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April is Stress Awareness Month

by Howard Gerber on April 7, 2011

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Stress is a part of everyday life. Most people find that stress levels rise and fall as various work and interpersonal issues develop and are resolved. Because it is ever present in our lives, some people do not fully appreciate the negative impact stress can have on their health, their relationships, and their overall quality of life. April is Stress Awareness Month and it is the perfect time to become more aware of the signs that you are under excessive stress, the impact it can have on your health, and the ways you can relieve stress naturally. [continue reading…]

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2011 Flu: A Guide

by Howard Gerber on January 24, 2011

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With the end of 2010, the increase in flu outbreaks could be seen. This was especially true in the southeastern United States as well as in New York. Because the flu can cause such serious complications, this can be a worrisome statistic; fortunately, there is good news. The flu shot that was produced for this year appears to be an excellent match for the strain that has emerged. This means that if you did get a flu shot, your protection against the illness will be more effective. If you haven’t gotten a shot yet, it isn’t too late to get protection. Encourage those you work with, as well as patients and family members, to get their annual flu shot each year in order to limit their risk. [continue reading…]

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National Blood Donor Month

by Howard Gerber on January 12, 2011

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January is National Blood Donor Month. This is an excellent opportunity to tell your patients or clients about the importance of donating blood. Currently, the Red Cross estimates that only 3 percent of potential donors actually take the time to donate blood. That is one out of every 100 people. Think of the dramatic difference even a few additional people could provide. [continue reading…]

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National Hand Washing Awareness Week

by Howard Gerber on December 6, 2010

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National Hand Washing Awareness Week is December 5-11. This week long holiday encourages parents, teachers, students, and community members the importance of keeping hands clean and what to avoid if your hands are not clean. The Henry the Hand website has numerous resources for communities and schools to help get ready for the week and to reinforce the importance of keeping ones hands clean. [continue reading…]

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November is American Diabetes Month

by Howard Gerber on November 15, 2010

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The American Diabetes Association has a number of tools and resources to help individuals, bloggers, companies, and communities, help spread awareness about diabetes. There are currently more than 24 million people in America living with diabetes, and another 54 million who are at risk for developing the disease. Many forms of the disease are entirely preventable and the hope is that those who do not have to suffer from the disease, and the many detrimental complications the disease can cause, will become more aware of the symptoms and types of diabetes and work to avoid developing the disease. [continue reading…]

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2010 Flu Shots

by Howard Gerber on October 20, 2010

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Swine Flu was one of the most discussed topics of 2009. Everyone was concerned that it would be the next pandemic that would bring the world to a halt. Fortunately, the worst-case scenario did not come to be. Unfortunately, there will most likely be more discussion and scary stories in the press as flu season begins. One of the things that was often talked about last year was the need for a new vaccine for this “new” flu virus and the fact that people were being encouraged to get both the regular vaccine as well as the new one for swine flu, which eventually came to be called H1N1. [continue reading…]

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by Howard Gerber on October 11, 2010

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so instead of wearing and decorating with the traditional black and orange for Halloween this year, think pink. Pink has become synonymous with breast cancer awareness, but there is much more women need to know about this deadly disease. There are numerous Web sites dedicated to breast cancer awareness, but the following five are exceptional. Each one focuses on a different aspect of the disease. [continue reading…]

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