Health Awareness & Tips

Diabetes Awareness

What is Diabetes? Diabetes can target anyone of any age. In the last decade the number of diabetes cases have increased to more than 50 percent. When you consume food, it turns into sugar or glucose and your pancreas (stomach) is supposed to release insulin. The insulin acts as a key to open your cells […]

JUVENILE ARTHRITIS MONTH

What is juvenile idiopathic arthritis? Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), previously known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, is the most common type of arthritis in children. Arthritis is a long-term condition characterized by stiffness, swelling, and pain in the joints. An estimated 300,000 children in the United States have a form of arthritis. Some children have arthritis for just […]

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

What is Alzheimer’s disease? Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive form of dementia. Dementia is a broader term for conditions caused by brain injuries or diseases that negatively affect memory, thinking, and behavior. These changes interfere with daily living.According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Most people with the […]

Stroke Awareness

What is a stroke? A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures and bleeds, or when there’s a blockage in the blood supply to the brain. The rupture or blockage prevents blood and oxygen from reaching the brain’s tissues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stroke is the fifth-leading […]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder characterized by abdominal pain or discomfort, and altered bowel habit (chronic or recurrent diarrhea, constipation, or both – either mixed or in alternation). IBS affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States. About 2 in 3 IBS sufferers are female. About 1 in 3 IBS […]

COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum. These cancers can also be named colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where they start. Colon cancer and rectal cancer are often grouped together because they have many features in common. Most colorectal cancers start as a growth on the inner lining of […]

February is Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. When people talk about heart disease, they are usually talking […]

CERVICAL CANCER AWARENESS

What is cervical cancer? Cervical cancer is cancer that starts in the cervix, the narrow opening into the uterus from the vagina. The normal “ectocervix” (the portion of the uterus extending into the vagina) is a healthy pink color and is covered with flat, thin cells called squamous cells. The “endocervix” or cervical canal is […]

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

What is Glaucoma?  Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve and result in vision loss and blindness. The most common form is primary open-angle glaucoma, which is one of the main causes of blindness in the United States. How does glaucoma cause vision loss? With glaucoma, the fluid within […]

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Your local Health Center pharmacies remind you to celebrate safely this holiday season.  All too often families deal with the tragic consequences of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Impaired driving includes distracted driving, drugged driving, and drunk driving. In an average year, 30 million Americans drive drunk, and 10 million Americans drive impaired by illicit […]