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CDC Encourages Screening for Breast, Cervical and Colorectal Cancers

CDC Encourages Screening for Breast, Cervical and Colorectal Cancers

Getting screened for some cancers can actually help prevent them from occurring. In particular, screening helps prevent cancers of the cervix, colon and rectum. Screening also helps find other cancers – such as breast cancer – at an early stage, when treatment can be most effective.

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Collecting Your Family′s Medical History Could Save Your Child′s Life

A family history can help your child’s doctor make a diagnosis if your child shows signs of a disorder

You might not realize that your father′s diabetes or your cousin′s sickle cell disease could affect your child, but this family history information could help save your child′s life. According to a Pediatrics supplement, “Use of Family History Information in Pediatric Primary Care and Public Health,” that′s not the only family history information that can affect your child′s health or be important to their health care. Along with genes, your family often has similar behaviors, such as exercise habits, and a common culture, such as the foods you eat. You may live in the same area and come into contact with similar environmental factors. Family history includes these factors, which can all affect health.

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Hispanic Babies are at Higher Risk of Brain and Spine Birth Defects: Mothers Who Take Folic Acid can Reduce that Risk

Get Smart

Each year in United States approximately 3,000 pregnancies are affected by serious defects of the spine and brain called neural tube defects (NTDs). Hispanic women have a 30-40 percent higher risk of having babies with these birth defects.  NTDs occur in the first few weeks of pregnancy, very often before a woman even knows she is pregnant.  Folic acid has been found to prevent up to 70% of NTDs. Yet, only 21% of Hispanic women report consuming enough folic acid as compared to 41% of white women.

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Sniffle or Sneeze? No Antibiotics Please

Get Smart

CDC advises parents about colds, flu and antibiotics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has news for parents this cold and flu season: antibiotics don′t work for a cold or the flu. Antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses. And colds, flu and most sore throats are caused by viruses. Antibiotics don′t touch viruses — never have, never will. And it′s not really news. It′s a long-documented medical fact.

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