Health

sneezing---boyThe rollercoaster weather of record low temps and sudden warm spells is catching allergy sufferers off guard this year and could lead to a severe spring allergy season.

Below are some facts on allergies obtained from the AFC/Doctors Express:

The Little Haiti Optimist Club (LHOC) in partnership with the Miami Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the City of Miami NET office will host the inaugural Little Haiti Health & Fitness Fair on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 12noon-3:00 pm at the Little Haiti Soccer Park located at 6301 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami.  

The Little Haiti Health & Fitness Fair is designed to provide basic health screening services and information as well as to raise awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities.  

Balancing a low dose of behavior therapy with a low dose of medication may be the key to helping children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to a new study by researchers at FIU’s Center for Children and Families.

High doses of stimulant medication and intensive behavior therapy are each known to be effective individual modes of treatment. But medication may suppress a child’s growth and decrease appetite, while intensive behavior therapy is costly, time-intensive and may not be feasible for many families. The researchers say finding a balance may be the key to more effectively treating ADHD.

HolisticA few days after Heath Belden roasted a chicken for the first time in his life, he fell violently ill. Throwing up every few minutes, he couldn’t even hold water. The then 37-year-old stage manager for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival ended up in the emergency room (ER) at Ashland Community Hospital where doctors put an IV in his arm to rehydrate him.

Although that was four years ago, Belden and his family have spent a lot of time at Ashland’s ER: His wife Melissa Malm, 45, was treated there for what she thinks was a kidney stone, his 85-year-old mother-in-law has been there three times in the last three years—for impacted stool, a thorn in her foot, and cellulitis—and Belden’s daughter Naomi , age 7, had to have 16 stitches after a trapeze slammed into her forehead during Circus Camp.

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