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The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) reports 20/10,000 people in the U.S. as having Myasthenia Gravis (MG). These numbers appear relatively low in comparison to other disease processes, yet in actuality many cases of MG go under-reported. Presenting symptoms relate to those of other health conditions, challenging early diagnosis and prompt interventions. Interested in learning about Myasthenia Gravis? Here are the facts and insights on MG!

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In May we acknowledge Women’s Health Awareness, drawing our attention to prominent health issues among women, such as Osteoporosis. Certain factors place people at greater risk for developing Osteoporosis. Fortunately, healthy lifestyle choices that promote bone health have proven beneficial.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become brittle and weak, leading to possible bone deformities and fractures. The Mayo Clinic comments on Osteoporosis stating, “Bone is living tissue, which is constantly being absorbed and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn't keep up with the removal of old bone.”

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Cancer Control Awareness Month has arrived! This is the ideal time to initiate a proactive stance in cancer prevention and control. We’ll outline harmful habits and their role in cancer development, healthy tips for cancer prevention, and strategies to stay cancer-free for individuals with a history of cancer. Spring into cancer control and wellness, with a lifestyle that proclaims health!

Harmful Habits and Their Role in Cancer: 

1. Smoking & Chewing Tobacco. Tobacco carries harmful effects to ones health regardless if it's smoked, chewed, or exposed through second hand smoking. Smoking can cause respiratory diseases and cancers that originate in the mouth, as well as throughout the respiratory tract. The Mayo Clinic documents 9 out of 10 lung cancer cases as the result of smoking, along with other respiratory conditions like emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

The Mayo Clinic comments further on the harmful effects of tobacco mentioning:

Tobacco smoke contains more than 60 known cancer-causing chemicals and thousands of other harmful substances. Even "all natural" or herbal cigarettes have chemicals that are harmful to your health. When you inhale tobacco smoke, you take in these chemicals, which reach most of your body's vital organs.

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The Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation (TCAF) documents testicular cancer as the leading cause of cancer among men between the ages of 15-35. Every hour a male is diagnosed with cancer of the testes. According to the TCAF on average 8,500 new cases of testicular cancer are reported annually, with 1 in 270 being young men. What does this statistical data mean to you? If you're a male between the ages of 15-35, then it’s time to get the facts on testicular cancer! Regardless of age, there are other factors that place men at risk. Implementing preventive strategies and early detection play a vital role in men’s health, despite any given age group.

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For caffeine enthusiasts, gaining health benefits from simply enjoying a cup of coffee— is purely a blissful moment. Is it possible for a tasty iced latté, or a warm coffee brew to intrinsically possess healthy attributes? Hold on tight to your café… there’s plenty to share on coffee and health! Dr. Frank Hu— professor at Harvard School of Public Health, states the following in WebMD, “There is certainly much more good news than bad news, in terms of coffee and health…it’s the whole package.” For those who question Dr. Hu, a recent analysis may have you thinking twice. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) conducted a study and found that adults within the ages of 50-71, drinking more than three cups of coffee per day, had a 10 percent lower death risk than individuals not consuming coffee. Amazing how a few cups of coffee can change the course of life! Surprisingly enough, some products and medications contain caffeine. Yet, before delving further into these products, let’s explore one of America’s most delightful beverages— coffee!

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