Health Education July Health Update

Health information and resources about illnesses, conditions and diseases provided by the organization of American Academy of Family Physicians

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What You Can Do to Maintain Your Health

(5 days ago) Let your health benefits and preventive care services work for you. Make sure you know what your health insurance plan involves. Preventive care can detect disease or prevent illness before they start. This includes certain doctor visits and screenings. You need to make time for breast health

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Healthy Habits At 60 And Beyond

(1 days ago) A healthy diet and exercise feeds your brain. This improves your decision-making abilities as you get older. Consider these changes: Exercise 20 to 30 minutes on most days. A combination of aerobic (walking, swimming) and strength …

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High-Altitude Illness

(7 days ago) High-altitude illness most often occurs at altitudes higher than 8,000 feet. It can cause problems for people whose bodies aren’t used to working on so little oxygen. There are 3 main types of high-altitude illness. Acute mountain sickness: This is the …

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Eating Disorders

(2 days ago) An eating disorder is a mental health condition. It is an obsession with food and weight that harms a person’s emotional and physical well being. Many people worry about their weight. People who have an eating disorder go to extremes to keep from gaining weight. The 3 most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating.

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Teenagers: How To Stay Healthy

(5 days ago) Physical health: Taking care of your body. Exercise regularly. Teens should be physically active at least 60 minutes of every day. Eat a healthy diet. Healthy eating is an important part of your growth and development. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, a variety of protein foods, and low- fat dairy products.

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Health Benefits of a Good Sex Life

(5 days ago) In fact, your sexual activity can result in a many long-lasting health benefits. Path to improved wellness. There are more than a few reasons for having sex. Recreation, emotional wellbeing, intimacy, and to get pregnant are some of the most common reasons people have sex. It’s time to add “for health benefits” to the list.

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Creating a Personal Health Journal (Health Diary

(1 days ago) A personal health journal also helps you stay healthy. Take your health journal to your doctor’s appointments. This provides your doctor with exact information about your health. Your doctor also can help you keep your health journal up to date. Below is an example of a personal health journal.

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What Causes Motion Sickness

(1 days ago) What is motion sickness? Motion sickness is a sick feeling triggered by movement. It occurs in a car, bus, train, plane, or boat. It can occur on amusement rides or virtual reality experiences. Seeing the movement of others or things can trigger it. Motion sickness is not life-threatening.

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The Importance of Vaccinations

(6 days ago) But vaccinations are an important part of family and public health. Vaccines prevent the spread of contagious, dangerous, and deadly diseases. These include measles, polio, mumps, chicken pox, whooping cough, diphtheria, and HPV. The first vaccine discovered was the smallpox vaccine. Smallpox was a deadly illness.

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What Is A Hernia

(2 days ago) One common sign of a hernia is the visible bulge in the affected area. Other reported symptoms include pressure, a cough, heartburn, and difficulty swallowing. Severe hernia symptoms are shooting pain, vomiting, and constipation. If your hernia becomes soft or you can’t push it in, go to the emergency room.

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Common School-Age Illnesses/Infections

(3 days ago) Common cold. Symptoms: Sneezing, runny nose, congestion, cough, watery eyes. Cause: A virus that is easily spread among people, especially children. Treatment: Colds will run their course. There’s not much you can do. Do not give children under 6 years of age over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Top 10 Tips From Your Family

(5 days ago) Follow public health advice on school closures, avoiding crowds, and other so physical distancing measures to limit spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that everyone wear a mask in public, even if you don’t feel sick. This prevents you from spreading the virus.

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LGBTQ Mental Health Issues

(2 days ago) The teen years are an important period for mental health. Many mental health disorders appear for the first time during those years. Unfortunately, the suicide rate is high among all people between the ages of 10 to 24. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) teens and young adults are at an even greater risk for poor mental health.

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Your Child’s Mental Health

(6 days ago) Mental health is just as important as physical health. It affects how we think and feel about ourselves and the people around us. Good mental health promotes positive relationships, good decisions, and healthy coping skills. A mentally healthy child can develop friendships, learn new things, and do well in school.

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

(4 days ago) Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is ongoing anxiety that isn’t related to a particular event or situation. It also can be anxiety that isn’t “normal” about a situation. For instance, a person who has GAD may constantly worry about something that’s unlikely to happen. These worries interfere with your day-to-day life.

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Hydration: Why It's So Important

(6 days ago) Hydration: Why It’s So Important. Advertisement. Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. Water is needed for overall good health.

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Is It a Cold or the Flu

(9 days ago) Path to improved health. If you do end up with a cold or the flu, there are ways to make yourself feel better while your body fights off the virus. Get plenty of rest. This is especially important if you have a fever. Rest helps your body fight infection. Stop smoking.

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Mental Health Myths: Stop the Stigma

(7 days ago) Fact: Mental health problems are very common. About 1 of every 5 people will experience a mental health issue in a given year. One of every 25 has a serious mental health disorder. These include anxiety, major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Myth: Children and teens don’t have mental health problems.

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Occupational Health

(5 days ago) A workplace injury or illness can result in lost wages, unexpected time away from work, or even permanent disability. Learn how to protect yourself on the job with workplace safety tips and information on everything from exposure to infections to noise-induced hearing loss.

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Tips For Healthy Children and Families

(4 days ago) Path to improved health Eating better (for children and families) Start the day with a healthy breakfast. It refuels the body and provides energy for the day. Let kids help plan and prepare 1 meal each week. Eat together as a family as often as possible. Take time eating, and chew slowly. It takes 20 minutes for the brain to tell the body that

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The Truth About Energy Drinks

(5 days ago) Severe health issues also can occur from using energy drinks, such as: Addiction and withdrawal. High blood pressure. Seizures. Heart problems. Many people report rapid heartbeat. Major use has been linked to uneven heartbeat or heart failure. Rare cases have been linked to death.

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Pregnancy After 35: Advanced Maternal Age

(Just Now) Premature babies are more likely to have health problems at birth. This is because the babies didn’t have enough time to develop in the womb. Low birthweight. Older mothers are more likely to have a baby that weighs less than 5 lbs., 8 oz. at birth. Babies with a low birthweight are more likely to have health problems. Need for a C-section.

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