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Educational health information to improve your well-being.

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What is an Infectious Disease?

January 23, 2020

An incalculable number of bacteria and other microorganisms live in the places we work, play, and travel. They even cover our skin and live in our intestines! Most of these, however, are effectively harmless to us. Some are actually beneficial. So What's the Difference? The difference between these and an infectious disease is where and how they live. An infectious disease means a foreign organism is living inside the body where it shouldn't, causing damage to the body's cells. These pathogens (disease-causing agents, such as bacteria or a virus) try to feed on cell nutrients, destroy body... Continue Reading

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Empower Yourself with these Facts about Cervical Cancer

January 21, 2020

January is recognized as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Across the country, organizations like the National Cervical Cancer Coalition ( NCCC ) and the American Sexual Health Association ( ASHA ) seek to raise awareness regarding the causes, risks, and preventable measures surrounding cervical cancer. Here’s a quick rundown of important facts to know about cervical cancer, and the virus most often at its source: HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer The American Cancer Society, estimated 13,750 women would be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2019 . The majority of these cases will be... Continue Reading

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This Talk Could Save a Life

January 16, 2020

We have all had that person in our lives who resisted going to the doctor. We might brush it off at first, but what if a trip to the doctor could save his or her life? What if a conversation you have with your loved one was the difference between life and death? This task can be daunting, so we are giving you some pointers on how to approach having this conversation with your loved one. Don't Guilt Them into It It is easy to try and guilt trip our loved ones into going to the doctor. Make sure you avoid saying things like, "You're being selfish." Guilt is not a good motivator and will... Continue Reading

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Know your Diabetes Basics

January 15, 2020

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way the body turns sugar into energy. There are several types of diabetes—the most common is Type 2 Diabetes.Continue Reading

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How to Recognize a Stroke

January 14, 2020

Many medical conditions allow you plenty of warning. Development of type 2 diabetes can occur over the course of decades. The first signs of certain cancers can be observed well before the condition is life-threatening. But in the case of a stroke, every moment counts. While there are many treatments for a stroke, the ones that work the best are only available if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within the first 3 hours of symptoms . That’s why you are encouraged to act FAST during a stroke. It’s not just capitalized for emphasis, it’s a mnemonic device used to help you remember what... Continue Reading

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What to Know Before your Cervical Cancer Screening

January 9, 2020

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month, and there’s a reason it’s so early in the calendar. Unlike many other cancers, cervical cancers are difficult to detect. Whereas some cancers begin to produce symptoms in the earliest stages, cervical cancer earned its reputation as a “silent killer” by holding back on exhibiting symptoms until later on in its incubation. Fortunately, the ability to screen for cervical cancer does allow women an opportunity to detect the disease far earlier than they would be able to in waiting for symptoms to rise to the surface. Here, we hope to illuminate some of... Continue Reading

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Busting the Top 4 Mammogram Myths

January 7, 2020

If you're like most women, you may have some fear about getting a mammogram. However, this annual screening is nothing to fear and could ultimately save your life. Many myths surround the mammogram process, but we're here to set the record straight. Remember, knowledge is power when it comes to staying in good health. Myth #1 I don't have any symptoms of breast cancer or a family history, so I don't need to worry about having an annual mammogram. Fact: The American College of Radiation recommends annual screening mammograms for all women over the age of 40, regardless of symptoms or family... Continue Reading

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Tips for Actually Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

January 2, 2020

"Easier said than done" is a well-known phrase for a reason. We all like to imagine healthier, better-organized, more motivated versions of ourselves, but when it comes time to do the work, it's tough to stay determined. The beginning of a new year is an exciting time full of fresh starts and good intentions. If your New Year includes making some New Year's Resolutions, here are a few tips to help keep you on track! 1. Make them early Get ready, get set… GO! You wouldn't start a race without first getting "ready" and "set," so tackle your New Year's resolutions with preparation too! Know what... Continue Reading

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The Safety Hazard Lurking in Your Medicine Cabinet

December 31, 2019

Open any medicine cabinet, and you'll find common health supplies like toothpaste, Q-tips, ointment, and of course, medicine. Having medicine in the home requires steps to make sure it's stored and properly accounted for. According to the National Poison Control Center, recent data shows that over 2 million calls are made annually because of poison exposure. Medications are the most common substance associated with poisoning for adults. Medication poisoning is also the leading cause of pediatric fatalities reported to Poison Control. There are steps that everyone that stores medicine in their... Continue Reading

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A Parent’s Guide for Babyproofing Your Home

December 26, 2019

Your new bundle of joy is on the way! You have your crib, car seat, stroller, bottles, clothes, and so much more, but have you thought about babyproofing your home? While newborns aren't mobile right away, it's smart to take the necessary precautions to make your residence safe for them. More than one third of child injuries and deaths happen at home and 10.4 million emergency room visits from children in the United States are the result of in-home accidents. Before your bundle of joy arrives, make sure your home is babyproofed! Taking the right steps Babyproofing your home can seem somewhat... Continue Reading

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