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How to Lower Infant Mortality Rates in the African-American Community

Posted on November 30th 2020 | Posted in: Preventative Care ,

One way to gauge the health and well-being of a society is to take a look at its infant mortality rate. Infant mortality refers to the death of a baby before their first birthday. The overall infant mortality rate across the U.S. is 5.7 out of every 1,000 live births. The rate varies from state to state and across race and ethnicities. In 2018, the state with the highest infant mortality...

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4 Benefits of Flossing Before Brushing

Posted on July 31st 2020 | Posted in: Dental Health ,

When it comes to your oral health routine, you likely already know that brushing and flossing are essential daily habits. As any dentist will tell you, brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing at least once will help keep your teeth healthy, clean and cavity-free. But what does this daily routine actually look like? Should you floss before or after brushing? Are there advantages to mixing up your dental...

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Is March Too Late to Get a Flu Shot?

Posted on July 31st 2020 | Posted in: Preventative Care ,

Between busy schedules, work projects and family commitments, it's easy for things like getting your flu shot to fall through the cracks. Before you know it, you might wake up and realize it's March — and you never made it to the doctor's office for your vaccine as you'd planned. Does this mean you missed your opportunity? Not necessarily! As we'll explore below, there's certainly a peak flu season you'll...

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Top Sexual Health Tips

Posted on December 19th 2019 | Posted in: Uncategorized ,

Having a fulfilling sex life can improve your overall well-being and even lower the risk of developing certain diseases. Yet, without knowing how to maintain your sexual health, you may not enjoy the pleasure and satisfaction that sex can bring. Read on to discover some sexual health facts and tips that can make sex a more enjoyable activity in your relationship. 1. Speak With Your Partner About Sex Keep open...

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Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

Posted on December 11th 2019 | Posted in: Cancer ,

Ovarian cancer is a medical condition in which cancerous cells are located within, around or outside the ovaries. The ovaries are two almond-shaped organs that can be found on both sides of the uterus. They store eggs and produce progesterone and estrogen, two important hormones for reproductive health. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer? It’s not always easy to detect ovarian cancer in its early stages because...

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The Importance of Eye Exams for Children

Posted on December 11th 2019 | Posted in: Eye Care ,

You know how critical regular visits to your pediatrician and dentist are to maintain your children's health. But did you know you should also take them to get pediatric eye exams regularly? Starting at six months, children should see an eye doctor, who can diagnose vision problems or monitor conditions that could grow into something more serious. Children who need eyeglasses should visit the eye doctor every year for a...

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Top Tips for Preventing Strep Throat

Posted on August 13th 2019 | Posted in: Preventative Care , Self Care ,

Strep throat has uncomfortable symptoms such as sore throat, fever and problems breathing or swallowing. The contagious bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes causes strep throat when it spreads to a person without the disease. You can reduce your chance of getting or spreading strep throat by following certain precautions. This guide will teach you how to prevent strep throat and what to do if you have it. How to Prevent Strep Throat...

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8 Top Men’s Health Tips

Posted on August 11th 2019 | Posted in: Self Care ,

It's essential to pay attention to your health. Life is busy, but that should never be an excuse for not prioritizing your health and wellness. Staying in tune with your well-being promotes a stable lifestyle, reduces risk factors, and lowers the chances of medical emergencies. Men of all ages can benefit from the following tips: 1. Search For a Doctor For many men, an unhealthy lifestyle derives from the lack...

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Importance of HIV Testing

Posted on August 9th 2019 | Posted in: HIV/AIDS ,

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the immune system, the body's natural defense against disease. If left untreated, HIV can weaken the immune system so much that it can no longer fight infection. This late stage of the virus, known as AIDS, can be deadly. HIV is a serious condition that can affect people of all ages, genders and sexual orientations. Though around 40,000 people are diagnosed...

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Self-Breast Exam Tips

Posted on August 7th 2019 | Posted in: Cancer , Self Care , Women's Health ,

You may have heard there are many advantages of performing breast self-examinations. Women sometimes detect lumps that prompt their physicians to send them for mammograms, which can uncover signs of breast cancer. You should also perform breast self-exams for other reasons. Breast exams help you become familiar with your breasts so you can report any changes in them to your physician. Most changes are benign, but occasionally there is a...

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