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Spring break health tips

Written by Community Health Network on 3/30/2015 9:00:00 AM

Make this year's spring break one to remember by having fun and staying healthy. 

Be prepared. 
Before traveling, make sure that you and your loved ones have the necessary vaccinations. If you are taking medications, make sure to pack enough for your entire trip. And, in case you fall ill on vacation, know how to contact your doctor.

If you're a Community Health Network patient, MyChart is a great resource. continue reading ...

Should all women get tested for the BRCA mutation?

Written by Cancer Care Team on 3/27/2015 2:30:00 PM

High-profile cases such as Angelina Jolie’s have shed light on genetic mutations that can lead to cancer.

Group of women smiling Jolie recently announced her decision to undergo preventive surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes after genetic testing revealed she has the BRCA1 mutation.

BRCA stands for breast cancer susceptibility genes, a class of genes that are tumor suppressors. Mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes have been linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. continue reading ...

Alert! Are you at risk for diabetes?

Written by Community Health Network on 3/24/2015 8:00:00 AM

Each year the American Diabetes Association hosts Alert Day. It's a one-day campaign dedicated to asking Americans to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, and 25 percent of them do not even know they have it. An additional 86 million, have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. continue reading ...

Green eats for St. Patty's Day

Written by Dietitian and Nutrition Team on 3/13/2015 6:00:00 AM

Healthy St. Patty's Day foodsForget the shamrock shake and opt for celebrating St. Patty's Day the healthy way. Here are five green foods you can eat in celebration: 

Brussels sprouts
These tiny cabbages are packed with nutrients. Try recipes from our Pinterest board to cook brussels sprouts in new ways. continue reading ...

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Fast facts about whooping cough

Written by Community Health Network on 3/3/2015 2:00:00 PM

Whooping coughPertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. While most severe in infants, the illness is common among children ages five to 18.

The bacteria that causes the illness spreads from person to person through tiny drops of fluid from the nose or mouth. These may become airborne when an infected person sneezes or coughs.

"Pertussis is a bacterial illness that initially presents itself like a cold, with a fever, cough and runny nose," said Dr. Shannon Tighe, pediatrician at Community Physician Network.  continue reading ...

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