Archives for August 2014

The Dangers of Steroid Use

Steroids are synthetic components designed to raise testosterone levels, muscle mass, and body strength. They also help muscles recover more quickly after a workout, which is why they’re appealing to athletes.

Though sometimes used to treat medical conditions, steroids are not approved for boosting athletic performance. Most sports leagues have banned their use — and for good reason.

There are many physical and psychological effects of steroid use that every athlete should know.

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Do You Believe These Vaccine Myths? You Could Be Jeopardizing Your Health.

August is Immunization Awareness Month, and at Test Smartly Labs, we think this is perfect timing. As kids head back to school and flu season lurks just around the corner, it’s important now more than ever for children and adults to protect themselves against preventable diseases.

Although vaccines have a proven record of preventing the spread of disease, in recent history a number of vaccine myths have circulated. Fortunately, vaccine myths aren’t having a major impact on national immunization rates — they are above 90% for polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox. Yet several outbreaks of preventable diseases have been traced back to unimmunized children, including the 2013 measles outbreak in New York City, Texas, and North Carolina.

In an effort to promote public health, we’re dispelling some common vaccine myths.

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Will Your Kids Stay Healthy as They Head Back to School?

For many kids, this week marks the beginning of the end of the summer: it’s time to go back to school.

Parents may have mixed emotions about this period. It’s nice to have the kids home for the summer: there are more chances for family bonding, and it’s easier to keep an eye on your child’s health and wellbeing when they’re around you more.

As your children transition back to school, Test Smartly Labs is sharing some tips to help your kids stay healthy.

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How DNA Testing Can Help You Learn Your Family Heritage

Just a few years ago, doing research on your family heritage might mean lead you to an old graveyard or the dark stacks of a library to get answers about your family’s origins. Today, however, DNA testing can give clearer information than any tombstone or old newspapers.

Today, Test Smartly Labs helps celebrate August as National Heritage Month by examining how DNA testing can shed light on your family heritage.

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