Risking your life for a tan?

February 24, 2016 | Cancer Screening, Health

New research finds that women were two to six times more likely to develop melanoma if they had tanned indoors at a younger age (at 16 years old, versus 25) and tanned more frequently.  A new study from the University of Minnesota shows that women under 40 who started indoor tanning at a younger age […]

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Meningitis explained–it could save your life.

Meningitis is a disease caused by infection of the fluids in the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Bacterial Meningitis There are five types of meningitis, but the most dangerous and contagious is Bacterial Meningitis which can cause life-threatening infections requiring immediate attention including antibiotics and hospitalization. The infection is spread through close […]

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Understanding Zika Virus

February 9, 2016 | Communicable Disease, Health

What is Zika?  Zika is a virus spread to people through mosquito bites. What are the symptoms? The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. Is Zika spreading […]

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Smokeless Tobacco Risks and Oral Cancer Screening Options

Whatever you call it — chew, dip, snuff, spit, plug, wad, pinch— it’s not a safe alternative to cigarettes. The tobacco industry markets the product “smokeless tobacco” as safer than cigarettes because you are not lighting up. But, smokeless tobacco is harmful and is every bit as addictive. In recent years, the tobacco industry has […]

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