2017 Rare Disease Day

February 28, 2017

rare disease day

Every year, the last day of February is recognized as Rare Disease Day around the world. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the day, which aims “to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives,” according to the Rare Disease Day organization. In solidarity with the organization and patients who are affected, Epic Health Services is proud to join in the campaign. The Origin of the Day Although Rare Disease Day started in Europe, it has become a day that is recognized across the globe. The United States joined the…Read More

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10 Ways You Can be a Wise Health Care Consumer

February 17, 2017

wise health care consumer

February is Wise Health Care Consumer Month. During this time, organization across the country, including Epic Health Services, encourage consumers to become more educated about their health care rights and needs. This helps people make informed and wise health care choices. How do you know if your health care decisions are wise? In this changing health care environment, it can be difficult to tell. To make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of 10 steps you can take to be a wise health care consumers. 1. Take Your Time Choosing the right health care providers for you and your family…Read More

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Five Steps to a Healthy Heart

February 6, 2017

Healthy Heart

If there was a disease that was responsible for 1 of every 4 deaths in the country each year, what would you do to prevent that disease? Unfortunately, there is such an ailment in America: heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease accounts for about 25% of all deaths in the United States. It is the number one killer of both men and women, taking 610,000 people each year. These statistics can be startling and terrifying. However, you should take some comfort in knowing that there are ways you can protect yourself and…Read More

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Stop Infection Before it Hits

October 25, 2016

infection prevention

How You Can Break the Chain of Infection You know the feeling: you wake up and everything hurts. Your head is splitting, your nose is running, and your body aches. Despite all the plans you had for the day, you slowly come to terms with the fact that you have an infection. If you’re a parent, you start wondering if the kids already have it and how to prevent it if they don’t. One thing’s for sure: waking up sick is not a great way to start the day. Whether it’s the flu, the common cold, or something more serious,…Read More

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Guide to Halloween Pt. 2: Treats for Kids with Feeding Tubes

October 24, 2016

Halloween Feeding Tube Treats

Halloween is a dream holiday for many kids. All the candy you can eat? What’s not to love?! However, if your child is on a feeding tube or has specific food allergies, Halloween is a very different scenario. This may complicate things, but there is hope! Organizations like Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) have created the Teal Pumpkin Project® to help find non-food treats to make Halloween fun for everyone. Teal Pumpkin Project® The orange pumpkin is the signature icon of Halloween. It’s seen outside of almost every house. But have you ever seen a teal pumpkin and thought,…Read More

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Newborn Screenings 101

September 12, 2016

Newborn Screening

Newborn Screening 101: History and Key Facts In the hours immediately following birth, new parents face what may seem like an endless stream of doctors, nurses, consultants, and other medical professionals who are there to ensure the child’s health and well-being. Amidst the chaos, wonder, and magic of the post-delivery days, new parents will meet a few medical professionals who will perform life-saving newborn screenings. To understand why these simple screenings matter so much, it’s important to look at the history of newborn screenings, what babies are being tested for, and what the procedures are. With a fuller understanding, it’s…Read More

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Summer Series: Weather and Your Child’s Health Part 2

August 3, 2016

Holoprosencephaly Awareness

Part Two: Ozone and Air Quality Index If you don’t remember anything you learned in your environmental science class in school about the term “ozone” except that the earth’s ozone layer is depleting, something about a greenhouse effect, that somehow it is influencing pollution levels, and therefore humanity should be very concerned about this, don’t feel bad! You may have thought to yourself, “What does all of this really mean, and how is it affecting my family, and especially my children, on a daily basis?” If so, let me share what I’ve learned that can help you keep your family…Read More

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Summer Series: Weather and Your Child’s Health

July 28, 2016

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Part One: Heat Index Heat waves can be pretty brutal during the summer season. And we all know sometimes what the temperature says and how it truly feels can be very different. For me, there are times when 85 degrees outside seems like the perfect weather for a summer day. But, there are other times when I find it slightly hard to breathe in the exact temperature. In places like Texas the relative humidity, which is the percentage of air moisture in the atmosphere, has a significant impact on what “real” heat levels are outside. “Real” is a term I…Read More

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Summer Safety Tips

May 16, 2016

summer safety

Summer is finally here and everyone is ready to spend more time outdoors. The warm temperatures are very inviting but can make it easy to get over-heated. Here are some important reminders when going outdoors. Sun Protection and Safety Remember to wear protective clothing, stay hydrated, and stay cool. Look for shade whenever possible. Do not wait until someone says they are thirsty to offer fluids. Avoid sun exposure during peak hours 10AM-3PM. Wear sunscreen on sunny and cloudy days. It should be applied 30 minutes prior to going outside and then at least every 2 hours. You may need…Read More

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Parental Tips on Teens with Special Needs

May 10, 2016

teen with special needs

Adolescence is tricky enough. Whether or not your child has special needs, all teens are on the way to becoming adults. And with this transition, they are faced with making more adult-like decisions. As a parent, you do your best to guide and protect your child through perils and joys at every stage to keep them safeguarded, happy, and healthy. You fervently hope you’ve done your job to put a good head on their shoulders to make smart decisions. When your child has special needs the challenges through their teen years can seem even greater, especially when it comes to…Read More

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