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Tags: Breast cancer, depression, stress, Latinas, underserved population, caregivers, telephone
Caring for a loved one with a cancer diagnosis can influence every aspect of a family's quality of life. It also can lead to depression, the most common mental health disorder in the world, according to the Centers for... (read more)
Wine and Chocolate
Tags: Cardiovascular Health, heart health, whole foods, diet, chocolate, alcohol
When it comes to decisions of the heart, February can be a complicated month. Do you follow your heart health and stick to your mostly whole food, plant-based diet – or do you feel pulled in the direction of the heart-... (read more)
Pregnancy and oral health
Tags: oral health, pregnancy, pre-term deliveries, low birth weight, perodontitis, dental care, heart disease, new-born health
Good oral health is more than just a nice smile. Having good oral health improves a person’s ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew and eat. Untreated tooth decay leads to needless pain and... (read more)
Tags: prostate cancer, African American men, aging, genetics, vitamin D, UV light, sun
Prostate cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in men. However, the chance that someone will get prostate cancer depends on a lot of different factors.On average, about 13 percent of men will be diagnosed with prostate... (read more)
Tags: sports, sun protection, skin cancer, dehydration, heat stroke, nutrition, safety gear, head injuries, eating disorders
The start of a new school year can only mean one thing: fall sports season is here. As a family nurse practitioner with the Mobile Health Program, I am seeing lots of eager, young athletes at our family practice and pediatric... (read more)
Tags: Atrial Fibrillation. AFib, heart health, stroke risk, pacemakers
It’s a common scenario in a cardiology clinic when the cardiologist informs the patient they have atrial fibrillation (AFib), an abnormal heart rhythm characterized by rapid and irregular beating. Shock and fear take over,... (read more)
Tags: Teen pregnancy, poverty, mental health, diabetes, contraceptives, family planning, high-risk births
Unintended pregnancies, especially teen pregnancy and its social consequences, are a significant cause of inter-generational poverty and poor health outcomes. Teen mothers are less likely to finish high school or college, meaning... (read more)
Tags: hospice, family, Patient Care, home care
As a hospice nurse for more than 15 years, I know how difficult accepting an incurable diagnosis can be. Considering hospice care for a loved one or yourself can feel scary and overwhelming. Often, these feelings are heightened... (read more)
Tags: doulas, Medicaid, reimbursement, women’s health, maternal & child health, policy health & wellness
Over the last few years, there has been more and more focus on the triple aim – improving patient experience, reducing costs, and improving population health. Accomplishing these goals requires the system to be creative and... (read more)
Tags: CPR, defibrillators, sports, young athletes, cardiac arrest
We’ve learned a great deal about improving survival rates and quality of life for sudden cardiac arrest patients, and the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Resuscitation Research Group has been at the forefront.... (read more)
Arizona sign
Tags: Community Health, diabetes, Arizona, Intervention, Patient Care
When you’re working with a patient in the healthcare delivery system, it’s pretty straightforward. You get a medical history, talk to your patient about how they are doing and their symptoms, and learn about their... (read more)
Dinner
Tags: heart health, dietary guidelines, Cardiovascular Health, nutrition, food, plant-based diet
Every five years Dietary Guidelines for Americans is created through collaboration between the departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA). The Guidelines are generally based on a report submitted by the... (read more)
Morphine is the classic opiate painkiller.
