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November is National Diabetes Month

4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life

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September 2015 — National Cholesterol Awareness Month

What role does screening play?

Screening is the key to detecting high cholesterol. Because high cholesterol does not have symptoms, many people do not know that their cholesterol is too high. Your doctor can do a simple blood test to check your cholesterol level.

The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends that adults aged 20 years or older have their cholesterol checked every 5 years.

You may need to have your cholesterol checked more often if any of the following statements applies to you:

  • Your total cholesterol is 200 mg/dL or higher.
  • You are a man older than age 45 or a woman older than age 50.
  • Your HDL cholesterol is lower than 40 mg/dL.
  • You have other risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
  • Although the number of people who said they were screened for cholesterol within the previous 5 years increased from 73% to 76% from 2005-2009, only a handful of states have met the 82% Healthy People 2020 objective, and disparities in getting screened persist.

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Summer 2015 — Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacterial spirochete (Borrelia burgdorferi). This bacteria is transmitted by the deer tick or Ixodes species which is commonly found in the Eastern and Midwestern United States. Lyme disease is a complex disease that is often difficult to diagnosis. The symptoms of Lyme disease overlap with the symptoms of other inflammatory or autoimmune diseases.

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Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW) - April 19-25, 2015

In the fall of 2005, NMLW was changed to National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLPW) to emphasize the person whose expertise is needed in the performance of laboratory testing. Beginning in 2010 the organizers decided to "brand" the event by using the same theme each year: Laboratory Professionals Get Results. In the summer of 2012 organizers deleted "National" from the title for brevity, and it became Medical Laboratory Professionals Week.

February is National Heart Month

Heart attack care initiative expands to Iowa with $4.6 million Helmsley grant

The American Heart Association announced Tuesday that it has received a $4.6 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to support the AHA's Mission: Lifeline initiative in Iowa.

"This is a great day for rural health in Iowa, and especially for heart patients and their loved ones," said Kevin Harker, executive vice president of the AHA's Midwest Affiliate. "Thanks to the vision and generosity of the Helmsley Charitable Trust and our other contributors and collaborators, we will be able to better coordinate heart attack care across the entire state, which will mean better outcomes for patients and more lives saved."

Launched in 2007, Mission: Lifeline works to improve coordination between local hospitals and EMS providers to shorten the time to lifesaving treatment for patients who have a type of heart attack called ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).

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Fall 2014 — What is the Pathology examination and how is it done?

To better understand what is going on with your body, your physician may order a pathology exam of tissue (like skin) or fluid that was removed. This evaluation is performed by Pathology Associates of Dubuque and United Clinical Laboratories.

The pathology examination is a complex process that involves many people and many steps. It is critical for the evaluation of infection, neoplasm, or genetic abnormalities. The valuable information generated by the pathology examination is used by your physician to best determine the course of your care. Often the pathology examination is a key part in determining the presence or absence of cancer. It provides information on how best to treat the cancer if it is present.

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June 2014 — National Cancer Survivors Day

The month of June begins with National Cancer Survivors Day. We should all celebrate and not just for a day.

There are nearly 14 million cancer survivors in the United States. Everyone reading this right now probably knows at least one person who has had a cancer diagnosis.

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May 2014 — UCL's Employee Wellness Program

Although you have been hearing more buzz about companies who are just now starting Wellness Programs, the UCL Wellness Program has been evolving since 2004.

The purpose of a Workplace Wellness Program is to promote healthier lifestyles so that employees are more productive at work and so that they will have more energy and vigor to give to theirs families and friends when they get home.

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March 2014 — Colon Cancer Prevention

Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Screening for colon cancer has been shown to be safe and effective. It is estimated that more than 1/3 of colon cancer deaths could be prevented if everyone participated in colon cancer screening at the appropriate age.

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February 2014 — What Lipids Mean for Your Heart Health

Cholesterol and triglycerides are two major categories of lipids which are important to us because they are instrumental in the development of atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease which, in time, can lead to heart attack.

Although we often think of lipids in a negative light, they are actually critical to the proper functioning of our bodies. For example, cholesterol is a precursor molecule needed for the formation of normal steroid hormones, and it serves as a fundamental building block for cells in the body.

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January 2014 — Glucose: A measure of our fuel system and a potential indicator of a problem

The cells of our body need energy to live and work. Food is our fuel that provides this energy. Much of the fuel we eat is chemically altered (digested) to glucose. Glucose is a simple sugar and the primary fuel source that is transported through our blood to our cells. With the help of insulin, glucose is taken up by cells so energy is produced and the cell's motor can run.

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