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Drug Abuse

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Dangers of Drug Interactions

It’s important to have a thorough understanding of your medications.


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Managing Pregnancy Risks

Sharon turned the tragedy of losing a premature baby into hope.


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Childhood Obesity

What do you know about the crisis?

Teen Driving

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Teen Driving

Drive with your teen. Lead by example.


Childhood Asthma

  1. Talk to your health care provider.
    There is no blood test to confirm asthma in children. If you think your child might have asthma, talk to your pediatrician. Your child’s doctor will ask about family history, how many colds and respiratory infections your child has had, wheezing/coughing episodes (especially at night) and signs of allergies. Your doctor may perform a pulmonary function test or refer your child to an allergist for further evaluation.

  2. Understand your child’s treatment plan.
    Your child may need some medication every day and other medicine only when symptoms arise. Ask your child’s doctor to explain what medication is used when and how to properly use an inhaler or nebulizer. Call the American Lung Association’s Lung HelpLine at 1-800-548-8252 to ask a medical professional your asthma questions. The HelpLine can also refer you to a local chapter for asthma education.

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