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Are Your Immunizations Up-To-Date? How to Tell

Keeping your immunizations up to date is essential for maintaining your health and for protecting the well-being of those around you.

However, it’s not unusual for people to switch doctors and medical offices several times. And many people don’t have an official record of their vaccinations, making it difficult to know what shots have been received and when.

So, how can you find out if your immunizations are up to date?

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Sunday, July 28th is World Hepatitis Day

This Sunday, July 28 is World Hepatitis Day. At the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva, 194 governments adopted the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, which includes a goal of eliminating hepatitis B and C.. The first ever global movement NOhep was launched by the community to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. Continue reading “Sunday, July 28th is World Hepatitis Day” »

Know the Symptoms of Group B Strep

July is International Group B Strep Throat Awareness Month. Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women carry GBS, the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns (CDC). GBS can also infect babies during pregnancy and the first few months of life.

Not all babies exposed become infected but, for those who do, the results can be devastating. It can cause miscarriage, stillborn, premature birth, extreme illness, lifelong handicaps, or death. Even babies born to mothers testing negative can become infected by Group B Strep. Continue reading “Know the Symptoms of Group B Strep” »

3 Simple Ways to Stay Healthy at the Office

Spending eight-plus hours a day staring at a computer for five days every week really takes a toll on your body. Sitting at a desk keeps your body burning the minimum amount of calories it needs to function, your computer can give you eye strain and neck tension. Humans aren’t meant to stay stagnant so long, but in today’s computer-driven work setting, it is nearly impossible not to spend all day sitting. Take in the tips below to keep up a healthy lifestyle. Continue reading “3 Simple Ways to Stay Healthy at the Office” »

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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