Step-by-step instructions for removing a tick

Ticks are popping up in the Bluegrass, and local medical professionals are urging parents to check their children. “Ticks are all different sizes, so giving your child and yourself a good once-over at the end […]

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Norton Children’s Hospital names chief administrative officer

Norton Healthcare has named Emmett Ramser chief administrative officer of Norton Children’s Hospital. In his role, Ramser will oversee all facets of the hospital’s operations and work diligently to ensure that children throughout Kentucky and […]

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Should a social media checkup be part of a child’s yearly physical?

Most expect a visit to the pediatrician’s office to include questions about physical health, but some doctors say it’s time to also start asking kids, particularly teens, about their social media habits. A new editorial […]

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Vaccinations save lives; National Infant Immunization Week highlights the need

April 21 to 28 is National Infant Immunization Week, an annual observance promoting the benefits of vaccinations for children from birth to 2 years old. With that recognition also reignites the debate over the importance […]

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How to prevent common school illnesses and injuries

School is a place for learning, creating and socializing. However, it also can be a place where illnesses spread and injuries happen. Libby Mims, M.D., pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Associates – Shepherdsville, highlighted several […]

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Pediatricians push for yearly teen depression screenings

Teen depression is a big issue many of us often overlook. According to the National Institutes of Health, only half of teen depression cases get diagnosed before adulthood, and two in three adolescents don’t get the treatment […]

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Time running out to satisfy new vaccine requirement

Many Kentucky kids will need additional vaccines before the 2018-2019 school year begins. Before the first day of classes, all students must have two doses of the hepatitis A vaccine. Although that may seem like […]

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It’s not too late for a flu shot that can at least ease symptoms

Symptoms of this year’s prevailing flu tend to be more severe and have caused deaths in the U.S., including people of all ages who were otherwise healthy. “The flu can be deadly, especially for young […]

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Is it a cold or the flu?

Signs and symptoms Influenza Cold Symptom onset Abrupt Gradual Fever Usually; lasts 3-4 days Rare Aches Usually; often severe Slight Chills Fairly common Uncommon Fatigue, weakness Usual Sometimes Sneezing Sometimes Common Stuffy nose Sometimes Common […]

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Flu shot may be 10 percent effective

Bad news, parents: We could be in for a rough flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 7,000 cases of flu have been confirmed in the U.S. so far, […]

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RSV cases popping up in Louisville

It was a holiday miracle that became a nightmare. After being born 10 weeks premature, AnnJolina Harlan went home from Norton Children’s Hospital right after Thanksgiving last year. Four days after Christmas, she was back […]

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Take care of your sick child without getting others — or yourself — sick

Temperatures have dropped and it’s officially cold and flu season. Here are some tips for staying well as you nurse your little one back to health. It’s not too late to get a flu shot […]

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