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SmartHealthToday: Four good tips for helping you combat the flu at home — just stick to some basics

By Colleen Weinkam SmartHealthToday It’s flu season, and if you think your house is immune to the germs your child is bringing home from school, think again. The good news is, most studies have shown that the flu virus can only live and potentially infect a person for two to eight hours after it’s deposited on a surface. That means it’s not necessary to go to great lengths to clean and disinfect...

Kentucky continues to rank among leaders in childhood obesity; families now aware of problem

By Colleen Weinkam SmartHealth Today Nationally, childhood obesity rates have more than tripled since 1980, and one in three children is overweight or obese. That’s according to The State of Obesity, a project of the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that looks at obesity data trends and policy analysis. But what does childhood obesity look like in our region? Dr....

SmartHealthToday: Some tips for preventing eye injuries — we only have two and should protect them

By Colleen Weinkam SmartHealthToday Most commonly, children injure their eyes while they’re at school, while they’re playing or while they’re participating in sports. It’s usually a scratch to the cornea, and it’s usually nothing serious, but any eye injury should be taken seriously. Sometimes, the scratch can go deeper than the surface if it’s caused by a sharp object such as a stick...