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Health insurance marketplaces open on fi rst day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Health insurance marketplaces open on fi rst day of Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOctober 1, 2013 marks both the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the opening of health insurance marketplaces in every state that enable people with breast cancer and other forms of cancer to enroll in health plans without fear that they will be denied coverage because of their health status or medical history.
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Breast cancer prevention and how you help others in your community

Breast cancer prevention and how you help others in your communityYou can help lower your risk of breast cancer in the following ways—
• Get screened for breast cancer regularly. By getting regular exams, you're more likely to find breast cancer early.
• Control your weight and exercise. Make healthy choices in the foods you eat and the kinds of drinks you have each day. Stay active. Learn more about keeping a healthy weight and ways to increase your physical activity.
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State incentives to improve nursing home quality work

State incentives to improve nursing home quality workWhen staff and administrators at a company that runs more than a dozen nursing homes across Minnesota wanted to do a better job helping residents move back into their homes and communities, they reached out to the Department of Human Services to find the best path forward. Together, the public and private sectors developed an education program to better prepare residents to manage their conditions at home. The result was a reduction in hospital re-admissions and healthier Minnesotans.
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Psychological abuse is the first warning: Run, get out

Psychological abuse is the first warning: Run, get outPsychological abuse can be as damaging to the psyche as physical abuse can be to the body, yet little is written about this common problem, which is typically the precursor to physical abuse. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), 95 percent of men who physically abuse their intimate partners also psychologically abuse them.
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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness MonthProstate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, striking over 200,000 men each year. African-American men are at the highest risk.
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Diabetes 50% higher among African Americans

Diabetes 50% higher among African AmericansAccording to the Minnesota Department of Health prevalence of obesity is 50% higher among African Americans than Whites. Diabetes among the African American population in St. Paul has always been much higher than other populations groups, with the exception of American Indians. As a result Open Cities Health Center has an internist, ophthalmologist, and podiatrist on staff. OCHC has participated in the national Diabetes Collaborative for over 12 years and has been offering diabetes classes and support groups for that long as well. Healthy eating and exercise have always been part of the regimen for diabetes programs offered at OCHC. Monthly Diabetic Support Groups are held every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 409 North Dunlap St, St. Paul, MN 55104 from 12pm-1pm. The support group features diabetic education, guest speakers, resources and more.
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Synthetic chemicals likely factor early puberty

Synthetic chemicals likely factor early pubertyDear EarthTalk: Is it true that American kids are going through puberty earlier today than in previous generations, and are there any environmental causes for this? -- Paul Chase, Troy, NY

Research indicates that indeed Americans girls and boys are going through puberty earlier than ever, though the reasons are unclear. Many believe our widespread exposure to synthetic chemicals is at least partly to blame, but it's hard to pinpoint exactly why our bodies react in certain ways to various environmental stimuli.
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