June 21st, 2012
Do you feel tired all morning, even after a several cups of coffee? You aren’t alone. According to a recent CDC study, nearly 1 in 3 U.S. adults doesn’t get the sleep they need.
Overall, 30 percent of the nation’s adult workforce is getting six or fewer hours of sleep per 24-hour period, according to the report. The data vary by industry, with workers in manufacturing reporting significantly higher rates of insufficient sleep than all other workers combined.
July 6th, 2011
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer. But, there is good news from a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which shows that the number of colon cancer cases has dropped nationally by 66,000 between 2003 and 2007. The CDC attributes this progress to more people getting colon cancer screenings, achieving a healthy weight, and quitting smoking. Still, one in three Americans who are at risk for colon cancer is not being screened. The CDC recommends that adults over age fifty talk with their doctor about getting regular colon cancer screenings and has launched the Colorectal Cancer Control Program for low-income men and women. Read more about taking preventive action against colon cancer.
Ads promoting sugary breakfast cereals could be put on a strict diet under proposed government guidelines that urge food companies to limit marketing of unhealthy products to children. Four government agencies, the FTC, FDA, the Department of Agriculture and the CDC, have collectively created guidelines calling for foods advertised to children to meet two basic requirements: 1) they would have to include certain healthful ingredients, like whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, or low-fat milk, and 2) not contain unhealthful amounts of sugar, saturated fats, trans fat and salt. The guidelines are meant to be voluntary, but companies are likely to face heavy pressure to adopt them. Read more about how these guidelines could play a role in addressing the childhood obesity health crisis.
February 1st, 2011
According to the CDC, heart disease is the number one cause of death among American men and women. Recognizing the signs of a heart attack and working quickly to seek medical attention could save a life, maybe your own. Symptoms of a heart attack may include chest pain or pressure, shooting pain in the arm, shortness of breath, sweating, lightheadedness, indigestion, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. If you or someone you know may be having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately. Get more information about the warning signs of a heart attack, as well as prevention and treatment options.
September 3rd, 2010
Flu season is just around the corner and, this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that anyone over the age of 6 months get the flu vaccine. Many providers and local pharmacies at popular corner drug stores are already making the vaccine available. Get the facts about the flu and the 2010-2011 flu vaccine.