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What You Need to Know About Measles Outbreaks

What You Need to Know About Measles Outbreaks

Measles was eliminated from the United States in 2000. Then why are we having measles outbreaks? There were 17 different measles outbreaks in 2018. So far this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 206 people have been infected nationwide,...

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Is Vaping a Good or Really Bad Idea?

Is Vaping a Good or Really Bad Idea?

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) or vape pens may ultimately prove to be worse than regular cigarettes and other forms of smoked tobacco. Largely unregulated and untested, the harm caused by e-cigs may not show up for years. About 10 million Americans regularly use...

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Has Drinking Become a Problem?

Has Drinking Become a Problem?

While it seems the opioid-abuse epidemic is grabbing all the headlines, far more families are affected by alcohol abuse. Nearly 90,000 Americans die each year from alcohol-related causes. That’s almost 10 percent of all deaths in the United States. Drunk driving...

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Why We Need to Move  …  Frequently!

Why We Need to Move … Frequently!

Your heart is the most important muscle in your body. If you don’t keep it strong with regular physical activity, your whole body will suffer. You won’t feel as good as you could. Your enjoyment and participation in life will suffer, and your life will be shorter....

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22 Ways to Stay Motivated

22 Ways to Stay Motivated

Are your New Year’s resolutions usually abandoned by March? Even with the best of intentions, many of us lose motivation before we can establish new healthier habits. Maybe you’ve resolved for 2019 to exercise more and regain your stamina and fitness. That’s one of...

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Polio-like Illness Affecting Children

Polio-like Illness Affecting Children

People who grew up in the 1940s and 50s remember the terror that the word “polio” caused. Polio struck tens of thousands of children every year, without warning. Adults talked in hushed sad tones about the terrifying symptoms of paralysis and children that had to be...

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4 Top Tips to Avoid Food Poisoning

4 Top Tips to Avoid Food Poisoning

Be sure to include food safety in your holiday baking and cooking – it could save you a trip to the hospital. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 48 million Americans get sick annually from food poisoning or foodborne illness. That’s...

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There’s Still Time To Get Flu Protection

There’s Still Time To Get Flu Protection

If you and your family have not had the time, or felt a sense of urgency, to get an influenza (flu) vaccine, there’s still time. Getting a flu vaccine now will protect you from this potentially deadly illness for the rest of the season. Flu is circulating now Flu is...

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Open Enrollment: What You Need to Know

Open Enrollment: What You Need to Know

It’s time to enroll (or re-enroll) for people who must buy health insurance from the health insurance Marketplace, also called the state Exchange. During open enrollment, you can enroll for the first time, renew your current coverage, re-evaluate plans’ prices and...

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How to Keep Your Patients and Practice Safe

How to Keep Your Patients and Practice Safe

While you’re taking care of patients, who’s protecting their health information? Ignoring security problems can be very costly. Protecting patients’ health information is not only vital to your business, it is critical to providing patient care. The Health Insurance...

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