Archives for October 2014

Stop Before You Bite Into That Candy Bar! Do You Know if You Have Food Allergies?

Halloween is only a few days away, and though the holiday is often enjoyed most by kids, adults are known to partake, too! From costumes to Halloween gatherings at work or with family and friends, the temptation of treats will be everywhere — but did you know there’s more at stake than your waistline when you indulge?

Not only is Halloween candy generally bad for your weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, and more, it can also pose a very serious health risk if you unknowingly have food allergies!

ARCpoint Labs is sharing the major food allergies to watch for this Halloween.

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Easy Ways to Learn More About Your Family Health History & Genetic Background

You may have heard that October is Family History Month!

In addition to celebrating your family’s social heritage, this is a great time to learn even more about your genetic background. After all, your genes and family health history play a part in your propensity for several diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, colorectal cancer, high cholesterol, and prostate cancer.

Today, we’re sharing easy ways you can learn more about your family history and genetic background.

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The Importance of Immunization for Expectant Mothers, Parents, & Caregivers

October is an important day for expectant parents and their babies. Two important designations, the Campaign for Healthier Babies Month and Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month, make this the time to educate yourself on how you can help ensure that your baby leads a happy, healthy life.

Though many infant deaths are altogether impossible to prevent, parents and caregivers can do their part when it comes to getting themselves, immediate family members, and any caregivers immunized.

We’re exploring why immunization, including the flu shot, is so important for parents and caregivers.

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Where to Start After an HIV Positive Diagnosis

While most people recognize the importance of regular HIV testing, it’s likely that many never consider what to do when the worst occurs and an HIV positive diagnosis is given.

As with other potentially fatal diseases, when someone learns they are HIV positive, they can often experience shock, disbelief, grief, fear, anger, or a combination of all these emotions.

However difficult it may be, the days after your HIV positive diagnosis should not be stalled by inaction. You need to move forward and give yourself the best foundation for living with your disease.

Read on to learn what to do after you learn you are HIV positive.

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First Ebola Diagnosis in the United States Raises Concern

ebolaAfter being sent home from the hospital two days before, Liberian national Eric Duncan returned to the hospital in critical care on Tuesday, September 30th. Upon arrival, American health officials identified this incident as the first-ever case of Ebola in the United States — something Americans should take very seriously.

What Happened

On September 30th, Eric Duncan, who was then in critical condition, was rushed to a Dallas hospital by ambulance. Upon arrival, the man was diagnosed with Ebola. What’s most concerning about this situation? Days before, the man was sent home from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas after he had disclosed his recent visit to Liberia with the hospital’s health officials. Not only was this vital information not shared with the appropriate hospital officials, but the infected man was sent home with what health professionals considered to be a mild viral infection.

As a result of this tragic error in judgment, this man is now in critical but stable condition, while being treated for Ebola. Furthermore, approximately 100 people who may have been potentially exposed to the infected man are now under close observation for any signs of the deadly virus.

Why is Ebola Serious?

Ebola is a serious virus that has already taken the lives of approximately 3,000 West African citizens. When people are diagnosed, they are already exhibiting the symptoms. What makes Ebola especially dangerous is the fact that symptoms progress in severity rapidly, often resulting in death.

Symptoms of Ebola:

  • Fever
  • Intense gastrointestinal complications – diarrhea and vomiting
  • Muscular pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Unexplained bruising and bleeding

Protect Your Health

Although Ebola is not airborne and is only transmitted through contact with the bodily fluids — blood and saliva — of an infected person, it is still contagious. If you are exhibiting signs of Ebola or have been in contact with an infected person, seek medical treatment immediately. Interested in learning more about the condition of your immune system and overall health?

Find an ARCpoint Labs location near you to discover more about our titers test that can help analyze the level of antibodies in your system.