Tags: pain, medication management, opioids, overdose prevention, prescription drug misuse, public health
The U.S. health-care system has become much more aggressive in treating pain over the last 15 years and just as with any medical intervention at times there are adverse side effects. Today, the United States is in the middle... (read more)
Awake in bed
Tags: insomnia, sleeplessness, fatigue, sleep aids, medication management, healthy aging, memory, Exercise
Almost 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia, many people take prescription or over-the-counter sleep medications to help them sleep through the night. Insomnia also tends to increase as we age, almost half of older adults... (read more)
Tags: antibiotics, emergency, fatigue, flu, healing, public health, urgent care
With cold and flu season in full swing, should you head to the emergency department or an urgent care center when your symptoms become severe?Urgent care centers are designed to provide treatment quickly to patients with less... (read more)
Candles
Tags: gun violence, trauma, healing, Nicaragua, Peru, peace
As 2015 draws to a close, we continue to face a level of violence in the United States that is challenging, heartbreaking and deeply disturbing. Having personally faced violence on multiple levels, I want to share what I have... (read more)
Tags: Thanksgiving, holidays, New Years, safety, Infographic, Children's Health, food poisoning
Temperatures have begun to drop, and scarves and gloves are coming out of hiding. It’s that wonderful time of year when families and friends gather to celebrate, share in food and drink and make memories. But each year... (read more)
Speedometer
Tags: traffic safety, public health, speeding tickets, photo radar, speed cameras
Speed limits exist for a reason: to keep us all safer on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that speeding is involved in 30 percent of fatal car crashes and costs Americans more than $40... (read more)
Dust storm
Tags: Valley Fever, pneumonia, lung health, fungus, pets, Central Valley, Arizona
Valley Fever (also known as Desert Rheumatism or San Joaquin Valley Fever) is Arizona’s disease. While rare at a national level, Valley Fever is common in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. Every year, 150,... (read more)
Tags: Arizona, health disparities, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, health equity, diabetes, smoking, health insurance
Every year, more than 1,500 deaths in Arizona could be avoided if all residents had an equal chance to be healthy. That’s the startling conclusion of the Arizona Health Gaps Report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson... (read more)
Halloween treats
Tags: Halloween, food allergies, Teal Pumpkin Project, safety, holidays
Halloween is an exciting time of year, but it also can be a dangerous one—especially for people with food allergies. Researchers estimate that as many as 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies, with effects ranging... (read more)
Man doubled over next his chair
Tags: active lifestyle, dangers of sitting, standing desk, walking meetings, employee wellness
How many hours do you spend sitting in a chair each day? The average American sits 13 hours a day, and the majority say they hate sitting so much—with good reason.  We now know, from decades of research, that excessive... (read more)
Medical student Mary Smith
Tags: medical school, work-life balance, diversity, women in medicine, parenting
I didn’t head straight to medical school after college. I did, however, head straight into parenting. My first daughter was born five months after I graduated from college. Four more daughters eventually joined her, and I... (read more)
Woman choosing between and apple and a cupcake
Tags: mindfulness, nutrition, food, dieting, mindful eating, Healthy Diet
Everywhere we turn, there’s another diet, pill or cleanse promising to help us lose weight—fast. But these quick-fix solutions don’t promote permanent change."Going on a diet infers that you will go off the... (read more)
Girl in swimming pool
Tags: swimming pool, summer, safety, chlorine, chemicals, acid, pool safety
Nothing says summer like jumping into a swimming pool filled with cool, sparkling water. Nationally, there are more than 10 million swimming pools, which are used for recreation, exercise and cooling off during hot summer weather... (read more)
thermometer
Tags: heat warning, dehydration, heat stroke, emergency, National Weather Service, Arizona
Heat stands alone as the No. 1 weather-related killer in the United States—more deadly than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and all other weather events combined.  It’s difficult to take a picture of heat, so it... (read more)
Spilled pills
Tags: stress, sleeplessness, fatigue, nausea, managing symptoms
Stress. Nausea. Fatigue. When you’re not feeling well—whether it’s a common cold, a chronic condition or the result of a busy schedule—the symptoms you experience can negatively impact your quality of life. For nurses, a big... (read more)
calves of a woman in high heels
Tags: flatgate, high heels, feet, foot pain, Cannes Film Festival, diabetes
You might have heard about the recent “flatgate” controversy, in which women not wearing high heels reportedly were barred from the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of the new Cate Blanchett film, Carol. ... (read more)
party cup
Tags: graduation, high school, safety, teenage alcohol use, healthy parenting
In the next few weeks, many young adults will be celebrating a major milestone: high school graduation. The days and weeks before and after graduation are an exciting time for teens and their families, but the joy can... (read more)
Cinterandes mobile operating room fords a stream
Tags: Ecuador, surgery, rural health, medical school, Dr. Edgar Rodas, Cinterandes Foundation
On a Thursday afternoon in June, I found myself dressed in scrubs and a surgery cap, crossing a cable bridge over an expansive Amazon tributary. After 30 hours assisting with surgeries in a delivery-truck-turned-operating-room... (read more)
Health Wordle
The University Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS) is excited to unveil its new blog, The Healthy Dose, which offers readers reliable, easy-to-digest information from experts working in all aspects of health and wellness.UAHS is... (read more)