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Common Winter Injury Prevention Tips

Winter weather can lead to more than just itchy, dry skin and flu season. Winter injuries are a real possibility for many people. A combination of poor traction and certain activities caused by snow and ice are a cause for concern for many people in snowy regions. 

However, once you learn about some common winter injuries, you can also prepare for them. Here are some common winter injuries and what you can do to help prevent them.

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Four Health Tips for the Holidays

The holiday season can be a great time to gather with friends and family, but it can also usher in some less than desirable health concerns. A combination of cold weather, sick people, and busy schedules can lead to a month full of runny noses and headaches if you’re not careful. Here are four holiday health tips to keep you on your feet this season.

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Recognizing Health Risks During African American Heritage and Health Week

Black History Month is an opportunity to pay tribute to the generations of African Americans that have helped build our country and remember their deeds and sacrifices. However, it’s important to remember to honor your own life as you honor the men and women who have made a difference over the years.

Like Black history, your health is something you need to consider all year round. African Americans are subject to some health disparities, making some health issues more prevalent. Some of these major health risks for African Americans include:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

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Current Research in Breast Cancer

There are millions of breast cancer survivors in the United States, and researchers are doing plenty of work to try and save even more women from the deadly disease. Here are a few of the initiatives that medical centers are studying to try and cure and prevent breast cancer.

Breast cancer research and treatments

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The Stages of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer has several different stages that can make a big difference in the severity and necessary treatment of the disease. Depending on when a person is diagnosed, the stage of breast cancer will dictate what treatment options are available. Early detection will help you catch breast cancer in an earlier stage, which greatly improves a person’s ability to fight the disease.

Different factors play into discovering what stage a person’s breast cancer is in, so we’ve created a quick guide to help you learn about the various stages.

The different stages of breast cancer

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Early Breast Cancer Detection Tips

Early detection of breast cancer helps save thousands of lives each year. According to the American Cancer Society, over 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed throughout 2015. Being aware of the warning signs of breast cancer and going through regular exams can lead to an early diagnosis and successful treatment.

Early breast cancer detection signs and symptoms

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Cholesterol FAQs

As of 2015, approximately 73.5 million adults in the United States have high low-density lipoprotein (LDL). What does that, mean, exactly? Well, it means that a large portion of U.S. adults suffer from a high level of what you may know as the “bad cholesterol.”

Cholesterol is one of those things that you may have heard about from doctors and TV commercials, but don’t completely understand. To help clarify everything, we have prepared answers to some frequently asked questions about cholesterol.

Eating a healthy diet and regular exercise can help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

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Insomnia: What It Is and How to Treat It

Getting a good night’s rest is a great way to start the day, but that’s not always possible for some people. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 50 to 70 million U.S. adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder, which includes sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and insomnia.

It’s not uncommon for people to occasionally not sleep well, but regular bouts with sleeplessness may indicate that you are suffering from a form of insomnia.

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Family History of Alcoholism: How to Tell if You’re at Risk

It’s said that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” The idiom applies to a lot of things, from your features to your personality. Your family has a major impact on the person you are in both good and bad ways.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, one in every 12 adults suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. If you’re one of the millions of people who have a relative who suffer from the disease, you could have a greater risk of developing future dependencies.

Learn how genetics and family situation can impact your chances of developing alcoholism.

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