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How much a decade of obesity raises your cancer risk

By Jacqueline Howard CNN CNN – The longer a woman is overweight or obese, the more her risk of cancer may increase along with the time. A new longitudinal study on postmenopausal women, published in the journal PLOS Medicine on Tuesday, reveals that the duration of having a high body mass index is linked to a higher risk of developing ... Read More »

Daily chocolate intake linked to lower risk of diabetes, heart disease

Written by Honor Whiteman Could a doctor’s visit one day result in a prescription for chocolate? According to a new study, it is possible. Researchers suggest that consuming a small amount of chocolate every day may lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Eating chocolate every day could lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease, say researchers. Study ... Read More »

National Hospital Week at Parkland puts focus on patients

Public health employees often face a daunting task: the demand for healthcare services is high and the needs of patients, often the most vulnerable people in a community, are complex and challenging. The staff of Parkland Health & Hospital System will take time during the second week of May to celebrate 2016 National Hospital Week, the nation’s largest healthcare event, ... Read More »

National Minority Health Month is Upon Us

April is synonymous with springtime, showers and…. National Minority Health Month! To welcome the warm weather and change the health conversation, the American Heart Association’s EmPOWERED To Serve movement, the overarching program for many initiatives including Power To End Stroke, has created several activations to engage you in our health conversation. Here are several ways to stay in-tune as we ... Read More »

FDA May Limit Arsenic in Infant Cereals

The Food and Drug Administration today proposed a new limit for the level of arsenic allowed in infant rice cereal. After an extensive study of arsenic levels in food, the FDA proposed a limit of 100 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal. The agency’s testing has shown that most infant rice cereals now on the ... Read More »

Spouses of stroke survivors face lingering health issues

Caregiver spouses of stroke survivors are at an increased risk of mental and physical health issues that may continue for years, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. Swedish researchers evaluated 248 stroke survivors in their mid-60s and their spouses at stroke onset and compared the results with 245 non-stroke controls for seven years after the stroke ... Read More »

Make Blood Pressure Control Your Goal

This American Heart Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Million Hearts®–a national effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017–are encouraging Americans to know their blood pressure, and if it’s high, to make control their goal. Uncontrolled high blood pressure[469 KB] is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. ... Read More »

Mass Incarceration the Reason for Black Women Dying From AIDS?

Racial profiling and the mass incarceration of black people will always be an important topic to address. But according to an op-ed in The New York Times, the issue may also be connected to the growing number of women who are dying from AIDS. As for the specific cause of the increase, it is unknown. According to the Times, The rate of black ... Read More »

November is National Family Caregivers Month

The AHA/ASA wants to make sure caregivers receive the support they need. Seek advice from someone who’s walked in your shoes, chat with experts or share tips you’ve learned with others. In a 2002 report in the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, researchers interviewed family caregivers to identify their needs and concerns, strategies they used to deal with stroke, and advice ... Read More »

Dallas County Health and Human Services Seasonal Flu Vaccines

DALLAS (Sept. 1, 2015) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is now offering the seasonal flu vaccine for adults at the main clinic on Stemmons Freeway. The cost is $20. If the adult is covered by Medicare, the vaccine is free. DCHHS is awaiting shipment of the children’s vaccine. “Now is the time for everyone to get their ... Read More »