Know Your Family Health History

When going to a doctor’s office for the first time, you often have to fill out a bunch of papers, among them a form detailing any medications you take or health conditions you have. That same form asks about health conditions of family members too. While many people consider their health information private (and rightfully so), knowing the health history of your parents, siblings, and … Continue reading Know Your Family Health History

Take Diabetes Seriously

Diabetes is prevalent in America. According to the CDC, 23.1 million people were diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. in 2015, and an estimated 7.2 million cases went undiagnosed. In that same year, 84.1 million adults (aged 18 and older) had symptoms of prediabetes. A 2014 study conducted by Sanofi stated that millennials were less likely to think of diabetes as a serious disease than … Continue reading Take Diabetes Seriously

Dermatology Not Skin Deep

The Woman Behind the Medicine When she was a child, Dr. Betsy Perry Thacker would visit her stepfather, an orthopedic surgeon, at his office, and she thought being a doctor would be fun. “It (being a doctor) just seemed like a fun thing to do,” Dr. Thacker said. “I’d go to his office, and there were skeletons to play with, and there were syringes to … Continue reading Dermatology Not Skin Deep

HIV & AIDS Awareness: Know the Facts

HIV is one of the largest world-wide epidemics, affecting millions of people since its discovery. AIDS can develop after contracting HIV, although many people live with HIV for long periods of time without ever developing AIDS. The pandemic of living with these viruses has become more manageable since its discovery in the mid- to late-1970s. The earliest case of HIV was discovered to be in … Continue reading HIV & AIDS Awareness: Know the Facts