At work, you’re responsible for many people. You’re in relationships, and you’re integrated in a community where your choices influence others. My challenge to you is this: be the CEO not only of your own health, but also of those in your sphere of influence.
At Healthnetwork Foundation, our mission is better medicine for all, which includes making referrals for major illness and facilitating philanthropy to advance medical research. Today, we share key components of a webinar on mental health issues in the time of COVID-19.
Childhood obesity has been increasing since the 1980s. According to the CDC, it now affects 13.7 million — nearly 20 percent — of American children. Obesity is defined as a body mass index above the 95th percentile for children of the same age and sex based on a 2000 CDC growth chart. That means nearly 20 percent of children today are as obese as the 5 percent most obese were 20 years ago.
Pregnancy loss is a painful ordeal that poses unique dilemmas for all involved: spouses, family, friends, even employers. Approximately 20 percent of pregnancies end in loss, typically before the 12th week.
In 2019, more than 25 million people ordered home genetic tests to answer one of two questions: “Where did I come from?” or “What diseases am I more likely to acquire?” You can find out just by swabbing the inside of your cheek with a cotton-tipped applicator and sending it to a company that will analyze your cells.
Coronavirus and the influenza epidemic have highlighted the need to be smart about our exposure to respiratory viruses. Two public health organizations — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) — stand out as credible resources for the latest news about these epidemics.
November saw the passing of Robert C. Norris, one of several actors to portray the iconic Marlboro Man, at 90 years of age. While Norris was never a smoker, his rugged and masculine branding in cigarette advertising enticed many folks to smoke. Like much of the Old West, the habit of cigarette smoking has faded from a high of 45 percent of adults in 1965 to a much improved 14 percent in 2017.
Regenerative medicine and unlocking stem cell biology will open many doors toward treating patients with orthopedic problems (and hopefully, one day, help patients avoid invasive surgeries). Philanthropy is pivotal in helping fund some of the important projects that sometimes cannot be funded through the NIH or other sources.
In any group of people, asking about back pain will produce nods and frowns. About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their life, and it’s the most common cause of job-related disability, a leading contributor to missed work days.
It can be quite burdensome for a person with an overactive bladder or bladder-leakage problem to endure the diagnostic process. He has to come to the clinic, get undressed in an unnatural environment, empty the bladder, get a catheter, refill the bladder with room temp water, urinate...
You can control your risk of heart attack, the number-one killer of Americans, even if you were dealt a bad genetic hand with a family history of heart attacks, bypass surgery, or coronary stent placement.