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Nurse Tip: Poison Ivy

You’re gonna need an ocean Of calamine lotion You’ll be scratchin’ like a hound The minute you start to mess around Poison iv-y-y-y-y, poison iv-y-y-y — “Poison Ivy” by The Coasters Now that Spring might finally be under way, we all need to be aware of a threat in our garden that is growing more common.…

Surgery for Back Pain? Think Twice…

Back pain can be an enormous obstacle to your daily life. Our spines are so central to every movement we make that any discomfort or pain can make ordinary activities unbearable. There are numerous causes of back pain, from muscle spasm to disc problems to bone deformities. And there are almost as many kinds of…

When to See Your Doctor for a Headache

Headaches are, sadly, fairly common occurrences for most people. Generally, we take an aspirin or ibuprofen and it goes away. But when is it time to seek treatment for a headache? Plan a trip to your doctor if: your headaches require you to take pain medication frequently or in high doses; your headaches are getting…

From Grandma’s Medicine Chest: Epsom Salt

Today we have another entry from “Grandma’s Medicine Chest.” These are “old fashioned” remedies that still work for modern ailments. This time, I’ll be discussing epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate. Both magnesium and sulfate perform important functions in the body. Magnesium keeps the enzymes in your body running smoothly while sulfate plays a role…

Does George H.W. Bush Need A Nurse?

Watching the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library yesterday, I was struck by the sight of “Bush 41” in a wheelchair. It seems that he has been having trouble with mobility for some time, although he was walking four years ago when President Obama was first in the White House. Of course, as…