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How Common is Tuberculosis (TB)?

Posted: May 29th, 2024 at 12:00AM - by Brenda Carrillo

Tuberculosis (TB) used to be far more common in the United States and indeed still has a presence here and elsewhere in the world. If not treated promptly and properly, TB disease can be fatal. In this blog, we're talking about how many people in the US become infected with TB. We'll also talk about who might be at a higher risk of developing a.

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How Many People Die From the Flu Each Year?

Posted: May 20th, 2024 at 12:00AM - by Melissa Tripp

Too many people still think that the flu is just a more extreme cold, but the flu virus can kill. Furthermore, it's not confined to merely the flu season during the colder months of the year, when an individual might experience a sore throat and runny nose. In this blog, we'll talk about flu deaths in the United States each year, complications..

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How Many People Have HPV?

Posted: May 3rd, 2024 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Human papillomavirus (HPV) infections are incredibly common. In fact, more than 90% of sexually active men and 80% of women will have an HPV infection at some point in their lives, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. In this blog, learn more about how many people acquire HPV infections each year, which groups of individuals display.

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How Many People Get Gonorrhea Every Year?

Posted: Apr 24th, 2024 at 01:47PM - by Brenda Carrillo

Every day around the world, more than one million STDs are acquired, one of which is gonorrhea, which is one of four curable sexually transmitted diseases. How many people acquire gonorrhea, specifically? Let's look at what the numbers tell us. How Many People Have Gonorrhea? While the numbers fluctuate each year, according to the National...

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How Many People Have Died From COVID?

Posted: Apr 8th, 2024 at 12:00AM - by Melissa Tripp

In late 2019, COVID-19 first made its appearance in the city of Wuhan, China. Seemingly overnight, it spread around the globe, leading to many hospitalizations and fatalities. The lockdown may have ended, and the worst of the pandemic may be behind us, but this coronavirus strain left a lasting mark on the world. How many people have died from..

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How Common Are STDs?

Posted: Mar 20th, 2024 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Physical contact doesn't come without its risks, one of which is sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). How common are STDs? What do the numbers look like across males and females, for different age groups, and for various diseases? Let's break the numbers down, according to what research has told us. How Common Are STDs? Research Says According.

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Why Should Kids Get a Sports Physical?

Posted: Feb 27th, 2023 at 12:00AM - by Brenda Carrillo

Sports place your body under stress, and that's why they help you stay healthy! As your body learns to adapt to that stress, it becomes stronger. However, this is also the reason why if you plan on participating in any sort of physical activity, you should get a sports physical first. In this article, you'll learn why getting a sports physical..

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What is a Pre-Op Physical?

Posted: Feb 17th, 2023 at 12:00AM - by Melissa Tripp

Is surgery in the near future for you? If so, then you might've been instructed to get a pre-operative physical. This is a crucial part of your surgical experience and shouldn't be taken lightly. What is a pre-op physical, exactly, and why is your surgeon telling you to get one? Furthermore, what happens if it doesn't go well? This blog will...

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How Does the Immigration I-693 Process Work?

Posted: Jan 26th, 2023 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

If you're planning to immigrate to the United States and become a permanent resident, then you likely already know it's a rather lengthy process. One of many things you need to do is undergo an immigration medical exam. Often called the "green card medical exam" this is a necessary part of the immigration process to help ensure public health and

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How Does the Meningitis Vaccine Protect Me for College?

Posted: Jan 17th, 2023 at 12:00AM - by Brenda Carrillo

College is a huge milestone in every young adult’s life. It's when you take the next step in your education and also get that first real taste of freedom. However, it also puts you in a new environment where you become vulnerable to novel health risks. Add to that the fact that many (if not most) college students are tired, underslept, and

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5 Benefits of Drug Testing Your Employees

Posted: Dec 20th, 2022 at 12:00AM - by Melissa Tripp

Each and every year, drug abuse among employees costs US companies billions of dollars in revenue. Exactly how bad is it, you're wondering? Well, according to research, businesses lose $130 billion in productivity and $20 billion in healthcare costs due to substance abuse yearly. While the impact on your business's bottom line is important...

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7 Vaccines that Need Boosters

Posted: Nov 29th, 2022 at 01:32PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Vaccines help keep us healthy at all stages of life. They protect us against potentially fatal diseases and build our immune systems. However, in some cases, one vaccine isn’t enough to build a strong defense against the illness it protects you from. Some viruses mutate over time, making the original vaccine less effective. Even without...

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TB Skin Test VS Quantiferon Blood Test

Posted: Dec 14th, 2022 at 12:00AM - by Brenda Carrillo

A tuberculosis (TB) test checks whether you have TB bacteria in your body. Most institutions, especially within the healthcare industry, require their employees to undergo a TB test before employment, usually on an annual basis. There are two types of TB tests: skin tests and blood tests. Let's talk more about each of these individually, how...

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What is Pneumonia? Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Posted: Nov 29th, 2022 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

You've maybe heard stories of people getting sick with the flu and it progressing into pneumonia. While pneumonia can resolve on its own, it can also be incredibly dangerous — even fatal. For adults in the US, it's the most common cause of hospital admissions, and it's the leading cause of death in children under five years of age. What is

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Why Do We Get Sick in the Winter?

Posted: Nov 22nd, 2022 at 03:10PM - by Melissa Tripp

Don't go outside without wearing a hat or you'll catch a cold! Don’t play in the rain. Don't go to bed with wet hair or you'll get sick. These are some of the words you might've heard growing up and might even tell your own children. It's not uncommon to get sick when the seasons change — especially when the temperature drops. Is...

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The Benefits of Getting an Annual Physical Exam

Posted: Nov 3rd, 2022 at 12:00AM - by Brenda Carrillo

Why visit a doctor when you feel healthy and happy and have never experienced serious medical issues? Maybe you eat healthy most days, go to the gym regularly, and get enough sleep to wake up feeling refreshed. Many diseases and illnesses don't show symptoms, especially in the early stages. To maintain your well-being, having a preventive...

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Why Do I Need a Travel Consultation?

Posted: Oct 17th, 2022 at 06:47PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Traveling to other countries opens you up to a world of unique and fresh experiences. You get to meet new people, learn different cultures and languages, eat interesting food, and live through things you never imagined. While vacationing in a different country can be thrilling, you can also encounter novel health risks. You might contract a...

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The Flu vs. COVID-19: What’s the Difference?

Posted: Sep 30th, 2022 at 12:00AM - by Melissa Tripp

A change of seasons often leads to illness and this is even more dramatic during the colder times of the year. Flu season is upon us, and with cases of COVID-19 still popping up, illness can strike just about anyone. Feeling sick during the colder months of the year can be overwhelming and leave you with many questions. Are your sniffles, fever.

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Why Do We Get Sick When the Seasons Change?

Posted: Sep 19th, 2022 at 12:00AM - by Brenda Carrillo

Have you ever wondered why you always come down with a nasty cold or the flu when the season changes? Temperature changes might be the main reason for the sudden illness. Temperature affects the immune system's response to seasonal flu viruses. Research has found that slightly cooler temperatures impair critical immune system proteins, allowing.

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Vaccines for School: What Do College Students Need?

Posted: Aug 25th, 2022 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

College is a huge milestone in every young adult's life. Schoolwork, a new environment, unfamiliar pressure, and your goals will really put you to the test. In college, you also socialize, meet new people, and have newfound freedom. Your health should be a top concern during this time. This is because you're in a new environment and exposed to..

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How to Avoid Getting Sick on a Plane

Posted: Aug 17th, 2022 at 12:00AM - by Melissa Tripp

Health and travel are inextricably linked. Flying is one of the most efficient ways to travel between two places. However, it can come with its own unique challenges. For instance, planes are a breeding ground for bacteria. You share the restroom, chairs, and tray tables (which one study found are dirtier than the bathrooms!) with countless...

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What is a Sports Physical, and Why Should You Care?

Posted: Jul 26th, 2022 at 12:00AM - by Brenda Carrillo

Playing sports is a great way to have fun, stay healthy, and get fit. However, stories of athletes sustaining injuries or collapsing during a game aren't exactly unheard of. Furthermore, some people have underlying medical issues that they're not aware of that could affect their ability to stay active. Getting a sports physical is an effective..

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5 Signs You're Dehydrated

Posted: Jul 18th, 2022 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Summer is here, which means the temperatures are climbing. You might be spending more time out in the heat and sun. You might even be taking your workouts outdoors. If that's the case, then you need to take great care to stay sufficiently hydrated. Maintaining proper hydration is one factor in preventative health, and it's something you need to.

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How Does Mental Health Affect Physical Health?

Posted: Jul 1st, 2022 at 12:00AM - by Melissa Tripp

There is a longstanding and close relationship between mental and physical health. It's hard to determine which comes first: poor mental health or physical problems? Often, they're intertwined, with one condition leading to the other in a vicious cycle. However, researchers are now starting to understand how important it is to address mental...

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Radiology in Las Vegas: Types of Imaging and What to Expect

Posted: Jun 16th, 2022 at 06:01PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Medical professionals have relied on imaging tools for years to better look at what’s going on inside their patients. Radiology, in particular, has played an instrumental role in the early detection and treatment of diseases. With the advent of new technology, various imaging modalities can now allow physicians to see different things...

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7 Summer Health Tips for Las Vegas Residents

Posted: May 26th, 2022 at 12:00AM - by Brenda Carrillo

With the trees in full bloom, temperatures regularly approaching 100 degrees, and butterflies aflutter, it's time to break out the sunscreen and water bottles because summer is here. A change of season also entails some changes in your routine and lifestyle, and that includes how you take care of your body and wellness. As the weather starts to.

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5 Health Tips for Women to Improve Wellness

Posted: May 12th, 2022 at 12:00AM - by Melissa Tripp

In a society that continues to glamorize hustle-culture and the "rise and grind" mindset, it can be a real challenge to find time for yourself as you constantly juggle many tasks and responsibilities. Between work, family, and other obligations, many women feel like they don't have a moment to spare, especially when it comes to their health...

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What Do Chest X-Rays Show?

Posted: May 2nd, 2022 at 01:27PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

A chest x-ray is a common diagnostic imaging test that uses electromagnetic waves and small amounts of radiation. It provides doctors with information about the condition of the structures in your body. It can scan and create images of the organs and bones in the chest cavity. A healthcare professional might prescribe a chest x-ray for various..

