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Tips on Social Distancing and Behavioral Health
Amid the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation and the declaration of a National Emergency, the public is being asked – and in some cases required – to practice a concept called “social distancing.”
For many, terms such as social distancing are new. COVID-19 response has also led to quarantine and isolation to limit the spread of the virus.
ED vs. Urgent Care
Health crises can occur at any time of the day or week; they pay no attention to your primary care provider’s office hours. When an unexpected health event occurs, don’t let confusion about the distinction between the Emergency Department (ED) and Urgent Care delay your treatment.
Read on to learn the difference between the medical care provided in emergency departments and urgent cares.
The Nose Knows our Sinuses
As we head into the winter season, you may want to learn more about your nose, and some good practices to keep your nose and sinuses happy this winter. Every day when you look in the mirror, there’s a facial characteristic that is front and center – your nose. But how much do you know about how your nose works?
American Heart Month
Getting struck by cupid can trigger an undeniable heart flutter, but that’s not the only heart condition that should be recognized this February. February also represents American Heart Month, a health holiday that is dedicated to raising awareness about the glaring public health threat posed by heart disease, otherwise known as cardiovascular disease.
Read on to learn more about heart disease and how to shine the spotlight on your own heart health this month.
National Donor Day
On February 14th this year, do more than eat a box of chocolates: Showcase your love of life by observing the 23rd annual National Donor Day. This important health holiday exists to raise awareness about organ donation, a process that is absolutely critical for the well-being of the nearly 114,000 people in the United States who are currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant.
Read on to learn more about organ donation and why it is important.
5 ways to Celebrate African Heritage & Health Week
February 1st-7th is African Heritage & Health Week and the first week of Black History Month. African Heritage & Health Week is the ideal time to learn more about your heritage. This week also offers a great opportunity to take a closer look at your health. Taking steps to protect your health helps your family and your community flourish.
Birth Defects Prevention Month
Your obstetrician can determine whether your child is at risk of birth defects. He or she can also recommend lifestyle changes that support a healthy pregnancy.
Using Yoga to Rediscover the Healthier You
While the medical field has made substantial investments in developing new, ground-breaking pharmaceuticals designed to support those on a path to health and wellness, in recent years, successful wellness plans have started to incorporate more holistic programs, such as yoga, to offer more self-guided options for wellness. Using the intuitive and meditative techniques of yoga, you can learn to become more proactive and less reactive to the stresses of everyday life with simple relaxation tools.
Understanding your Mammogram
Every two minutes in the United States, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. It is the most common cancer in women other than skin cancer. The good news is that since about 1990, the chances of surviving breast cancer are continuing to improve, probably due to early detection, increased awareness and improved treatment techniques.