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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.
November is Prematurity Awareness Month
In the United States, 1 out of 10 of babies are born preterm, meaning they are born before they have completed full development during 37 to 40 weeks of pregnancy. Preterm labor babies are more often born with a disability and can also suffer short and long-term health effects including Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS), Apnea, Bradycardia, Chronic Lung Disease/Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD), Jaundice, and others. Preterm labor is also the leading cause of infant mortality in the United States.

Halloween Safety for the Family

Children Trick or Treating in Halloween costumes

Halloween is a family-favorite holiday across the United States. Each year, families dress up as their favorite characters, plan parties, and go trick-or-treating. However, Halloween is not all fun and games; children are more than twice as likely to be struck and killed by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year. Before the holiday, take time to speak to your family about ways to stay safe on Halloween. Whether you will be trick-or-treating at home or on the road this October 31st, here are some safety tips for you and your family:

Woman who survived breast cancer exercising

In January 2019, there were over 3.1 million women in the United States who were undergoing treatment for breast cancer or who had already finished treatment. In our series for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have already discussed breast cancer prevention and what women can do to lower their likelihood of developing breast cancer. However, it is also crucial to discuss life after breast cancer. Breast cancer affects many women every year and recovery can be a tough and stressful time.

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