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” »

Drugs & Suicide Could Kill Over 1.6 Million in the Next 10 Years

According to a new report, Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Epidemics and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy, released by the Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust, deaths from drugs, alcohol, and suicide could make up over 1.6 million fatalities over this decade (2016 to 2025). Between 2006 to 2015, there were 1 million deaths from these three causes.  Continue reading “Drugs & Suicide Could Kill Over 1.6 Million in the Next 10 Years” »

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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