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10 Tips to Lower Your Risk Of Oral Cancer (Part 1)

Written by Courteney

Posted on April 8, 2017 at 12:21 am

There are nearly 50,000 cases of oral cancer diagnosed in the United States each year, and approximately 9,750 deaths caused by it. Some types of cancer are more preventable than others. Luckily, many of the risk factors for oral cancer are modifiable, so by changing certain lifestyle habits you can drastically lower your risk for this particular cancer. Let’s take a look at some of the preventative measures you can take: Practice good oral hygiene – It may seem like an obvious tip, but kee .......

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What is Public Health and Why Should You Be Paying Closer Attention?

Written by Courteney

Posted on April 3, 2017 at 12:50 am

The first week in April is National Public Health Awareness week, so we wanted to take a closer look at just how important public health is to us all as individuals, and our country (and planet) as a whole. What is Public Health, Exactly? Public health is essentially the science of promoting public wellbeing and safety. It involves informing the public of potential health hazards such as infectious diseases, promoting safety and awareness and helping prevent illness for the general public. The l .......

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8 Reasons Some People Bruise More Easily Than Others

Written by Courteney

Posted on March 22, 2017 at 9:50 pm

There are many potential causes of easy bruising, some of which can be serious, but most are not a threat to your health. Let’s take a look at some of the potential reasons that people to bruise more easily: Advanced age – Aging causes your skin to produce less collagen. This leads to skin thinning and the protective fatty layer of your skin starts to slowly to break down. Your genetics – you may be predisposed to weaker, more easily damaged skin if a close relative also bruises easy. Nut .......

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How Smoking Can Mess With Your Entire Body

Written by Courteney

Posted on March 16, 2017 at 11:16 pm

Smoking causes nearly half a million deaths in the United States annually. And while most people know that smoking is a leading health hazard, many don’t realize just how many different ways it can adversely affect your health. Let’s take a look at how smoking affects the different systems in your body: Your Head and Face: Smoking increases your risk of developing oral Cancer. Chewing tobacco further increases this risk. Smoking can lead to tooth loss and gum disease (periodontitis). Incre .......

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Tips to Lessen Back Pain (Part 2)

Written by Courteney

Posted on March 9, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Back pain plagues millions of Americans every year, and is a major reason for doctor’s visits and ER trips around the country. Some think they have to live with the constant pain of a back on the fritz, but luckily, there are things that can be done to help relieve some of the discomfort. We looked at the first few in Tips to Lessen Back Pain (Part 1), now for the rest of our back-friendly tips:   Eat right – by pursuing a healthier diet and loading up on anti-inflammatory foods, you .......

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Medical Technology Allows Med Students to Perform Virtual Surgery

Written by Courteney

Posted on March 7, 2017 at 2:09 am

Medical cadavers are a freaky thought for many, but for decades, they were the only available method of surgery practice for med students. However, rapidly advancing medical technology has come up with an alternative: virtual surgery on a 3D digital model of the human body. Cool! It is a hotly debated subject in the medical community, as virtual surgery has clear drawbacks, but it presents itself as a viable complementary alternative for med students. Let’s take a closer look: How Does Virtual .......

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Tips to Lessen Back Pain (Part 1)

Written by Courteney

Posted on March 4, 2017 at 11:58 pm

Back pain plagues millions upon millions of Americans, and can significantly impact quality of life. Even though many may worry their constant pain is there to stay, there are plenty of little lifestyle tweaks and tips you can apply to help get some relief. Let’s take a look at our pain tips: Check your posture – we’re all guilty of hunching over the laptop or slouching on the couch too often, but all this poor posture can really catch up on an already bad back. It is so important to trai .......

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The Many Facets of Anemia

Written by Courteney

Posted on March 3, 2017 at 11:50 pm

Anemia is a medical condition that occurs when your red blood cell (RBC) count drops too low, causing an insufficient amount of hemoglobin to be delivered to your tissues. Anemia has a variety of causes and can cause various symptoms and complications. Let’s take a closer look at some of the facts: According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), anemia is the most common blood disorder, afflicting over 3 million Americans. Symptoms of anemia include: weakness, dizziness, pe .......

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Fast Facts About Eating Disorders

Written by Courteney

Posted on March 1, 2017 at 2:07 am

Eating disorders are prevalent in America. They are very serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions. It is so important to be able to recognize the signs of eating disorders so you can help someone who may be struggling with one, or recognize early signs in yourself to help prevent full onset. Let’s take a look at some of the facts: Eating disorders are often a result of a severely impaired self image (body dysmorphia), as well as other influencing factors. Those with anorexia have an in .......

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What is Pica?

Written by Courteney

Posted on February 28, 2017 at 2:17 am

Pica is an eating disorder characterized by the tenacious need or desire to ingest non-food, non-nutritious items that lasts longer than a few weeks. Pica can be serious and even life threatening (depending on the substance that is ingested). How Common is Pica? It is difficult to tell how prevalent the disorder is among the general population, as it has been studied and researched mostly among institutionalized populations. Pica cravings are sometimes seen in pregnant women and appear to be fa .......

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