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Washing Your Hands Saves Lives

Posted by on March 22nd, 2017 0 comments

According to MedlinePlus, you should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. You may be more familiar with that rule of thumb to sing the “Happy Birthday” song at least two times through before turning off that faucet. But while we’re admonished to do so, it’s difficult to say what’s actually put into practice… Read More »

Posted in: Consumer Health, General (all entries), Public Health



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SCR Regional Highlight: Two Louisiana Cities Rank Top Five for HIV Diagnoses

Posted by on March 20th, 2017 0 comments

According to the 2016 America’s Health Rankings report conducted by the United Health Foundation, Louisiana is the second most unhealthy state in the nation, just behind Mississippi. The report uses a number of factors to create these rankings, but it has become increasingly clear over the years that the state’s high diagnoses of new HIV… Read More »

Posted in: Consumer Health, General (all entries), Louisiana, Public Health



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Poor Diets Linked to 400,000 U.S. Deaths

Posted by on March 13th, 2017 0 comments

March is National Nutrition Month, so it comes at the perfect time that the results from a study are released explaining that a poor diet was a contributor to 400,000 U.S. premature deaths in 2015. The study suggested that poor diets are caused not only by not avoiding certain things–like trans fat and salt–but also… Read More »

Posted in: Consumer Health, General (all entries)



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Being a Part of Your Own Healthcare: Questions to Know

Posted by on March 7th, 2017 0 comments

Recently, I taught a class on how to help older adults find health information. One of the issues that came up during the class was patient safety, which has been a trending topic for us this past year. Unlike the patient-doctor relationship of the past, patients today are encouraged to be active partners in the healthcare… Read More »

Posted in: Consumer Health, Health Literacy, Patient Safety



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Hearing Loss Predicted to Grow Tremendously by 2060 in U.S.

Posted by on March 6th, 2017 0 comments

According to a recent study by Johns Hopkins Medicine, hearing loss among the U.S. population could jump from 44 million in 2020 to 73.5 million by 2060; the 2060 number would comprise 23 percent of the adult American population, compared to 15 percent in 2020. And in 2060, 55 percent of adults with hearing loss… Read More »

Posted in: Consumer Health, Disabilities, General (all entries), Research

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