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Prepare Your Health: Falling Into Asthma

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Fall is a busy time. It marks peak hurricane season and the start of cold and flu season. Fall is also one of the busiest months for asthma attacks. Throughout autumn, our home is on high alert because of our children’s history of asthma, and the likelihood of them having an increased number of asthma Read More >

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Happy Hauntings: 13 Tips for a Healthy Halloween

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In observance of Halloween, here’s a baker’s dozen ways to prepare and protect your family’s health and safety during trick or treat. Treat smarts All treats and no tricks makes Halloween enjoyable for everyone. Eat only factory-wrapped treats. If you have any doubt about the safety of a treat, throw it out. Carrying a glow Read More >

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Viral Lessons: What Paralysis Taught Me About Preparedness and Response

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Sometime in mid-August of 2010, I was bitten by a mosquito here in Decatur, Georgia. Normally, that’s not something worth mentioning, but in this instance the mosquito that bit me was carrying a virus, and that bite changed my life. The mosquito that bit me was carrying West Nile virus (WNV). Within a few days Read More >

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Prep Your Health: Fighting Cancer During an Emergency

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Cancer is not just one disease, but many diseases. There are more than 100 kinds of cancer, including breast cancer. In observance of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this week Public Health Matters looks at how people living with cancer can prepare their health for emergencies. Each year in the United States, more than Read More >

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Practical Skills for Personal Preparedness

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September is National Preparedness Month. Throughout the month, the Center for Preparedness and Response will publish posts that highlight the work of public health departments as it relates to personal health preparedness themes. This week’s theme is Practical Skills. Practical skills are self-help and life-saving skills and lessons that you can learn, practice, and pass Read More >

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Prep Your Health: Power Sources

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September is National Preparedness Month. Throughout the month, the Center for Preparedness and Response will publish posts that highlight the work of public health departments as it relates to personal health preparedness themes. This week’s theme is Power Sources. If you, a family member, or someone in your care relies on a home use medical Read More >

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