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.

How Hepatitis C Affects Overall Health

At ARCpoint Labs, we encourage you to take responsibility for your own health. After all, if you don’t who will? Many illnesses have only mild or hard to diagnose symptoms. So part of taking responsibility for your well being is learning about how common illnesses affect the body.

Today, let’s take a look a hepatitis C and the impact it has on your health.

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Staying Safe and Healthy this Fourth of July

The long Fourth of July weekend is almost here! Many people are planning parties with friends and family. While a summer weekend full of fireworks, picnics, and swimming sounds ideal, there can be major safety drawbacks.

Today, let’s look at ways you can keep yourself and your family safe over the long holiday weekend.

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Why You Should Get Your Flu Shot Now

If you’ve watched the news recently, you may have heard about the string of nationwide flu-related deaths. 40 states are currently reporting “widespread” flu activity as of January 11, meaning that the incidence of flu cases is on the rise. If you have not already gotten your flu shot, it’s imperative now more than ever.

Though the Center for Disease Control (CDC) does not monitor the exact number of flu-related deaths in adults, they have declared the flu season at an “epidemic” status because 7.5% of US deaths in the second week of January were caused by flu and pneumonia-related illnesses.

Still not convinced that you need to get a flu shot now? Here are some common questions you may have about this year’s flu — and answers that show why you should arm yourself with a flu shot today!

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Learn the Facts About Healthy Weight Loss

Many things probably come to mind when you think of January: New Year’s resolutions, cold weather, professional football playoffs, an end to the holiday season. What you might not know is that January is also Health Weight Awareness Month — which makes it a great time for you to educate yourself on weight.

You may have already set a weight loss goal for 2014, but have you set realistic goals to help you reach a healthy weight? Once there, do you know how to maintain a healthy weight? And do you know why you should strive for a healthy weight in the first place?

At ARCpoint Labs, we value your overall wellness — which is why we are providing the information you need to truly celebrate Healthy Weight Awareness Month.

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Healthy Tips for a New You in the New Year

With 2013 behind us, chances are you’ve made a number of new year’s resolutions — and more likely than not, a few of them involve your personal health in some way. From sticking to a healthy diet and increasing exercise to reducing your stress and sleeping more, there are so many health-related goals you should want to achieve — and just as many healthy tips to help you do so!

At ARCpoint Labs, we are committed to your personal wellness, so we have compiled some easy-to-implement healthy tips to help you turn your 2014 resolutions into long-lasting habits.

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Do you Know the Truth About Your Health? The Risk Factor Many Americans Don’t Know

If I were to ask you to describe your health right now, what would you say?

Would you explain that you’re feeling quite well or maybe that you have been under the weather for the past few days? Many of us think of our health in terms of the here and now. However, there are bigger issues at hand. Continue reading “Do you Know the Truth About Your Health? The Risk Factor Many Americans Don’t Know” »

This or That: Holiday Meal Edition

Welcome to the holiday themed edition of “This or That,” where we help you make the tough calls this holiday season!

We’ll take a look at the traditional dishes that might be set on your table this year, describing how to make healthy choices.

Holiday Meals: This or That?holiday meal

Wine or Wine Spritzer

Opt for the wine spritzer this year. Replace just 2 ounces of your white wine with club soda. The zero-calorie soda makes your drink that much lighter, but you still get to enjoy a drink with friends and family.

Dark Meat or White Meat

If you’re carving a turkey this year for the family meal, choose the white meat for yourself. Dark meat has about 40% more calories than white meat.

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Protect Your Heart: Heart Disease Prevention

Place your hand on your chest.

Do you feel that heartbeat?

That is the sound of the organ that keeps your body going. Your heart pumps blood to the rest of your body, allowing you to function normally. You know all this, but how much do you really think about it? Continue reading “Protect Your Heart: Heart Disease Prevention” »

U.S. Cholesterol Levels: Small improvements

Cholesterol levels are one indicator of health. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is paying close attention to cholesterol levels and cholesterol screening in the United States.

Recent research sheds light on cholesterol levels and how many people are having cholesterol screening completed. When we compare these results with the research completed in years past, we see some improvement and other areas for us to improve.

The CDC reported:

Americans’ levels of good cholesterol are improving

Cholesterol screening rates have stalled

Let’s take a look at what these results mean and explore what changes we need to make in light of the news. Continue reading “U.S. Cholesterol Levels: Small improvements” »