Karen Hinshaw

Asthma and Stress

Stress can be an asthma trigger. Here are ways to reduce stress while at home. Practice deep breathing exercises regularly. Learn why breathing exercises are important and how to complete them from the American Lung Association. Exercise every day. IfRead More
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May is Stroke Awareness Month!

Do you know the signs of stroke? The Connections IN Health coalition, the Cardiovascular and Diabetes Coalition of Indiana (CADI), is partnering with the Indiana State Department of Health, the Indiana American Heart Association, the Indiana American Stroke Association, andRead More
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A Guide for Community Gardens During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Community gardens offer many benefits — gardening knowledge, social bonding and, most importantly, the increased production and consumption of nutritious, fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables. Here are Best Practices for Garden Visitors if a community garden remains openRead More
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Lowering Asthma Medication Costs

Do you find it difficult to cover the cost of your medications? Medications can be very expensive, and you may have to explore options for lowering your cost. Different Medications Ask your medical provider if he or she can prescribeRead More
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Do You Know Your Epinephrine Options?

When it comes to food allergies and anaphylaxis, it is recommended that one be deliberate and not hesitate when using epinephrine.  A form of adrenaline – epinephrine is a hormone the human body creates naturally in response to stress. WhenRead More
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Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis (an–a–fi–LAK–sis) is a serious allergic reaction that comes on quickly and is potentially life-threatening. Anaphylaxis includes a wide range of signs and symptoms that can occur alone, or in combination, after exposure to an allergen. Symptoms of anaphylaxis canRead More
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Say NO to Tobacco Today!

With all that is happening in our lives today, it may be overwhelming to consider putting down familiar habits. Research has demonstrated that there is increased risk with tobacco use and COVID-19. There are numerous resources to help you sayRead More
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Saving Money on Diabetes Medication

In these uncertain times, it may be difficult to afford the diabetes medication you need. These resources may reduce the cost of your medication. THE MANUFACTURER Many companies that manufacture insulin have cost saving programs for their consumers. Some companiesRead More
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Disinfecting When You Have Asthma

To prevent COVID-19, the CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting daily. However, many disinfecting products can exacerbate asthma. Learn how to choose cleaning products that are better for your asthma and prevent the spread of COVID-19. DISINFECTANT CHEMICALS Some chemicals mayRead More
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Tips for Community-Based Syringe Services and Harm Reduction Providers

STAFF SAFETY Provide access to vaccinations to prevent immune systems from becoming more compromised. Consider flu, hepatitis A, and hepatitis B vaccines, and partnering with your local pharmacy or health department. Encourage and promote hand washing/sanitizing, and coughing/sneezing into tissuesRead More

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