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Lyme Disease: Symptoms & Tick Prevention

 

Summer begins this week, so it’s time to get the last of the tick information out. An issue that we have seen through the end of 2016 up to now is the mild winter and hot, humid spring. This is the weather that tends to lead to heightened tick populations during the summer.

Many of us may have forgotten about or don’t know very much about Lyme disease because who really gets it? If you’ve been having odd symptoms that specialists just can’t figure out or if you are going to or live in tick-dense areas, read on to make sure you don’t get Lyme disease this summer. Continue reading “Lyme Disease: Symptoms & Tick Prevention” »

Lupus Awareness Month: Don’t Ignore the Signs

young women holding lupus ribbon to celebrate lupus awareness month in May

Plenty of people have heard of lupus due to the popularity of the phrase “It’s not lupus” on the TV show House. Do you know why only one character on the show was ever diagnosed with the disease? It typically takes an average of six years to diagnose properly, as it can disguise itself as many other diseases. May is Lupus Awareness Month and the 10th is World Lupus Day, providing an excellent opportunity to bring up some important information. Continue reading “Lupus Awareness Month: Don’t Ignore the Signs” »

Is Tobacco a Threat to Health & Development?

man killing his health and development for tobacco

Every year, on the last day of May, a worldwide initiative goes into action to highlight the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, as well as advocate for policies that will reduce tobacco consumption. Continue reading “Is Tobacco a Threat to Health & Development?” »

Take Action: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Action & Awareness Month, which provides an excellent chance to look at STD rates in sexual assaults. 18 percent of women and 1.8 percent of men in the US are victims of rape every year. Along with learning about important statistics, knowing the psychological and physical ramifications and seeking aftercare are important. Continue reading “Take Action: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month” »

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” »