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5 tips for surviving Halloween sweets

Healthy Halloween treats, banana ghosts and orange pumpkins, on a plate with holiday decor

Halloween is a celebration of sweets and treats, but if you’re trying to cut calories, it can be a challenge to keep your hands out of the candy bowl. Even though they are miniature size, each of those candy bars can add 50-100 calories to your diet. Here are a few tips to make it … continue reading

Pokémon GO or STOP: Age-Appropriate Safety Tips for Parents

Little boy child playing mobile games on smartphone on the street

By: Elizabeth Murray, DO, MBA, FAAP The Pokémon GO craze is attracting attention from all ages, and some parents are asking their pediatrician whether or not is OK to let their children play the game. While the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not have official guidelines on the game itself, the same rules your … continue reading

4 things to know about helmet safety

Father (20s) and son (4 years) riding bicycles.  Focus on boy.

“Oh you’re that over-protective parent.” Ok, maybe they don’t always say it, but when I bring up the importance of bike helmets the look on their face says it loud and clear. I’m a child of the 80s and my generation and those before wear it like a badge of honor that we rode in … continue reading

5 ways to take the bite out of summer

Bug Photo with Girl

The summer always brings the buzzing, biting, stinging creatures that wreak havoc on evening outings and picnics.  In Montana, the mosquito is not the state “bird” as it is in Minnesota, but they can still put a damper on any boating or camping trip.  The perfectly placed mosquito bite can create quite a localized reaction … continue reading

Meningitis vaccine for teens

teen meningitis

Your Health: Teen meningitis vaccine recommended By Mary Beth Dickson, Reporter, Weekend Anchor KULR-8 News BILLINGS – If you have a teenager, the CDC is recommending a vaccine booster shot for teen meningitis. Dr. Michelle Pierson, Department Chair of Pediatrics at Billings Clinic recommends a vaccine for every 16-year-old.  “This meningitis is also common in babies, … continue reading

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