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” »

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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Can Health Insurance Save You Money?

Health insurance open enrollment season is upon us, which means you’re trying to decide the best health insurance option for your family.

There are definitely cases where health insurance is a necessity, such as if you’re pregnant, diabetic, or suffering from chronic conditions requiring extensive medication or treatments. However, if you’re a healthy adult wondering whether it’s worth the deduction, you might want to consider whether health insurance is right for you. A huge factor to consider is whether or not your insurance plan is actually saving you money.

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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” »

How Your Business Can Benefit From On-Site Biometric Screening

Biometric screening is a great tool for corporate wellness programs. It helps companies narrow the focus of their program, and keeps employees informed about their health. Biometric screening can keep track of several health indicators like blood pressure, body composition, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels. When your employees know their numbers, they are more likely to implement new habits or even develop treatment plans with their physicians to prevent the development of serious medical problems. Test Smartly Labs provides biometric screening in our facilities, but there are arguments to be made for having these tests done at the office, too.

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Protect Your Skin this Summer: Five Easy Tips

Last month was Skin Cancer Awareness Month. No one wants to spend their sunny days at the pool thinking about the cancer risk, but it’s important to understand how dangerous the sun is to our skin. Skin cancer is the most common cancer – 5 million new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.
Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to protect your skin from skin cancer. Kansas City will be hot and sunny this summer. Here are five simply skin cancer prevention tips for you and your family:

Get Healthy Before You Embark on Summer Travels

If you haven’t already, it’s time to start planning your summer vacation! The key to having a great trip with your family is all in the preparation. There are flights to book, hotel rooms to reserve, sightseeing checklists to make, and, of course, essentials to pack.

Many of us neglect to take the necessary steps to stay healthy when we travel, but it’s a decision that is essential for a safe trip. Luckily, Test Smartly Labs has some easy tips to make sure that you have fun and stay healthy during your summer travels.

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