Mental Illness Does Not Discriminate

 

The month of September is dedicated to Suicide Prevention and Awareness and the first full week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week. There is a wide variety of mental illnesses, from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to Alzheimer’s and drug addiction. In 2015, an estimated 43 million Americans with a diagnosable mental disorder. A great many suffer from more than one illness at a time. Continue reading “Mental Illness Does Not Discriminate” »

How Your Workplace Can Benefit from On-Site Flu Shots

Cold and flu season is rapidly approaching, and it’s the perfect time to think about on-site flu vaccinations for your workplace. While it may cost money initially for on-site flu shots, it can save you in the long run as far as productivity and time off work are concerned. Here’s why.

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Run a 5K with Your Office

There are dozens of ways to help your employees increase physical activity – during work hours and at home. We can’t wait to cover many of those tips in the blog. But today we’ll focus on one tip to get your employees moving – run a 5K race together.
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Skip the Scrip: Order Lab Work Yourself

Walk into your nearest Walgreens or CVS, and you’ll experience the latest growing trend in the healthcare market: direct-to-consumer healthcare services. No longer does having your throat checked for strep require an appointment with your physician, or even waiting for hours at urgent care. Now, you can go to your local “walk-in” clinic at your pharmacy retailer and leave with a prescription to get you back on your feet in a matter of days. This growing trend of patient’s taking healthcare into their own hands isn’t only stepping on the general practice toes; it’s flooding into every area of health care, including the lab work industry. Continue reading “Skip the Scrip: Order Lab Work Yourself” »

National STD Rates are Rising: How Can You Protect Yourself?

According to the CDC, national rates of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia cases have risen for the fourth year in a row. In 2017, almost 2.3 million cases were diagnosed with one of these three STDs. That number breaks the 2016 record by more than 200,000 cases. In light of this public health crisis, what can you do to ensure that you are staying safe? Test Smartly Labs has some recommendations of steps you can take to avoid joining this troubling statistic.  Continue reading “National STD Rates are Rising: How Can You Protect Yourself?” »

The Powassan Virus: What Is It & How Can I Prevent It?

 

Powassan (POW) virus is a rare, but often serious disease that is spread by infected ticks. POW virus is one of a group of arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) that can cause swelling of the brain. The virus was first recognized in the small town of Powassan, Ontario in 1958. Due to its ability to cause encephalitis, it was and still is considered a very serious tick-borne illness. Continue reading “The Powassan Virus: What Is It & How Can I Prevent It?” »

September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month

 

Newborn screening in the United States began in the 1960s. In September, the newborn screening community rallies together around the principle that all babies deserve a healthy start.  Continue reading “September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month” »

National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

 

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month! The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is funding a breastfeeding campaign in the hopes that it will empower women to consider committing to breastfeeding. Science shows that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea, and respiratory illnesses, as well as childhood obesity. Continue reading “National Breastfeeding Awareness Month” »

Stress Management Tools for Employees

There are many common signs of stress that can become immediately apparent around the office if you know where to look. Employees may engage in arguments with each other. You may notice more weary faces. Employees may take more sick time to go to the doctor or just stay home for a day. All of these signs point to an office in desperate need of some stress management.  Continue reading “Stress Management Tools for Employees” »

How is Synthetic Marijuana Becoming a National Crisis?

Spice. K2. Mr. Happy. No matter the catchy name, there is a killer running rampant in our nation. Synthetic marijuana is becoming more than a bad habit; in July, 300 people overdosed in Washington D.C. due to tainted synthetic marijuana. On August 15th, over 70 people overdosed in New Haven because of the drug. What does this mean for our nation?  Continue reading “How is Synthetic Marijuana Becoming a National Crisis?” »