An Epidemic: Inside America’s Growing Opioid Crisis

Inside America's Opioid Crisis

In 2015, over 52,000 Americans died of drug overdoses (CDC). 33,000 were fatal and two-thirds were from opioids, both prescription painkillers, and heroin. The same year, for the first time ever, deaths from heroin alone surpassed gun homicides. This epidemic, like other drugs such as meth, is spread out; it affects big cities like Chicago and Baltimore just as it does small, rural Appalachia, New England, and parts of the Midwest.  Continue reading “An Epidemic: Inside America’s Growing Opioid Crisis” »

Get Tested for These 4 Common STDs Today!

In order to stay healthy for years to come, if you are sexually active, then you must get routine check-ups, including STD testing. There are specific STDs that are more common and thus should be tested regularly. Here are the top 4 STD tests you should have.

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Keep an Allergy Attack from Ruining Your Easter

For some, Easter traditions full of dying hard-boiled eggs, chomping on delicious chocolate candy and rummaging through the backyard in search of colorful plastic eggs make the day complete. However, if allergies strike your family, your holiday may quickly turn south. Especially if food or environmental allergies come into play. If you’re making Easter plans, be mindful of allergies. Here are a few ways to ensure allergic reactions don’t take center stage at your holiday gathering. Continue reading “Keep an Allergy Attack from Ruining Your Easter” »

Measles are Spreading; Protect Your Family!

Unfortunately, thanks to false information spread by the anti-vaccination movement, many parents across the United States have chosen not to provide their children with the protections they need against vaccine-preventable diseases such as the measles.

Although these parents feel not vaccinating is a personal parenting choice, it is a medical decision that has a greater impact outside of their immediate family. As we have explained in the past, herd immunity only works when a majority of the population is vaccinated and diseases like the measles are unable to spread. If you choose not to vaccinate your child, you could be contributing to a growing illness that can be fatal.

Think this is an overreaction? The US is currently experiencing a large multi-state measles outbreak, all traced back to Disneyland — and the metro area has the potential for the measles to spread since our vaccination rate falls below the national standard.

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s measles outbreak.

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Is Growing Technology Use Causing a Spike in STD Rates?

In addition to disrupting the dinner table, smartphones and other forms of technology have other dangerous impacts, it seems.

One study has shown that Craigslist, a website allowing users to sell their stuff and post personal ads, has increased STD rates; another study links new hook-up apps Grindr and Tinder with climbing STD rates, too.

Here’s what you should know about technology and STD rates.

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The Unhappy Consequences of Untreated STDs

What is the worst case scenario if you decide not to treat an STD? After receiving a diagnosis, some people are tempted not to undergo treatment for the disease. This is often because they have no symptoms. However, untreated STDs have a way of sneaking up on people. One day there are no symptoms, and life-threatening complications may arise on the next. It may be helpful to understand the possibilities in order to avoid the worst case scenario. Continue reading “The Unhappy Consequences of Untreated STDs” »

Why Should You Get a Health Risk Assessment in 2019?

If asked, you would probably agree that your health ranks among your top priorities. But does this statement ring true when compared to how you actually live your life?

The average person usually isn’t up-to-date on their health, and after the glow of the New Year fades, it’s easy to let wellness goals go in favor of your old ways.

If you really want to prioritize your health, then you need to understand your health risks and overall wellness. The best way for you to do so is by taking a Health Risk Assessment.

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Kansas and Missouri: The Truth About Obesity Rates

 

Obesity puts around 78 million Americans at an increased risk for a range of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. According to a new report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, almost one in every three adults in Kansas and Missouri is clinically obese. The wild rates of obesity across the nation are nothing new. Better Policies for a Healthier America notes that obesity rates nationwide have stabilized, however, the stable level is much too high. Continue reading “Kansas and Missouri: The Truth About Obesity Rates” »

Fighting the Flu in the Workplace

It’s that time of year when seasonal illnesses pop up around the office. We all know that the holiday season is a terrible time for your workers to get sick, as they’re trying to get all their work finished before holiday vacations and they want to spend their downtime with family. No one wants to be confined to their bed when they should be celebrating the season. Continue reading “Fighting the Flu in the Workplace” »

Kansas City: Stay Healthy This Holiday

 

Have you recently been diagnosed with a chronic illness or disease? With Thanksgiving just a few days away, you’ll want to make sure that a family staple won’t trigger any bad side effects. Of course, ask your doctor for complete guidance concerning severe diseases like Crohn’s or Diverticulitis. This list is a simple reminder for individuals with lower-risks. Continue reading “Kansas City: Stay Healthy This Holiday” »