Educate Your Teens About STDs

Just because school is back in session does not mean your kids are going to become model citizens. Though some are just born with good common sense, many teens love to go to parties with friends, date new people, and try new things — even if it means exposing themselves to STDs. Continue reading “Educate Your Teens About STDs” »

September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month

This year marks 54 years of newborn screening in the United States. Throughout 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

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” »

Know the Symptoms of Group B Strep

July is International Group B Strep Throat Awareness Month. Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women carries GBS, the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns (CDC). GBS can also infect babies during pregnancy and the first few months of life.

Not all babies exposed become infected but, for those who do, the results can be devastating. It can cause miscarriage, stillborn, premature birth, extreme illness, lifelong handicaps, or death. Even babies born to mothers testing negative can become infected by Group B Strep. Continue reading “Know the Symptoms of Group B Strep” »

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” »