February is recognized as International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month, raising the awareness about group B Strep infection. One in four women are carriers of this bacteria which possibly can be passed to the baby during childbirth, resulting in serious consequences for the child. Continue reading “February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month” »
February is the month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it — both at home and in their communities. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. and kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Each year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by cardiovascular disease. Continue reading “American Heart Month-National Wear Red Day February 3rd” »
January 23, 2017 kicks off National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. This observance is mainly aimed at teens, but it also seeks to bring young adults together with scientists to help raise awareness of drug facts and the dangers of abusing substances. Continue reading “National Drugs and Alcohol Facts Week” »
We are sharing 10 great tips to help you stay on track and stick to your healthy diet! Keep up with these tips not only during Diet Resolution Week, but throughout the entire year.
Men are leading longer, healthier lives. One of the things that makes this possible is routine screening for common health concerns. While some screenings may vary based upon individual health history, there are four medical tests every man should have. These are: thyroid, vitamin D, cholesterol and diabetes. Continue reading “4 Essential Health Tests for Men Of All Ages” »
No one enjoys having their blood drawn, but blood testing provides essential information. By looking at the results of blood testing, experienced technicians or your doctor can understand how well your body is performing, and make recommendations for further screenings. Regardless of their age, every woman should undergo four blood tests. Continue reading “4 Essential Lab Tests for Women of All Ages” »
National Influenza Week is the perfect time to remind everyone to get a flu shot. Because the flu shot is the best available defense against getting this illness, it’s imperative for as many people as possible to receive it early in the season. Understanding more about National Influenza Week and the vaccine may provide the perfect incentive.
Why National Influenza Week?
The Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, began observing National Influenza Week in 2005 to highlight the importance of getting the flu shot. Current guidelines suggest that everyone older than six months should get a flu shot every year. While a nasal mist is also generally available, the CDC recommends getting the shot this year as the mist is not proving to be as effective.
Is It Too Late to Get a Flu Shot?
National Influenza Week might come and go, but people can benefit from the shot for months. Peak flu season starts in December, which is why the CDC holds the National Influenza Week observance in the first week of that month. New cases are rampant through March or even May. It’s definitely not too late for a vaccination.
Are You At High Risk?
The flu can be especially dangerous for certain segments of the population. Accordingly, it’s critical for members of these groups to get a flu shot. Pregnant women, anyone older than 65 or younger than five and anyone with conditions like heart disease or diabetes are particularly at risk for dangerous flu complications. Healthcare workers and those who provide care for people who are in an at-risk category should also be vaccinated.
The Earlier, The Better
It takes approximately two weeks for the flu vaccine to take full effect. This means that the sooner you get the shot, the sooner you’ll be fully protected.
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With 2016’s World AIDS Day happening so recently, it’s no wonder that more people are seeking testing for HIV. Even with all of the awareness that events like World AIDS Day creates, the fact remains that 40 percent of the population at any given time doesn’t know their HIV status. With AIDS continuing to be such a devastating disease in all corners of the world, observing World AIDS Day is just as important now as it was in 1988. Continue reading “Be Educated About the Current Status of AIDS for World AIDS Day” »
When most people contemplate the holidays, staying healthy isn’t their goal. Nonetheless, it’s possible to enjoy a healthy Thanksgiving and Christmas without sacrificing any of the fun or flavor. From making lower fat alternatives to using good portion control practices, it’s possible to have a healthy Thanksgiving (and eat some stuffing too).