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Too Many People Skip Important Colon Cancer Screenings

Although colorectal cancer remains the the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, many people can lower their risk by staying up to date with screening tests. If colon cancer is detected in its early stages, it is up to 90 percent curable, according to the National Cancer Institute. Despite the effectiveness of […]

Prevent Lung Cancer: Test Your Home for Radon

Many people rely on Daylight Savings as a safety reminder to change the batteries in their home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Here’s something else to consider: test the level of radon in your home. Radon – a gas that naturally forms in rocks, soils and groundwater – is the second leading cause of lung […]

Skipping, Stopping Blood Pressure Rx Raises Heart Disease, Stroke Risks

Millions of Americans do not take their blood pressure medicine properly, putting them at risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About one in three U.S. adults have high blood pressure. Just half of those 70 million people have the condition under control. One […]

Midlife Fitness Linked to Lower Stroke Risks after 65

Preventing a stroke when you’re over 65 may be influenced by how fit you were in your 40s. Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas say people in their mid- to late-40s at the top of their fitness game had a 37 percent lower risk of stroke after age 65 in a study […]

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 […]

Pregnancy Complications May Increase Risk for Heart Disease

Complications during pregnancy may signal heart disease later in life for women. Gestational high blood pressure, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and preterm birth not only pose potential health risks to the baby and mother during pregnancy, but are also associated with an increased risk for heart disease later in life. While pregnancy complications have not been found to […]

Caring for Newborn, Improper Lifting Puts Parents at Risk for Back Pain

New parents expect sleepless nights, crying spells and lots of laundry when they bring their baby home from the hospital. They probably should add back pain to the list, too. Fortunately, these new parents, especially mothers, can prevent the back pain that often accompanies caring for a new baby by losing pregnancy weight, strengthening muscles […]

Not All Fats Are Created Equal

By Brittny Small, Registered Dietitian/Diabetes Educator for Bon Secours Medical Group It’s now widely known (despite previous 90s diets) that fats are, in fact, good for us. That’s right, the days of stressing out over fat free this and low fat that are over. Nevertheless, not all fats are created equal. Some fats are beneficial […]