Protect Yourself During This National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is an annual observance in December to remind everyone 6 months and older that there's still time to get vaccinated against flu.

When was the last time you had the flu? For many Americans, the answer to this question may be a head scratch or a shoulder shrug. You may not remember the last time you were sick with the flu virus because it has been in relative hiding recently. The protective measures that have been in place against COVID-19 over the … Read More

American Diabetes Month — Why Diabetes Research Is Important 

Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy.

Diabetes is a health condition that can have far-ranging impacts on your health, affecting the way that you move, the way that you think, the way that you feel in your own skin, and the way that you perceive your environment. Diabetes is also highly prevalent, with 1 in 10 adults in the United States experiencing the condition and 1 … Read More

GERD Awareness

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid repeatedly flows back into the tube connecting your mouth and stomach (esophagus).

You may be aware that acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), can cause painful heartburn and other symptoms. However, you may not understand the true toll of living with GERD. Struggling with acid reflux disease can rob you of your enjoyment of food and of the ability to reap the social benefits that come with sharing a … Read More

Reasons to Get the HPV Vaccine

HPV vaccination helps protect against cancers caused by HPV infection.

Many routinely recommended childhood vaccines have been around for decades, so parents are familiar with the conditions they protect against. However, one of the more recent vaccinations that healthcare experts have championed is the HPV (Human papillomavirus) series. The HPV vaccine, first introduced in 2006, is recommended for preteens (ages 9 to 11). An HPV infection is typically transmitted sexually, … Read More

Testing Nasal Vaccine As COVID Booster

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — With another COVID-19 surge on the horizon, researchers are studying a new tool that may help fight the virus. Doctors at Wake Research are looking for people to be part of a clinical trial testing a nasal vaccine as a booster. Read more on our Wake County News on CBS17.com. If you’d like to participate, click … Read More

Vaccines Aren’t Trendy, They’re Essential

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Vaccines are the most important thing we can do for ourselves and our children to protect against various illnesses. They do this by helping prepare our immune systems to fight off infections and prevent disease. Vaccines prevent up to 3 million deaths worldwide. Thus, they aren't trendy when we think about vaccines; they’re essential. How Vaccines Work The COVID-19 pandemic ... Read More

Mental Health: Signs to Recognize

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Mental health symptoms can vary in severity and frequency from person to person. Thus, it’s not always easy to know if what you’re experiencing may pass on its own or whether it’s something that may require professional help. In honor of this heightened awareness, we wanted to share some warning signs about mental health and mental health conditions. Mental Health … Read More

Tips on Managing Hot Flashes

Managing Hot Flashes Can Be Challenging

Hot flashes are a symptom of menopause that can last for many years. Scientists believe they result from changes in the body’s temperature regulation center of the brain. Hot flashes can vary in severity and can happen day or night. There are a lot of tips on managing hot flashes out there on the internet. Most involve healthier lifestyle changes … Read More

How Stress Affects Your Health

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Self-preservation is hard-coded into our bodies and reveals itself in various ways. Your stress response is a series of changes triggered by the brain that prepare your body to face a real or perceived threat. While the body was made to handle these short-term boosts, chronic or long-term stress can have lasting effects on your health. Fight or Flight Stress … Read More

Cytomega-What?

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The Cytomegalovirus (sai-tow-meh-guh-low) is a virus that infects almost a third of children by the age of five, and between 50%-80% of adults have been infected by the time they’re 40 years old. Most otherwise healthy people will likely experience no symptoms and have no idea they’ve been infected. CMV has likely never been on your radar unless you are … Read More