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    It's that Time of Year: Tips to Stay Healthy in the Cold Weather

    Last updated 7 years ago

    News Channel 4 talked to Memorial Hospital’s Dr. Sherry A. King about ways to avoid getting sick when it gets cold outside.

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    For more health-related tips, or if the cold weather gets the best of you this winter season, visit us at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville. 

    We sent 21 boxes of goodies to our soldiers overseas for the holidays!

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Like most of the hospital employees, you don't have to have a relative overseas to support the troops this holiday season. Both Channel 4 & First Coast News came to the hospital to cover this special event.

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Children aren't the only ones who get excited opening gifts Christmas morning. Service men and women overseas also love to receive gifts, especially because they'll likely spend the holidays without their loved ones.

    With that in mind, local mother Mary Parker is on a mission to make sure her son and his fellow troops are not forgotten this holiday season.

    On Tuesday morning, she and her colleagues at Memorial Hospital loaded up nearly two dozen boxes of treats to send to her son's entire platoon of troops stationed in Iraq.

    "We miss him so much," Parker said of her son. "My youngest niece Gwen looked at the stars and said, 'Oh, that's the star where Uncle Benjamin is.'"

    The care packages don't have anything too fancy, but Parker said it doesn't take much to brighten the troops' day.

    "We have DVDs and books and crossword puzzles, shampoos, deodorants, snacks," she said. "I told them they had a surprise coming, so they're excited."

    The office project is also a way of honoring one of the employees' own.

    "We have a co-worker here that we loved very dearly named Art Owens, and he is a Vietnam veteran and he just recently passed away," Parker said. "He was very supportive of the troops. (He) always wore red on Fridays to show his support of the soldiers."

    Like most of the hospital employees, you don't have to a relative overseas to support the troops this holiday season.

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    Seat Belt Dangers: Your Seatbelt Can Pose a Risk if You're Pregnant, Unless You Wear it Correctly

    Last updated 7 years ago

    News Channel 4 in Jacksonville covers a touching story of a young, pregnant mom killed in a car accident. Dr. Leslie Choy-Hee of Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville talks to Channel 4's Jennifer Waugh about the safest way for pregnant women to wear seat belts.

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    NFL and college players aren't the only ones that need to worry about concussions.

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Dr. David Davis talked to Channel 4 about the dangers our youngest football players face.

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A new Pop Warner football rule is now in effect to keep kids who suffer concussions from returning to play too soon.

    Many parents are wondering why the rule wasn't already in place. The Pop Warner Youth Football league said it is changing the rules to make sure kids are safe.

    "A lot of times, the kids will say, 'Put me back in coach. I'm fine.' But you can tell they aren't quite themselves," local Pop Warner President Tony Martin said.

    The new rule is that kids have to have a doctor's note before they can get back in the game. Martin said his teams have been doing that on their own already, but the league made the rule official Thursday.

    Dr. David Davis, of Memorial Hospital, said it’s a critical decision.

    "With second impact syndrome, there is a chance of fatality," Davis said. "So you really want to make sure you get better before you get back in the game."

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    Protect against Pertussis: Learn how to spot symptoms and protect your family

    Last updated 7 years ago

    The Duval County Health Department (DCHD) is monitoring an increase in reported cases of pertussis (Whooping Cough).  While the rise in local cases is not unusual, it is important for parents to follow required immunization recommendations. Pertussis is a bacterial illness that is easily spread person to person by coughs and sneezes. People sick with pertussis have severe coughing attacks that can last for months.

    Pertussis in children and adults starts with a cough and runny nose for one-to-two weeks, followed by weeks to months of rapid coughing fits that sometimes end with a whooping sound. Fever is rare. Read Full Article

    For more info on preventing Pertussis, visit us or give us a call at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville.

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