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High Blood Pressure in Children

Bad eating habits in childhood can cause early obesity and high cholesterol. More than one-fifth of youth in the United States aged 12-19 years have an abnormal cholesterol level. When Children are above the normal weight range they should have their cholesterol...

Is Too Much Screen Time Harming Children’s Vision?

As children spend more time tethered to screens, there is increasing concern about potential harm to their visual development. Ophthalmologists – physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care – are seeing a marked increase in children with dry eye and eye...

Vaccines and Immunization – A Brief Overview

Monkeypox arrived in Alaska in July. While the risk of monkeypox to the general public is currently low, the news reminds us of the importance of immunizations and vaccinations for other communicable diseases like measles, mumps, polio, etc. This article explains what...

Are Your Ears Keeping Up As You Age?

You may be talking with a loved one and notice that he or she doesn’t seem engaged in your conversation, and feel offended that they aren’t listening or wonder if you’re just boring them. Or, you might start noticing the volume is always cranked up...

How to Tell if Your Child has an Ear Infection and What To Do

Ear infections in children are more prevalent than you think. But, most ear infections when caught early, are not serious. Here’s how you can tell if your child has an ear infection. If your child cannot say “My ear/s hurt,” then these are the...

Three Signs That Indicate Your Child May Have Vision Problems

As children grow from year to year, so does their vision. During childhood there may be obvious signs where parents can tell that their child has vision problems; symptoms such as squinting, holding a book very close to their face, or complain about blurry vision....

Live Longer, Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle

Every day people are faced with challenges like getting along with friends, family, and co-workers, paying your bills, getting yourself and family off to work and school, etc. With all the daily items on our to-do list trying to live a healthy lifestyle often ends up...

Independence Day Office Hours

SCHC wishes you a safe and happy Independence week! All Sunshine Community Health Center locations will close on Monday, July 4th in celebration of our Independence Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, July 5th at 9:00 am. Please call 911 in the event of an emergency....

Practice UV Safety for Skin and Don’t Forget Your Eyes

Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Most often, we neglect it or take it for granted. But without resilient, healthy skin our muscles and internal organs are exposed to the sun’s harsh UV rays that can lead to burns and later, infections. UV safety month...

Water Safety for Toddlers – Tips Every Parent Should Know

The toddler years have the highest drowning risk because, for children and toddlers, water is a lovely medium for play. Little ones have no fear and don’t realize it can be a danger to them as well. It is up to parents and adults to ensure the safety of our...