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Ask Me About Alzheimer’s Disease

November 15th, 2021
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive form of dementia, a group of disorders characterized by brain changes that lead to a decrease in memory, language, problem-solving and thinking abilities, as well as behavior changes that can impair your daily functioning. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases. Alzheimer’s disease is more common in older adults. It is estimated that 6.2 million Americans age 65 and older are living with…

Defending Against Diabetes

November 9th, 2021
November is American Diabetes Month. Let’s get up to speed on this common disorder. Diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition that affects how your body uses food for energy. When you eat, your body breaks down the food into a simple sugar called glucose, which enters your body’s cells with the help of insulin, a hormone produced by special beta cells in your pancreas. When the amount of glucose in your blood increases, it signals the pancreas to release insulin.…

Safe in the Summer Sun

August 3rd, 2021
July and August are the hottest months of the year. That’s when the amount of solar energy hitting the earth is at its peak. Many people like to be active outdoors during these hot, humid months: taking vacations, enjoying backyard barbecues, visiting the beach or simply strolling through our neighborhoods. But we must protect ourselves from the scorching summer sun. August is Summer Sun Safety Month, so let’s explore some ways to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors this month.…

Florida COVID-19 Vaccine Information

February 17th, 2021
The staff at Florida Health Care News aim to provide our readers with the latest information on the spread of the coronavirus and vaccine information. The state of Florida is providing COVID-19 vaccines to eligible persons at sites throughout the state. For eligibility, registration and scheduling information, visit MyVaccine.FL.gov The statistics reported here are collected from multiple trusted and reliable sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and national and state public…

Discussing Birth Defects

January 17th, 2022
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 4½ minutes a baby is born with a birth defect in the US. One in every 33 babies born in this country each year is affected by birth defects. They are the leading cause of infant mortality, which is the death of babies before their first birthday. Birth defects account for 20 percent of all infant deaths in the US. The March of Dimes defines birth defects as structural changes…

A Short Course on Cervical Health

January 10th, 2022
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the uterus, or womb. It forms a canal between the uterus and vagina, which opens to the outside of the body. The cervix acts as a gateway to the uterus through which sperm travel to reach and fertilize an ovum, or egg cell, to create an embryo. January is a cervical cancer awareness month. Healthcare, medicine and early prevention concept. Hope matters. The aim of Cervical…

A Glance at Glaucoma

January 4th, 2022
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is a group of progressive eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, the bundle of nerve fibers that connects the retina, which converts light entering the eye into electrical signals, to the brain, which interprets those signals as visual images. Continuing damage to the optic nerve from glaucoma can lead to vision loss. In fact, glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness in the US and the second leading cause of blindness in…

Think About Your Thyroid

December 30th, 2021
January is typically the time when we set our priorities for the new year. Many of us make resolutions to improve our bodies on the outside, such as losing weight. But in this blog, we’re going to take a closer look at our bodies on the inside. So, as Thyroid Awareness Month begins, we’re going to think about our thyroids. Overview of the position of the thyroid gland in the neck The thyroid is a gland that’s part of the…

Pondering Pancreatic Cancer

December 21st, 2021
Let’s take a few minutes to ponder pancreatic cancer. First, let’s learn a little bit about the pancreas and its important contributions to the body’s day-to-day functioning. The pancreas is an oblong organ that sits across the back of the abdomen, between the stomach and the spine. It consists primarily of two types of cells. Exocrine cells make key enzymes for digestion, which they release into tiny tubes called ducts. Endocrine cells produce hormones such as insulin and glucagon, which…

If You Drink This Holiday Season, Don’t Even Think About Driving

December 13th, 2021
Each year, more than 10,000 people, about 1,000 of them children, lose their lives on America’s roadways due to drunk driving. That’s about 1/3 of all traffic-related deaths. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drinking and driving kills nearly 30 people every day in the US or about one person every 50 minutes. Car accidents involving intoxicated drivers happen even more often during the holidays, when social binge-drinking is more accepted and prevalent. Increased drinking at…

Select Safe Toys And Gifts This Holiday Season

December 3rd, 2021
December is a month of multiple religious and cultural celebrations. A tradition common to these celebrations is the giving of gifts to our loved ones, particularly our children. We all want to make our kids happy this holiday season. But before you give them that toy they’ve been asking for, make sure it’s safe. That’s the message of National Safe Toys and Gifts Month. The US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has established strict toy safety guidelines that include rigorous…

Some Hard Facts About Stomach Cancer

December 2nd, 2021
Your stomach is a sac-like organ that plays an important role in the digestive process. Stomach cancer develops when stomach cells begin to grow and divide out of control and form masses, or tumors. Most stomach cancers – about 90 to 95 percent – begin in the gland cells of the mucosa, the innermost lining of the stomach. These cancers, called adenocarcinomas, are typically what are referred to when talking about stomach cancer. Also called gastric cancer, stomach cancer accounts…

Hand-y Tips for Staying Healthy

December 1st, 2021
We all know that bacteria and viruses, including the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, trigger infections that can be serious and even life-threatening. These germs are easily spread when you touch contaminated objects or surfaces and then touch your nose, mouth or eyes, where the malicious microbes can enter your body and make you ill. Consider all the objects you touch in a typical day. These may include doorknobs, elevator buttons, door handles, ATM keys, touchscreens and your cellphone, to name…

Hints for Handling Holiday Stress

November 30th, 2021
The holidays are upon us. But along with the holidays comes a dizzying array of demands on our time and energy. These demands include planning and preparing meals, baking, shopping, cleaning, attending holiday events and entertaining guests. This season is supposed to be a joyous time full of celebrations with family and friends. But often, we set impossibly high expectations for our holiday celebrations that cannot be reached, making this one of the most stressful times of the year for…

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