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Preventing Prenatal Infections

Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month to raise global awareness concerning mother-to-child prenatal infections, of which the most prevalent type is Group B Streptococcus (GBS.)

GBS is the leading cause of infection in babies age three months and younger. It can cause:

10 Ways to be Heart Healthy

Woman with a healthy heart

February focuses on matters of the heart, with its designation as American Heart Month and observance of Valentine’s Day, spotlighting our love for friends and family.

Even with heart health awareness increasing, only 56% of U.S. women realize heart disease is their number-one killer. In 2017 alone 299,578 women lost their lives to heart disease, the cause of one out of five female deaths that year.

New Years 2020 Goals

When setting goals for the coming year, many Americans look to their health. Among the most common New Year’s Resolutions are goals about health and fitness: lose weight, eat healthier, and exercise more. However, as anyone who has ever made a New Year’s Resolution might expect, most resolutions fizzle out by mid-February. So, if your resolution energy is starting to flag or you are a bit late in setting your goals this year, try something else. Most New Year’s Resolutions fail because it is difficult to uphold resolutions without clear or concrete goals attached to them.

Woman getting her thyroid checked via ultrasound

Thyroid issues are more common in women than in men. One in eight women will suffer from thyroid problems at some point during her life, so it is especially important for women to be educated about what the thyroid does, issues that may arise, and treatment options. January is Thyroid Awareness Month, so we have put together a brief primer on the most common thyroid problems for women.

National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Every four and a half minutes, a baby in the United States is born with a birth defect. Birth defects are very common and range from mild to severe. Although the cause of all birth defects is not known, they are most often linked to a variety of environmental and genetic factors. While some birth defects are genetic and cannot be prevented, it is always in your best interest to educate yourself about the risks and take as many precautions as possible to protect your child.

Woman scheduling appointments
Every January, countless women compile a list of lofty New Year’s resolutions. While many are centered around healthy living (like eating better, losing weight, exercising more, etc.), these goals often get pushed aside by busy schedules and commitments. However, setting goals is an important party of living a healthy lifestyle, and there is a better way to get started right now, before January 1st.
Stressed woman during the holidays
No matter how you celebrate, you have probably already found yourself caught up in a holiday whirlwind of balancing all your regular responsibilities with new seasonal stressors and events. Despite the chaos that accompanies them, the holidays are all about relaxing and spending time with your loved ones. We have built a list of do’s and don’ts for managing your holiday stress and enjoying the season with your loved ones:
Woman receiving flu shot
The flu vaccine prevents an estimated five million cases of influenza every year. Annual vaccinations lead to less flu-related medical visits, hospitalizations, and medical complications for millions of Americans. Despite its record, there are still many misconceptions about the flu vaccine that keep countless people from getting vaccinated each year. This week, for Influenza Vaccination Week, we are tackling some of the most common myths surrounding the flu vaccine and explaining why it is still important to receive the flu vaccine every year.

Healthy Eating During the Holidays

Thanksgiving dinner party with family and food
The holiday season is upon us. Despite the peace the season promises to bring, we often find ourselves overwhelmed by extra responsibilities, family strife, and financial stress. It can be hard to stick to a pattern of healthy living during the holidays; both our stress and our access to cookies is way up! However, healthy eating during the holidays can be done. Take a breath and read our list of ways to stick to healthy eating this holiday season:
Diabetes Awareness Month
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. People do not often know there are three common types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational. All of these types of diabetes are caused by high levels of glucose (blood sugar) in your body, but each type has its own symptoms, risk factors, and treatments.

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