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Here’s To Your Heart

January 23rd, 2023
February, not suprisingly, is American Heart Month. The human heart is about the size of a clenched fist and weighs between 8 and 12 ounces, depending on gender and body size. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than 600,000 Americans each year. That’s one out of every four deaths. There are many types of heart disease – from rhythm disorders to genetic defects to valve conditions to blood vessel diseases. But this…

Some Thoughts On The Thyroid

January 10th, 2023
The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland measuring about 2 inches across at the base of the neck. Its sides, or lobes, lie on either side of the windpipe and are connected by a strip of tissue called an isthmus. The thyroid manufactures hormones that control metabolism, the process by which the body changes food and drink into energy. The two main hormones produced by the thyroid are triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These tell cells how much energy to…

A Glimpse at Glaucoma

January 8th, 2023
Glaucoma refers to a group of progressive eye diseases that cause vision loss by damaging the optic nerve in the back of the eye. The optic nerve is a bundle of more than 1 million nerve fibers that carry messages from the retina, where light is converted into nerve impulses to the brain. The brain interprets the impulses as visual images. Glaucoma January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Let’s learn more about glaucoma, which affects about 3 million Americans and…

The Basics of Blood Donation

January 1st, 2023
National Blood Donor Month has been observed every January since 1970. It serves as a yearly reminder of the need for blood donations. According to the American Red Cross, someone in the US needs blood every two seconds. If you donate blood you can save a life, or several lives if your blood is separated into its components: red blood cells, platelets and plasma. According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the US needs blood. But…

A Snapshot Of Cervical Health

December 26th, 2022
Happy New Year! Let’s start off 2023 by delving right into a January health observance: Cervical Health Awareness Month. This observance was created to encourage women to be more attentive to their cervical health and also to learn more about some of the disorders that can affect the cervix. We’ll describe three of those disorders in this blog. The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the uterus (womb) that forms a canal between the uterus and the vagina, the…

Hand(y) Tips For Staying Healthy

December 1st, 2022
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, ATM keys, touchscreens and your cellphone. When you touch these…

Handling Holiday Stress

December 1st, 2022
The holidays are a happy season for celebrating with family, friends and coworkers. But for many people, it is also a time of heightened anxiety and stress. Often, people get worked up from the increased responsibilities, lofty expectations and soaring financial pressures that go with the holidays, and that causes distress. It’s impossible to avoid all stressful situations. Chances are there will be increased traffic – and maybe bad weather, road closures and delays – at this time of year.…

Discussing Diabetes

November 26th, 2022
November is American Diabetes Month, so let’s discuss this chronic metabolic disease that affects 37.3 million adults in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one of five aren’t even aware they have the disease. Yet, it’s the seventh leading cause of death in the country. When you eat food — particularly carbohydrates such as bread, rice and pasta — your body breaks it down into a simple sugar called glucose, which enters your cells…

A Little Epilepsy Education

November 9th, 2022
This is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. In observance, we dedicate this blog to providing a little education on the disorder. Epilepsy is a chronic brain disease characterized by recurring, unprovoked seizures, which are sudden, unexpected alterations in consciousness and behavior. Epilepsy seizures are caused by sudden surges of abnormal electrical activity within the brain initiated by damaged brain cells. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder, after migraine, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. In the…

Highlighting Pulmonary Hypertension

November 4th, 2022
November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month. Pulmonary hypertension is high pressure in your pulmonary arteries, the blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to your lungs. Oxygen-poor blood returns to the right side of your heart. The lower chamber — the right ventricle — pumps the blood into the pulmonary arteries and into the lungs to be enriched with oxygen. Your heart then pumps the oxygen-rich blood to your body’s organs and tissues. When your pulmonary pressure is consistently…