Stay Healthy This Thanksgiving, KC

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 “Stay Healthy This Thanksgiving, KC” »

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: Don’t Ignore the Signs

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that causes a decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills. Symptoms can progress slowly over the course of many years or they can progress rapidly over only a few years. Individuals may experience one or more of these signs in different degrees. If you notice any of them, please see a doctor as soon as possible. Continue reading “Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: Don’t Ignore the Signs” »

How to Have a Fun and Healthy Halloween

Are your little monsters hyper enough? Halloween is a time for free candy and frightful fun but all of the unhealthy treats can spook any parent. Below are a few ways to keep your kids on track. Continue reading “How to Have a Fun and Healthy Halloween” »

National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funds the breastfeeding campaign in hopes to empower women to commit to breastfeeding. Research shows that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea, and respiratory illnesses; they may also be less likely to develop childhood obesity. Continue reading “National Breastfeeding Awareness Month” »

July 28th is World Hepatitis Day

This Friday, 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 in the next 13 years. The first ever global movement NOhep was launched by the community to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. Continue reading “July 28th is World Hepatitis Day” »

Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

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Holiday food is lusted after all year, no one can wait for that first piece of pumpkin pie or thick slab of glazed ham, but with mouth-watering deliciousness come anxiety about health and weight. Many Americans don’t know that they gain about a pound during the holidays and for those already overweight the average gain is about five pounds, and most people will not lose it. Continue reading “Stay Healthy This Holiday Season” »

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month

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When a children lose their parents they are called orphans and when someone loses their spouse they are a widow/widower, but there is no word for when parents lose a child or multiple children. We shouldn’t need a word, it’s such a terrible thing, but it does happens. In 1988, Ronald Reagan declared October National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month as a way to help those who have lost a child during pregnancy or the first few years of life and raise awareness of pregnancy risks. Continue reading “Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month” »

Is Technology Causing a Spike in STD Rates?

In addition to disrupting the dinner table, smart phones 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 links new hook-up apps Gindr and Tinder with climbing STD rates, too.

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

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With the Measles Spreading, Make Sure Your Family is Protected

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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Why You Should Still Get Your Flu Shot

It’s too late in the season.

I’ve already been sick.

The CDC said it’s not as effective, anyway!

We’ve heard all of these excuses and more when it comes to the flu shot.

We’re here to share why it’s still a good idea to get your flu shot this year — despite what you may think!
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