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SmartHealthToday: Youngsters not the only ones at risk of accidental home poisonings, so take precautions

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday Poisoning is the No. 1 cause of injury-related death in the United States. “It’s not just little ones that are in danger it’s adults as well,” notes Dr. John LaCount, a pediatrician with St. Elizabeth Physicians’ Florence office. How severe is the problem? In 2015 Americans called a poison control center 2.2 million times about people exposed to dangerous...

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: Pokemon Go gets kids outside and active — but set some boundaries

From SmartHealthToday Have you been looking for a way to get your kids away from the TV and outside? Pokémon Go may be just the thing you are looking for. Pokémon Go takes the original premise of the classic game, Gotta Catch ‘Em All, and puts it outside.   Here’s how it works: 1. Users download the app. 2. Users go out and catch Pokémon.   That’s it. The game leads players to different...

SmartHeathToday: Doctors using new technology to put together — and understand — your heart’s puzzle

By Dianne Gebhardt-French SmartHealthToday Medicine is the art of interpreting each piece of the puzzle and the science of knowing what to do with the answers. For cardiologist Dr. Mohanjit Brar, each patient is a rich combination of lifestyle, risk factors and family history. When a patient receives the right tests at the right time, he can receive care that can improve, and even save his life. Not...

SmartHealthToday: It’s not too soon to talk about season allergies; here are some tips

By Rory Glynn SmartHealthToday Think it’s too soon to talk about seasonal allergies? Think again. A mild winter is the culprit, according to Dr. Duane Keitel of Allergy Partners of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. A mild winter can bring about earlier pollination of trees and plants. “On February 29th, we already had the first high tree pollen day of the year,” Dr. Keitel said. If you...