Mom, Alzheimer’s, and Me

by Denisse Oller When Dad called me on that fateful January 10th, 2001, I breathed a sigh of relief. It´s not that the news did not move me. It did. But, my mother had been ‘dead’ for years, you see––only now it was official. Mom lived the last ten years
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Educating on Health Literacy

by Diego Ponieman M.D., M.P.H. If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably more health-conscious than the typical person. That being said, it’s still important to have a good understanding of what it means to be health literate. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, health literacy is
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Diabetes Awareness Month

by Diego Ponieman M.D., M.P.H. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and more than 84 million adults across the country have prediabetes. People with the disease are twice as likely to have heart disease or a stroke,
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Living a Joyful Life is a Choice: Denisse Oller Exclusive

by Denisse Oller Only a month ago I had the thrill of a lifetime. Here I was lurching on my Vespa through the streets of Rome, swaying from side to side as I made my way through crowded avenues and narrow cobblestone covered alleys.   The cars around me swerved, switching
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Preparing for Flu Season

by Diego Ponieman M.D., M.P.H. As the weather cools down and autumn begins, it’s time to start thinking about flu season. In the United States, flu season typically peaks between December and February, though taking preventive measures during the preceding months can make a big difference in ensuring that you
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by Denisse Oller Breast Cancer Awareness Month In the United States, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes. That’s why every October, we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Excluding skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, and female breast cancer represents
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PSA: Watch your cholesterol

by Diego Ponieman M.D., M.P.H. September marks the beginning of National Cholesterol Education Month. Millions of Americans of all ages, genders, and ethnicities struggle to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, which is why it’s important to know how to prevent and manage high cholesterol. A 2017 study found that 95 million
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National Suicide Prevention Week

by Diego Ponieman M.D., M.P.H. September 9 through 15 marked National Suicide Prevention Week as designated by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Every year, tens of thousands of people in the U.S. die by suicide, making it the tenth leading cause of death. Though people of all genders,
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Top Things to Remember for Healthy Aging

by Denisse Oller It’s no secret that as we get older, we need to be more cautious about our health. For many, trips to the doctor become more frequent and medical complications more common. That means it’s essential to be proactive and develop habits that will improve your wellbeing as
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National Immunization Awareness Month

by Diego Ponieman M.D., M.P.H. As we near back-to-school season, we’re also marking National Immunization Awareness Month. Vaccinations are the single best way to protect you and your children from serious illness. Unfortunately, not enough people are getting vaccinated and diseases are spreading. From September 2018 to July 2019, there
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