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Health Connection: November 2017

November Is National Diabetes Month Yes, You Can Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes We’ve all heard the advice when it comes to getting and staying at a healthy weight and working to prevent type 2 diabetes: Make healthy meals at home, make smart choices at restaurants, be active 30 minutes a day. But…

Health Connection: October 2017

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month What Is Inflammatory Breast Cancer? Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and very aggressive disease in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. This type of breast cancer is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen and red. Inflammatory breast cancer accounts for 1…

Health Connection: September 2017

Cold and Flu Season Is Coming Get Your Medicine Cabinet Winter-Ready It’s almost that time of year again. Time to think about getting your annual flu shot, of course. (The vaccine can keep you from getting the flu, and if you do get the virus, it will likely be a milder case.) It’s also time…

Health Connection: August 2017

Your School Nurse A Partner in Your Child’s Wellness As parents, we know that children must be healthy and feel well to concentrate on learning. When we send our children off to school for the day, it is important that their health needs are met. School nurses address the physical, mental, emotional and social health…

Health Connection: July 2017

Got Unneeded or Expired Medications? Your Pharmacist Can Help Normally, you take a prescription until the pills are gone. But your doctor may change your dose, switch you to a new medication before you finish the first one or prescribe a few extra pills—and then you may have medication left over. You may also have…

Health Connection: June 2017

Alzheimer’s Update Late-Life Hypertension May Help Protect Against Alzheimer’s New study results published online in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association suggest that the onset of high blood pressure later in life is associated with lower dementia risk after age 90, especially if hypertension is developed at age 80 or older. High…

Health Connection: May 2017

Spotting Melanoma Do You Know Your ABCDE’s Melanoma is one type of skin cancer. By doing a simple skin self-exam every month, you can improve your chances of finding a melanoma early. In addition to doing routine skin self-exams, you should have your skin checked regularly by your primary-care doctor or a dermatologist. If your…

Health Connection: April 2017

Asthma 101 Here’s Help for Controlling Asthma Triggers Asthma triggers are things in your environment, both inside your home and outdoors, that can make your asthma worse. Asthma triggers range from dust mites and pet dander in the home to pollen and air pollution outside. Here’s how to help eliminate or avoid many of these…

Health Connection: March 2017

Your Colonoscopy: Tips to Make Prep Day Easier Your doctor has told you it’s time to schedule a colonoscopy. To prepare, you will be modifying your diet and drinking a laxative preparation to clean out your colon to make it easy for the doctor to see any abnormalities. Actual prep instructions vary from doctor to…

Health Connection: February 2017

Understanding and Managing High Blood Pressure When your heart pumps blood, the blood pushes against the walls of your blood vessels. This creates blood pressure. You need blood pressure to move blood throughout your body, so every part of your body can get the oxygen it needs. Healthy arteries (the blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich…