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Whooping cough is on the rise and parents have themselves to blame

Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial disease that in rare cases can be fatal to children. It leads to severe coughing that causes children to make a distinctive whooping sound as they gasp for breath. Whooping cough is spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. Until routine child vaccination became […]

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When it Comes to Your Health, Honesty is the Best Policy

Are you taking your medications? Do you smoke? How much do you drink? Do you have risky sex? Is there heart disease in your family? We’ve all heard these questions before — every time we visit the doctor. If you’re like most of us (about 70 percent, according to some estimates), we don’t answer truthfully. […]

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Know Your Family Medical History-Your Life May Depend On It

I bet you’re like me and didn’t know that, in 2004, the Surgeon General declared Thanksgiving “National Family Medical History Day.” The purpose of this new “holiday” was to encourage families to talk about and write down known, genetic health problems. Learning about your family’s health history is one sure way to help ensure a […]

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Keeping People Healthy and Out of Hospital

Yesterday a report released by the AHRQ revealed that 1 percent of Americans were responsible for about 22 percent of healthcare costs and 5 percent spent 55 percent of costs. No surprises here. We’ve known for years that only a small portion of Americans use most of the healthcare services. These are the poorest and […]

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HPV Vaccine Does Not Increase Sexual Behavior

A few years ago, a vaccine against HPV came out that prevented cervical cancer. PREVENTED!! The thing is, girls had to be vaccinated before they began having sex-which meant 11-12 years of age. Parents went apocalyptic-screaming that getting the vaccine would be a license for young girls to have sex. So, most parents did not […]

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