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Inked or infected: Tattooing comes with risks

Inked or infected: Tattooing comes with risks

There was a time not long ago when those sporting multiple tattoos were thought to be sociopaths. I’m talking about bikers, gang bangers, and prisoners — you know the type — freaks, like Lisbeth, in “The Girl with the Dragoon Tattoo”. Let’s fast forward to today. Body piercing and tattooing has become more and more […]

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Seniors-Be Aware of the Dangers of the Summer’s Heat

Every summer thousands of seniors are treated in emergency rooms for the complications of heat exhaustion. Given that the summer of 2010 is the hottest in recorded history and that yesterday the thermostat rose to 11o degrees in Dallas, I thought this topic is worth discussing. As reported in USA Today, extreme summer heat can place older people […]

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Three Cheers for a Healthier America!

Yesterday, the President signed into law a bill that will do more for our health than healthcare reform will ever do, The Tobacco Bill (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/23/us/politics/23obama.html?_r=1). Cigarette smoking causes over 400,000 deaths a year from cancer, heart disease, and pulmonary diseases (the lack of healthcare insurance contributes to 19,000 deaths a year). It is the number one avoidable […]

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Reforming Health and Healthcare

There is a lot of talk about disease prevention in the discussions on healthcare reform. However, not all the necessary players are participating if we are going to achieve this. Prevention is more than annual visits to your primary care doctor annually. It is the social change that is necessary to eradicate poverty, reform education and increase literacy. It must […]

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Communities Across America Are Acting To Prevent Chronic Disease

Our health as a nation is predicated on more than our access to the healthcare system. Indeed, as I have blogged here many times before, the greatest contribution to our miserable health in this country are our behaviors, which in large part are preventable. For example, cigarette smoking and obesity cause nearly 1 million deaths a […]

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