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UNICEF: Adolescent AIDS-related deaths, infections will continue

By Tere Siqueira For some time, global efforts have focused on ending AIDS by 2030. However, information from UNICEF suggests that will not happen. According to UNICEF on the UNICEF USA website, about 360,000 adolescents are projected to die of AIDS-related diseases through 2030. Projections also show that at the current rate, without an acceleration of efforts and investment in …

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Mental health disorders: Types, warning signs and coping

Commentary by Chara According to Mental Health America statistics, 54 million Americans suffer from a mental health disorder. Some of the most common mental illnesses include bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, eating-related disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia. Mental Health America information states that mental illnesses might be related to stress, genetics, biochemical imbalances or a combination of …

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E-cigarettes might help smokers quit, study shows

By Chara E-cigarettes might help people quit smoking, according to a study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine. According to the study, e-cigarettes are twice as effective as regular gum or patches. Based on the monitoring of 886 individuals, the one-year abstinence rate was 18 percent in the e-cigarette group, compared to 9.9 percent in the nicotine-replacement …

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Mental health coverage: What you should know

Commentary by Eulogio JP Sadly, because of President Trump’s repeated attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, many Americans are unsure of what their health insurance policies will cover – especially when it comes to mental health. Here are a few facts you should know about mental health coverage: *Although legislators and providers have tried to improve mental health coverage …

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Myths about cardiovascular disease

Commentary by Yanis De Palma Heart disease kills more Americans each year than any other disease. That is why it is important to educate yourself on how to keep your heart healthy. An important way to educate yourself is by learning the difference between the facts and the myths regarding heart disease. Some of the most commonly held, but mistaken …

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FDA claims breast cancer linked to implants

By Chara The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a statement saying that breast implants are linked to breast cancer. Anaplastic large-cell lymphoma is a risk of having breast cancer implants. Since 2011, the FDA has warned women about the link between implants and anaplastic large-cell lymphoma. “We hope that this information prompts providers and patients to have …

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Study shows heart disease becoming more common in younger adults

By Tere Siqueira Heart disease is not limited to old men. Recent research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation showed that heart attacks are increasingly occurring in younger adults, especially women. The research found that 32 percent of the patients suffering from heart disease were between 35 and 54 years old. The trend of young people suffering from …

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FDA considering supporting drug therapies to help address teen vaping

By Chara The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering approving the use of drug therapies to help teens quit using e-cigarettes and other nicotine products. The use of e-cigarettes – or “vaping” – has increased by nearly 80 percent among high schoolers and by 50 percent among middle schoolers since 2017, according to the FDA. Additional data points …

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Junk food ads targeting minorities, study claims

By Chara Junk food commercials are targeting African American and Hispanic young people, according to a study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut. The study analyzed the advertising spending of 26 restaurants, and food and beverage companies. In addition, the researchers analyzed data for the 267 most advertised brands, including Hispanic- and …

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Help Pets Ward Off Winter Risks – Part2

  Skin-saving solutions: Many pets get dry skin during the winter season. When they do need a bath, try using a pet-friendly moisturizing shampoo to help keep their skin healthy and pH-balanced.   In addition, a pet emergency preparedness kit should be packed and contain the supplies needed to help keep your pet fed, warm and secure in the event of emergency …

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