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 […]

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 […]

Making Sense of ‘Chronic’ Lyme Disease Diagnoses

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For most patients who contract Lyme disease, oral antibiotics will successfully treat the symptoms. However, some patients who get the infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi report lingering symptoms such as fatigue, pain, and joint and muscle aches long after the antibiotics are finished. Sometimes referred to as “chronic” Lyme disease (CLD), the Centers […]

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.

Genetic Testing for Cancer Survivors

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It is important for cancer survivors to talk to their healthcare providers about genetic testing on a regular basis.

Opioid Abuse Causing Explosion in Hepatitis C Cases

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A surge in hepatitis C cases, especially in younger populations, is the hidden result of the opioid epidemic.