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What is Audiometric Testing?

Posted: Apr 29th, 2022 at 12:00AM - by Najla Jackson

In today's modern world, you're exposed to the phenomenon of environmental noise, commonly called noise pollution, every day. As soon as you open your eyes, you're greeted by your alarm tone, cars honking outside, sirens, and maybe even the neighborhood's dogs barking. And it only goes downhill from there once you go out. Whether you're at work.

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What are Antibodies and How Do They Work?

Posted: Mar 23rd, 2022 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Immunity remains a significant discussion — and concern — as the world tries to contain and mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The topic of immunization after a COVID-19 infection continues to be studied and explored by experts. Immunity occurs when an antibody stays in the body after an individual has recovered from an illness...

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Can You Get COVID Twice?

Posted: Mar 14th, 2022 at 12:00AM - by Najla Jackson

COVID-19 variants continue to sweep the world and fuel the spread of infections. Omicron is the dominant hand in play amid the steady drumbeat of transmissions. A lingering question that remains among the public is whether you can get COVID more than once. You've survived SARS-CoV-2, and you're already clear of its symptoms. You're vaccinated...

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Quantiferon TB Gold Test Result Interpretation

Posted: Feb 22nd, 2022 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

The QuantiFERON TB Gold Test is a medical test that screens for tuberculosis (TB). It’s an Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) test that involves taking a blood sample which will then be analyzed in a lab. The QuantiFERON TB Gold test was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2011 and functions as an alternative to a one-step..

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Can You Drink Coffee Before a Blood Test?

Posted: Feb 18th, 2022 at 01:36PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Sometimes, doctors require patients to undergo fasting for several hours before taking specific blood tests. Fasting means you abstain from eating or drinking anything for a certain period, usually between eight and 12 hours before your blood will be taken. In some cases, patients will only be required to abstain from specific kinds of food...

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Why Should You Get a PCR Test in Las Vegas?

Posted: Feb 3rd, 2022 at 02:37PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Over the past two years, accessible and quick testing for the COVID-19 virus has become of great importance. To make matters challenging, testing is hard to come by right now in southern Nevada. They're either running low or appointments are completely filled. So, what do you do? One of the most vital tests performed is the PCR test. In this...

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What is a Varicella Titer?

Posted: Jan 20th, 2022 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Chickenpox is a highly infectious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes shingles. As a viral disease, chickenpox can be transmitted through coughing, sneezing, or talking. People who haven't had the disease or have yet to be vaccinated against it run a high risk of acquiring the infection. When you get...

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How to Prepare Travel Vaccines Before Your Next Trip

Posted: Dec 22nd, 2021 at 02:13PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Now more than ever, travel vaccines are a vital part of your next trip. They help protect you from rare diseases, especially those that are not typically found in the United States. They also reduce your chances of unintentionally exposing others and bringing serious diseases home to your family, friends, and community. Plus, some countries...

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Why Do Viruses Mutate?

Posted: Dec 20th, 2021 at 07:04PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Viruses are constantly changing. As the pandemic continues to take its course across the globe, science discovers new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Some variants are spreading faster and leading to higher infection rates. COVID's known variants are Alpha, Beta, Delta, and the most recent, Omicron. They were first documented in the UK, South.

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How to Avoid Getting the Flu

Posted: Dec 1st, 2021 at 01:41PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Each flu season, about 290,000 to 650,000 people die from influenza. Flu — the short name for influenza — is a viral infection that impairs the lung, nose, and throat. It can cause mild to severe symptoms, deadly complications, and hospitalizations for children and even healthy adults. The influenza viruses are contagious, spreading.

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Immigration Medical Exam: Everything You Need to Know

Posted: Nov 30th, 2021 at 11:39AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

A medical exam is one of the requirements in the immigration visa application process. Its purpose is to identify applicants who may have prohibited (formally termed "inadmissible") health conditions as stipulated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS). This is a requirement of INA Sections...

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Will Everyone Need a COVID Booster Shot?

Posted: Nov 9th, 2021 at 12:29PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

In an announcement by the U.S. government in August, all U.S. adults who have received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine will be eligible for a booster shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine about six to eight months after their second shot. The conversations around booster shots became highly urgent during the surge of the Delta variant among

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Why You Might Experience Vaccine Side Effects (And What They Are)

Posted: Nov 2nd, 2021 at 12:19PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Vaccines are, without a doubt, one of the most successful medical advances of modern times. Getting vaccinated is an effective way to prevent acquiring harmful (and even deadly) diseases. It also helps reduce the risk of infection, strengthen the immune system against illnesses, and can encourage lifelong immunity to limit potential...

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Influenza and the Timing of Vaccination

Posted: Sep 27th, 2021 at 11:50AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory infection caused by viruses that affect people's noses, throats, or lungs. It's characterized by cough, fatigue, headaches, body or muscle pains, and sore throat. More severe cases involve chills, diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. The CDC notes that influenza can circulate and be detected all year-round..

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When is the Right Time to Test for COVID-19?

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2021 at 11:17AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Almost a year and a half since the pandemic started, COVID-19 tests are gaining focus once again as the country (and a majority of the nations) is challenged with the biggest surge of new coronavirus strains. With cases rapidly rising, more people are being tested, seeking out tests, or wondering if they should get tested. Let's uncover some...

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Shingles: What it is, Symptoms, and How to Prevent It

Posted: Aug 27th, 2021 at 12:46PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you've had chickenpox, the virus remains inactive in the nerve tissues near your spinal cord and brain. It can then reactivate into shingles after a few years. Shingles affects a single nerve ganglion near.

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Traveler’s Diarrhea: What is it and What are the Symptoms?

Posted: Aug 24th, 2021 at 03:29PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Health and travel are incredibly connected. When you go to a country with a different climate, weather, and even sanitary practices from what you're used to, you're at risk of acquiring traveler's diarrhea. Traveler's diarrhea is a digestive tract disorder that is primarily caused by ingesting contaminated food or water. Commonly, when food or..

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Are STDs Curable? The Answer is Complex

Posted: Aug 2nd, 2021 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections generally acquired through sexual contact. This occurs when bacteria, parasites, or viruses are passed to another person via blood, semen, vaginal, or other bodily fluids during intercourse. Other times, STDs are transmitted non-sexually, particularly through blood transfusions or shared...

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What is Altitude Sickness?

Posted: Jul 21st, 2021 at 11:42AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

When people travel to a higher altitude too quickly, either through climbing or being transported, they can develop uncomfortable feelings such as nausea and light-headedness. At worst or when left unattended, it can escalate to serious and even life-threatening complications. So, understanding what altitude sickness is and how to prevent it is.

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Health and Travel: How Can They Affect One Another?

Posted: Jun 23rd, 2021 at 12:21PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Traveling can open your eyes to new experiences and cultures, and it offers a host of mental health benefits. However, venturing to new parts of the world also carries potential risks, if you're not prepared. That's why, when you’re planning your travels, it's vital to understand the potential health challenges you may experience based on.

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What is Preventative Health Care?

Posted: Jun 21st, 2021 at 01:13PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

When people think of health care, they immediately think of going to doctors or medical experts when something is wrong so that they can get the help they need. However, prevention is always better and easier than treatment. Along with maintaining good eating habits and an active lifestyle, preventive health care also plays a pivotal role in...

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How Do Vaccines Produce Protection?

Posted: May 26th, 2021 at 07:06PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Vaccines are the best way to prevent diseases that are dangerous and even deadly. They help reduce the risk of infections by using the body's natural defenses and strengthening the immune system against certain illnesses. Even more, some vaccines can create lifelong immunity to minimize the chances of acquiring and spreading the diseases, thus..

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How to Stay Healthy While Working From Home

Posted: May 19th, 2021 at 04:18PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Working from home offers a lot of benefits – like more freedom and flexibility, fewer expenses, and less time on the road. However, transitioning from an office setting to a work-from-home setting is not always as easy as it sounds. It can present a lot of physical, mental, emotional, and social challenges that can ultimately put people's.

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Will Coronavirus Be Around Forever?

Posted: May 3rd, 2021 at 01:03PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

COVID-19 is far from beaten. As the pandemic crosses its second-year mark, nations are working to get the vaccines effectively rolled out. But, simultaneously, researchers continue to find stronger, more contagious enemies in mutated variants from different areas like South Africa, the U.K, and the U.S. This then raises a great concern that...

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When Will We Reach Herd Immunity for COVID-19?

Posted: Mar 25th, 2021 at 04:43PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Safety in numbers. That's what herd immunity is all about. Sometimes called community or population immunity, this type of indirect protection from an infectious disease occurs when a significant portion of the population is immune to the illness. When the majority of a population is protected from a virus or bacteria, outbreaks drastically...

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Receiving Vaccines to Protect You and Those Who are Vulnerable

Posted: Feb 23rd, 2021 at 12:42PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Diseases can travel quickly from one person to another and throughout a community, posing the risk of making a lot of people very sick, very quickly. But if enough people are vaccinated, it presents one of the best defenses against the spread. This is why vaccination is one of the safest and most effective steps you can take to protect yourself.

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How to Wear a Mask So it Works

Posted: Jan 21st, 2021 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Numerous studies show that wearing a mask properly, especially when in public or close proximity of others, helps prevent the spread of contagious diseases. Unfortunately, many people still wear masks in less effective manners: around the neck or forehead, below the nose, hanging from one ear, or underneath the chin. Wearing masks improperly...

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Handwashing and How it Helps Keep Us Healthy

Posted: Dec 28th, 2020 at 05:05PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Now more than ever we have to be extra cognizant of keeping ourselves and our surroundings clean and free from germs. One of the simplest ways to do this is by washing your hands. Regular and thorough handwashing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick, reduce germs, and prevent the spread of bacteria. It's an affordable, easy, and...

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The Importance of Staying Home When Sick

Posted: Dec 10th, 2020 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Have you ever had that internal debate of whether or not to power through with your work, school, or errands even when you're not feeling well? Maybe you treat it as a sign of toughness when you're able to just keep pushing, even if you don't feel well. If this sounds like you, you're not alone. We understand that regardless of how you feel...

