Archives for February 2015

February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

February is an important month for expectant families.

It’s designated International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month, a time for soon-to-be-parents to educate themselves on diseases that can be potentially fatal to unborn children.

In addition to the many sexually transmitted diseases that can have dangerous medical effects on infants, there are a number of other infections expectant mothers and fathers should be aware of; we’re highlighting some below.

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4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

February is American Heart Health Month, an awareness designation we like to call attention to every year.

We’ve compiled a hearty (ha, ha!) list of resources on heart health, ranging from the basics on heart disease and prevention to how cholesterol relates to heart health.

In case you don’t have much time for browsing our articles, though, we’ve also made a list of 4 quick ways you can improve your heart health starting now. Your heart health is your choice — so follow our advice below!

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Learn the Basics on Congenital Heart Defects

Since Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love, it only makes sense that the week leading up to the day is Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week.

We’ve written extensively about heart disease in general — from the basics to prevention to heart healthy foods — but never more specifically about congenital heart defects. Since they are the most common form of birth defects, affecting 40,000 babies in the US annually, it’s important that people know about congenital heart defects.

Today, we’re providing basic information on congenital heart defects, including prevention.

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The Measles Vaccine: the Choice is Clear

We’ve spoken before about how your health is your choice.

You can choose what providers to see and services to have rendered, whether they are in-network or out-of-network for insurance purposes.

You can choose to monitor your health more closely with basic health tests.

You can choose to eat healthier, exercise more, and practice better sleep habits.

You can choose whether to protect yourself, your family, and your community with recommended vaccinations.

Yes, all of these are choices — but when it comes to the last choice, we feel that the evidence supporting immunization against vaccine-preventable illnesses is so substantial that the choice should be obvious: choosing to safeguard yourself and others against disease.

Given the recent measles outbreak, this message needs to be heard. Here’s what you should know about measles, vaccines, and your health — and why we think you should choose to vaccinate.

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