5 reasons to get your flu shot today

Flu shots are now available in most communities. While it may seem early, the best time to get a flu shot is before flu season happens. People should begin getting vaccinated as soon as flu vaccine becomes available.

More than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year in the U.S. from the flu, including about 20,000 children younger than five years old. While people at highest risk are the very young and the very old as well as people with serious medical conditions, last year’s flu also affected younger and middle-aged adults.

Is your zip code hampering your health?

Would you consider moving if it meant better health for you and your family?

A new study from the University of Colorado in Denver suggests that your address affects not just your mortgage, but also your likelihood of being diagnosed with obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and asthma. That’s quite a laundry list.

Diabetes & emotional health: managing your diagnosis

If you have diabetes and are emotionally struggling with your diagnosis, you may have a condition called diabetes-related distress. Not a very catchy title – but it opens up a world of understanding about how living with diabetes negatively affects many people.

“Gluten-free”: what does it mean?

If you’ve shopped for food, read about food, ordered food or, well, eaten food in the last couple of years, you’re probably familiar with the term “gluten-free” – even if you’re not altogether sure what it means. And even though the words have been plastered on everything from bread to water, it was just recently that the government began regulating what the term actually means.

You decided to quit smoking – great. Now what?

First of all, congratulations if you or someone you know has decided to quit smoking.

The health dangers of smoking are well documented, and there are clear health (and financial) benefits to smoking cessation: People who stop smoking live longer and have significantly fewer smoking-related conditions, such as cancer and heart and lung diseases.

Ebola and travel: what you should know

Ebola is one of the deadliest diseases known, killing up to 90% of those infected. Fortunately, Ebola disease outbreaks are relatively rare. It was first recognized as recently as 1976 in Africa; since then, there have been infrequent outbreaks in various parts of Africa. Now Ebola is all over the news due to the historic outbreak in the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

Youth & smoking prevention: what do we know – and what can be done?

Tobacco use is the number-one preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. It is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and other common chronic diseases. One in five Americans regularly use some sort of tobacco product; the vast majority of them smoke cigarettes.

The good news is that the majority of tobacco users say they want to quit – and nearly half try to quit each year.