Detecting Cancer Early With Screenings

Cancer is a major medical issue with thousands of cases being diagnosed each year. Screening for cancer is complicated. A doctor may order a biopsy or conduct a urinalysis. However, they also may order a blood test. Continue reading “Detecting Cancer Early With Screenings” »

February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

February is recognized as International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month, raising the awareness about group B Strep infection.  One in four women are carriers of this bacteria which possibly can be passed to the baby during childbirth, resulting in serious consequences for the child.  Continue reading “February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month” »

3 Ways Vaccines Have Changed the World

Getting a vaccine today is a routine part of health care.

However, the world was not always so fortunate. Many diseases used to ravage entire populations. Fortunately, many of these diseases have been nearly eradicated. Although vaccines can be a bit controversial, a vaccine can also be said to be so powerful that it has the ability to change the world. Here are three ways that has happened over the centuries.

A Vaccine for Smallpox

The roots of smallpox go back as far as 10,000 BCE. During the 18th century, thousands of people in Europe died from the disease, which also spread to North America as European explorers began looking for new territory to exploit. Indigenous populations in the Americas were decimated by the illness. It took decades to develop a reliable smallpox vaccine, but in 1980, scientists announced that the disease had been eradicated.

An End to Polio

Millions of people around the world were afflicted with polio before a vaccine was developed to control it. This nerve-destroying virus caused pain, disablement and death for people in Europe and the Americas. Perhaps the most famous person to suffer from the disease was President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1953, Dr. Jonas Salk made a world-changing announcement about his discovery of a polio vaccine. Eventually, the disease would be eradicated from industrialized nations, though some developing nations are still forced to distribute the vaccine to keep the disease under control.

The Whooping Cough and Diphtheria Vaccine

Like smallpox and polio, whooping cough and diphtheria used to be major problems in the U.S, Europe and in other regions. Today, a successful vaccine has virtually eradicated these illnesses, saving many lives and keeping children out of the hospital. It is extremely unusual to see cases of either of these diseases being diagnosed in the U.S., particularly in locales where the vast majority of the population receives the recommended schedule of vaccines.

Vaccines have saved many lives over the decades – whole colonies and families. Although there are some vaccines today that have not always proven to have the desired results, the history of vaccines tells a greater story.

Diet & Exercise Prove Effective in Diabetes Prevention

Per the CDC, 29.1 million Americans — 9.3% of the population — had diabetes as of 2012. Many of these — up to 8.1 million — are undiagnosed.

Clearly, diabetes prevention needs to be a priority for all Americans. Some recent research is shedding light on what is the most effective preventative measure against the disease: diet and exercise.

Here’s what you should know about the study results.

Continue reading “Diet & Exercise Prove Effective in Diabetes Prevention” »

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.

Continue reading “The Basics on Testicular Cancer Every Man Should Know” »

Celebrate National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a time for individuals to learn more about colorectal cancer, particularly its risk factors.

Since early detection leads to early treatment, preventing the spread and severity of cancer, educating yourself on colorectal cancer is one of the most important ways to celebrate this month.

Along with learning more about this disease, there are other key ways to participate in this awareness holiday.

Continue reading “Celebrate National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month” »

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!

Continue reading “4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Heart Health” »

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.

Continue reading “Learn the Basics on Congenital Heart Defects” »

Give Thanks For Your Health

Around Thanksgiving, people take time to show appreciation for individuals who have touched their lives in some way. From close family members and friends to old teachers and civic leaders, people share their gratitude through words and gestures.

One thing people often forget to give thanks for in this time, though, is their own health. While your health may not be such an obvious thing to give thanks for this holiday, it is an ever-present, vital part of your life, and you should make sure you pay attention to your wellness not only this season, but throughout the year.

Today, we’re sharing the key ways to give thanks for your health.

Continue reading “Give Thanks For Your Health” »

Women: Be Aware of These Health Issues

September is a popular month for awareness campaigns, and many of them are related to female health.

In honor of Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month, Menopause Awareness Month, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month, ARCpoint Labs is covering the basics on these conditions.

Continue reading “Women: Be Aware of These Health Issues” »