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Tuesday, Nov 15th 2016
Supported by a grant from Pfizer
While the overall rates for smoking in the United States are declining, the battle is far from over. The statistics tell an upsetting story as smoking relates to vulnerable populations, like the mentally ill and the LGBT community. People in those communities are more likely to smoke and less likely to quit.
Monday, Nov 14th 2016
Happy turkey month! You are likely busy thinking all about the upcoming holiday celebrations. Cooking, eating, friends, families—it's an exciting and busy time for many of us.
But are you taking the time to think about your bladder?
Sunday, Nov 06th 2016
by Jennifer Pate, MD
Did you know that October is Liver Awareness Month? While many women across the country are setting aside time to focus on their breast health, October also presents a good opportunity to take ownership of your liver health.
Tuesday, Oct 04th 2016
You'd have to have your head in the sand to not know that this month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to help raise awareness of the disease that will claim the lives of approximately 40,450 women this year.
But you may not know that October 13 is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, a day to draw attention to the needs of people whose breast cancer has spread—or metastasized—to other parts of the body.
Monday, Aug 22nd 2016
Psoriasis is a persistent, chronic inflammatory skin condition caused by an inherited genetic defect that affects about 7.5 million people in the United States, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation.
The study of the genetic connection to psoriasis is fairly new: it wasn't until the early 1970s that research began. With recent improvements in technology and increases in funding, studies are beginning to rapidly expand.
Friday, May 20th 2016
Your preteen spends a lot of time on the computer playing games and chatting online with friends. Your teen continually texts and posts pictures. Your family sits with the TV on and everyone busily tapping on their phones, tablets or laptops. Even at dinner or on vacation, you pull out your smartphone to check on work. We're all guilty.
Friday, Mar 18th 2016
If you live in a climate anything at all like where I live in coastal Virginia, then the pollens are about to attack your nasal passages with a vengeance—if they haven't already. And for those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies, it can take all the fun out of spring.
Wednesday, Feb 24th 2016
When I visit my primary care provider, I'm not thinking about my mental health. I'm either sick or going for an annual checkup. If it's a checkup, I take a list of health concerns accumulated throughout the year. Mental health has never been on my list—even though there have been times in my life when I needed to see a mental health professional.
I also cannot recall a primary care provider ever specifically asking me about my mental health.