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Be Ready, National Preparedness Month is Here!

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Would you be ready if there were an emergency? September 2014 marks the eleventh annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the US Department of Homeland Security. One goal of Homeland Security is to educate the public about…


Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention What should you do if you don’t have soap and clean, running water? Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of microbes on them in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based…


Chikungunya Virus Hits Mainland

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The first locally acquired case of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne disease, was reported July 17 in Florida. This newly reported case represents the first time that mosquitoes in the continental United States are thought to have spread the virus to a non-traveler. Although CDC does…


Help Prevent Youth Violence

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Everyone has an important role in stopping youth violence before it starts. CDC’s Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action and its companion guide provide action steps to help everyone be part of the solution. Is Youth Violence a Public Health Problem? Youth violence is…


Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Learn about heat-related illness and how to stay cool and safe in hot weather. Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can’t compensate for it and properly cool you off. Heat exposure can even…


Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dry conditions in parts of the United States increase the potential for wildfires in or near wilderness areas. Stay alert for wildfire warnings and take action to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke. When wildfires burn in your area, they produce…


National Men’s Health Week

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Men can make their health a priority. Take action daily to live a stronger and healthier life. Each year, National Men’s Health Week is celebrated the week leading up to and including Father’s Day, which is June 9-15, 2014. During this week, individuals,…


It’s almost that time of year again – Hurricane Readiness

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention You can’t stop a tropical storm or hurricane, but you can take steps now to protect yourself and your family. If you live in coastal areas at risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages you to begin preparing yourself for…


National Women’s Health Week

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention May 11-17 is National Women’s Health Week. Take steps to live a safer and healthier life. This year, give yourself a healthy makeover and enjoy the benefits for life. Women across the country are taking steps to live safer and healthier lives by…


Spring and Summer Outdoor Safety

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The return of warmer temperatures brings the opportunity for freedom, relaxation, exploration, and being closer to nature. Whether you’re relaxing in the backyard, turning up your garden, hitting the pool, or exploring the great outdoors, here are some ways to help keep you…


What Every Pet Owner Should know about Roundworms and Hookworms

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention A zoonotic disease is a disease that can be passed between animals and humans. Zoonotic diseases can be caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi. Some of these diseases are very common. For zoonotic diseases that are caused by parasites, the types of…


What is Fibromyalgia?

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Fibromyalgia is a disorder of unknown etiology characterized by widespread pain, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbance, fatigue and often psychological distress. People with fibromyalgia may also have other symptoms; such as, Morning stiffness Tingling or numbness in hands and feet Headaches, including migraines…


10 Things to Know About New Autism Data

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention New Data on Autism Spectrum Disorder New data from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network show that the estimated number of children identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to rise, and the picture of ASD in communities has changed. These new data can…


What is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE or lupus)?

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system produces antibodies to cells within the body leading to widespread inflammation and tissue damage. The causes of SLE are unknown but are believed to be linked to genetic, environmental, and hormonal…


Stay Healthy and Safe on Spring Break

Source: http://www.cdc.gov Going to another country for spring break? Follow these tips to reduce your risk of illness or injury abroad. Spring break means an escape from the daily grind. For high school and college students, it can be a rite of passage or an annual tradition. This is your…


Staying Healthy on a Cruise

Source: Centers for Disease Control Don’t risk spoiling your cruise vacation with an unexpected illness. Follow these tips for a safe and healthy cruise vacation. For many people, a cruise is an ideal way to relax and see the world. You are surrounded by the gorgeous blue of the ocean,…


February is American Heart Month

Source: Centers for Disease Control Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but heart disease is preventable and controllable. Every journey begins with one step, whether it’s climbing a mountain or preventing heart disease. This American Heart Month, the Centers for Disease Control is…


January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation over 4 million Americans have glaucoma in the United States and nearly half of those with glaucoma are not aware that they have the disease. There are no early warning signs or symptoms with glaucoma, which…


November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes and the EYE: Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body produces little or no insulin.  It affects many parts of the body, including the eyes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. The major cause of blindness in people with diabetes is diabetic…


No More Excuses: You Need a Flu Vaccine!

Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, www.cdc.gov Get the Facts – The flu vaccine is safe, does not cause the flu, and can protect the ones you love. Even healthy people need a flu vaccine. Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease which affects the lungs and can lead to…


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