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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8Aug, 2014

National Immunization Awareness Month

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Medical research has advanced tremendously over the years, and new measures have been developed to prevent us from suffering from diseases. Immunizations are part and parcel of this preventative process, and August is celebrated as National Immunization Awareness Month. Let’s take a look at this in a little bit more detail. Why National Immunization Awareness Month? The purpose of National Immunization Awareness Month is to raise public awareness regarding the availability and uses of vaccines in preventing disease. Contrary to popular belief, immunizations are not just for children; many adults […]
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Unhealthy girl watching TV
25Jul, 2014

Childhood Obesity

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Childhood Obesity has been called ‘one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century’. Over the last thirty years, the rate of childhood obesity has more than tripled. The childhood obesity epidemic is a serious public health problem that increases morbidity, mortality and has substantial long term economic and social costs. According to studies, 77 percent of obese children become obese adults, increasing their risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke and cancer. When a child is considered ‘obese’? A child is defined as ‘obese’ if their […]
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