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Avoiding toy trauma: Safety tips for holiday toy buying

Christmas toys

As holiday toy shopping begins, physicians say safety should be at the top of our shopping list.

In 2016, an estimated 240,000 toy-related injuries were treated in emergency departments across the U.S. To help make smart, safe gift choices, the Consumer Product Safety Commission released a report offering guidance about potentially hazardous toys.

According to the report:

Use of high nicotine e-cigarettes among teens linked to more smoking, vaping over time

e-cig

A recent study involving nearly 200 high school students in California demonstrated an association between the use of e-cigarettes with higher nicotine levels and a greater likelihood of more intense use of conventional combustible cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

The study’s findings appeared in a new article published by JAMA Pediatrics.

Via Christi to adopt Ascension as part of its name

Via Christi adopting Ascension as part of its name

Ascension Via Christi will add Ascension to its name as part of a national effort to make it clearer and easier for patients to access the care they need and to navigate their health.

In moving toward a unified name, Ascension Via Christi will become Ascension Via Christi and Ascension Medical Group will come under the Ascension Medical Group brand.

Healing attitude gets cancer patient on road to recovery

Keith Fellers works with therapist Angela Pacaro-Tucker

A scratchy throat isn’t uncommon. But Keith Fellers’ wouldn’t heal. Plus his voice was becoming almost unintelligible.

“I thought I was speaking normal. I was so used to the sound of my voice that I didn’t know it was as severe as it was,” says the Wichitan. “Other people could hear it, like my partner. She told me ‘your voice is … something’s wrong.’” 

A CT scan revealed he had a growing mass in his throat. 

Decades before, he had melanoma successfully removed, so another cancer diagnosis — this time oropharyngeal cancer — was not surprising. 

Why the summer heat can be dangerous for people with diabetes

Heat and diabetes

Summer heat can pose challenges for people with diabetes

The summer heat and humidity can wreak havoc on the body’s cooling system. But for people with diabetes, it presents additional challenges. Research shows that when temperatures climb to 90-plus degrees, more people with diabetes end up in the emergency room and are hospitalized because of heat illness.

Why? There are several ways heat and humidity affect diabetes.

Via Christi Weight Management receives bariatric surgery accreditation

Bariatric surgery

Ascension Via Christi Weight Management has received bariatric surgery accreditation—the first program in Wichita to achieve this prestigious designation. 

The accreditation was awarded by the American College of Surgeons’ Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

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