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Should you be screened for prostate cancer?
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Should you be screened for prostate cancer?

[caption id="attachment_25579" align="alignleft"]image001 bernie-woodenBernie Wooden [/caption][caption id="attachment_25580" align="alignleft"]image002 steven-patierno phd bsSteven Patierno, PhD, BS[/caption]If you ask Bernie Wooden, he’ll tell you straight out that a simple blood test saved his life. The test in question is the PSA (for prostate specific antigen) and Wooden, a 68-year-old African American man living near Washington, DC, had been getting it done every year. “My doctor had been comparing my PSA levels from year to year,” he says. “After one of my physicals he calls and tells me that the levels had gone up since the year before, and he referred me to a urologist.” The urologist ran some tests, took several small tissue samples, and found seven cancerous tumors.

Hayden, Anderson awarded for creation of Healthy Eating, Here at Home initiative
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Hayden, Anderson awarded for creation of Healthy Eating, Here at Home initiative

[caption id="attachment_25482" align="alignleft"]62-jeff-haydenSen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-62)[/caption][caption id="attachment_25483" align="alignleft"]sarah-anderson-44aRep. Sarah Anderson (R-44A)[/caption]Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-62) and Rep. Sarah Anderson (R-44A), who championed legislation to promote healthy, local eating among low-income families and seniors were recognized at the Minneapolis Farmers Market by a coalition of hunger advocacy organizations.

Pneumococcal vaccine can help protect you from serious infections
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Pneumococcal vaccine can help protect you from serious infections

[caption id="attachment_25407" align="alignleft"]9767health.kernan.org[/caption]Last winter Samuel thought he had caught a bad cold, but after two weeks of being sick, his health took a sudden turn for the worse. Samuel, only 35 years old, started having chest pain and trouble breathing. In a panic, his wife rushed him to the hospital while his children stayed with a neighbor. At the hospital they learned that Samuel had pneumonia, and he needed to stay in the hospital to get well.

Oral Contraceptives Cut Down Endometrial Cancer Risk, Provide Long-Lasting Protection
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Oral Contraceptives Cut Down Endometrial Cancer Risk, Provide Long-Lasting Protection

oralcontraceptives1-300x215Oral contraceptives provide long-term protection against endometrial cancer, according to new research published by scientists studying the beneficial side effects of birth control pills.

The study, published in the Lancet Oncology medical journal, revealed that oral contraceptive use for approximately five years can significantly impact the health of women as they age and become more susceptible to endometrial cancer.

UCare’s Dan Abdul named a ‘Titan of Technology’ by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
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UCare’s Dan Abdul named a ‘Titan of Technology’ by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

dan-abdul ucare-cioDan Abdul, vice president and chief information officer, UCare, has been named a 2015 Titan of Technology in the second annual edition of the awards from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

The Titans of Technology awards recognize excellence among top technology professionals and advocates working in nonprofits, and private and public companies in the Twin Cities.

Fresh summer salad
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Fresh summer salad

Looking for a quick fresh salad recipe for these hot summer days?

This is one of my favorite times of the year when the harvest is bountiful whether I’m in my garden or at the local Farmer’s Market. There are plenty of fresh herbs and the zucchini seems to be endless. In looking for ways to use it all I ran across this family favorite recipe that uses zucchini noodles made by using a spiralizer, mandolin or even a regular box grater. The noodles are so lovely and fresh and perfect for those trying to get off too much pasta or grains in their diet. By using coconut oil mayonnaise, this recipe is also vegan. It’s very quick to make and fun to bring to your next gathering, or just munch on at home!

Health habits: I learned them from my dad
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Health habits: I learned them from my dad

[caption id="attachment_25239" align="alignleft"]stockvault-joggers103240- 1stockvault.net[/caption]As a mother of 5-year old triplets I’m starting to see exactly how children learn healthy habits. It doesn’t always come from talking at them or trying to explain by reading child friendly stories or using carrot shaped puppets to get the message out about developing healthy habits. They learn from observing our behavior.

Identifying lifestyle and genetic risk factors for cancer
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Identifying lifestyle and genetic risk factors for cancer

Dr. Tanya Agurs-Collins is a program director with the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Health Behaviors Research Branch. In addition to carrying out her own research on nutrition and cancer risk, she helps interested investigators apply for funding to examine the link between lifestyle factors and cancer risk.

Protect your teens with vaccinations
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Protect your teens with vaccinations

[caption id="attachment_25043" align="alignleft"]stockvault-syringe150717stockvault.net[/caption]Did you know that younger teens need vaccines, too? As kids get older, the protection from some of their childhood vaccines begins to wear off. There are also new diseases that teens can come in contact with in this stage of their lives. Keep your teens healthy with the Tdap, meningococcal, HPV, and influenza vaccines.

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