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The Silent STI: What You Need to Know About Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial STD in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is known as a "silent" disease because it very rarely causes symptoms.

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Why Are Women More Likely to Get Alzheimer's Disease than Men?

While it's true that Alzheimer's disease doesn't discriminate, it's also a fact that the disease affects women much more than men. According to the Alzheimer's Association, women over the age of 65 have a one-in-six chance of developing memory loss, compared to a one-in-11 chance for men of the same age. Why is it that women have a greater risk of developing the disease than men? Researchers are still looking for the answer. But here are some clues:

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For Women: Which Screening Tests Do You Need?

From mammograms to cholesterol tests, the appropriate screenings for women couldn’t be more crucial. Screening tests can catch an illness before you see signs, which will allow for treatment to start early when it matters most. Your lifestyle, health record and family history help determine what tests you need. Only you and your doctor know what’s best for you.

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How Effective is Your Control of Asthma?

Asthma is a common chronic lung disease that can make it difficult to breathe. Although there is no cure for asthma, those with the condition can live healthy, active lives if their asthma is under control.

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Childhood Immunizations: What They are and Why Your Child Needs Them

A healthy start begins with on-time vaccinations.

Has this ever happened to you? On the day she’s supposed to get her shots, your infant wakes up with the sniffles. You or your doctor decides to hold off on the vaccination. The opportunity slips by and, for one reason or another, your child never gets that shot.

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HPV Vaccine: A Shot at Preventing Cancer

Imagine if you could protect your child against cancer.  Turns out, you can.

Almost 80 million Americans are currently infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus that can cause genital warts and cancers of the cervix, vagina, vulva and penis, among other areas of the body. In fact, almost all men and women are exposed to it as some point in their lives.

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Essential Eye Care for Diabetes

Most people who have diabetes suffer nothing more than minor eye disorders related to the disease. However, they do have a higher risk for blindness than other people, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

If you have diabetes, you can take steps to reduce your risk for vision loss or blindness. Diabetes can cause the following eye disorders:

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Break Free From Alcohol

Deciding to quit is a big step. Following through is just as important. Quitting alcohol or drugs, or both, isn't easy, but others have done it, and you can too. Your health matters!

Ask yourself

Men, how many times in the past year have I had 5 drinks or more in a day?
Women, how many times in the past year have I had 4 drinks or more in a day?

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Prediabetes: A Chance to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Think of prediabetes as a fork in the road. Ignore it, and your risk for type 2 diabetes goes up. Or, with a few simple steps, you can prevent or delay the progression to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

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For Women: A Heart-to-Heart Talk

Knowledge about gender differences in heart disease can help you protect your health 

When you think about the steps that women can take to safeguard their health, which ones come to mind? Mammograms? Pap smears?

As important as those tests are, thinking about your ticker is just as crucial. “It’s a common misconception that cancer is the most serious problem for women to worry about, but heart disease is the No. 1 killer in America,” says cardiologist Peter Hui, M.D., a cardiologist and Brown & Toland physician with the California Pacific Medical Center. 

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