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” »

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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The Measles Vaccine: Why it’s Still Important

Measles seems like a disease of the past but in the last seven years, there has been an average of 226 cases per year. Even though the CDC declared measles to be eliminated from the U.S. in 2000, sporadic cases still appear because infected people bring it to the United States and infect unvaccinated citizens. Continue reading “The Measles Vaccine: Why it’s Still Important” »

KCMO Health Dept. Ridding Homes of Lead Paint

Over half of the homes in Kansas City, Missouri were built before 1978, which means there’s a higher chance they were painted with lead-based paint. This March, the KCMO Health Department is offering free services to rid homes of dangerous lead paint. They are offering free home repair by certified, licensed contractors, mainly painting and window replacement. Homeowners won’t pay a thing, and if you rent the property owner will pay 25 percent of the repair costs. Continue reading “KCMO Health Dept. Ridding Homes of Lead Paint” »