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Diabetes and Your Eyes

November 14th, 2020
Diabetes increases the risk for multiple health problems, from cardiovascular disease to kidney damage to skin conditions. Another common – and often preventable – problem linked to diabetes is vision loss. November is Diabetes Eye Disease Month, a time to spotlight the most common eye disorders associated with diabetes and focus on ways to decrease your risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “National Diabetes Statistics Report 2020,” which analyzed health data through 2018, 34.2 million Americans…

Increase Your Lung Cancer IQ

November 9th, 2020
Your lungs are a pair of spongy, pyramid-shaped organs in your chest that bring fresh oxygen into your body when you inhale. The lungs also send out carbon dioxide, a waste product of cellular function, when you exhale. The lungs, along with a network of air passages, are part of your body’s respiratory system. Lung cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the lungs. Cancer is a disease that occurs when cells grow and divide uncontrollably and destroy…

Bolstering Bladder Health

November 9th, 2020
November is Bladder Health Awareness Month. Your bladder is a hollow, muscular sac located in your lower abdomen. It temporarily stores the urine made by your kidneys until it is released into a tube called the urethra, which transports the urine out of your body. When empty, the bladder is about the size and shape of a pear. The muscles of the bladder enable it to stretch to hold urine. A healthy bladder can hold one and a half to…

Defend Yourself Against Diabetes

November 9th, 2020
In its “National Diabetes Statistics Report 2020,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation details the most updated “state of the disease” in America. The CDC aims to use the report’s information to improve diabetes prevention and management strategies available in this country. According to the report, which analyzed health data through 2018, 34.2 million Americans, or just over one in 10 individuals, have diabetes. Further, 88 million American adults, approximately one in three, have…

Brushing Up on Dental Hygiene

October 26th, 2020
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 69 percent of Americans ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one of their permanent teeth. The CDC also notes that by age 50, Americans have typically lost an average of 12 teeth, including their wisdom teeth. Further, among adults ages 65 to 74, 26 percent have lost all their teeth. You don’t have to be one of those statistics. You can keep your teeth – and your…

Down Syndrome Defined

October 22nd, 2020
Generally speaking, people have 23 pairs of chromosomes for a total of 46 chromosomes. Chromosomes are rod-like structures on DNA that store your genes, the material that carries the instructions for inherited traits such as hair color, skin color, and height. For each pair of chromosomes, you get one from your mother and one from your father. A person with Down syndrome has a third copy of one chromosome, chromosome 21, instead of the usual pair. This extra copy of…

The Bottom Line on Breast Cancer

October 12th, 2020
It’s October, and everybody knows October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Look around. Pink ribbons are everywhere. The color pink is a reminder to get the facts about breast cancer and then get screened. And men, don’t think this doesn’t apply to you. Though it is much more common in women, men can get breast cancer, too. Consider these facts. About one in eight American women will develop…

Highlighting Health Literacy

October 5th, 2020
One of the biggest problems that health care providers have to deal with pertains to health literacy, which is a person’s ability to understand health care information and navigate the health care system. Currently, health literacy in the United States is woefully deficient. So what exactly is health literacy? There are many definitions out there, but the concept behind them is essentially the same. An example comes from the American Medical Association Foundation, which defines health literacy as: “the ability…

AFib: Hurried Heartbeats

September 21st, 2020
Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is the most common type of irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia. With AFib, your heart beats much faster than the normal 60 to 100 beats per minute. To create a normal heart rhythm, or sinus rhythm, your heart’s upper and lower chambers must work in concert. But with AFib, the activity of those chambers is out of sync. The heart pumps blood to the rest of the body, and the pumping is controlled by the heart’s own…

Conquering Childhood Cancer

September 15th, 2020
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is observed every September by cancer organizations around the globe. According to the American Cancer Society, just over 11,000 children under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2020, and about 1,190 children are expected to die from it. After accidents, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14. The most common cancers in children are not the same as the cancers seen most often in adults.…

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