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The Benefits of IV Nutrient Therapy

Posted: Nov 11th, 2020 at 03:48PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

In today's world, it can be challenging to maintain a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. Whether it's poor choices in nutritious food, lack of exercise coupled with too much sitting, or insufficient quality sleep, these unhealthy habits often lead to preventable chronic diseases. While some may think that deficiencies in vitamins and minerals.

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Everything You Want to Know About COVID-19

Posted: Mar 11th, 2020 at 12:33PM - by e7 Health

COVID-19 is the name of the disease that was originally called the novel coronavirus outbreak. Coronavirus is actually a type of virus that is common in animals and humans as a cause of other infections. Types of coronavirus that have caused other outbreaks in modern history include the SARS outbreak in 2003 and MERS infections since 2012...

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The History of the Polio Vaccine

Posted: Mar 5th, 2020 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Polio is a serious disease that has affected millions of people around the world, although it doesn't have a huge role in today's society, thanks to the vaccine, dedicated healthcare professionals, and cooperative parents. But the threat of infection is far from over. It has been eliminated in the US and other once-infected countries, but it's..

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7 Important Blood Tests You Probably Need

Posted: Feb 27th, 2020 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

If you get a yearly physical, then there's a good chance your primary care provider orders bloodwork. But what if you haven't been to the doctor in a while? Or, what if you're experiencing symptoms that you can't really explain? Getting updated bloodwork is vital in finding answers and also in preventing future health complications. If you...

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Why Are Sports Physicals Important?

Posted: Feb 20th, 2020 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

We all know that playing sports and staying active offers countless benefits. It keeps our heart and lungs healthy, makes for stronger bones, and helps us build muscle. This is particularly true for athletes who train on a regular basis. However, before you get active, you should ensure that your body is prepared to handle the stress (good...

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How to Travel Sustainably

Posted: Feb 13th, 2020 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

Responsible and sustainable tourism is important for not only the sake of the planet but also your health (and thus, the health of people around you). Simple, conscious actions can help protect the environment, preserve cultural and natural heritage, and benefit members of the local communities. Since travel is at the top of many people's to-do.

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The Germiest Surfaces You Touch

Posted: Feb 6th, 2020 at 06:20PM - by e7 Health

People go to great lengths to avoid catching infections from those who are sick. However, what they don't know is that many illness-causing germs live right on their everyday items. Your home and personal belongings are a breeding ground for different bacteria. To help you learn more, here are 10 of the germiest surfaces you touch every day. You

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What You Need to Know About Coronavirus

Posted: Jan 30th, 2020 at 07:33PM - by Ashlee Arnold/Vice President

A newly identified virus that started in China about a month ago has now spread to different countries, including the United States, and it’s called for everyone’s attention and vigilance. News headlines share scary stories of people collapsing on the street. Confirmed cases and deaths continue to increase daily, so health officials.

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4 International Travel Health Risks Jetsetters Need to Know About

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2020 at 08:58PM - by e7 Health

Now more than ever, international travel has become common and even frequent for many people. And with this comes along potential health risks depending on the destination. As the World Health Organization notes, "The risk of becoming infected will vary according to the purpose of the trip and the itinerary within the area, the standards of...

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Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Posted: Dec 19th, 2019 at 05:23PM - by e7 Health

"Is this just a cold or do I have the flu?" It's a common question people ask when they start to get the sniffles, can't stop sneezing, and feel physically exhausted. It can be difficult to tell the difference between the two since they have similar symptoms. However, it's very important to set them apart as one is short-term and mild while the.

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Malaria and its Vaccine

Posted: Dec 5th, 2019 at 08:17PM - by e7 Health

In 2017, there were over 219 million reported cases of malaria worldwide. Among these, 92% were from the WHO African region, 5% were from the WHO South-East Asia region, and 2% were from the Eastern Mediterranean region. Considered one of the oldest diseases known to humanity, malaria has been wreaking havoc for a long time. Fortunately, it can.

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2019-2020 Flu Season

Posted: Nov 21st, 2019 at 01:07PM - by e7 Health

We're making our way into the coldest months of the year, which means it's that dreaded time when the flu makes an ugly return. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza (or flu) is often accompanied by fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle and body aches, headaches, fatigue, and...

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What We Know About Vaccines and Autism

Posted: Oct 31st, 2019 at 02:24PM - by e7 Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disability that is caused by differences in how the brain functions. People with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in different ways." In a recent estimate from CDC's network, it was found that "about 1 in 59 children...

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What Happens If We Lose Our Herd Immunity?

Posted: Oct 24th, 2019 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

When you choose to get vaccinated, you're not just protecting yourself from unwanted diseases. You're also helping keep your community healthy. This concept is called herd immunity, also known as herd protection or community immunity. We achieve this kind of immunity when a high percentage of the population — the majority, actually &mdash.

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The Best and Worst States for MMR Vaccine Coverage for Kindergarteners

Posted: Oct 17th, 2019 at 08:56PM - by e7 Health

According to state law, children are required to get vaccinated before they start attending public schools. However, there are still many cases of unvaccinated – and therefore unprotected – children in several communities within the United States. The recent measles outbreak is an indication of how our complacency has damaged our...

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Everything You Need to Know About Shingles (and How to Avoid It)

Posted: May 25th, 2019 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

If you've had the chickenpox in the past, you run the risk of shingles. Fortunately, for the first time in 10 years, a more effective shingles vaccine has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help boost your body's immunity against the virus. What is shingles and why is it important to get the shingles vaccine? We're...

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April is STD Awareness Month

Posted: Apr 25th, 2019 at 09:56PM - by e7 Health

Statistics show that there are about 20 million new sexually transmitted infection (STI) casesin the U.S. every year. That's over 6% of the total U.S. population. STD awareness month is a reminder for everyone to take control of his or her own sexual health — an annual campaign to raise public awareness about the importance of preventing..

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5 Travel Health Concerns You Need to Know

Posted: Apr 11th, 2019 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Planning a vacation is exciting and overwhelming, and there are a lot of details to consider. Potential health threats are often overlooked when you are traveling to destinations abroad. How can you make sure you stay safe on your next trip? We've rounded up five travel health concerns you need to know before heading out on your next getaway. 5.

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Should Pregnant Women Get the Flu Shot?

Posted: Oct 2nd, 2019 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Vaccines already receive enough backlash, and unjustifiably so. Matters are even worse for expectant mothers. Take the flu shot, for instance. The United States is pushing back against a growing population of anti-vaxxers, and the debate is especially heated when we're talking about the influenza vaccination. Should pregnant women get the flu...

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Flu Facts: What Is the Flu Shot Made Out Of?

Posted: Sep 25th, 2019 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

With 9.8-11.4 million flu illnesses reported from October 8, 2018, through January 19, 2019, alone, getting a yearly flu shot has become more important than ever. But if you've ever asked someone, "What is the flu shot made out of?" only to be met with a baffled shrug, keep reading. We'll explain what the flu shot is, how effective it is, and...

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Which Vaccinations Are Live and What Exactly Does That Mean, Anyway?

Posted: Aug 15th, 2019 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Before we get into which vaccinations are live, let's define what they are in the first place. Live vaccinations, according to Vaccines.gov, use a weakened (or attenuated) form of the germ that causes a disease. While this might seem concerning to some, the truth is that live vaccinations are actually beneficial to the immune system because of..

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Spread the Love, Not the Disease

Posted: Feb 7th, 2019 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

In a month filled with roses and romantic dinners for two, the last thing anyone wants to think about is contracting a sexually transmitted disease. After all, it's not exactly attractive, let alone comfortable, to talk about STDs with a new partner. But it should be. With tens of millions of new cases each year, and half of them in people ages.

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HPV in Men: How Serious Is It?

Posted: Jan 17th, 2019 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Contrary to popular belief, women aren't the only ones who need to worry about contracting genital human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV in men is more common than you might think. Take note, though, that just because it's common doesn't mean it can't be very dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPV infects about 14.

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What is the Difference Between Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B?

Posted: Aug 28th, 2019 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

You've undoubtedly heard hepatitis A and B mentioned many times before. Whether it was by watching the news, reading a headline, or overhearing a coworker say they had it in the past, it's an unavoidable topic. But you may not really know what hepatitis A and B are, how dangerous they can be, who's most at risk, or how you can protect yourself..

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The CDC's Latest Recommendations for the Hepatitis A Vaccine

Posted: Dec 27th, 2018 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

You may not realize it, but hepatitis A is making an unwelcome comeback. According to CNN, "10 states have reported more than 6,500 hepatitis A infections from January 2017 to October 2018." And the disease is striking homeless people with alarming frequency. "Homeless people made up more than 40% of the cases occurring in San Diego and Utah,...

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Could We Have Another Flu Pandemic?

Posted: Sep 18th, 2019 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

It was in 1918 that the world experienced its first — and only — flu pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it was the most severe pandemic in recent history. One would like to believe that disease this widespread is far behind us, but current statistics aren't so reassuring. It all makes us wonder...

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Is an Alzheimer's Vaccine Next?

Posted: Nov 29th, 2018 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

The Alzheimer's Association says 5.7 million Americans are living with the disease. By 2050, that number is expected to go up to almost 14 million. It’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and it kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. With Alzheimer's being so pervasive and so deadly, many...

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What Is Herd Immunity and How Can It Benefit Me (And My Community)?

Posted: Jul 11th, 2019 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

There's safety in numbers. This saying can apply to many situations, but here's one you may not have thought of before: vaccinations. Herd immunity (also known as community immunity) is defined by Vaccines Today as "a form of immunity that occurs when the vaccination of a significant portion of a population provides a measure of protection for..

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The Travel Bug: How to Stay Healthy for Winter Traveling

Posted: Nov 15th, 2018 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold, Vice President

You've booked a trip abroad for your winter traveling and now all that's left to do is plan your itinerary. But amidst all the destination research you're doing lurks something you might not have planned for whatsoever: the travel bug. No, we're not talking about an intense desire to travel; we're talking about the literal travel bug. The one...

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Flu Season Is Here: 11 Facts About the Flu You Need to Know

Posted: Nov 8th, 2018 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

With coughing coworkers, sniffling children, and sneezing strangers around every corner, few of us manage to escape flu season unscathed. From knowing who's at risk (read: everyone) to understanding how the virus is spread, flu prevention starts with knowledge. Take a look at the following facts about the flu to help you — and your family.

