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Posted at 9:27 AM

On those hot summer days there is not much more fun than passing the time in a swimming pool. Kids live for summers spent frolicking at community or backyard pools. Swimmer's ear is a condition that can make that summer fun not so fun.Swimmer's ear, what do you know? T or F?1. It is usually caused by fungus.2. Ear tubes are placed for treatment.3. It can cause long-term hearing loss.The ear canal is an engineering marvel into which we commonly place beads,...

Posted at 8:24 AM

A quick look around St. Mary’s Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehab unit and you might think it’s not much more than an in-house gym. Yes, there are trainers, treadmills and other exercise equipment. But a closer look reveals we...

Updated Jul 21, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Q: I heard there is a new viral disease from Africa that has just come to the Americas. What is this?A: It sounds like you are referring to the chikungunya virus.

Updated Jul 21, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Although teething is a normal process associated with the eruption of babies primary teeth, there is some confusion present, especially among parents, as how to best manage some of the symptoms.

Posted Jul 19, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Two organizations wanted to debunk the notion that healthy food is expensive and difficult to obtain in western Independence.Representatives from the Independence Department of Health and the University of Missouri Extension conducted...

Posted Jul 18, 2014 at 5:45 AM

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital continues to save lives, and many in Blue Springs are working to help the famed hospital.“It’s a hospital built in Memphis, but it’s a hospital without walls,” said...

Posted Jul 18, 2014 at 1:01 AM

Weekly Health Watch rail, with items on the dangers of prolonged sitting, benefits of eating nuts, children’s health news and senior health news.Tip of the Week

Updated Jul 17, 2014 at 11:59 PM

brandon.dumsky@examiner.netFree healthy cooking demonstrations are planned for today at three participating Independence stores.The three events are:• Curt’s...

Updated Jul 15, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Losing weight and keeping it off is a life-altering experience but worth the trouble. When I was pregnant and expecting my first child a relative cautioned me, “Life as you know it will cease to exist.” Not a tactful way to warn of changes but it...

Posted Jul 15, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Life can get hectic and creating a time-intensive homemade meal doesn’t always fit into your busy schedule. Healthy options that are simple, easy and can be incorporated into a meal in just minutes can make dinner-time go much more...

Posted Jul 15, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Many people love the warmth that comes from summer and the sun. An added bonus is the fact that the sun's rays have many health benefits including making us feel good and helping us get the vitamin D we need.Your body produces vitamin D...

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