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SmartHealthToday’s Beat the Boredom Summer Reading Program to launch Thursday

SmartHealthToday readers, we have some extremely exciting news! We are partnering with the Kenton County Public Library to beat summer boredom and keep kids reading all summer long. According to Reading is Fundamental, research shows that children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss  

Pioneering technology to “stimulate the heart”

Stimulating the heart in multiple – rather than one or two – places improves blood flow and the  

Video: Treating a poison ivy rash

If you’re likely to be outside this summer at all, you will probably run into poison ivy at one point or another. After all, it can be fairly difficult to spot. And, if/when you do come across the “leaves of three,” you will be thankful Dr. Aleah Gibson with St. Elizabeth Physicians offered the advice  

What’s the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?

Reading or hearing the words ‘Type 1 diabetes’ and ‘Type 2 diabetes’ can be quite confusing if you  

LOL: Go dog go! [Video]

If you are not a fan of golden retrievers or adorable amounts of energy, now would be the time to look away. Now that (what we assume could only be about) two people on the planet are gone, the rest of you are going to love Buddy the Rescue Dog. Buddy was a “foster fail,”  

How to admit you are wrong

Being right all the time is not actually possible, because doing so would require an inhuman perfection. We are all wrong at some point or another. So why does it seem like there are some people who, no matter what the situation or argument at hand, insist they are right? Arguing with these types of  

Is it safe for a baby to sleep in his car seat?

You know how tempting it can be to leave your baby in the car seat when you come  

The teen brain: A primer for parents

Hare-brained stunts, ill-considered decisions and a loose appreciation for the line between cause and effect. If that sounds like a fair description for your teen these days, congratulations, Junior is perfectly normal. You may sometimes feel that your teen’s impulsive, irrational and potentially dangerous behavior and approach to decision-making are intentional efforts to drive you  

Summer survival series: Poison ivy 101

Summertime usually means lots of outdoor fun with the family. If camping or hiking are on your to-do list this year, you could come face-to-face with poison ivy. If you do encounter the plant, here’s a quick guide to escape without all the itching:   What is poison ivy? While we usually think of ivy  

Rethink that “base tan”

Tanning, an activity done to darken the skin’s tone, often gets a well-deserved bad rap. After all, risks  

High-tech therapy used in NKY for healing, improving circulation

Dr. Roger Teller said he once was somewhat skeptical of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO). He’s now a big believer in HBO, and the doctor who supervises hyperbaric oxygen treatments for St. Elizabeth Healthcare – among only about 100 HBO centers nationwide to receive accreditation from the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Center, and the first so recognized  

Is it necessary to take a shower every day?

Americans are huge “over-soap-ers,” but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t shower every day. On the contrary, said Dr. Holly Gunn, medical director of the Dermatology, Aesthetic and Laser Center at St. Elizabeth Physicians, you do need to rinse off every day, especially if you’re sweating a lot. But notice she said “rinse”: You don’t need  

When cancer is a chronic condition

Although cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the United States, advances in detecting and treating  

Video: Protect your little one’s ears this summer

Ear infections are extremely common. If you notice your child tugging or pulling at his ear, it may be time to take a trip to the pediatrician. Dr. Aleah Gibson, with St. Elizabeth Physicians’ Aurora, Ind. office, explains more about what to look for and how ear infections are treated in the video below: