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National Awareness Holidays

Immunization Awareness

Child getting a vaccine.

With children across Texas already back in school, it’s only fitting that we discuss immunization. For most Texans, that means taking immunization records to the registrar or nurse of their children’s schools to ensure they’re meeting all the requirements of the Texas Department of Health and Human Services for the 2019-2020 school year. However, if…

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Mental Health Awareness Month

No matter what stage of life, from childhood to adulthood, mental health is important. Mental health includes your emotional, psychological and social well-being.  It affects how you think, feel and act. It also determines our ability to handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Factors such as biological, life experiences and family history contribute…

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Antioxidants & Heart Health

It isn’t uncommon to hear people say that eating or drinking something is “good for the heart.” One of the most common words that gets thrown around with this phrase is the term “antioxidants.” While most people know that antioxidants are good for them, it might be hard to know why they are. In honor…

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All About Antibiotics

This week is National Antibiotic Awareness Week, and Grand Parkway Emergency Center, a division of Oakbend Medical Center, wants to celebrate the importance of these modern medical marvels. Anyone who has had bronchitis or strep throat will be familiar with antibiotics—you were probably prescribed some at some point—but do you know what antibiotics can do?…

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Home Eye Safety

When it comes to arts and crafts or household chores, we don’t often think about eye injuries. When we are cleaning or fixing things around the house, we usually assume that we are safe, because everyone feels more secure in their own home. While it might be easy to prevent arm or leg injuries at…

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How to Help Head Injuries

With school sports back in session and holiday decorations just around the corner, some families might notice a rise in household accidents and injuries. Some kids might trip on the field while parents might run the risk of getting hit on the head while trying to put Halloween decorations on the house. No matter how…

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The Importance of Immunizations

As kids go back to school and a new flu season looms ahead, many parents might be wondering about which vaccines they and their children should get. In recent years, there have been news reports about harsh flu seasons and new outbreaks of dangerous diseases, like Measles, which can be very concerning to many parents.…

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Why Sports Physicals are Important for Your Kids

As your child starts trying out for school sports, there might be a term coming up that you don’t recognize. Your child’s coach might require them to get something called a PPE (Pre-participation Physical Exam) before they can play. If you’re new to youth sports, then you might be wondering what a PPE is. How…

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Managing Migraines

We all know what it is like to have a headache. We all know the familiar pounding in our head caused by allergies, lack of sleep, or a cold. Most times, with a little self-care and some medicine, we’re able to get rid of them and we can move on with our daily tasks. There…

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Celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

This week is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, so we here at Grand Parkway Emergency Center wanted to show our appreciation to some of the dedicated, highly-skilled medical laboratory professionals who work in our facility. Medical laboratory professionals are the technicians who specialize in performing laboratory testing. They must be familiar with clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology,…

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