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Why You Should Care About the Measles Outbreak in Europe

Posted: Nov 1st, 2018 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold, Vice President

The measles is gone — or at least, we thought it was. The illness, commonly believed to be a childhood disease (even though anyone can contract it), was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means that there was an absence of continuous disease...

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Do All STDs Have Symptoms?

Posted: Aug 21st, 2019 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

When you have a cold or the flu, you know you're sick. A runny nose, sore throat, persistent cough, and upset belly are clear indications. Not all illnesses show their signs, though — for instance, sexually transmitted diseases. Do all STDs have symptoms? Many people are surprised to learn you can be carrying an STD and not have any...

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What is a Titer Test?

Posted: Jul 24th, 2019 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

In the United States, it's common to receive a number of vaccines as a baby and small child. This means that as an adult, it's sometimes hard to remember what you've already been vaccinated for and when, and thus what you're currently immune to. It's crucial to stay up to date on your vaccines, so what do you do? That's where titer tests come...

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The Truth About the HPV Vaccine

Posted: Jun 28th, 2019 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the country. It affects 79 million Americans, most of whom are in their late teens and early 20s. There are different kinds of HPV, which can lead to further problems like certain types of cancer..

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Why Travel Vaccination Centers Are the Best Place for Travel Vaccines

Posted: Jul 18th, 2019 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold, Vice President

Many times, when you need to get caught up on your vaccines, a quick trip to your primary care physician gets the job done. When it comes to protecting yourself ahead of an international trip, however, the story changes. If your primary care physician has the vaccines you need — which, as we'll discuss in a moment, isn't very likely...

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What You Need to Know About Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Posted: Sep 21st, 2018 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

The vaccine debate is alive and well, but you can't argue the numbers. Research has found vaccines have reduced diseases like measles, mumps, and tetanus by more than 90%. In some cases, vaccines have managed to reduce the occurrence of certain diseases by as much as 99%, and even eliminate them completely. Yet another study found that vaccines.

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How to Boost Your Immune System When Sick

Posted: Sep 18th, 2018 at 11:41AM - by e7 Health

Many of us speak of our immune systems, but few know how they operate. According to Vaccines.gov, "The immune system is a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to defend the body from harmful germs." When germs get into your body, they multiply and eventually cause an infection, and in turn, the infection causes a disease...

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The Most Contagious Diseases (and What to Do About Them)

Posted: Sep 14th, 2018 at 08:48PM - by e7 Health

There is a lot of confusion surrounding vaccines, with some arguing they're a risk to our health. On the contrary, they've been the main reason many contagious diseases have been significantly halted. Unicef says one-third of deaths among kids under the age of five years old are preventable by vaccines, which prevent an estimated 2.5 million...

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How to Keep From Getting Sick in College

Posted: Sep 5th, 2019 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Getting sick in college is so easy for several reasons. If you're living in the dorms, that likely means you're living in cramped spaces and in close proximity with other people. The same can be said of crowded lecture halls. Then there are the lifestyle changes to consider. Students often stay up late and get up early, they'e under greater...

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5 Myths About STDs

Posted: Jun 5th, 2019 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

When you make the decision to engage in an intimate act with another person, you automatically open yourself up to a whole host of health risks. It doesn't take much, either — even mere skin-to-skin contact carries an inherent danger of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). STDs are a complicated conversation, and knowing truth from...

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What to Know About Traveling on Cruise Ships

Posted: Jun 20th, 2019 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold, Vice President

Blue skies, warm sunshine, endless activities — who wouldn't want to go on a cruise? Because of the unique environment you'll be in, though, there are special considerations to make when it comes to your health and safety. In fact, conditions appear to be worse now than ever before. According to a February article from MarketWatch, the...

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The Most Important Vaccines for Students

Posted: Aug 30th, 2018 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Going to college puts young people in a new environment: crammed into lectures halls with sometimes hundreds of other people. If they're living on campus in the dorms, the effect is amplified. Living in close quarters and sharing bathrooms and cafeterias with countless people creates the perfect environment for getting sick. To make matters...

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5 Common Vaccine Myths Debunked

Posted: Sep 11th, 2019 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

The vaccine debate is alive and well but unfortunately, it's built on a foundation of misinformation and confusion, made worse by social media and the group known as "anti-vaxxers." Misconceptions about vaccines being not only counterproductive but downright dangerous continue to add fuel to the fire, and it's time we eliminate them once and for

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Prescription Medication While Traveling

Posted: Aug 7th, 2019 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

You're likely already aware of the dangers of traveling with illegal substances — that's a no-brainer. Did you know, though, certain destinations will punish you with fines and even imprisonment if you're caught with certain prescription medications? Yes, traveling with medicine prescribed by a doctor might be against the law, depending on

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What You Need to Know Before You Get an EKG Test

Posted: May 24th, 2018 at 08:49PM - by e7 Health

When going in for your first EKG test, it's only natural to be nervous. However, there is nothing to fear. The process is painless and non-invasive. While EKG tests are usually not required for a routine physical examination, it's a fairly quick and painless experience that can give you better insight into how your heart works and how you can...

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Hepatitis Causes and Treatments

Posted: May 15th, 2018 at 02:36PM - by e7 Health

Hepatitis is a disease that influences the liver and its ability to function properly. The liver is responsible for storing vitamins and minerals and for purifying the blood from alcohol and toxins, as well as converting food to energy. When the liver is inflamed or infected, the body loses its ability to regulate blood sugars and properly...

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The Most Important Vaccines for Seniors

Posted: May 10th, 2018 at 04:53PM - by e7 Health

As people grow older and their immune systems get weaker, it's important to know what vaccines they need to take. Even if the weather may be warm, the elderly prepare for the next season, especially for when the temperature drops. As the National Council on Aging reports, "Scientists have proven that cooler temperatures weaken our immune systems

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The Dangers of Foodborne Illnesses: E. Coli Virus and Cholera

Posted: May 1st, 2018 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

"Get rid of your lettuce!"That's what headlines were screaming everywhere as a new outbreak of the E. coli virus hit America. Usually, food poisoning and foodborne illnesses don't make the news, but the scope of this E. coli virus alert in the U.S. had many on edge. Upon investigation, the tainted lettuce was apparently traced back to the Yuma..

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STD Vaccines Alert: Where and Why STDs Are on the Rise

Posted: Apr 24th, 2018 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Not only is it important to get tested for STDs, but it's also important to know where you can get tested and where you can get the best advice about treatment. There are still many young people in America who are ignorant of the dangers of STDs, and many are also unaware of their treatment options if they become infected. The current statistics

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The Importance of Getting to a Vaccine Center Before Traveling

Posted: Apr 18th, 2018 at 03:13PM - by e7 Health

When traveling overseas, getting vaccinated is of utmost importance, and you need to know specifically which vaccinations you'll need, based on your destinated and planned activities. Getting sick on vacation isn't just aggravating. If you don't have access to the medical care you need, you could be in serious trouble. Plus, you don't want to...

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The Benefits of B12 Injections

Posted: Apr 17th, 2018 at 07:55PM - by e7 Health

B12 is a naturally occurring vitamin that the body needs in order to function at its maximum potential. Not everyone, however, has enough B12 in their bodies from diet alone, and this can lead to issues such as anemia. Anemia is a sign of a B12 deficiency and could result in the body's immune system attacking its own cells. If left untreated...

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How to Determine Which Vaccinations You Actually Need

Posted: Apr 10th, 2018 at 04:30PM - by e7 Health

Although there are a number of vaccinations available on the market for disease control and prevention, you may not necessarily need all of them. There are several factors that determine which vaccinations you need, including your virus and disease history and your current immunity levels. One way to determine your immunity levels is through a..

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STD Testing and Hook-Up Culture

Posted: Mar 28th, 2018 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

STD rates in the United States have been on the rise for the past 10 years. Some studies claim mobile dating apps like Tinder and Grindr are in part responsible for encouraging promiscuous sexual activity and encouraging "hook-up" culture. With STD rates rapidly growing, why is there such an alarming number of people who have never been tested..

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The Importance of the STD Window When Dealing With Herpes

Posted: Mar 27th, 2018 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

While a lot of people don't believe there's much reality in reality TV, there is a hard reality that some shows have had to face recently, and that's the importance of paying attention to the STD windowwhen being diagnosed. With one STD, in particular, rearing its ugly head again, it raises the question of if there is a vaccine for it and if...

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Travel Medicine Checklist: CDC Recommendations and Beyond

Posted: Feb 28th, 2018 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Getting ready for a big trip? You probably have a lengthy list of things to prepare ahead of time. Arranging transportation and accommodations, figuring out what to pack, understanding how to comply with airport regulations, and doing it all on a certain budget is already enough to make anyone's head spin. Add to that preparing any medicines or.

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Employers: Knowing Your State Laws of Marijuana Use

Posted: Feb 19th, 2018 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold, Vice President

About 40 years ago, the thought of legalizing marijuana for recreational use would have been quickly dismissed. Now, if you're over 21 and in any of these nine states, you are likely to see bars and cafes offering social spaces for users to purchase and enjoy in the same way we enjoy coffee and beer. Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine...

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STD Test Window: When Should I Get Tested?

Posted: Jan 5th, 2018 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Despite how common STDs are, many people remain unaware of what they are, how they spread, what the symptoms are, and how to get tested and treated. In the United States alone, one in four people has an STD, equating to roughly 110 million people in this country. Contrary to what many believe, you don't have to have sex to spread or contract a..

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Which STDs Have Vaccines?

Posted: Nov 27th, 2017 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

According to the American Sexual Health Association, one of every two sexually active persons will have an STD by the time they reach the age of 25 years old. In total, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that approximately 20 million new STDs happen every year; and half of the people dealing with them are between the ages of 15.

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The Hepatitis A Vaccine Shortage

Posted: Nov 20th, 2017 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Our nation is in the middle of a hepatitis A emergency, and there aren't enough vaccines to go around. From Michigan to California and other areas around the United States, hepatitis A outbreaks are putting many hundreds in the hospitals, claiming the lives of others, and we simply can't keep up. Communicating with CNN via a written statement...

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Which Vaccinations Do Adults Need?

Posted: Jul 31st, 2019 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

We are so careful to make sure our children are properly vaccinated; why not treat ourselves, as grown adults, with the same concern and consideration? We may be bigger and stronger, but we still need vaccines to protect us against threatening and possibly even fatal diseases. Additionally, infants who are too young to vaccinate are at risk...

