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July 28 is World Hepatitis Day

Raise Awareness to Eliminate Hepatitis

July 12, 2017

The liver plays many important roles in the body including filtering toxins, storing minerals, and producing bile to help digestion. This organ is located in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen. Hepatitis is considered an inflammation of the liver. The World Health Organization explains that this condition can be caused by many different factors including infections, toxic substances (i.e. alcohol or certain drugs) and autoimmune diseases. The most common cause of hepatitis is the hepatitis virus. Although there are five specific hepatitis viruses that scientists have identified and...Continue Reading

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Stay Fit and Safe During Summer

June 1, 2017

Summer is finally here! It's a great time to enjoy all of your favorite activities outside, including your daily workout. But spending time outdoors also comes with risks and concerns. Follow these tips to beat the heat, stay safe, and get the best results: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate before, during, and after exercise. Staying well hydrated is very essential to avoid illnesses such as heat stroke or exhaustion. Pick the right time to work out, preferably in the morning or evening. The temperatures are typically cooler during those times. Apply sunscreen to protect your skin. The American...Continue Reading

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Celebrating Screen-Free Week

May 1, 2017

This year an international celebration known as Screen-Free Week will take place from May 1 st - May 7 th . Screen-Free Week, formerly known as TV-Turnoff, is one week each year where people swap out technology and digital devices for time to get creative, read and play outside with friends and family! This week is also the 98 th anniversary of Children's Book Week, an annual celebration for young people and the joy that reading brings. Children's Book Week is also considered the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country! You can still use devices during the week but if it...Continue Reading

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Organ Donation Saves Lives

April 3, 2017

Did you know that you have the potential to save and enhance up to 8 lives through organ and tissue donation? The Department of Health & Human Services reported that in the past year organ donors have made more than 28,000 transplants possible, and another one million people received tissue transplants that helped to improve their quality of life. However, thousands of individuals die every year waiting for organ and tissue transplants. This is a tragedy that does not have to occur. April is National Donate Life Month, so for this month's Nurse's Health Corner, we are correcting some...Continue Reading

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Discovering Endometriosis Early Helps Avoid Unnecessary Complications

March 8, 2017

What do painful premenstrual cycles, pain during intercourse, pain during bowel movements or urination, excessive bleeding, infertility, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, bloating, and pelvic pain all have in common? They are the common signs and symptoms of endometriosis, a condition affecting approximately 6.3 million women worldwide. Endometriosis, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), is a disorder in which the type of tissue that forms the lining of the uterus, or the endometrium, is found outside the uterus. Endometriosis occurs in 1 of...Continue Reading

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Reducing Stress has Immediate and Long-Term Effects

February 1, 2017

What is stress? According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), stress is the brain's response to any demand, usually triggered by change. This stress-causing change can be a positive or negative, real or perceived, long-term or short-term, major or minor, harmful or harmless. Not all stress is bad- stress; responses that follow dangerous situations can save your life by heightening your senses and trigger a "fight-or-flight" response to threats. However, chronic stress can cause that same "fight-or-flight" response to be triggered within the body for a lengthy period of time and...Continue Reading

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Folic Acid During Pregnancy Helps To Prevent Birth Defects

January 2, 2017

Thanks to continuing developments in medicine; new medications, procedures, and technologies, we are now living longer and healthier lives than ever before. This rise in quality and longevity of life has been extended to every walk of life as we continue to make significant medical improvements, to include the 1 in every 33 US children born every year with a birth defect. Birth defects are all too common, costly, and serious conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every 4½ minutes a baby is born with a birth defect. In the time it takes you to read this article,...Continue Reading

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Be Safe and Sober While Driving During the Holiday Season

December 13, 2016

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), in 2010, 37% of highway deaths during the Christmas holiday season were caused by drunk driving. During the holiday season some people celebrate with the consumption of alcohol and then also choose to get behind the wheel. The United States Department of Transportation reported a death every 57 minutes due to intoxicated driving during December 2014. The holiday season should be a time of merriment spent with loved ones, not a time of grief for a loved one's life that was lost. Many myths and misconceptions surrounding alcohol could lead a...Continue Reading

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The Selfless Act of Caregiving

November 1, 2016

According to the Evercare Survey of the Economic Downturn and Its Impact on Family Caregiving, approximately $375 billion is spent per year on "free" services provided by family caregivers. That is about twice as much as what is spent annually on homecare and nursing care services combined, which totals about $158 billion. The National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP found that approximately 29% of the U.S. population is providing care for their chronically ill, disabled, or aged loved ones, and the amount of time spent on caregiving per week totals out to about 20 hours,...Continue Reading

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 3, 2016

Domestic violence is when an individual is intentionally abusive towards their partner in order to achieve or maintain control in the relationship. Domestic violence can come in the form of intimidation, fear, physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, or any other form of violence. Episodes of domestic violence can vary in frequency and severity, however, there is always one similarity in all cases of domestic violence; it is about control. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It was stated in President Obama's 2015 Proclamation about domestic violence...Continue Reading

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