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Health Connection: December 2015

Breathe Your Way Through the Holiday Craziness The holidays are here! More things to do, people to see and places to go. These things might be fun, but they also can be stressful. To make this holiday season a happy and peaceful one, look for healthy ways to manage stress. The media often portray the…

Health Connection: November 2015

It’s Not Too Late to Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Did you know that as you get older, you have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes? Your risk increases if you are age 45 or older, are overweight or obese, or if you have a family history of diabetes. You can take steps to help prevent or delay getting…

Health Connection: October 2015

Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women. Breast-cancer screening means checking a woman’s breasts for cancer before she has any symptoms. A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is…

Health Connection: September 2015

Why Should I Get the Flu Vaccine? Influenza — commonly called “the flu”— is a contagious disease that spreads around the U.S. every winter, usually between October and May. Flu is caused by influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing and close contact. Symptoms come on suddenly and may last several days. They…

Health Connection: August 2015

Back-to-School Safety Tips Whether children walk, ride a bicycle or take the bus to school, it is important that they take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips to make sure your child safely travels to school. Walking to school Review your walking safety rules. Walk on the sidewalk when available. When on a street…

Health Connection: July 2015

How Should I Treat a Sunburn Q: I try to avoid sunburns for myself and my family. But sometimes one of us gets too much sun. What should we do to treat a burn? A: Begin treating a sunburn right away. Get indoors. Put a cold, damp towel on your skin. Do this for 10…

Health Connection: June 2015

Men’s Health Update: Men Need Health Check-ups, Too Yep, guys, it’s time to face facts. Just like women, you need to see your doctor regularly. The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure, for example, is to have it checked. High blood sugar and high cholesterol levels also may not have any symptoms in the early stages. Simple blood…

Health Connection: May 2015

Women’s Health Update: Is It More Than The Blues? Everyone experiences disappointment or sadness in life. But if the “down” times last a long time or interfere with your ability to function, you may be suffering from a common medical illness called depression. Major depression affects your mood, mind, body and behavior. Nearly 18 million Americans…

Health Connection April 2015

Beat Spring Allergies Ah, spring. Budding flowers. Blooming trees. It’s beautiful, but for those with allergies, it’s a mixed blessing. Now’s the time of year when allergy sufferers will want to reduce their exposure to allergy triggers. Here’s help. Try to stay indoors as much as possible on dry, windy days. The best time to…

Health Connections March 2015

When Should I Get My First Colonoscopy? Regular screening is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer. Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the U.S. Even though we don’t know the exact cause of most colorectal cancers, it is possible…