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The Flu Shot: Myth Versus Fact

Posted: Aug 22nd, 2023 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

The flu shot — and many other vaccines, for that matter — have made headlines more than once over the last several years. While some people have remained loyal to getting vaccinated, others have parted ways, deeming it unnecessary and even dangerous to your health. This can be especially problematic when it comes to flu vaccines...

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The San Diego Hepatitis A Emergency: What You Need to Know

Posted: Sep 6th, 2017 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Hand-washing is one of its biggest enemies. The last time it left its mark was roughly two decades ago. Many of the victims are homeless or illicit drug users, perhaps contributing to the lack of action that has been taken to prevent and stop it. That doesn’t change the truth of the situation, though: San Diego has declared a local health.

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Outdoor Defecation and What it Means Globally for Wellness

Posted: Aug 18th, 2017 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

It seems like a basic human need, to go to the bathroom and relieve your bowels. Running water is also an overlooked luxury that most don't think about. In less industrialized countries, however, it's commonplace to defecate in the open. This worked historically because populations were more spread out and the earth could safely absorb the waste

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Tuberculosis Discovered in Clark County School District

Posted: Aug 8th, 2017 at 01:40PM - by e7 Health

Tuberculosis was discovered at a Clark County School District (Las Vegas, NV) school, in July 2017, according to a CCSD official. On August 7th, the school district released a statement confirming that a teacher with an active case of tuberculosis may have been in contact with staff and students at Fremont Middle School. The teacher, Maria...

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Is the US Going to Lose its Herd Immunity to Measles in the Near Future?

Posted: Aug 7th, 2017 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

With all of the controversy surrounding vaccines, fewer parents have decided to protect their children, against doctors' orders. Nationally, a decline of measles vaccinations as high as 5% could and would double or triple the number of young children who get infected with the virus in the US. Measles is a viral infection of the respiratory...

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Which Vaccinations Are Required for Public School?

Posted: Jul 27th, 2017 at 08:33PM - by e7 Health

Vaccine requirements and exemptions vary by state and county, and can sometimes be confusing to navigate. Use this table to determine which immunizations are required in Nevada. Age Hepatitis B (3 doses) DTaP (5 doses) Polio/IPV/OPV (4 doses) Hepatitis A (2 doses)  MMR/ Measles, Mumps Rubella (2 doses) Varicella ...

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How and Why to Increase Employee Participation in Wellness Programs

Posted: Jul 18th, 2017 at 12:00AM - by Ashlee Arnold, Vice President

Slowly but surely, employers are catching on to the beauty that is employee wellness programs. What may have once been seen as money poorly spent is now being viewed as an excellent resource for improving the overall workplace environment. Why should you encourage your team members to participate more in your employee health program? Why...

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What's the ROI of Employee Wellness Programs?

Posted: Jul 13th, 2017 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Employee wellness programs have experienced their own renaissance as of late, with employers investing more in their employees' health in hopes of improving attendance, performance, and overall workplace morale. However, the mere hope of a wellness plan improving the workplace isn't quite enough to convince a business to invest in it; what does.

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Measles Outbreak in Minnesota's Community

Posted: Jun 27th, 2017 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

The latest public health problem in the Somali community living in metropolitan Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota is a recent outbreak of measles. The country's largest Somali community resides in Minnesota. Measles joins active tuberculosis (TB) as a public health problem within the community in Minnesota. Between 2010-2014, 732 cases of active..

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Debunking Myths About Vaccines for Children

Posted: Jun 7th, 2017 at 02:00PM - by e7 Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hundreds of thousands of lives in the USA and across the globe have been saved from infectious diseases such as mumps and measles with the help of vaccinations. These vaccinations have also helped prevent the hospitalization of millions of people. In spite of the good work...

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HPV 9 Vaccine Offers Additional Protection

Posted: May 18th, 2017 at 05:51PM - by e7 Health

The most common sexually transmitted infection is HPV, the human papillomavirus. Nearly all sexually active individuals get infected with HPV at some point in their lives. Many different types of HPV exist some of which can cause health problems such as genital warts and cancers. Some of the cancers caused by HPV include cancer of the vagina...

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Louisiana State University Offers Mumps Vaccine to Students, Faculty

Posted: May 17th, 2017 at 04:01PM - by e7 Health

At least a dozen cases of mumps were confirmed at Louisiana State University (LSU), according to the LSU Student Health Center and the Louisiana Department of Health. Dr. Fred Lopez, an infectious disease specialist with LSU Health New Orleans, says that several of these mumps cases were confirmed on the Baton Rouge LSU campus. The university in

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Stay Well by Receiving an Annual Tuberculin Test

Posted: May 10th, 2017 at 09:55AM - by e7 Health

Stay Well by Receiving an Annual Tuberculin Test Tuberculosis, otherwise known as TB, is currently the most widespread infectious disease globally. It is, however, a curable disease. The disease is caused by bacteria that can affect the lungs, brain, kidneys, and lymph nodes. It's spread by sneezing or coughing. Active TB results in a persistent

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Partially Effective HIV Vaccine Could Turn Corner on Pandemic

Posted: Apr 21st, 2017 at 02:49PM - by e7 Health

Researchers say that deployment and use of an even partially effective vaccine against HIV could still prevent millions of HIV infections each year. Even though a partially effective vaccine is not perfect, there are currently no vaccines against AIDS in use. Many vaccines are in clinical trials or the development pipeline. So far, the HIV...

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Wellness Checkups Can Help Improve Your Overall Health

Posted: Apr 19th, 2017 at 11:28AM - by Ashlee Arnold, Vice President

The cost of healthcare has generally been rising over the years. Many people are currently foregoing their wellness checkups not only because of this increasing cost but also because they are busy with very demanding work schedules. Combined with family demands, most people cannot find the time to go visit the doctor for a checkup. What most...

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Zika Outbreaks in the Solomon Islands and the Maldives

Posted: Apr 17th, 2017 at 11:47AM - by e7 Health

The Zika virus is primarily spread by mosquitos but it can also be sexually transmitted. A recent outbreak of Zika has been reported in the Maldives and the Solomon Islands. According to public health officials in these countries, mosquitos found within their borders are currently infected with the virus. Given that mosquitos are the main vector

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Vaccine Company GlaxoSmithKline Starts $175 Million Production Boost

Posted: Apr 14th, 2017 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

For GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), vaccines have been one of the financial bright spots following an asset swap with Novartis that has resulted in stellar sales. The two companies agreed to run a consumer health joint venture combining approximately $11 billion in sales. To boost both, GSK is building a plant in Marburg, Germany worth $175 million that.

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Prevent STDs and Get Tested

Posted: Apr 11th, 2017 at 11:21AM - by e7 Health

Prevent STDs and Get Tested Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are also known as venereal diseases (VDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They are infections transmitted from one person to the other through sex. The causes of STDs include bacteria, yeast, parasites, and viruses. More than 20 types of STDs exist. Some of these are...

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Mumps Outbreaks Reported Across USA

Posted: Apr 10th, 2017 at 12:13PM - by e7 Health

Since January 2017, hundreds of mumps cases have been recorded across the USA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC had received reports of 1,242 mumps cases as of March 4. Mumps is a contagious viral disease with flu-like symptoms that can result in the swelling of the salivary glands and is no longer common...

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Yellow Fever Outbreak and Vaccine Shortage

Posted: Mar 30th, 2017 at 04:54PM - by e7 Health

Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage In 2016, as the Zika virus was moving toward the USA from Brazil, yellow fever was ravaging across Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The mosquito-borne disease caused the death of more than 400 people and left thousands sick. This yellow fever epidemic is not yet over and has exposed glaring weaknesses in

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Flu Cases Increase and Flu Season Continues Six More Weeks

Posted: Mar 27th, 2017 at 10:19AM - by e7 Health

With winter coming to an end, one would expect the flu season to also come to an end. However, this is not the case this season since the flu season may linger into May. The standard time for the flu season is from October 1 through to April 30. A recent increase in the flu has been reported in Talbot County. Government agencies and pharmacists.

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Travel Medicine Tailored to Your Specific Itinerary

Posted: Mar 23rd, 2017 at 12:10PM - by e7 Health

It's important to be up to date on all recommended vaccinations prior to traveling abroad depending on where you are traveling to, the activities to be undertaken while traveling, your health status, and your vaccination history. Vaccines are highly recommended especially if you are traveling to developing countries and rural areas because many.

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Employment Drug Testing and Screening for Individuals

Posted: Mar 22nd, 2017 at 11:26AM - by e7 Health

Employment Drug Testing e7 Health is a preventative health and wellness company that specializes in travel medicine, employee health, student health, physical exams, immigration exams, STD testing, laboratory services, and drug testing. As such, e7 Health provides alcohol and drug testing services for both employers and individuals across the...

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Meningitis Vaccine for College Dorms

Posted: Mar 21st, 2017 at 09:50AM - by e7 Health

Meningitis refers to meningococcal diseases resulting in the inflammation of the spinal and brain lining. The leading causes of bacterial meningitis in the U.S. are Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Group B Streptococcus, Haemophilus influenzae and Listeria monocytogenes. When meningitis occurs as a result of the Neisseria...

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5 HIV Patients Virus-Free After Early Vaccine Trials

Posted: Mar 16th, 2017 at 09:55AM - by e7 Health

HIV treatment using a new vaccine-based regimen has succeeded in suppressing the HIV virus in five patients. Researchers working on this vaccine-based intervention combined a drug used in cancer therapy and two innovative HIV vaccines. The two vaccines used have gene coding for proteins produced by all the known variants of HIV. Once in the...

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New Vaccine Requirements for Nevada Education System

Posted: Mar 14th, 2017 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

The two required immunizations for 7th-graders students in Nevada are the quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY or MCV4) and Tdap (tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis). HPV immunization and an annual influenza vaccine are, however, also recommended for adolescents. The HPV vaccine protects against..

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How Wellness Programs Improve and Benefit the Workplace

Posted: Mar 13th, 2017 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Google not only changed how we use the internet, but it also impacted the future of the workplace by changing the work environment to be more health-conscious of actions and behaviors that occur during the day. With the introduction of their wellness program and the huge success the program was with their employees, many companies joined in the.

