Women’s Health

All About Acne

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What is Acne? Acne forms when a pore in the skin becomes clogged. Pores can clog with oil that is naturally produced by the skin, dead skin cells, or bacteria that live on the skin. People most commonly think of acne as pus-filled “pimples”, but there are other blemishes that are considered acne as well. Acne blemishes are diagnosed depending ... Read More »

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, promotes breastfeeding as a practice that improves the health and well-being of mothers and infants.   The American Association of Pediatrics recommends that until six months of age, an infant should only be fed breast milk. In 2011, 79% of mothers started breastfeeding their child ... Read More »

Smartphone Apps for Mental Health

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Today, there is a smartphone app to do almost anything you need. Researchers at Northwestern recently developed an app called Purple Robot, and tested its ability to answer the question, “Can smartphone data indicate your mental health status?” For two weeks, they used Purple Robot to track the amount of time research participants spent on their smartphone, the locations they ... Read More »

World AIDS Day 2015

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Each year, December 1st is recognized as World AIDS Day. Globally, about 36.9 million people live with HIV/AIDS, and more than 1.2 million of those people live in the United States. With recent scientific breakthroughs and global efforts, new HIV infections have fallen 35 percent since 2000.  What is HIV/AIDS HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. HIV specifically destroys cells ... Read More »

The Future of Fitness Trackers

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2015 has been a big year for fitness trackers, with products capable of monitoring heart rate, steps taken, calories burned and more. This information may be fun to share with your friends, but what does it really mean for your health?   Steps Taken Fitness trackers are often used to count the number of steps taken per day. Most fitness ... Read More »

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lung cancer is the second most common cancer in US adults. Additionally, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women. In 2015, it is estimated that 221,200 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed, and more than half of people with lung cancer die within ... Read More »

Colorectal Cancer Screenings on the Rise

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer affecting American men and women. Out of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death. A recent study published online in the medical journal Cancer, indicates that colon cancer screening rates in ... Read More »

Who’s Prepared for the Flu? (Infographic)

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Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that flu activity is low in the United States.  Already, more than 132.7 million doses of 2015-16 flu vaccine have been distributed in the US. Be sure to get your annual flu vaccine in order to avoid being infected later in the flu season. Read our infographic below to find ... Read More »