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6 Surprising Reasons Why Women Don’t Get Mammograms

October 17, 2017

In 2013, 39,000 women died from breast cancer in the United States. Nearly one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during their lives. Considering these numbers, it may be surprising that only 67 percent of women older than 40 reports having a mammogram within the last two years. Since mammograms are capable of detecting signs of breast cancer before symptoms occur, it's vital that women are screened regularly to reduce the risks of this life-threatening disease. So, what's your excuse for not getting one? Here are some of the most popular reasons women avoid... Continue Reading

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Managing Chronic Pain Without Opioids

October 15, 2017

Nearly one in five adults experiences chronic pain that interferes with their daily activities. For many years, opioids have been used to treat chronic pain. However, in most cases, opioids are a poor choice for treating long-term pain. Tolerance and an opioid abuse epidemic are causing people to look for other options for treating chronic pain.Continue Reading

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Mammograms May Also Spot Heart Disease

October 14, 2017

Mammography helps women by detecting early signs of breast cancer, but this helpful tool may also offer women an unexpected bonus – the ability to check heart health, according to results gleaned from new research. It appears that radiologists scouring your mammograms for evidence of breast cancer may also be able to spot calcification that has collected in the arteries supplying blood to the breasts, according to this emerging research. Calcium Deposits in Breast Arteries May Also Be in Heart Arteries Women who have an excessive buildup of calcium deposits in their breast arteries usually... Continue Reading

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Pneumonia 101: 6 Things You Should Know About Pneumonia

October 13, 2017

Most people believe pneumonia is an illness that only affects older adults, the very young, or people with impaired immune systems. However, the truth is pneumonia is a serious illness that can strike anyone at any age—even healthy individuals. Although pneumonia is common, there are a few things you may not know about this lung infection.Continue Reading

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6 Breast Cancer Symptoms Most Women Ignore

October 12, 2017

A shocking number of women are diagnosed with breast cancer – around 1 in 8. As the numbers steadily increase, more and more women are finding themselves part of something they never thought would happen to them. Unhealthy lifestyles, stress, poor diets, irregular sleep patterns, and late in life pregnancies can contribute to the rising number of breast cancer cases. Some of these factors may be things you or a loved one has experienced. Early detection is a key factor in the successful treatment of breast cancer. Prevention, detection, and early diagnosis are crucial for preventing... Continue Reading

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Teeth are Essential to get Vital Nutrition

October 2, 2017

Teeth are an essential piece to individuals getting vital nutrition. Without teeth, we would not be able to enjoy a lot of the foods that we eat. Have you ever thought about how well you take care of your teeth? Many of us can still hear our moms in the back of our heads nagging us to brush our teeth before bedtime. But sadly, there are many people that are skipping out on the necessary measures that need to be taken when it comes to oral health. Fluoride is a paste that the dentist often uses on our teeth right before we leave the dentist's office, but only getting fluoride at the dentist's... Continue Reading

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3 Cancers Every Woman Must Know About

September 30, 2017

Each year approximately 89,000 women are told they have gynecological cancer. Gynecological cancer affects a woman's reproductive organs, and all women are at some risk of developing gynecological cancer. While there's an understandable fear surrounding gynecological cancer, there are things every woman can do to empower herself. Education, prevention, and testing are at the core of maintaining good health and achieving early detection. While there are many types of gynecological cancers, the following three types are among the most common. Ovarian Cancer Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of... Continue Reading

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Safety First! An Essential Guide to Baby Proofing Your Home

September 28, 2017

Having a baby is one of life's most joyous occasions. As a parent, you want to do everything possible to take good care of your new bundle of joy. So, before heading home from the hospital, you'll want to make sure your home is baby ready. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that accidents are the leading cause of death and injury for children ages 0-19 years old. Over 12,000 children die annually from these accidents. An additional 9.2 million will have injuries from accidents that require an emergency department visit. While these statistics are alarming, there are... Continue Reading

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Is Sitting the New Smoking?

September 22, 2017

How much time have you spent sitting today? If you're like most Americans, between working behind a desk, driving a car, and relaxing – you're spending a lot of time sitting down. Sitting is now under fire as a potential cause of increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and depression. In fact, some research suggests that sitting may be as bad for your health as smoking. However, not all medical professionals agree. Is sitting the new smoking, or has sitting gotten a bad rap? Downsides of Sitting One study reported by the Mayo Clinic links a staggering 50% increased risk... Continue Reading

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How Breastfeeding Benefits a Mother's Health

September 21, 2017

We know that breastfeeding is optimal for a baby's health. Studies show that breastfeeding can boost health benefits by improving the immune system, preventing chronic disease, and even increasing IQ scores. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends breastfeeding as the optimal way to nourish your baby. Breast milk is a powerful all-natural combination of vitamins, protein, and fat that your baby needs to grow and thrive. The good news about breastfeeding extends beyond just the health of the baby though. It turns out that breastfeeding is just as beneficial for mothers. Here are... Continue Reading

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