Posts Tagged: health

Stayin’ Alive with CPR

CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and it is an emergency technique used to help people whose hearts have stopped beating or have a blocked airway. When someone experiences cardiac arrest, or heart attack, blood stops flowing to the heart, causing a heart malfunction where it stops beating. Simply, an “electrical problem” has occurred to prevent…
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Overcoming your fear of needles

Trypanophobia sounds just as scary as it means. Trypanophobia is the fear of needles of medical procedures involving injections. Having a fear of needles is common and can be the result of memories from poor or traumatizing experiences with needles. This fear can be fueled by family members who have phobias or learning negative information…
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Top 10.5 fun facts about vaccination

10. The process of vaccination is centuries old. Edward Jenner was the first to vaccinate in the West in 1796, 100 years before viruses were even discovered. Jenner used an inoculation derived from cowpox, a mild disease, to prepare the immune system for the much more deadly smallpox. Smallpox was eradicated by an improved vaccine…
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When to use an EpiPen®

It’s estimated that 3.6 million Americans needed an auto-injectable epinephrine device. Epinephrine is a hormone you naturally produce in your body. When used as a medication, it acts on the whole body to block allergic reactions, relaxing muscles that may be constricting during the reaction and helps to decrease swelling. You might have heard of…
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Planning your pregnancy

In celebration of Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17), maternal health care providers are educating the community about Black maternal health. Topics range from racial disparities in maternal mortality (42.8 deaths per 100,000 births) and morbidity (166% higher compared to white women) to sharing pregnancy and birth stories from other Black community members. When planning…
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