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Have a Healthy New Year: Take Advantage of Screenings

Resolve to protect your health this year by staying up to date with important health screenings and immunizations. A simple phone call to schedule an appointment with your primary health provider is the first step toward taking charge of your health. Screenings help detect illnesses and diseases early, when they’re often easier to treat. “It’s […]

Primary Care Providers: Advocates for Your Health

Unsure whether it’s safe to take an herbal supplement? How about those meal replacement shakes that everyone seems to be selling to their friends? Don’t forget the controversy over flossing – is it really OK to stop? Before you consult Dr. Google or rely on the advice of a friend, consider making an appointment with […]

Obesity Affecting More Women Than Ever

Despite efforts to help Americans lose weight, the obesity epidemic in the United States continues to worsen especially for women and teens. Federal health statistics show that for the first time, roughly four in 10 U.S. women have obesity, which means their body mass index is 30 or greater. Among children and adolescents, 17 percent […]

Early Detection, Screenings Help More People Survive Cancer

When federal health authorities happily announced earlier this year that cancer death rates have continued to decline they gave credit to three main reasons: better medical treatments, fewer people smoking and the success of cancer prevention and early detection programs. “The latest data show many cancer prevention programs are working and saving lives,” said CDC […]

Owning a Dog May Help Seniors Improve Health and Weight

When it comes to improving your health and weight, your dog may be able to show you a few tricks. A new study finds that older adults who are also dog owners tend to be in better health from the bond they share with their canine companions. Not only do dog owners over the age […]

Expert Tips for Exercising in Hot Weather

By Erin Ludwig, MS, ATC, VAT/L; Supervisor of Athletic Training Services, Bon Secours Sports Medicine With the summer months upon us, whether you’re running, playing a pick-up game of basketball or going for a power walk, make sure you take care of your body when the temperature rises to avoid heat illness. Working out in hot […]

Warning Labels on Drinks May Take Aim at Childhood Obesity

Warning labels – like the ones found on cigarette cartons – might be a way to persuade parents not to buy sugar-sweetened beverages for their children, researchers say. It’s not just soda that have health authorities concerned. Flavored waters, fruit and sports drinks can contain added sugars, causing tooth decay and contributing to obesity and […]

More Youth Use E-Cigarettes, Face Potential Risks of Nicotine

Federal health authorities warn that as advertising for e-cigarettes grows, more middle and high school students are using these battery powered devices that deliver nicotine. E-cigarette ads reach nearly seven out of 10 middle and high school students – more than 18 million young people – according to a new report from the Centers for Disease […]

Gum Disease May Raise Breast Cancer Risk for Postmenopausal Women

Gum disease may raise a postmenopausal woman’s risk for breast cancer, especially among those who smoke or have smoked in the past 20 years, a new study suggests. Postmenopausal women who had gum disease had a 14 percent increased risk for breast cancer when compared to women without gum disease – a chronic inflammatory disease. […]

Bariatric Surgery Improves Heart Health More Than Diet, Exercise for Some

Losing a significant amount of weight through bariatric surgery may do more for the heart’s health than shedding pounds through diet and exercise. A new study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, found that heart function in people considered morbidly obese returns to normal after bariatric surgery. This was not the result for people who lost weight by eating […]