Five Self Care Items You Should Check Off Everyday

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As you might imagine we believe strongly in taking good care of yourself, both physically and mentally. One of the things you can do to take care of yourself is get into a regular self care routine that you do each and every day. It can be hard to remember to stay focused on your self care when life gets busy and takes you down paths each day that you weren’t expecting, but if you can manage to stay focused enough to check a few of these self care items off your list you will be better both physically and mentally for it. 1.) Stay hydrated. There is nothing more powerful to keep you healthy then drinking plenty of water. This becomes especially true when you are in the midst of a hot summer. If you are not drinking enough water and you are getting dehydrated it can lead to…continue reading

Today Is National PTSD Awareness Day

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You may have heard the phrase Post-traumatic stress disorder talked about when it comes to service members who have seen military service turn into wartime services. Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is something that does affect service members quite frequently, but it can also affect civilians who have been involved in a traumatic situation in similar ways. If someone you love has PTSD it can be very difficult to tell. It is not a disorder that has any visible symptoms and many people do a good job at hiding the symptoms that are often held internally. However, if you pay close attention you can spot some of the signs and symptoms that your loved one may be facing if she/he is struggling with PTSD. If you believe your loved one is suffering inside you should be on the lookout for the following signs that they are battling PTSD; Continually flashbacks…continue reading

It’s Tick Season, Here’s What You Need To Know

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The summer is officially upon us and that means sun, fun, and unfortunately ticks. Ticks are the silent assassins of your summer adventures and if you’re not careful you might find yourself battling the effects of a tick bite long after the summer sun has set. That being said, there are things you can learn about ticks that will help you in avoiding and/or treating ticks if you happen to encounter a bite. It is important to know that tick bites can lead to lyme disease, but that is not the only disease that ticks carry with them and you should know about the others as well. The same ticks that transmit lyme disease can also transmit a disease called babesia which causes a maleria-like disease. Another bacteria called anaplasmosis can be carried by these ticks and can cause flu-like symptoms. Both of these diseases are on the rise in…continue reading

FDA Advisers Recommend Approval Of Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine

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Here in the United States our health agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have already approved three COVID-19 vaccines. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which requires just one dose, and the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines which is a two shot series have been in circulation in the U.S. for over a year now. Now there may be a fourth vaccine coming from Novavax. This week, advisors at the FDA recommended that the FDA and CDC allow the Novavax to be given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for members of the U.S. population. The vaccine, which has received EUA in other countries around the world, is now being considered as an additional tool for health officials in the U.S. to battle COVID-19 as it continues to spread throughout the country. Currently 67% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated from the COVID-19 virus,…continue reading

Monkeypox: What You Need To Know

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Recently the United States Centers For Disease Control (CDC) has been shining a light on several cases of Monkeypox happening here in the U.S. and also clusters of the virus showing up in parts of the world that do not normally see this type of disease. Therefore officials are warning people to understand the facts about the virus. Here is some information you should know about Monkeypox; 1.) Monkeypox is caused by a virus that is closely related to smallpox 2.) Humans can get the virus by scratched or bitten by infected animals which may include rodents or non-human primates. 3.) The disease can also be transmitted through direct contact with skin lesions or bodily fluids. 4.) Initial symptoms include swollen lymph nodes, headache, and fever. These initial symptoms are usually followed by a rash which will scab over within five to seven days. 5.) There is a vaccine available…continue reading

How Well Are You Protecting Yourself From The Sun?

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When you head out into the summer sun you may put on a little sunscreen, toss on a hat and maybe even wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun. You probably think you’re doing really well at protecting yourself from the sun. The truth is you may or may not be. In a recent study conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) 61% of those who were surveyed said they thought they were doing an excellent job with protecting their skin from the harmful rays of the summer sun. Also, 63% of all respondents said they had gotten a tan. These numbers sound pretty good and harmless from a standpoint of protecting yourself from the sun, but the truth is that if you’ve gotten a tan you are not doing a good enough job at protecting yourself from the sun. The study also found some people had…continue reading