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Educational health information to improve your well-being.

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Stay Safe & Healthy This Summer: Fun in the Sun

June 28, 2017

Temperatures are rising and days are getting longer—it's summer! While it's a great time of year for outdoors activities, the warmer weather, sunshine and longer days do present some seasonal health concerns. Here are some tips and information to help make this summer a great one and a healthy one. Skin Cancer Statistics There is nothing better than sitting outside and soaking up the sun, but there are serious consequences to not protecting exposed skin. Exposure to sun without using skin protection can cause skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the United States. On average, about... Continue Reading

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Stay Safe & Healthy This Summer: All You Need to Know About Ticks

June 26, 2017

Temperatures are rising and days are getting longer—it's summer! While it's a great time of year for outdoors activities, the warmer weather, sunshine and longer days do present some seasonal health concerns. Here are some tips and information to help make this summer a great one and a healthy one. Summer months bring about lots of fun outdoor activities, but with those activities come an increased risk of encountering a tick. Although these small creatures might not seem like a threat to health, they can be carriers of serious diseases. How to avoid them It is simple to be proactive in... Continue Reading

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Stay Safe & Healthy This Summer: Get Ready to Grill!

June 23, 2017

Temperatures are rising and days are getting longer—it's summer! While it's a great time of year for outdoors activities, the warmer weather, sunshine and longer days do present some seasonal health concerns. Here are some tips and information to help make this summer a great one and a healthy one. During the summer, there is no shortage of cookouts and barbecues. There are many popular food combinations that are best enjoyed from the grill. As delicious as food from the grill can be, there are some very serious dangers that can come from cross-contamination or undercooking. There are 6 steps... Continue Reading

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Stay Safe & Healthy This Summer: Beat the Heat

June 20, 2017

Temperatures are rising and days are getting longer—it's summer! While it's a great time of year for outdoors activities, the warmer weather, sunshine, and longer days do present some seasonal health concerns. Here are some tips and information to help make this summer a great one and a healthy one. Each year, hundreds of people die because of heat-related illnesses, so it's important to be aware of the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and what to do when they occur. It's also important to know what you can do to protect your health when temperatures are extremely high. It all comes down to... Continue Reading

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Stroke Recovery: What Happens After a Stroke?

June 13, 2017

When people experience a stroke, symptoms can vary depending on which parts of the brain are affected. Some people have weakness on one side of the body. Others have trouble thinking, talking, or moving. A stroke can be frightening to both the patient and the family. It helps to remember that stroke survivors often have a successful recovery when medical intervention happens as quickly as possible. Factors That Affect Your Ability to Recover The disabilities a stroke survivor experiences and the prognosis for recovery depend on the following: General Health How Much the Brain Was Damaged... Continue Reading

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Stroke Recovery: 7 Questions to Ask Before Going Home

June 9, 2017

Leaving the hospital after a stroke can be just as terrifying as the day you were admitted. While being discharged may provide some relief, it can also be confusing and overwhelming for patients and their caregivers. Every hospital has its own discharge and assessment process that determines the type of care prescribed once you leave their care. To make the transition easier, it's vital that you and your caregiver be completely involved throughout the process. Here are a few questions to ask before going home after a stroke: 1. Where is the Best Place for Me to Continue My Recovery? Going... Continue Reading

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Are Vegetarian Diets Really Healthier?

June 8, 2017

World-renowned figures as diverse as Gandhi and Bob Marley have advocated for the virtues of a vegetarian diet, and to a degree, science does as well. Many scientific studies have demonstrated the remarkable health benefits provided by a vegetarian diet. Of course, where there are studies confirming health benefits of certain foods, a few weeks later someone else releases a different study that seems to contradict the prior study. No wonder everyone's confused. So, if you're wondering if vegetarian diets are healthier for your body, here's the real scoop. What Exactly is a Vegetarian Diet? A... Continue Reading

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Unique Stroke Risk Factors for Women

June 7, 2017

While stroke is the fifth leading cause of death for men, it is the third leading cause of death for women. In fact, every year 55,000 more women have strokes than men. Since women typically live longer than men, stroke can have an especially long-lasting effect on their lives. More women: Live alone when they experience a stroke Are more likely to live in a long-term care facility after a stroke Fare worse in their post-stroke recovery It is vital for women to protect their health by understanding their unique stroke risk factors. General Stroke Risk Factors for Women You can improve your... Continue Reading

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5 Reasons Owning a Pet Helps You Stay Healthier

June 6, 2017

While an apple a day might or might not keep the doctor away, your pet can also help keep you healthy. In fact, when it comes to owning a pet, there are several proven benefits to your health. For instance, you can decrease your risk of having a heart attack by owning a pet. Pet ownership has also helped people improve their emotional and mental health. Yes, being a pet guardian can even help lower your blood pressure. So, if you're looking for a reason to take the plunge into pet ownership, here are five reasons why making a new furry friend might be just what the doctor ordered. Lovable Fur... Continue Reading

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What Causes a Stroke?

June 5, 2017

You may already recognize the warning signs of a stroke. While the signs may vary from person to person, the trademark of these symptoms is that they come on suddenly. Someone experiencing a stroke may not be able to lift their arms, their face might droop on one side, or their speech might be slurred. Getting help fast can mean the difference between lifelong disabilities and a full recovery. There are two primary types of strokes: Ischemic Strokes Hemorrhagic Strokes Each type affects the brain in different ways and can have different causes. Ischemic Strokes Ischemic strokes are more... Continue Reading

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