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How to Enjoy Your Summer AND Avoid the ER at The Same Time
June 17, 2013
How to Enjoy Your Summer AND Avoid the ER at The Same Time By Tina Fitzgerald BSN RN CDE Summer will soon be here. School is out and kids are everywhere! Now is the time to plan how to enjoy your summer without becoming an Emergency Room statistic. Let’s start with the sun: Sunburn: Avoid sun exposure between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM without sunscreen. This is when the angle of the sun will be at it’s best angle to fry you. Wear a shirt during the “danger times”. Find a shady spot. Use sunscreen of at least 15. The factor should be higher for children and those with sensitive skin. Be sure to reapply after swimming or sweating. If you use an insect repellant the effectiveness of the sunscreen is decreased by one third. Use a higher SPF sunscreen if you are using insect repellant also. A SPF greater than 50 is no more effective than a 50. So if you are going for the max get a SPF of 50.

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Try Not to Fry
June 10, 2013
Try Not To Fry By Tina Fitzgerald BSN RN CDE Summer is VERY near and it is time to think about the sun and your skin. Most people think when someone has a tan they look and feel healthier. Not necessarily so. Excess sun exposure can cause premature aging of the skin and skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It accounts for nearly half of all cancers. There are a number of types of skin cancer. Non-melanoma skin cancer has more than 2,000,000 cases diagnosed each year. The most serious type, melanoma, has accounted for about 68,130 cases of skin cancer in 2010 according to the American Cancer Society.

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Welcome Spine Surgeon, Dr. Van to MCH
June 03, 2013
Mendota Community Hospital welcomes a new physician to the Community Health Services department. Dr. Van is excited to be the first spine surgeon to serve the Mendota community. He has special interest in treating neck and back pain. He is an Illinois licensed medical doctor board certified by the American Orthopaedic Surgeons. He obtained additional training and a Fellowship at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s in Chicago. For further information or to make an appointment with Dr. Van call (815) 539-1422.

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