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The Safety and Assurance of Travel Medicine

Posted: Mar 10th, 2017 at 11:09AM - by e7 Health

The number of people traveling from one country to another is increasing exponentially with each passing year. As a result, travel medicine has become a necessity for most travelers, especially those traveling from developing nations. Travel medicine consultation ensures the management and prevention of health issues associated with global...

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Spending Increase to Fight Rising STD Levels in New York City

Posted: Mar 9th, 2017 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

The rates of sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis in New York City, have hit the highest numbers since the 1980s. However, new cases of HIV have fallen over the last five years by more than 30 percent. According to the New York City Independent Budget Office, to further reduce the rates of HIV, Mayor Bill de..

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Hepatitis B Vaccine Safety for Medical and Dental Employees

Posted: Mar 6th, 2017 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

The United States Department of Labor participates in the protection of America's workers' occupational safety and health administration through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) office. OSHA's mission is to prevent injuries, save lives, and protect the health of America's workers. It also establishes standards and...

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The Importance of Getting an Annual Physical Exam

Posted: Mar 1st, 2017 at 10:24AM - by e7 Health

Many wonder why they should go for an annual physical exam from their doctors. After all, most of the time they are not sick and to the best of their knowledge, nothing could possibly be wrong with their bodies. They feel fine, they are maintaining the same lifestyle they had last year, some are exercising and all seems well. The importance of..

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HPV Vaccination Rates at All-Time Low

Posted: Feb 6th, 2017 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

A recent study developed by the CDC showed that amongst both teenage girls and boys, HPV vaccination rates are too low. HPV is a virus that can lead to cancer and given that 14 million cases of the cancer-causing virus are diagnosed in the United States each year, it is a shocking reality. Unvaccinated teens can spread this disease to others and

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CEPI Receives Funding for Vaccines Against Epidemics

Posted: Jan 30th, 2017 at 01:22PM - by e7 Health

An epidemic is when a disease spreads rapidly within a community and there has not been any prevention or even planning in healthcare to stop the emergency. Recently, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, otherwise known as CEPI, received an initial investment of $460 million in a new global partnership to outsmart massive disease

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New OSHA Post-Accident Drug Test Laws: What You Need to Know

Posted: Jan 13th, 2017 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Employers around the world implement measures to ensure workplace safety with accidents that occur on the job. Many companies require drug and alcohol tests to be given to employees that are involved in accidents while on the job. These measures are taken in hopes of motivating employees to remain aware and attentive while working and to help...

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The Fast-Tracked Ebola Vaccine

Posted: Jan 11th, 2017 at 01:02PM - by e7 Health

Ebola is one of the most feared diseases in the world, each time there is an outbreak there remains a general panic even in parts of the populace far from the reach of wherever it has broken out. It's easy to see why, since the disease is not only a hemorrhagic fever with a high mortality rate but also extremely contagious with dramatic...

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Promising HIV Vaccine Receives Massive Funding

Posted: Jan 9th, 2017 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

The quest for an HIV vaccine has been on for a long time now, and here and there sparks of promise have been shown but nothing seems to have panned out correctly. In 2015 alone, the death numbers from the illness reached over a million and it's estimated that nearly double that number were infected. HIV is a pandemic in its truest form, a...

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Angola Yellow Fever Update and Why You Should Get The Vaccine

Posted: Jan 6th, 2017 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Last December, there was an outbreak of yellow fever disease. The outbreak erupted in the slums of the capital of Luanda and spread to 16 of Angola's provinces and into the Democratic Republic of Congo. During this outbreak, at least 3,787 cases were confirmed and there were over 368 deaths. When this outbreak occurred, Angola required that...

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Get Vaccinated for Cholera Before You Travel

Posted: Jan 4th, 2017 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

If you're planning on traveling in any developing part of the world, it's a good idea to make sure that you're vaccinated against cholera. Thankfully, the FDA has approved a vaccine for use in the US and those who are traveling can enjoy some level of protection from this potentially lethal disease. A Bit About Cholera Cholera is a frequently...

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The Dangers of Anti-Vaccination Thinking

Posted: Jan 3rd, 2017 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

While many, even those who aren't a part of the movement, think of anti-vaccination activists as primarily harmful to themselves and their children, the idea has taken hold in popular culture and it can be dangerous on a larger scale. A new study on measles has shed light on some of the dark corners which needed to be illuminated to put forth a.

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It's Not Too Late for a Flu Shot

Posted: Jan 2nd, 2017 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

It's that time of year again. Flu season. Influenza spreads rapidly during the winter, but experts advise that it's not too late to get a flu shot so that you can try and avoid a case this year. Getting your regular flu shot greatly reduces your chances of contracting the disease, and it's a minor expense which may be well worth the investment..

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Malaria Prescriptions and Traveling

Posted: Dec 29th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Malaria is one of the world's leading lethal diseases, and it causes a tremendous amount of problems for travelers and natives of the areas that are at high risk for it worldwide. We offer medications which can be prescribed for those who travel in areas where the disease is prominent and they can help offer you protection against this dangerous

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Cuba Delivers Meningitis Vaccine to Syria

Posted: Dec 28th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Even in war-torn areas of the world, medicines are vital, and Cuba has cooperated with Syria and sent a considerable amount of vaccines to Syria in response to trade restrictions placed upon the Middle Eastern country. This is part of a deal signed by the nations earlier in 2016 and Cuba has just sent their first shipment. A Good Deal for Syria.

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The Benefits of Receiving a Vitamin B-12 Shot

Posted: Dec 27th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Shots of vitamin B-12 are gaining popularity as a quick and easy way to gain energy throughout the day, even for those who aren't normally deficient in the vitamin. In many cases, the shot will consist of a synthetic form of the vitamin, which your body will then metabolize with some surprising benefits. Vitamin B-12 The vitamin itself is one of

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Shingles Prevention and New Vaccines on the Horizon

Posted: Dec 22nd, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Shingles is an extremely painful complication which can occur from exposure to the virus that causes chickenpox. It can be prevented from spreading, and the symptoms can be lessened but it's a truly terrible thing to go through. This later recurrence of the VZV virus can be inoculated against with a surprising amount of effectiveness and there..

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Pertussis in Adults and Teens: A Growing Trend

Posted: Dec 21st, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

It's an unfortunate reality, but as time goes on and the anti-vaccination movement has gained traction pertussis is re-emerging as a disease which can be caught by adults and teens as well as being found in young children who haven't yet been inoculated. Complicating matters, it is often difficult to diagnose but the effects can be long-lasting.

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Promising Trials for an HIV Vaccine

Posted: Dec 16th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

HIV has been a scourge on humanity since it first began to crop up. While much of the damage caused by HIV/AIDS can now be mitigated through extensive medication, much research has gone into creating a vaccine which can protect from infection in the first place. It's been a hard and long road, primarily due to the way that HIV functions within..

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Should You Get the Pneumonia Vaccine?

Posted: Dec 15th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

While many aren't even aware of it, it happens that there is actually a vaccine which is quite effective against pneumonia. This vaccine protects from the bacteria Streptococcus pneumonia which is the cause of the infection. While it's generally thought of as a secondary infection, it can also be a killer, and some groups are more at risk than..

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6 Signs That You Have Whooping Cough

Posted: Dec 14th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Pertussis is a disease which continues to spread among the population despite widespread vaccination. It can be quite dangerous both in adults and children, which makes knowing the signs imperative. Read on and we'll show you how to know if you or someone you know has contracted pertussis, commonly called whooping cough, and should be seeking...

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Tuberculosis is on the Rise in Ireland

Posted: Dec 13th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Tuberculosis is still a massively killer disease, and currently, there's an increased incidence of the disease in Ireland. In addition to being a deadly disease, many strains of it are multi-drug resistant, which makes it much harder to treat than common strains. Unfortunately, this seems to be the case with the disease as it spreads in Ireland.

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Huge Initiative for Mass Cholera Vaccination in Haiti

Posted: Dec 8th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Haiti has been hit particularly hard by Hurricane Matthew, and the category 4 storm has had the usual effects of destroying infrastructure. This has had the usual consequences of course, but in addition, Haiti has always been a hotspot for cholera and cases are rapidly becoming more and more common in certain areas of the storm-ravaged nation...

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e7 Health Offers DOT Physicals

Posted: Dec 5th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

If you're a commercial driver, then you know it can be a pain to make sure that you get the physical every couple of years. However, it's also necessary to keep folks who shouldn't be driving for long periods off the road. Fortunately for you, we offer DOT physicals at a convenient location with a doctor who is certified to give you your...

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The Rabies Vaccine and You

Posted: Jul 31st, 2023 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

While not many travelers think of it, if you're going to be in close contact with animals on a frequent basis during a trip, you might want to get the rabies vaccine. Surprisingly, this lethal disease can be prevented with a course of shots, and the immunity is quite effective. Wait, What is Rabies? Rabies is a viral disease of the brain that's.

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Clinical Trials of a Zika Vaccine to Begin

Posted: Nov 30th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

The Mechanism The mechanism used by scientists is similar to that which was used to develop the successful Japanese encephalitis vaccine. The vaccine consists of inactive, but whole, pieces of the Zika virus which have been altered in order to ensure that they cannot cause disease or replicate while within the human body. The vaccine is known as

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Is Tuberculosis Making a Comeback?

Posted: Nov 28th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Charles County Department of Health, located in southern Maryland, recently reported a confirmed case of tuberculosis. In mid-November, parents of students at La Plata High School were notified of the diagnosis by letter, which did not specify the affected individual's association with the school. Several days later, the investigation was...

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Clinical Trials of a Zika Vaccine to Begin

Posted: Nov 15th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

With Zika hitting the news in a big way during the last year, clinical trials using the deactivated virus in order to develop a vaccine is beginning. There will be five early-stage trials runs total, the first of which has just begun. The Mechanism The mechanism used by scientists is similar to that which was used to develop the successful...

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Routine School Vaccines Raise the Rate of HPV Vaccination

Posted: Nov 14th, 2016 at 02:56PM - by e7 Health

When students must be vaccinated, it's only reasonable to note that the vaccination rates within those schools will be higher. A recent study has found that schools which require more vaccinations are more likely to contain students who are vaccinated against a variety of diseases, including HPV. Specifically, the "spillover" rate of HPV...

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What You Need to Know About Yellow Fever

Posted: Nov 11th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Many who travel in South America and Africa find that the yellow fever vaccine is recommended or even required. The reason that it's so often required while in transit in these countries is pretty obvious if you know the nature of the disease. However, and a dose of the vaccine is more than a legal necessity in many situations, it may also save.

