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Are You At Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis (also called DVT or blood clots) occurs when a blood clot forms in a large vein. Part of a clot may break off and travel through the bloodstream to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism (PE) and, possibly, death. Take simple steps to protect yourself.
Enhancing Use of Clinical Preventive Services Among Older Adults: Closing the Gap
Magnifying state and national self-reported data for older adults who are not receiving recommended vaccinations, screenings, and other preventive services underscores fundamental gaps and the need for linking community and clinical strategies focusing on the underserved.
Genetic Testing for Hereditary Colorectal Cancer
The EGAPP Working Group found good scientific evidence to recommend that all individuals with a new diagnosis of colorectal cancer (regardless of age or family history) be offered genetic testing for Lynch syndrome.
Ground Water Awareness Week
Much of the water we use comes from the ground. National Ground Water Awareness Week highlights the importance of this water source and encourages well owners to properly maintain their wells. Learn more about ground water, the threats to its safety, and how to protect your own ground water sources.
Learn TBI Signs, Symptoms and How to Respond
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, a critical time when you can raise awareness about this important public health problem.
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 20, 2011 is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This national observance is an opportunity for Native peoples across the United States to learn about HIV/AIDS, encourage HIV testing, and get involved in HIV prevention.
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2011
March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It is a day to recognize the special risks HIV/AIDS poses for women and girls, and to raise awareness of the disease's increasing impact on them. We encourage women and girls to know their HIV status and get tested for HIV.
Pregnant? Don't Smoke!
Quitting smoking can be hard, but it is one of the best ways a woman can protect herself and her baby's health. For free help, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Protect Your Kidneys by Controlling Diabetes and High Blood Pressure
Diabetes and high blood pressure are common causes of kidney disease. However, most people with kidney disease are not aware of their condition. If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor about getting tested for kidney disease, and keep your kidneys healthy by controlling your blood sugar and blood pressure.
Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign
In Screen for Life public service announcements, actor/musician Terrence Howard talks about his mother's death from colon cancer. He says, "This is personal. Let my heartbreak be your wake-up call."
Spring weather can be unpredictable. When severe weather hits unexpectedly, the risk of injury and death increases, so planning ahead makes sense. Prepare for storms, floods, and tornadoes as if you know in advance they are coming, because in the spring, they very likely will.
Stay Healthy with Sickle Cell Disease
SCD affects an estimated 90,000 to 100,000 Americans. Learn the symptoms and how to stay healthy.
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