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Health Beat @UMC

Despite the overall progress made by legislative efforts, substantial disparities in healthcare outcomes remain among racial groups in Washington D.C. Read More
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March is National Nutrition Month

Why dedicate a month to nutrition? What we eat impacts our bodies, moods, and ability to perform in our daily lives.
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It's been over three decades since the U.S. began its fight against HIV/AIDS, and astounding progress has been made to reduce the spread and devastating consequences of the infection some pockets in the U.S.  Read More
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, taking over 610,000 lives per year. February is American Heart Month, an effort to promote awareness and action to prevent heart disease and take lifesaving steps in the event of a heart attack.
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Valentine’s Day, February 14th is National Donor Day, to celebrate the organ, eye, tissue, marrow, platelet, and blood donations that save and improve lives every day while acknowledging and addressing the huge need for donors that continues to exist.
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If you’re like most Americans, you’ve made getting more fit and losing weight your New Year’s resolution to kick off 2017. But we know how challenging it can be to stick by them. The good news is that there are several smartphone apps that may be able to help you… Read More
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Choosing a Primary Care Physician

A good primary care physician (PCP) can be the determining factor in recovering from illness or injury or preventing disease.  If you select and astute doctor who pays close attention, asks the right questions, and knows which tests to run and specialists to send you to you will save money,… Read More
While the overall infant mortality rate in the U.S. is 6.1 infants per 1,000 births, there are significant differences in infant mortality rates between states and even at the local level affected by social and economic barriers. Washington D.C. is a startling example of the gaps in birth outcomes. Read More
The two leading causes of death in the U.S. and Washington D.C., heart disease and cancer, account for nearly 46% of deaths in recent years. African Americans in D.C. continue to have higher rates of these conditions and lower life expectancies, a key indicator of health disparities.  Read More
Cold weather blows in its own set of threats to health and safety. Very cold temperatures can cause dangerous conditions like hypothermia and frostbite, increase the risks of home heating fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.  Read More
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