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The Benefits of Receiving a Vitamin B-12 Shot

Posted: Nov 8th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Shots of vitamin B-12 are gaining popularity as a quick and easy way to gain energy throughout the day, even for those who aren't normally deficient in the vitamin. In many cases the shot will consist of a synthetic form of the vitamin, which your body will then metabolize with some surprising benefits. Vitamin B-12 The vitamin itself is one of.

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Get Vaccinated for Cholera Before You Travel

Posted: Nov 3rd, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

If you're planning on traveling in pretty much any developing part of the world, it’s a good idea to make sure that you're vaccinated against cholera. Thankfully, the FDA has approved a vaccine for use in the US. Those who are traveling can enjoy some level of protection from this potentially lethal disease. A Little Bit About Cholera...

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STD Testing: If You're at Risk for One, You're at Risk for All

Posted: Oct 31st, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

With sexually transmitted diseases reaching a high, it's important that anyone who's at risk for them makes sure they are getting tested regularly. It can help you make sure that you remain safe, as well as being a socially responsible way to help eliminate a growing problem. Who is at Risk? While the prevalence of these diseases can vary from..

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The Importance of Annual Well-Being Exams

Posted: Oct 27th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Annual well-being physicals, some of us might skip them, but a yearly visit to the doctor to get an overall checkup is an important step in maintaining optimal health. By doing this, you'll be able to ensure that you're not developing any behavior related condition and know the general shape your body is in. The peace of mind offered and the...

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Why Colleges Require a Meningitis Vaccine to Live in Dorms

Posted: Oct 26th, 2016 at 11:00AM - by e7 Health

The last thing on most college kids minds when they leave is vaccinations, but if they're going to be living in dormitories it's a requirement for a lot colleges that they receive a meningitis vaccine. It's becoming more and more important, and required in more and more schools, as outbreaks of viral meningitis have become rampant in recent...

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The Importance of Getting Vaccinated Before You Travel

Posted: Oct 25th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

There's a lot to consider before you start to travel. You have to pack your bags, follow your itinerary, arrange transportation to the airport, and a whole host of things that aren't apparent until you get ready to go. One thing you should never forget, however, is to make sure that you have the vaccinations required. It's not just a good idea..

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New Recommendations About the Flu This Year

Posted: Oct 20th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

It seems like each year, the rules and recommendations that the CDC produces surrounding the administration of the current flu vaccine change. It's important to keep up to date with this information, especially if you'd rather avoid a crippling case of influenza during this flu season. There's a wide variety of different vaccines available, and.

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OSHA Hepatitis B Vaccine Requirements

Posted: Oct 19th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

OSHA requires any employee covered under their guidelines to have a hepatitis B vaccination, and it's easy to see why when you know a little bit about the pathogen. The complications which can result from exposure to this dangerous bloodborne pathogen can be life-altering and even lethal, but vaccination can minimize or eliminate the risk of...

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The Importance of Pre-Employment and Employment Drug Testing

Posted: Oct 18th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

There are a lot of arguments to the contrary, but most employers will find that employment drug testing can be an invaluable tool in their repertoire both for selecting excellent, reliable candidates for the job and for ensuring that they have a productive and safe workplace. Drug and alcohol screening can have extremely important implications..

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The Unsick Days Movement and Preventative Health

Posted: Oct 12th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Company culture may be the reason for employees feeling guilty for taking their vacation days and other offered time off at work, but there is a more important thing that employees are not taking time off for: their own health. Appointment scheduling app company ZocDoc has proposed that employers provide workers one additional paid day off each.

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Gonorrhea Cases Showing Resistance to Current Therapies

Posted: Sep 26th, 2016 at 10:14AM - by e7 Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on September 21st that a cluster of seven individual cases of gonorrhea were showing resistance to current standard medical treatment. All seven patients, six men and one woman, were diagnosed in April and May of this year and were located in Hawaii. Gonorrhea is one of the most...

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Cervical Cancer Prevention

Posted: Sep 17th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

We all know cervical cancer is a killer. Every year around 12,000 women are diagnosed with this frightening disease and 1 in 3 will die from it. Cancers develop when abnormal cells (cancer cells) begin to grow out of control. The type of cancer depends on the part of the body that the disease starts in. Cervical cancer begins in the opening of..

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California School District Turns Away Unvaccinated Students

Posted: Sep 15th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

One school district in Sacramento, California is putting their foot down for the 2016-2017 school district. On this first day of the school year the school sent home 145 students for not having the required proof of vaccinations for kindergarten and seventh grade. The new vaccine laws in California went into effect on June 1st, 2016 and exclude.

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New Vaccines in Development for International Travelers

Posted: Sep 14th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Someday in the near future, international travelers may have less to worry about on their trips. Currently, there are no vaccines to protect travelers from certain mosquito-borne illnesses that are common in many parts of the world. In recent months we can see how this can also affect us here in the United States as well with the Zika virus...

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Anti-Vax Doctor Facing Loss of License

Posted: Sep 13th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Dr. Bob Sears, famed Anti-Vaccination doctor and author of The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child, has been charged by the California State Medical Board with "gross negligence" after writing a vaccine exemption letter for a toddler. This complaint could cost Dr. Sears his medical license. The exemption letter, which was...

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What You Should Know About the Flu Shot

Posted: Sep 12th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

What is the flu shot? The flu shot, or influenza vaccine, is available each year before and during the yearly flu season which is typically between October and May in the United States. The flu shot can help protect you and those around you from becoming sick from the flu. This is because once you receive your flu shot, your body will start to..

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Hepatitis A Virus: An Overview

Posted: Sep 9th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

What is Hepatitis A? The word hepatitis translates to "nflammation of the liver." There are several different types of hepatitis viruses, each with different modes of transmission and degree of severity. Hepatitis A is an acute infection, meaning it will typically improve without treatment and clear itself from the body after an infection. Even.

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Another Hepatitis A Outbreak in the United States

Posted: Sep 7th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Only weeks after an outbreak of Hepatitis A in Hawaii, a new outbreak of Hepatitis A has been discovered in multiple states. This new outbreak involves six states: Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, and Wisconsin. It appears that the outbreak mostly involves West Virginia where 44 individuals have been infected and where

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Tips for a Successful Blood Draw

Posted: Sep 6th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

If you have been to a clinic or lab before and had the phlebotomist stick you more than once for a blood draw, you may have been told that you are a "difficult stick." This can happen to people for quite a few different reasons, including small or deep veins, rolling veins, dehydration, collapsing veins, constricted vessels, and inexperience for

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What to Expect at Your Immigration (Green Card) Medical Exam

Posted: Aug 30th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

What to expect at your immigration (green card) medical exam The immigration medical exam, also called the green card or I-693 medical exam, is conducted under United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) guidelines and is used to see if you have any medical disqualifications for gaining your permanent legal residence adjustment of

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What is Required for My Student Health Program?

Posted: Aug 29th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

You may have been prepared for uniforms and textbooks once you were accepted into your health care program, but are you prepared for the vaccines, physical, drug test, and other health services that will be required before you can start your program or clinical work? Most students are not fully prepared and are only made aware of the series of..

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Hepatitis A Outbreak in Hawaii

Posted: Aug 17th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

A Hepatitis A outbreak has been confirmed in Hawaii and the source has been likely identified as a chain of sushi restaurants on the islands of Oahu and Kauai. So far, 168 people have been reported to have been infected during the outbreak which began in June of 2016. Of those infected, 46 individuals have had severe enough symptoms to be...

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Myths About Vaccines Busted

Posted: Aug 12th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Not that long ago, a measles outbreak took place at Disney World in California. Parents were outraged and so should they be. Measles should only be spread to a large proportion when a person or people are not inoculated. Lately a disturbing trend is starting. Parents are starting to find reason to resist getting their kids vaccinations. Here...

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Tuberculosis in the United States

Posted: Jul 25th, 2016 at 07:26PM - by e7 Health

Recently, news broke out of Wisconsin that 6 refugees who are living in Wisconsin were diagnosed with an MDR (Multi-Drug resistant) strain of tuberculosis dating back to 2014 and 2015. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services also came forward and said that an additional 21 refugees were diagnosed with TB during this same time period, which..

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10 Facts and Trends on Employee Health Today

Posted: Jul 25th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

In times past, when it came to employee health, unless they had a flu or stomach virus, they knew they had to just suck it up and press on. The workforce was reserved to that fate. The 50s, 60s and 70s in America fostered sort of a "boiled frog" phenomenon. This comes from the fact that if you stick a frog in water and bring it to a boil slowly.

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New Vaccination Laws in California Cause Controversy

Posted: Jul 6th, 2016 at 03:18PM - by e7 Health

A new law that was enacted in California is now requiring children to be vaccinated for 10 viruses in order to enroll into school. Personal beliefs for vaccine exemptions are no longer accepted by the state of California. By requiring these vaccines, schools will be a much safer place for children, says Dr. Dean Blumberg. This past Friday...

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FDA Approves First U.S. Cholera Vaccine

Posted: Jul 5th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

In June of 2016, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Vaxchora, the first Cholera vaccine available in the United States. This is a single dose, oral vaccine indicated for use in individuals ages 18-64 who will be traveling to certain areas. Previous Cholera vaccines were not available in the United States and required a two dose...

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Keeping Safe During Your Trip to the Hajj and Umrah

Posted: Jul 1st, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

The Hajj is an annual pilgrimage undertaken by millions of Muslims from around the world to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. In 2016, the Hajj will take place from September 9-13. Umrah is similar to the Hajj but can be taken at any time of the year. These large crowds of people from all across the world gather, eat, and sleep in a very close space which...

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Yellow Fever Outbreak Limits Global Supply of Vaccine

Posted: Jun 30th, 2016 at 01:49PM - by e7 Health

An outbreak of Yellow Fever Virus in Africa that started late last year is threatening to drain global supplies of Yellow Fever Vaccine. The outbreak, which originated in Angola and has since spread to the Dominical Republic of the Congo and beyond, is very rapidly using up the global supply of the vaccine to help control the outbreak. Since...

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Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Not Recommended for 2016-2017 Season

Posted: Jun 28th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

In a press release on June 22, 2016, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted that the "nasal spray" flu vaccine (FluMist) is not recommended during the upcoming 2016-2017 flu season. This vote was made based on data showing poor vaccine effectiveness using the nasal flu vaccine for the previous three consecutive...

