Archives for April 2015

Why National Infant Immunization Week is Important Now More Than Ever

April 18 – 25, 2015 is designated National Infant Immunization Week. Across the nation, state, local, and federal health departments like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partner with healthcare professionals and local leaders to promote awareness of the importance of infant immunization.

As part of this observance, we are sharing why now more than ever parents should be following the recommended immunization schedule.

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The Basics on Testicular Cancer Every Man Should Know

We’ve written briefly about testicular cancer on Your Health Your Choice before, pointing out that all men should conduct regular self-examinations to catch the disease before it progresses too far.

Since April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, we want to provide a little more information about this form of cancer. We’re sharing the key facts all men should know, including signs and risk factors of testicular cancer and preventative measures to take.

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Signs You May Have Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes

With a diabetes diagnosis affecting nearly 10% of the U.S. population, it’s clear that the disease is an epidemic. When it’s diagnosed and treated, diabetes is manageable. The people who have these issues can lead full, active lives, but not being diagnosed can be deadly.

While an estimated 8% of the population have been diagnosed, there are millions more who are suffering the symptoms without being aware of their diagnosis. Millions more exhibit the signs of pre-diabetes, a condition that signals onset of the disease. When detected early, many people with pre-diabetes succeed at not developing this difficult illness.

To help people identify their pre-diabetes before it progresses, we are highlighting some symptoms of diabetes and pre-diabetes.

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2015 Alcohol Awareness Month

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence declares each April to be Alcohol Awareness Month. Each year the council chooses an alcohol awareness theme.

This year’s theme is “For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction.” Accordingly, the organization is emphasizing the importance of reducing underage drinking.

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