Common Myths About Skin Cancer


  People who rarely sunburn will not get cancer. Sunburns are not the only sign of damage to the skin. Any change in color of the skin due to sun exposure, even just a tan, is a sign of damage. Sunburns cause more damage to the skin when they occur, but tanning without getting a sunburn also increases the risk ... Read More »

National Lupus Awareness Month


  May is National Lupus Awareness Month, calling attention to an autoimmune disease that affects nearly 5 million individuals worldwide. Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system attacks healthy tissue within the body. In the case of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), the immune system attacks many different types of tissue, causing  inflammation and tissue damage throughout the body. What is ... Read More »

Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month


  In their lifetime, 1 out of 5 Americans will develop skin cancer, making it the most common form of cancer in the United States. May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, focusing on raising awareness about the main causes of skin cancer, how skin cancer is detected, and how it can be prevented. Each year, more than 5.4 ... Read More »

6 Common Questions About Seasonal Allergies


  What causes seasonal allergies? Seasonal allergies are most commonly triggered by grass, pollen and mold, because many people are allergic to the pollen and spores released by plants such as grass and mold when they are blooming. When large amounts of pollen and spores are released into the air, people breathe them in while they spend time outside. When ... Read More »

STI Awareness Month


  In the United States, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), affect young people ages 15 to 24 more than any other age group, accounting for about half of the 20 million STI cases reported each year. Since 2013, the number of people affected by three common STIs, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, has been increasing. April is STI Awareness Month, and the ... Read More »

Zika Update II


  More than two months after being declared an Zika Update on February 19th, there were 84 travel-associated cases of Zika reported in the United States. There have now been 358 travel-associated cases reported. “Travel-associated” means that an individual was infected while traveling in a country where the Zika virus was being transmitted by mosquitos, and then returned to the ... Read More »

Tips for Finding the Right Doctor

Find the right doctor

The search for the right doctor is essentially finding someone whose hands you will put your life into—and possibly your family’s, as well. Pressure’s on, right? You want that person to be qualified and experienced, skillful and knowledgeable, respected and professional. Among other requisites… At the end of the day, you want it to be the perfect fit. So, where ... Read More »

How Much Capacity Do Our Brains Really Have?


Human beings came to this earth fully equipped to do some pretty amazing things. We can think, dream, breathe, act, learn, grow, feel, speak, love, listen, remember, create, play and move… all thanks to the three-pound chunk of meat that sits upon our shoulders. Did you know the human brain has 100 billion neurons? That’s about 15 times the total ... Read More »

3 Bad Habits That Are Actually Good for Your Health

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I’m sure we all can recall those nagging moments in which our parents or peers would scare us out of certain habits and compulsions through terrifying wives’ tales, persistent lectures or even emailed articles and news stories that successfully put the fear of God in us quite possibly with just the title alone. Maybe you still receive the occasional reminder ... Read More »

Feel Young at Heart, Live Longer?

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It appears Peter Pan had it right all along. For those of you who reminisce about the good ol’ days of youth as a distant memory rather than a current way of life, you can learn a thing or two from your young-at-heart peers. Even science says so. Research published last year in JAMA Internal Medicine found that older people ... Read More »