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Yellow Fever Epidemic Hits Highest Number Yet

Posted: Jun 17th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

As we have previously wrote about, the Yellow Fever outbreak in Eastern Africa is still an ongoing issue. In Angola alone, the disease has killed 350 people, and effected 2,954 people, and the disease is spreading as far as China. All of this is happening on top of the fact that there is a world wide shortage of the Yellow Fever vaccine. The way

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Whose Responsibility is it to Get a Child Vaccinated for Measles?

Posted: Jun 15th, 2016 at 02:14PM - by e7 Health

Arizona is one state that currently allows parents to opt out of getting their children vaccinated for Measles in order to enter into school. The AZ Central online newspaper recently did an article stating how the state needs to take more responsibility in tracking unimmunized children, and do their part in helping to keep children safe. This...

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Rabies Cases on the Rise in Illinois

Posted: Jun 7th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

According to the Chicago Tribune, the number of bats that are testing positive for Rabies in the state of Illinois has doubled the number of positive tests from a year ago, with the majority of those Bats being in the Chicago area. The numbers may not sound like a lot, or even like they are dangerously high numbers (8 cases last year at this...

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Download Our New App!

Posted: May 6th, 2016 at 11:29AM - by e7 Health

e7 Health App gives you the ability to make an appointment, stay up to date on e7 Health news, follow us on social media and read our patient reviews all from your cell phone or iPad! e7 Health App is compatible with both Google and Android phones as well as Apple iPhones/iPad products. If you have an iPhone, you can simply click here to...

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Vaccine Exemptions in the United States

Posted: May 31st, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

It seems like every other day that an article is published telling of a Measles outbreak, or a Whooping Cough outbreak. The source of a lot of these outbreaks? People who weren't vaccinated. PBS recently published an article looking into vaccines, parents who are against vaccines and the vaccine exemptions that many parents sign their children..

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Vaccines Save Lives

Posted: May 20th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Recently, the Huffington Post published an article about vaccinations and how lives are literally saved by vaccines. The World Health Organization just came out and released the statistic that vaccines have prevented between 2 and 3 million deaths every single year. That's the great news. The not-so-great news is that WHO (World Health...

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What to Expect During a DOT Physical Exam

Posted: May 17th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires certain drivers to complete DOT physical examinations prior to starting a new job and periodically thereafter. Depending on the results of your DOT physical exam, you may be issued a DOT medical certificate that is good for 3 months, 6 months, 1 year or 2 years, and should be kept in your...

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A New Development in Malaria Prevention

Posted: May 12th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Good news may be coming in the future for many international travelers. A biotech company called Sanaria Inc. has developed a vaccine that is currently being tested for use in preventing malaria in adults. A new phase 1 clinical trail on the vaccine published recently in the journal Nature Medicine shows the vaccine may provide protection for up

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Recent College Campus Measles and Mumps Outbreaks

Posted: May 11th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Many people may not have heard of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It's a small, private school with about 3,990 students. Just recently, Calvin College announced that more than a dozen students may be forced to leave their campus if test results come back positive from the state of Michigan for Mumps. They wouldn't be allowed to return

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How to Protect Yourself from Zika Virus

Posted: May 5th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Zika is a virus that is spread primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Illness that results is typically mild and includes fever, rash, redness of the eyes, and joint pain that lasts for a few days to a week. Most people who contract Zika virus either do not know that they are sick, or only show mild symptoms that resolve on...

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Could Meningitis Be Eradicated in the Near Future?

Posted: May 5th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Meninigitis is a commonly know disease that puts millions of people are risk each year. With so many different strains of this disease, it's hard to find a cure to eliminate the disease as a whole. One strain of this disease though, the strain known as "Africa-Centric", may have a cure in sight. A new vaccine has been developed that is soley for

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Annual Well-Being Physicals

Posted: May 4th, 2016 at 11:34AM - by e7 Health

An annual well-being physical is designed to check a healthy person for possible signs of health changes before they become a dangerous health issue. A well-being physical can range from a simple medical history and review of systems, to an advanced physical with a wide array of services to fit your specific needs based on your gender, age...

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What Are My Options for HIV Blood Testing?

Posted: May 3rd, 2016 at 05:05PM - by e7 Health

Testing for HIV is stressful, and trying to figure out the best for you can cause even more stress. Although the most common blood HIV tests are all very accurate in their results, they all have different incubation periods and ways that the tests are run. So what is an incubation period? The incubation period is the time between exposure to a..

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Benefits of Providing an Employee Health Program

Posted: May 2nd, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Employee Health Programs are an important part of keeping your company healthy by reducing liabilities and absenteeism from your employees. They show your employees that you care about their health and keep them safe on the job as well! e7 Health can help you set up your corporate account, following CDC and OSHA requirements with a complete...

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Should I Have a Travel Consultation Before My Trip?

Posted: Apr 29th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

You have planned the big trip, saved up for months (or years!) and are getting ready for final preparations. Now it's time to keep yourself safe and prepared so you can enjoy yourself during your travels abroad. So who can help you make this process as comprehensive and stress free as possible? Some people ask if they should visit their primary.

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Benefits of B12 Injections

Posted: Apr 28th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Vitamin B12 is used in multiple ways by the body. Brain cells, nerve cells, DNA synthesis, and blood cells all need vitamin B12 to function properly, and low levels of this vitamin can cause a wide array of issues in the body including muscle weakness or stiffness, low blood pressure, vision disturbances, incontinence, and mental symptoms. Since

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East African Yellow Fever Alert, Part 2

Posted: Apr 21st, 2016 at 06:32PM - by e7 Health

In a follow up to a previous blog post from a few weeks ago, the Yellow Fever epidemic in East Africa is becoming more and more concerning, and the government is now stepping in to try to prevent the spread, and hundreds of Kenyans have died in the last few months from Yellow Fever. The Kenyan Government has now enforced that anyone coming in...

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Who Should Receive the Shingles Vaccine?

Posted: Apr 14th, 2016 at 06:05PM - by e7 Health

Shingles in a virus that starts out in the body as a primary infection (Chickenpox) and emerges later in life as a secondary (Shingles) infection. Shingles infection can occur at any age, but it more likely to occur in older adults and those with compromised immune systems. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that.

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The HPV Vaccine Isn't Just for Girls

Posted: Apr 4th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

A common misconception about the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine, also known as the HPV vaccine, is that it's meant only for girls. According to the CDC, boys aren't getting the vaccine nearly at the same rate as girls are. More then half of sexually active men will get HPV in their life, which they then can give to girls, who are then at risk for

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What is Syphilis?

Posted: Apr 1st, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

What is Syphilis? Syphilis is a bacteria that is transmitted through sexual contact. It can also be transmitted from mother to baby during delivery. According to the CDC, incidence of syphilis cases is on the rise in the United States with a 15.1% increase in incidence from 2013 to 2015. Young people, especially woman, are at increased risk as..

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California Public Health Department Responds to Measles Case

Posted: Mar 31st, 2016 at 03:49PM - by e7 Health

California Public Heath officials have announced that a student has tested positive for Measles at one of its Nevada County schools. A student from Yuba River Charter School has tested positive for the virus after traveling overseas. This is particularly troubling, because this specific school is known for it's low vaccination rates. Public...

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East Africa on Yellow Fever Alert

Posted: Mar 30th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Several Eastern African countries are on high alert after there has been a rise in Yellow Fever. Since December of last year, the country of Angola has had 178 people die because they contracted Yellow Fever. As a result of this outbreak, a countrywide "Yellow Fever alert" has been issued to all hospitals, points of entry into countries and...

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Are There Vaccines That Protect Against STDs?

Posted: Mar 29th, 2016 at 05:40PM - by e7 Health

There are currently three vaccines that can help protect you and your children against certain sexually transmitted diseases. These include HPV, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. Protect yourself and your family with these potential life-saving vaccinations. HPV Human Papillomavirus Virus (HPV) is a virus that is passed on through direct...

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Meningitis Vaccine: Why You Should Get Vaccinated

Posted: Mar 25th, 2016 at 06:10PM - by e7 Health

Often times people hear the word "Meningitis", but never think that they will actually ever get the virus. Many don't even realize the harmful effects that Meningitis can actually cause. Kyra Winters has spoken out to the Chicago Tribune about her diagnosis of Meningitis and how her life has been forever changed because she never got the vaccine

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What Vaccines Does My Child Need for Middle School?

Posted: Mar 17th, 2016 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

Middle school vaccines are often times forgotten about since children in this age group do not visit their pediatrician as much as younger children do. But vaccinations are essential for the long-term health and wellness of your child. The following vaccines are all recommended and should be considered for your Middle School child. TDAP Tdap is.

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What is a TB Skin Test?

Posted: Mar 7th, 2016 at 11:08AM - by e7 Health

What is a TB skin test? A TB skin test is used to determine if the individual has been exposed to the bacteria mycobacterium tuberculosis. The most common test for TB is the TB skin test (TST) using a substance called Purified Protein Derivative (PPD). A 1-step TST requires the individual to have the TST administered and read once. This requires

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What is HPV?

Posted: Mar 4th, 2016 at 03:21PM - by e7 Health

What is HPV? HPV stands for Human papillomavirus. The HPV virus causes genital warts (papillomas) and certain types of cancers including cervical and vulvar cancers in females and oral, anal, and pharyngeal cancers in both males and females. HPV is usually spread through vaginal or anal sex with someone who carries the virus, but can also be...

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Health Science Student Vaccination Requirements

Posted: Oct 23rd, 2015 at 02:08PM - by e7 Health

For students, the Fall semester is underway, and for those enrolling in the Health Sciences field, that means it's time for vaccinations, TB tests and physical exams. If you're just starting out, this guide will help walk you through the process. Why do I need vaccines to take classes? The nature of work in the healthcare field puts employees or

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Drug Testing for Employment: Why it's Important

Posted: Oct 23rd, 2015 at 12:00AM - by e7 Health

A safe work environment is the key to attracting the quality candidates you need to help your business grow and flourish. One of the easiest ways to ensure safety in the workplace is by drug testing prospective or current employees. Here are six reasons why you should consider conducting workplace drug tests for your business. 1: Consumer...

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