posted by Michelle Adams on Dec 8, 2016 3:40:54 PM

It’s that dreaded time of year again…flu season.  Fevers, runny noses, and sore throats will seem to be hitting people left and right.  At a time of year when festivities, and gatherings with your family and friends are hitting their holiday peak, spreading holiday cheer may go hand-in-hand with spreading cold and flu germs.  But, with so many things going around, and different symptoms showing up, how do you know when it’s the flu or just a cold?  And if you or someone around you DOES have the flu, what are you supposed to do?  For National Influenza Vaccination Week, Capital Healthcare, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), want you to be prepared and in the know!

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Topics: Nursing Community, Tips & Tricks, Events & Special Topics

World AIDS Day 2016: Raising Awareness and Looking Ahead to 2030

Posted by Michelle Adams on Dec 1, 2016 12:01:28 PM

The world has come a long way since the 1980s.  Technology alone has made gigantic strides in the last thirty-five years, connecting people across the globe in ways people only used to dream of.  We’ve ended some wars, only to begin more extensive ones in their place. We’ve also seen global health crises like SARS, the Avian Flu, and Swine Flu heighten and then lose their media-dramatized luster.  However, there is something that hasn’t gone away in the last thirty-five years, and it’s become one of the most destructive pandemics in world history—the AIDS virus. 

December 1, 2016 marks the 28th World AIDS Day, and Capital Healthcare wants to join millions of people around the world uniting in the fight against HIV and AIDS, showing support for those who have been affected by this truly tragic disease, and doing our part to remind others that it is not something that has gone away!

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Topics: Events & Special Topics

Nurse Confessions:  The Trials and Blessings of Working during the Holiday Season, Part 1

Posted by Michelle Adams on Nov 23, 2016 10:48:22 AM

This time of year can mean different things for different people.  As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us might say our biggest stress is planning the dinner menu, figuring out how to eat more than one Thanksgiving dinner in the same day to appease the relatives, or what our Black Friday bargain shopping game-plan will be.  For nurses and other healthcare professionals, their biggest stress at this time of year may be how to balance their family holiday celebrations with their holiday work schedule. 

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Topics: Nursing Community, Guest Authors, Events & Special Topics

Seasonal Affective Disorder & Daylight-Saving Time: 4 Ways to Move Forward after “Turning Back”

Posted by Michelle Adams on Nov 11, 2016 1:06:58 PM

Falling back from daylight-saving time can leave us feeling very “blah.”  As the long summer evenings slowly give way to five o’clock autumn sunsets, some of us may experience what appears to be a seasonal funk, consisting of increased fatigue, lethargy, irritability, and moodiness. Getting out of bed in the morning can feel like more of a chore, and the lack of sunlight is not only annoying, but legitimately depressing. This seasonal funk is not something to brush off or disregard, but actually a form of depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Now that daylight-saving time has come to a close, Seasonal Affective Disorder is a common reality for many people throughout the United States, particularly in the Northern region.  If you think you or someone you love might fall into this category, read on for helpful tips on how to move forward after “turning back.”

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Topics: Nursing Community, Tips & Tricks, Events & Special Topics

National Healthy Skin Month – 4 Easy Steps to Achieve a Healthy Glow All Year Round!

Posted by Michelle Adams on Nov 4, 2016 9:23:51 AM

Do you think about your skin often?  Unless it’s dry or hurting, chances are it’s not on the forefront of your mind. During the summer months, we know that we have to protect our skin from the sun by lathering ourselves with moisturizing sun screens.  In fact, the summer months might just be the only time we really pay close attention to the healthiness of our skin.  On the contrary, healthy skin is something we should aim for all year round!  To commemorate National Healthy Skin Month, we are highlighting some key tips that even the busiest healthcare professional can easily follow to keep their skin healthy and glowing in every season!

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Topics: Nursing Community, Tips & Tricks, Aging In Place, Events & Special Topics