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  1. Family Menu Makeovers

    Five quick fixes to transform favorite kid foods into healthier versions. Plus two recipes that put a nutritious twist on family favorites with healthy food.

  2. Positional Plagiocephaly (Flattened Head) - Topic Overview

    What is positional plagiocephaly? The shape of a newborn's head may be affected by how the baby was positioned in the uterus, by the birth process, or by the baby's sleep position.Positional plagiocephaly (say play-jee-oh-SEF-uh-lee) means that a baby's head is flat in the back or on one side, usually from lying on the back or lying with the head to one side for long periods of time. Sometimes a baby's forehead, cheek, or ear may get pushed forward slightly on one side.Babies can get a flattened head during the first few months of life. This is especially true since doctors began recommending putting babies down to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Babies that are born early are more likely to get a flattened head. This is because their skulls are softer than in full-term babies.How does a baby get a flattened head?Lots of time spent in a crib, in car seats, or in carriers or similar seats may lead to a flattened head. But you can do

  3. 5 Simple, Fun Ideas for Family Fitness

    It's time for exercise! Make yours an active family with these fun activities to keep everyone fit.

  4. Terrorism and Other Public Health Threats - Getting Organized

    A little organization can go a long way towards helping you feel ready to handle the unexpected. Having an emergency plan and an emergency supplies kit for your household can help you and your family be better prepared for any kind of disaster.Developing an emergency planPutting together an emergency plan is easy: Choose a friend or relative as a contact person for family members to call if they .

  5. Topic Overview

    Preparing for disasterNatural disasters, disease outbreaks, accidents involving hazardous substances, terrorist attacks using biological or chemical weapons-these public health threats are unfortunate realities of modern life. Disasters can affect air quality, cause shortages of safe water and food, and cut off your access to electricity, gas, telephone, and other services. Family members may be .

  6. Terrorism and Other Public Health Threats - Food and Water Contamination

    Chemicals, heavy metals like lead and mercury, and living organisms such as bacteria and viruses can all be threats to a safe water supply. These substances can also contaminate food.Unintentional contamination of water as a result of chemical leaks or spills, natural disasters, and other causes has been a much bigger problem than deliberate contamination. Likewise, accidental food contamination .

  7. Umbilical Cord Care - Topic Overview

    After the umbilical cord is cut at birth, a stump of tissue remains attached to your baby's navel (umbilicus). The stump gradually dries and shrivels until it falls off, usually between 1 and 2 weeks after birth. It is important that you keep the umbilical cord stump and surrounding skin clean and dry. This basic care helps prevent infection. It may also help the umbilical cord stump to fall off .

  8. Terrorism and Other Public Health Threats - Responding to a Disaster

    Dealing with injuries In any disaster situation, transportation and communication may be interrupted, and health professionals may be overwhelmed. You may need to evaluate or treat minor or major injuries or provide first aid, since medical care may not be immediately available. You may feel more confident when an emergency arises if you know what to do in advance and have resources at hand. The .

  9. Terrorism and Other Public Health Threats - Bioterrorism and Vaccinations

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed plans on how to respond to bioterrorism threats. Certain diseases have been identified as posing the greatest threat. These diseases are:Anthrax.Smallpox.Botulism.Plague. Tularemia.Viral hemorrhagic fevers.Although the CDC is addressing all of these potential threats, vaccines are available only for anthrax and smallpox. ...

  10. Terrorism and Other Public Health Threats - Disease Transmission From Humans, Animals, and Insects

    Some bacteria, viruses, and other biological agents can be spread from person to person or from animals or insects to people. The ease of international travel has made many of these health threats more difficult to contain. Recent health threats such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), the West Nile virus, and monkeypox have made people more aware of how easily disease can spread not ...

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