World Encephalitis Day

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World Encephalitis Day is February 22, and it can’t come too soon. Most of the general US population—78%—is unaware of encephalitis, including common symptoms, diagnostic protocols, and treatment options for this devastating disease.1,2 Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain. The patient presentation may include flu-like illness or headache, drowsiness, uncharacteristic behavior, inability to speak […]

HDL Function Testing provides Unique Insight into Cardiovascular Disease, Finds New Study

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Identifying the risk of cardiovascular disease can help individuals take measures that lower their odds of an adverse event, such as a myocardial infarction (heart attack) or stroke, in the future. Conventional laboratory tests for assessing the risk of cardiovascular disease evaluate blood levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and triglycerides. […]

Know More About Yourself by Knowing Your Family Health History

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Most people understand the health benefits of a good diet and exercise.  Likewise, lifestyle, stress level, alcohol, and tobacco use, as well as exposure to environmental toxins can negatively impact health.   What is often overlooked, however, is the importance of knowing your family’s health history.  This history can provide insight into medical conditions that you […]

That Warm, Tingling Feeling at Your Next Holiday Meal May Not Be the Joy of the Season: Are Allergies to Blame? 

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From traditional family recipes and holiday parties, to special cookies, the holiday season is synonymous with food. While enjoying special meals and treats can make us feel good, for some, certain foods can trigger feelings of physical discomfort, illness or worse. If consuming certain foods is causing an unexpected physical reaction, it is important to […]

Why Fall Colors Include Pink

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October is a time when the leaves begin to change and we are surrounded by the beautiful fall colors. But perhaps the most important color for October is pink.  About 1 in 8 women in the United States (roughly 12%) will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. According to US breast cancer statistics, 268,600 new […]

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Genetic testing is an essential part of care for women with ovarian cancer and their families. 1 in 78 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime.1 In 2019, there will be an estimated 22,530 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States.1 While ovarian cancer […]

The Future is here for SMA

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Did you know that August is SMA Awareness Month?  Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or SMA, is a genetic disease that affects about 1 in 11,000 babies born each year, regardless of sex or ethnicity1. Approximately 1 in 54 Americans is a carrier of a genetic change that may lead to having a child with SMA if […]

Raising Awareness of Fragile X Syndrome

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Fragile X syndrome, caused by an altered gene on the X chromosome, is inherited and there may be family characteristics that indicate if there is risk of carrying this altered gene.