Weekly Newsletter: Back-to-School

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August 21, 2019

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Vaccinations for Children

Today, children in the United States routinely get vaccines that protect them from more than a dozen diseases. Most of these diseases are now at their lowest levels in history, thanks to years of immunization. Learn more about childhood immunization.

Is Your Child's Backpack Too Heavy?

Help your child get the school year off to a healthy start and avoid injuries with these tips on how to select and wear a backpack correctly.

 

Driving and Older Adults

Are you worried about an older family member or friend driving? Sometimes, it can be hard for an older person to realize that he or she is no longer a safe driver. Learn more about the physical and mental changes that can make it harder for older adults to drive safely.

 

Meningitis: Viral and Bacterial

Meningitis is an inflammation, or swelling, of the protective membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Injuries, cancer, certain drugs, and infections can cause meningitis. The treatment for meningitis differs depending on the cause. The most common causes of meningitis are viral infections, and they usually get better without treatment. But, bacterial meningitis infections are very serious and require immediate treatment. Learn more about the symptoms and treatments.

 

Arnica

Arnica is an herb that grows mainly in Siberia and central Europe, as well as temperate climates in North America. The flowers of the plant are used in medicine to treat pain and stiffness in people with arthritis. Read more about the dosage and interactions with other medications.

 

Low-fat Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin and applesauce make this low-fat pumpkin bread moist and delicious.