Archives for August 2015

Shorter Work Weeks Lower Stroke Risk, Study Finds

Ever feel like the work week’s gonna kill you?

It turns out, according to a team of international researchers, employees who work the longest have an increased stroke risk when compared to workers who leave earlier.

Going even just a few hours over the US standard of 40 per week leads to a pretty significant uptick in stroke risk, per the study released in Lancet.

Here’s what employers and employees should know about the correlation between work hours and stroke risk.

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Beyond Your Weight: Numbers That are Key to Your Health

When many people think about getting healthier, their mind instantly associates this with losing weight.

While it’s true that your weight does have a bearing on your health — obesity is linked to increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes, for example — there are other numbers that reflect on your health, too.

Here are the most notable ones you should be aware of as you are making your way toward a healthier self.

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Back To School: Are Your Child’s Immunizations Current?

Make Sure Your Children Are Current on Their Vaccinations Before They Go Back to School

While there is some controversy around the subject, the fact of the matter is simple: children need vaccines. Making sure your kids are up-to-date on their immunizations is one of the most important things you can do as a parent for their long-term health and wellness — as well as their friends’ health, their classmates’ health, and their entire community’s health.Vaccine - a doctor giving  vaccination girl, health, prevention

What do parents need to know?

To keep your children healthy, many states require that school-age children are vaccinated against certain diseases. Some states like California do not accept any non-religious exceptions for not immunizing children. If you’re unsure of what vaccinations your child needs, check with your child’s doctor, your health department, or your child’s school.

Vaccinations Help Prevent Outbreaks of Diseases

Vaccines have made some vaccine-preventable diseases extremely rare. (When was the last case of smallpox you’ve heard about?) Even with those diseases’ rarity, outbreaks still happen. The United States recorded an astronomical number of ¬†measles cases in 2014 with 668 cases in 27 states. According to the CDC, 2014 had the greatest number of measles cases since the year 2000. As of July 2015, 178 measles cases have already been reported.

From January 1 – June 26, almost 9000 whooping cough cases have been reported to the CDC. While children who have been vaccinated for whooping cough can still be infected, they are much more likely to have a mild sickness when compared to their non-vaccinated counterparts.

Your Community Depends on It

Test Smartly Labs proudly offers many health- and life-saving vaccinations from flu shots to MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) and Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis) ¬†Your child and your entire community deserves to be safe and disease-free. If you’re unsure of your child’s immunizations or if you’ve lost his or her records, ARCpoint proudly offers testing which can verify your child’s immunity.

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Celebrating National Breastfeeding Month

August marks an important time for breastfeeding mothers. Not only is the first week of August World Breastfeeding Week, the month as a whole is designated National Breastfeeding Month, a time for people to educate themselves on the benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child.

Certain circumstances may prevent mothers from being able to breastfeed — and, of course, the most important thing is that a child is loved and nourished, no matter if by mother’s milk or formula. Still, we think it’s important to acknowledge what makes breastfeeding so healthy!

Read on for some benefits of breastfeeding as well as some steps mothers should take to ensure their breast milk is the very best for their babies.

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