Health Awareness & Tips

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What is breast cancer? Cancer occurs when changes called mutations take place in genes that regulate cell growth. The mutations let the cells divide and multiply in an uncontrolled way. Breast cancer is cancer that develops in breast cells. Typically, the cancer forms in either the lobules or the ducts of the breast. Lobules are […]

NATIONAL CHOLESTEROL AWARENESS MONTH

What is cholesterol? Blood cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance made by your liver. Blood cholesterol is essential for good health. Your body needs it to perform important jobs, such as making hormones and digesting fatty foods. Your body makes all the blood cholesterol it needs, which is why experts recommend that people eat as […]

NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS MONTH

Vaccines work by stimulating the body’s immune system to safely provide protection against viruses or bacteria that cause infection. After vaccination, the immune system is prepared to respond quickly when the body encounters the disease-causing organism. Why are vaccines important? They help provide protection from an infectious disease and can lessen the severity of illness. […]

National Autism Awareness Month

What are the signs of autism? The autism diagnosis age and intensity of autism’s early signs vary widely. Some infants show hints in their first months. In others, behaviors become obvious as late as age 2 or 3. Not all children with autism show all the signs. Many children who don’t have autism show a few. That’s why […]

National Sleep Awareness Month

March is National Sleep Awareness Month. We all need sleep, but many of us are not getting enough of it. Research shows that lack of sleep, on a regular basis, may have long-term health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, and obesity. A good diet and exercise help to maintain good health, but […]

Heart Awareness Month

What is heart disease? Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year. That’s one in every four deaths in this country. The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type is coronary artery disease, which […]

NATIONAL THYROID MONTH

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. Thyroid hormones control the rate of many activities in your body. These include how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. All of these activities are your body’s metabolism. […]

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What is breast cancer? Cancer occurs when changes called mutations take place in genes that regulate cell growth. The mutations let the cells divide and multiply in an uncontrolled way. Breast cancer is cancer that develops in breast cells. Typically, the cancer forms in either the lobules or the ducts of the breast. Lobules are […]

NATIONAL CHOLESTEROL AWARENESS MONTH

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that your body needs to make hormones and digest fats. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs, but you can also get cholesterol from eating certain foods, such as egg yolks and fatty meats. Having high blood cholesterol can lead to plaque buildup in the arteries, putting you at […]

NATIONAL PSORIASIS AWARENESS

What Is Psoriasis? Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease* (a disease with an unclear cause that is characterized by inflammation caused by dysfunction of the immune system) that causes inflammation in the body. There may be visible signs of the inflammation such as raised plaques (plaques may look different for different skin types) and scales on the […]