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19Feb, 2015

Organ Donation: The Need is Real

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February 14 is National Donor Day. When visiting organdonor.gov an onsite waiting list is visible for you to see. Over 123,240 people are currently waiting for an organ, and the number goes up every ten minutes as a new list member is added to the wait. Sadly, 21 people will die each day just waiting for an organ. But you can help! One person who decides to be an organ donor can save up to 8 lives! Organdonor.gov encourages you to “Imagine What YOU Could Make Possible.” It is important […]
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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
12Feb, 2015

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

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Throughout the month of February organizations and individuals are coming together to educate young people about dating violence, teach healthy relationship skills and prevent the abuse cycle. The Statistics Nearly 1.5 million high school students in the U.S. experience physical abuse from a dating partner each year. Dating violence is defined by Break the Cycle as a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. Dating violence can escalate over time and become more dangerous to the victim. A focus is being placed on […]
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PACT - Birth Defects
11Jan, 2015

National Birth Defects Prevention Month

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The National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) has themed this years prevention month as “Making Healthy Choices to Prevent Birth Defects – Make a PACT for Prevention.” Not all birth defects are preventable. But women who may become pregnant or who are trying to get pregnant can increase chances of a healthy baby by following a few steps. Make a PACT Women are encouraged to; Plan ahead and become as healthy as they can prior to pregnancy. It is recommended that they get 400 micrograms of folic acid every day. […]
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Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
3Jan, 2015

January: Cervical Health Awareness Month

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The National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) is raising awareness for women with or at risk for cervical cancer and Human papillomavirus (HPV). January is dedicated to helping women become educated on cervical health and disease risks and prevention. Cervical Cancer Cervical cancer is cancer that starts in the cervix. The cervix is the narrow opening into the uterus from the vagina. More than 12,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year and more than 4,000 of them will die. Cervical cancer is one of the most […]
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Safe Toys and Gifts Month
9Dec, 2014

Safe Toys and Gifts Month

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With the holidays right around the corner, your children will be receiving plenty of new toys. But what might look like a great gift for your young child, could pose a serious danger. Learn about toy safety and keep your loved ones safe this holiday season! The Facts Most toys and games sold in the United States are safe, but can be dangerous if misused by children who are too young. In the past three years there as been 43 reports of toy related deaths and 573,600 toy related injuries. […]
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Oral Health
1Dec, 2014

Oral Health

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Your smile is the first thing people notice when they meet you. Make a good impression! Proper oral care is critical from birth on to maintain healthy teeth, gums, tongue and to prevent problems when you are older. Your mouth is closely linked to the rest of your body, and therefore attention to oral changes could help you catch a disease in its very early stages. Keep your Mouth and Teeth Healthy! For infants and young children their first set of teeth help them talk, eat, and holds the space […]
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Lung cancer
19Nov, 2014

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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Understanding Your Lungs Your lungs are sponge like organs that are responsible for getting oxygen from the air you breath to the blood traveling your circulatory system. Your lungs can be compared to a tree as they continue to break off into smaller and smaller ‘branches’. When you breath, air travels down your wind pipe or trachea. Your trachea then separates into left and right bronchial tubes which lead to the left and right lung. The bronchi split into smaller and smaller tubes that will end in alveoli. Alveoli are […]
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Microscopic Ebola Virus
15Oct, 2014

Ebola Virus Disease

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The recent Ebola Virus outbreak in the United States is blaring over every news station. Television, radio, and internet are constantly reporting it. Though, despite the heavy coverage, a recent poll showed that Americans are not properly educated on Ebola Virus Disease. Proper education is key for disease control. Ebola background Ebola Virus causes an illness that is often fatal if not treated. The first cases appeared in Africa in 1976. The current 2014 outbreak in West Africa is the largest, and has caused the most deaths than all other […]
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Flu Vaccine
26Sep, 2014

Flu Vaccine

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Estimates show that thousands are infected with the flu each year in the U.S. alone. Influenza can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. Even healthy individuals can get sick and spread the virus to others. The Flu vaccine causes antibodies to build up in the body that will provide protection against the infection. Each year, a seasonal vaccine is created to protect against the influenza virus, that will be most common that season (as indicated by research). Typically, Flu vaccines protect against three flu viruses; an influenza A (H1N1), an […]
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Vaccine Requirements for Children Enrolling in Maryland Schools
3Sep, 2014

Vaccine Requirements for Children Enrolling in Maryland Schools

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Schools are the second homes of our children. They are the institutions where learning and personality development are continuously promoted. But high populations in close range, makes for a potential niche for disease spread. Accordingly, State laws require students attending school to be up to date on vaccinatons. Maryland Schools make sure that their enrollees are current on vaccines, creating a safe environment for students and their famililes. Vaccine requirements for children enrolling in Maryland Schools are submitted to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on a yearly basis. […]
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