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November is Mouth Cancer Action Month

A cancer diagnosis can be scary, no matter where it appears. While many people worry about breast, lung, pancreatic, or other types of cancer, they might overlook cancer in the mouth.  November is Mouth Cancer Action Month, a campaign started in the UK to promote awareness, prevention, and early detection. Mouth cancer is a significant health threat. The more you know about its causes and signs, the easier it will be to combat it.  The Significance of Mouth Cancer Action Month  Originating in the United Kingdom in 2000, Mouth Cancer Action Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness...

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Opioid Crisis: A Call to Action

It is well known that America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic from both prescribed and illicit use. To appreciate the scope of this crisis, consider the following stats:  70,630 people died from an overdose in 2019 compared to 36,096 who died in car accidents.  1.6 million people had an opioid use disorder in the past year.  745,000 people used heroin in the past year.  10.1 million people misused prescription opioids in the past year.  Federal Efforts to Beat Opioid Epidemic  To address this epidemic, the White House launched New Actions and Funding to Address the Overdose...

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Childhood Asthma and Aluminum in Vaccines

Vaccines have been pivotal in protecting adults and children against some of the most infectious diseases known to humankind. Nevertheless, scientists continue to study the long-term effects of these vaccines, and ongoing research guides on improving vaccine development and distribution.  A recent study reveals a possible link between aluminum in some childhood vaccines and persistent asthma among children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency funding the study, the findings are preliminary and deserve cautious interpretation.  Because these results...

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Great American Smokeout is November 17

Despite what we know about the harms of tobacco use, about 34 million people in the U.S. still smoke. Smoking leads to about 480,000 deaths annually, making it the most prevalent cause of preventable death globally.  For some people, quitting smoking is one of the toughest things they will ever do. However, kicking the habit for good is a little easier if you know you are not alone. This November 17, you can join others nationwide to abstain from smoking for just one day. It will be essential to improving your health and living your best life.  What Is the Great American Smokeout?  Over 40...

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Leave No One Behind

Breast cancer is still the most common form of cancer in women worldwide. One in eight women in the U.S. faces a breast cancer diagnosis in her lifetime. And due to health inequities, minorities and other underserved populations face a grimmer outcome from breast cancer than non-Hispanic white individuals.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. An annual campaign where the goal is to get involved in raising awareness and raising funds for life-saving research and life-changing support.  An emphasis is placed on how to attain health equity. Health equity is achieved when every person has...

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