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23Dec, 2015

HIV Awareness Month

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This December the world is challenged to rethink outdated stereotypes and myths surrounding HIV and to raise awareness about HIV. The United States vision is to “become a place where new HIV infections are rare, and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.” WHAT IS HIV HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is a virus that attacks a bodies immune system, making the […]
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Safe Toys and Gifts Month
10Dec, 2015

Safe Toys and Gifts Month December 2015

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Throughout the entire month of December Prevent Blindness organization is advocating for Safe Toys and Gifts Month. There has been a recent increase in toy-related injuries across the United States. Approximately 265,700 injuries occurred, with about 83,700 affect children under five. The most common injuries continue to be lacerations, contusions and abrasions to the head and face area. We are just about two weeks away from Christmas and there will be plenty of new toys welcomed into your home. Most toys and games are made to be safe, but can […]
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GERD Awareness Week
20Nov, 2015

GERD Awareness Week

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Awareness Week Every year during the week of Thanksgiving, the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders encourages people who experience symptoms to see their doctors. November 22-28 2015 marks this years observation. Currently, over 3 million Americans are affected by acid reflux. What is GERD? GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD is a digestive disease where stomach acid comes back up the esophagus, or tube that food travels down. This can cause discomfort and possibly damage the esophagus. At the lower end of the esophagus a band of muscles, called the […]
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10Nov, 2015

Diabetes Awareness Month

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November marks American Diabetes Month. Approximately 30 million Americans have diabetes and 86 million with prediabetes. The American Diabetes Association works to raise awareness of this ever-growing disease. This years theme “Eat Well, America!”, aims to help to educate Americans on how healthy food helps diabetes management, while showing the nation how easy and joyful it can be. This month the American Diabetes Association will be positing nutritious recipes for every meal of the day. They will educate on how to choose, prepare, serve, and eat healthy foods. Meal plans […]
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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
26Oct, 2015

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

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What is SIDS? SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is defined as an unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year of age, that doesn’t have a known cause even after a complete investigation. SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants under one year of age and can happen to healthy babies. In 2013, 1,500 babies died of SIDS. What Causes SIDS? At this time, the cause of SIDS remains unknown. Healthcare professionals and scientists continue to collect data and information in a hope to find a […]
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2015-2016 Flu Season and Vaccination
21Oct, 2015

2015-2016 Flu Season and Vaccination

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Each year the United States experiences a flu epidemic. The United States flu season begins around October and can last into May. Influenza cases usually peak between December and February. What is the Flu? The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that affects thousands in the U.S. each year. The flu can cause mild to severe illness, and sometimes death. Young children, older adults, and people with certain health conditions are at high risk to experience serious complications from the flu. How can I Tell If I Have the Flu? […]
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30Sep, 2015

September is World Alzheimer’s Month

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Alzheimer’s Disease International is working for the fourth year in a row to raise awareness and challenge stigmas associated with Alzheimer’s. This years theme ‘Remember Me’ works to help educate people to spot the signs of dementia, and to not forget about loved ones who currently live with dementia. Dementia is a word that is used to describe different problems with the brain that affect memory, thinking, behavior and emotions. The early symptoms of dementia  vary from person to person. Alzheimers Disease International tells us the typical symptoms may include; Memory […]
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National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month
12Sep, 2015

National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

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Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart arrythmia. An arrhythmia means the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat is irregular. StopAfib.org warns that atrial fibrillation can lead to stroke, heart failure, and Alzheimer’s disease, and can double your risk of death. September is dedicated to raising awareness of atrial fibrillation and helping those with Afib become educated on proper management. What is Afib? Atrial fibrillation, or Afib, is caused by a problem in the hearts electrical system. This malfunction causes the atria, or top chambers of the heart to contract […]
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Psoriasis Awareness Month
31Aug, 2015

Psoriasis Awareness Month

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The National Psoriasis Foundation has dedicated the whole month of August to raise awareness regarding psoriasis. Psoriasis is defined by the CDC as a chronic autoimmune skin disease that speeds up the growth cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis affects 7.9 million people in the United States. Psoriasis causes patches of the skin to become red, raised and scaly. Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body, but frequently appears on the elbows, knees and scalp. Patches can burn, itch and sting. The exact cause of psoriasis has yet to be pinpointed. […]
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6Aug, 2015

Healthy Habits mean Healthy Eyes

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This year the CDC is working to promote healthy contact lens wear and care. August 24-28 is dedicated to teaching contact wearers healthy habits that can reduce the risk of eye infections. This years campaign is focusing on 3 areas to help keep your eyes safe. Contact lens hygiene, contact lens use, care and storage, and eye doctor visits. “The CDC is advising that contacts are like underwear. Don’t over-wear. Avoid that sketchy pair. Carry a spare pair.” The CDC wars that wearing lens that are not cleaned as directed […]
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