No Flu For You! How To Tell If Your Kid Has the Flu or Worse

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It’s that time of year.   Fun.  Fun.  Fun.

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In the Cold, Cold, Cold.   Right?  Or NOT.   Freezing temps can lead to not so fun aches from a cold, the flu or worse.

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When it’s your child feeling lousy, you’ll want to pay extra attention to their symptoms.

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Sniffles.  Sneezes.  Coughs.  Temperatures.
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Pay attention for wheezing. Dr. Carolyn Clear tells me that’s the warning sign.
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 Keeping kids healthy is a priority.
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When kids get sick it can spread to make the whole family miserable.
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First, let’s distinguish between a cold or the flu.
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Since a lot of folks confuse the two, here is a comparison of symptoms:
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Next, let’s look at what to do if you get either:
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 How can you tell if your kid has something WORSE than the flu?
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TODAY, I talk to Dr. Carolyn Clear fromWest Depford Pediatrics in West Depford, NJ and parent advocate Lindsay Mathis to discuss the flu, RSV, and the differences between the viruses. 
LINK TO INTERVIEW with DR. CAROLYN CLEAR and LINDSAY MATHIS:
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They provide essential information about seasonal viruses and how all parents can protect their children this winter.
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Learn how to tell if your child is suffering from flu symptoms or different seasonal contagious virus.   
At the height of winter and cold and flu season, children are at an increased risk for contagious seasonal viruses.
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By following a simple checklist, parents can be proactive about their family’s health and renew their commitment to healthy living.
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According to the recent announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu is now at epidemic levels, with more than 21 pediatric deaths as a result of the virus across the country.
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The CDC says the epidemic is spreading and the number of states with a high amount of influenza-like activity increasing. Children are especially vulnerable.
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While the flu and Enterovirus have been at the forefront of the infectious disease conversation, what may not be top-of-mind is RSV, a common virus contracted by nearly 100 percent of babies by their second birthday.
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Often mistaken as a common cold, RSV can bring serious complications, is the leading cause of infant hospitalization, and is responsible for approximately 8 times more infant deaths each year than the flu.
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Doctors say it’s typical to see a spike in RSV cases in the winter, as we’re in the height of “RSV season,” which typically runs from November through March.
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While every baby is at risk of contracting RSV, premature babies are at an increased risk for developing severe RSV disease due to their underdeveloped lungs and immature immune systems.
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RSV is very contagious and can live on skin and surfaces for hours.
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So parents should remember to:
·       Wash your hands and ask others to do the same
·       Keep toys, clothes, blankets, and sheets clean
·       Avoid crowds and other young children during RSV season
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Parents can fulfill their commitment to better health this winter by educating themselves about common circulating viruses and following a simple checklist to help protect their families:
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 See your children’s primary care physician for an annual checkup Work with your children’s doctor to determine what seasonal vaccinations, such as the flu vaccine, your children are eligible for.
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Know the signs and symptoms of several of the most common winter illnesses, including:
o   Cold
o   Flu
o   Enterovirus
o   Sore throat
o   Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
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Remember a strong immune system is built by eating right, avoiding sugars, junk food and processed food, toxic beverages, getting enough sleep each night, daily exercise and good hygiene.
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 You CAN make it through with NO flu or virus for you!!!
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For more information please visit http://www.rsvprotection.com
 
headshot1  Maria Dorfner is the founder MedCrunch, a division of Healthy Within Network (HWN).

Type 1 Diabetes Management: GPS for Your Blood Sugar

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Kerri Sparling has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 27 years, diagnosed in 1986.
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She lives her life by the mantra “Diabetes doesn’t define me, but it helps explain me.”
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Diabetes Symptoms: 1. Always tired 2. Frequent urination 3. Sudden unexpected weight loss 4. Wounds that won’t health 5. Sexual problems 6. Always hungry 7. Blurry vision 8. Numbness or tingling hands or feet 9. Always thirsty 10. Recurring bladder, skin, gum or vaginal infections 11. Dry itching skin
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See a physician if you experience all or most of those symptoms.
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Diabetes is a demanding disease that requires day-to-day and hour-by-hour management.
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Eating nutritious foods  is key to diabetics and non-diabetics in order to stay healthy.
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Now, there is integrated technology to help millions of Americans living with diabetes better manage their disease.
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A NEW FDA-APPROVED, INTEGRATED INSULIN PUMP AND CGM TECHNOLOGY HELPS STREAMLINE DIABETES MANAGEMENT. 
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Kerri Sparling, the author of one of the first and most widely-read diabetes patient blogs Six Until Me talks to MedCrunch about her experience.
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Kerri has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 27 years.
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Six Until Me is one of the first and most widely-read diabetes patient blogs. http://www.sixuntilme.com
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Kerri is joined by diabetes management expert Dr. Korey Hood. Dr. Hood works closely with people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in clinical, research, and advocacy settings.
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 Kerri and diabetes management expert Dr. Korey Hood discuss what this significant approval means for those living with insulin-dependent diabetes.
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They discuss diabetes management, the benefits of insulin pump therapy and Continuous Glucose Monitoring technology, features of the pump and how it helps with blood glucose control, and the importance of choice for people living with diabetes

LINK TO INTERVIEW: http://bcove.me/b0pv0g2r

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 The Animas® Vibe™ Insulin Pump and Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System for the management of insulin-requiring diabetes was developed by Animas Corporation. The Animas® Vibe™ System is approved for use for adults over 18 years of age.
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As an integrated system, it allows patients to view glucose data and administer insulin right from the pump; simplifying and aiding their ability to make more informed decisions to fine tune insulin delivery and manage their diabetes. The Animas® Vibe™ System is intended to complement, not replace, information obtained from standard home glucose monitoring devices.
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For more information, please visit www.animas.com
LINK TO INTERVIEW: http://bcove.me/b0pv0g2r
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MORE ABOUT KERRI SPARLING:
Kerri is a passionate advocate for all-things diabetes. She is the creator and author of Six Until Me, one of the first and most widely-read diabetes patient blogs, reaching a global audience of patients, caregivers, and industry. Outside of her blog, Kerri’s work can be found at diaTribe, Animas, and in diabetes outreach like JDRF’s Countdown magazine, in addition to her extensive diabetes YouTube channel. Well-versed in social media and its influence on patients, Kerri presents regularly at conferences and works full-time  as a writer and consultant. Her first book, Balancing Diabetes, debuted in Spring 2014.
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MORE ABOUT DR. KOREY HOOD:
Korey K. Hood, PhD, works closely with people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in clinical, research, and advocacy settings. Dr. Hood’s academic position is at Stanford University School of Medicine where he directs NIH- and foundation-funded research projects and provides clinical care aimed at promoting health and quality of life outcomes. Much of this work focuses on building positive coping and problem-solving skills to prevent diabetes distress and depression, and increasing the uptake of diabetes technologies and social media. He is the chair of the American Diabetes Association’s Behavioral Medicine and Psychology Interest Group, has published over 65 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and is passionate about finding a balance between diabetes management with technology and optimal quality of life for people with diabetes.
KERRI SPARLING, Diabetes Advocate and Blogger
DR. KOREY HOOD, Psychologist, Diabetes Expert & Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine
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LINK TO INTERVIEW: http://bcove.me/b0pv0g2r

headshot1  Maria Dorfner is the founder of MedCrunch.