October is Rett Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Rett Syndrome Awareness Month. This disorder is the leading cause of severe impairment in girls, yet awareness of Rett syndrome remains low among the general public. What is Rett Syndrome?Rett syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that occurs in girls almost exclusively. Many people find similarities between Rett syndrome and autism, because they’re both neurological and…

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Living with Celiac Disease

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. An estimated 1 in 133 Americans, or around 1% of the U.S. population, has Celiac Disease. About 83% of them don’t know they have it. By understanding how Celiac Disease affects the body and its symptoms, those who may be a “Celiac” can seek proper care under medical supervision. Celiac Disease…

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September is “Hunger Action Month”

Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks and the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, has designated September “Hunger Action Month”. It’s part of a national initiative to help raise awareness about hunger in our communities. A recent Hunger Study conducted by Feeding America suggested that nearly 66% of the population receiving government food assistance must regularly choose…

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Cancer-Fighting Superfoods

While there is no legal or medical definition for superfoods, they are considered nutrient powerhouses with a concentration of  antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Some nutritionists recommend them, along with a healthy diet, to strengthen your ability to fight infection and disease. Specifically, some research has shown that the following superfoods may help boost your body’s natural ability to prevent cancer. Remember, always consult with your…

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Contact Lens Commandments

Do you know how to protect your eyes while wearing contact lenses?  Here are some habits you should consider.  Pass them along to people who just started wearing contacts or anyone else you know who wears them. Wash your hands – Always wash your hands before touching contact lenses or your eyes. While it is rare, you can transfer…

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Children’s Eye Health and Safety

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, and a time to remember routine eye exams at a young age are imperative, to identify conditions that can be corrected early. Here’s what you should know regarding eye health and safety for children…Start Annual Eye Exams EarlyBabies should have their first exam when they’re 6-months-old to ensure…

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Watertree Health MVP Spotlight: Rich Rosen

Continuing Series…Rich Rosen, who lives in Buffalo, NY, is a man whose personal values have led him on several career paths with one thing in common—a deep connection to serving the community and helping people.Inspired by his father and brother, who were pharmacists, Rich always knew that he wanted to be one too. Pharmacists have…

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Foods to Avoid When Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding has numerous benefits for babies. It strengthens their immune systems, helps them fight off respiratory illness, and promotes bonding that is important to childhood development. Even though you may have just spent a long 9 months doing without a laundry list of foods, you may want to consider cutting back or eliminating the following…

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Breastfeeding Basics

Breastfeeding is a natural part of motherhood, but it can leave new mothers with many questions. While your lactation consultant will help you through the first feeding and provide useful information, you may have concerns before and after your hospital visit. Here are some interesting and helpful answers to common questions:How long should I breastfeed?You can breastfeed for…

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July 28: World Hepatitis Awareness Day

July 28th is World Hepatitis Day. Millions of people across the globe take part in this day to raise awareness about viral hepatitis, and to call for access to treatment, better prevention programs and government action. Worldwide, around 400 million people have hepatitis B or C and millions die from the condition every year. Here in the United States, more…