Weird 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 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 “Weird Lyme Disease Symptoms & Tick Prevention” »

The Powassan Virus: What is it & How Can I Prevent it?

Powassan (POW) virus is a rare, but often serious disease that is spread by infected ticks. POW virus is one of a group of arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) that can cause swelling of the brain. The virus was first recognized in the small town of Powassan, Ontario in 1958. Due to its ability to cause encephalitis, it was and still is considered a very serious tick-borne illness. Continue reading “The Powassan Virus: What is it & How Can I Prevent it?” »

Tobacco: A Threat to Development

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 “Tobacco: A Threat to Development” »

Lupus Awareness: Don’t Ignore the Signs

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: Don’t Ignore the Signs” »

The Worst Drug Crisis in American History

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 “The Worst Drug Crisis in American History” »

Sexual Assault, STD Rates & Aftercare Action

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 “Sexual Assault, STD Rates & Aftercare Action” »

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” »

National Nutrition Month: “Put Your Best Fork Forward”

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Every March, the campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices as well as developing and maintaining healthy eating and physical activity habits. Continue reading “National Nutrition Month: “Put Your Best Fork Forward”” »

How You Can Keep Up a Healthy Heart

What if the answer to excellent heart health was locked into just a few foods? Well, almost. Other smart decisions are also needed to keep your ticker in tip-top shape. Continue reading “How You Can Keep Up a Healthy Heart” »

Valentine’s Day Week is Condom Week

Each year, 450 million condoms are sold in the United States, yet nearly 20 million cases of STDs are newly reported. One in four Americans will get an STD in their lifetime and it costs the health care system $17 billion dollars. Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Week is Condom Week” »