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Appetite, Taste Changes Reported After Weight-Loss Surgery

Sense of smell also altered for some patients in British study

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Health Tip of the Day

Caring for Injured Fingers

If an injured finger is smashed, appears to be broken, has blood under the fingernail or has a deep cut, do your best to clean and immobilize it in a plastic or wooden splint or by wrapping it to an adjacent finger, then seek medical assistance. If the cut or injury is minor:

  • Clean the wound with lots of soap and water and apply an antibiotic.

  • Place one end of a long roll of narrow gauze or a clean strip of cloth at the base of the finger. Hold the gauze or strip down with your thumb as you roll up one side of the finger and down the other.

  • Do this several times and end by knotting the gauze or strip at the base of the finger. Don't wrap the gauze or strip too tightly or it will impair circulation, nor so loose that dirt can reach the cut. Change the bandage if it gets wet or dirty.

 

Healthy Living

Back and Neck Care
Millions of Americans suffer from back pain every year. The reasons for the pain are many, including bad posture, accidents, improper lifting, obesity, and weak muscles. Practice prevention to minimize your risk for back pain — get regular exercise, lose any excess weight, and learn good posture.

Health Centers

Asthma
Are you all too familiar with the coughing and wheezing that remind you that you have asthma? Asthma can be a serious problem, but it doesn’t have to stop you in your tracks. With the help of your health care team, you can keep your asthma under control.

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Children's Health
Enjoy good health at every age: know your body and how it works, eat well and stay active, and follow a plan for disease prevention.