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  • Tuberculosis
    Is tuberculosis on the rise?
    Recently, there has been a rise in active cases of tuberculosis. On March 19th, Fox news reports that more than 24 cases of tuberculosis have been detected at an eastern Kansas high school after widespread screening in Olathe, Kansas. Students and...
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    Three Kansas hospital patients dead from ice cream related illness
    On Friday, March 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a statement pertaining to the deaths of three Kansas hospital patients who have died after acquiring Listeriosis from eating a Blue Bell Creameries ice cream product.Five people...
  • CDC: Flu vaccine effective
    CDC: Flu vaccine less effective than hoped, mutating viruses keep CDC guessing
    The CDC has announced that flu vaccine effective rates are much lower than anticipated. The Centers for Disease Control issued a statement and a warning, advising the public that the dominant strain of flu is not being combated by the vaccine. In...
  • Influenza B
    Influenza B:  The other scary monster in the room
    The flu is the flu and a strain is a strain. So what difference does it make if it’s classified as A, B or C? It could make a huge difference in children around 11 years of age. Even adults are not safe from this virus. Ignoring the risks of...
  • CRE Virus
    Who's sterilizing your surgical instruments; superbug on the rise in hospitals
    The main focus in recent months has been on the large number of people that have been hit hard by the flu this year. The virus mutated after the flu vaccine for this year had already been released, and has resulted in more particularly aggressive...
  • That mysterious virus that killed Kansas man? Never seen before: CDC
    That mysterious virus that killed Kansas man? Never seen before: CDC
    Health officials investigating the death of a Kansas man who contracted a mysterious virus and died last year have the answer to what killed the man: a heretofore unknown pathogen. Health officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in...
  • Healthy hair:  An extension of healthy living
    The Grammys and healthy hair: An extension of healthy living
    Grammy Awards 2015 was certainly about Beck, Beyoncé, Pharrell and Sam Smith, but according to reports and comments found in Huff Post (Feb. 8, 2015), it was also all about the hair (and makeup)! And just ask Iggy Azalea; she certainly took some...
  • Go Red for Women
    Today is GO RED for Women
    Today Go Red for Women Day sponsored by the American Heart Association. Each one of us either knows someone personally perhaps in our family or aware of someone that has suffered from a heart attack. Heart disease is the number one killer of women...
  • Recent measles outbreak in US pits traditional physicians against anti-vaxxers
    Recent measles outbreak in US pits traditional physicians against anti-vaxxers
    The recent measles outbreak in the United States has spread widespread concern and controversy over vaccinations and social responsibility to protect the community from public health risks. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 102...
  • President Barack Obama
    More than 12 government agencies cannot do the job, Obama wants to add one more
    Today, February 2, 2015, President Barack Obama sent his FY 2016 federal budget to the U.S. Congress to increase taxes, spending and debt to the nation's balance sheet. Included in the vast budget was a plan to add another agency, the Food...
  • Commentary: February is American Heart Month, politicians avoid the subject
    Commentary: February is American Heart Month, politicians avoid the subject
    Yesterday, February 1, 2015, began the recognition of American Heart Month with the aim of learning more about heart health. Heart disease, strokes and high blood pressure are the number one killer of Americans; yet, politicians choose to...
  • CDC: Flu's stronghold in US starting to weaken
    CDC: Flu's stronghold in US starting to weaken
    The current flu season started out with a bang, but it's finally losing some of its steam. The number of infections seems to have peaked and is even starting to decline in many parts of the nation, according to information released Thursday by...
  • Avoid large food portion sizes
    Health Quickie Tip: Never choose large portion sizes
    There is no denying the facts: we love to eat. We can quickly turn a night out at Olive Garden into a spontaneous feel-good mini-celebration. Reasons for this phenomenon can vary. Part of it is because we must find time to let loose from the daily...
  • CDC acknowledges school-based screenings are not evidence-based
    Victory against school BMI screenings: CDC responds to eating disorder concerns
    Following a letter drafted by Congressman Ted Deutch and signed by numerous stakeholders, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officially responded to concerns about school BMI screenings, the Eating Disorder Coalition announced Jan. 17. CDC...
  • Travel Documents
    Top 5 Tips to Prepare for Travel Abroad
    Nothing can replace the unique experience traveling offers. International travel opens your eyes to how people in other cultures live. Although social mores vary widely across the globe, it’s truly interesting to observe the similarities...