National study to analyze the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine on healthcare personnel, first responders, and essential and frontline workers

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, while many have shifted to spending most of their time at home, essential and frontline workers of all types have spent day after day protecting and providing for our communities. Where would we be without the retail workers who devote countless hours to restocking shelves with toilet paper and cleaning products? …

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Our hospital room wedding: Bringing the ceremony to my mom’s bedside

My mom was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, or LMS — a rare type of cancer in the smooth muscle that starts in the uterine area — around December of 2017. At the time, the tumor was small and when testing was done, it came back negative for cancer. Though surgery was still scheduled to remove it, it …

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Why it’s time to talk about body image and self-esteem

When you think of “body image,” you may not correlate it to health. What many people, both inside and outside of healthcare, don’t know is how much body image plays into our lives and the decisions we make. Many also don’t know how it impacts children and their future as they grow into adults.  It’s …

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Why masking up is just as important after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

As the country continues its efforts to reach herd immunity against COVID-19, it’s each of our responsibilities to safely carry on with our new normal without putting others at risk. Sure, the distribution of the vaccine brings some much-needed hope, but we can’t let our guard down just yet. Here’s why it’s not quite time to ditch …

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How to get rid of that pain in your neck

Chances are, you’ve experienced neck pain at some point in your life. While neck pain is usually temporary, it can be caused by numerous factors. Here’s what you should know. Common causes of neck pain Trauma — whiplash, falls or lifting injuries Minor instances like sleeping position or turning the neck quickly Infections Arthritis in …

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What will it take to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19?

Herd immunity has been the dangling carrot, the saving grace that the world is waiting for as the end to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now more than a year out from the first clusters of infection in China. There are currently more than 100 million cases worldwide and more than 400,000 deaths in the …

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Diabetes distress: Coping with the emotional toll of diabetes

In this day and age, most people are familiar with diabetes. Diabetes is an autoimmune condition that is related to either the dysfunction of insulin or insulin resistance (Type 2) or a complete lack of insulin production (Type 1). What most people don’t think about with diabetes is the extreme mental and physical toll the disease itself …

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So, you got the COVID-19 vaccine. Now what?

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is a critical step toward protecting you from the virus, but remember — its effect isn’t immediate. Getting vaccinated also doesn’t mean you can let up on those important safety measures. Here’s what to know and what to do after you get the COVID-19 vaccine. Get your second dose, if applicable. …

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COVID-19 variants: What are they and where are they coming from?

Lately, we’ve been hearing that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is changing, developing variants that may have different characteristics.  As the curiosity catches up to us, we ask, what is that all about? How does a virus mutate? For one thing, viruses do mutate. As viruses reproduce thousands and millions of times, they occasionally make mistakes in replicating …

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