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Get heart-healthy for American Heart Month

By Capt. Joseph McQuade, M.D., family medicine physician, Naval Hospital Jacksonville What are you doing to get heart-healthy?  Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S., claiming a life every minute—and February is American Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every four deaths is from heart disease and stroke—that’s 2,200 deaths …

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Healthy Weight: An Equation for Success

By Jim Sherrard, MS, RD, MCHES; Head, Deployment Health and Wellness Center, Naval Hospital Pensacola, and Dr. Stephen Heaston, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center In today’s society, we may feel bombarded with messages telling us that we are getting heavier and that we need to lose weight, but it’s not without merit. In fact, according to the 2011 …

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How Tobacco Discriminates Against Women

By Dawn Whiting, MS, BSN, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center By now, you have probably heard the news – tobacco use is bad for your health. Smoking causes a variety of cancers and increases your risk of lung and heart disease, and stroke (1). What many do not realize is that women who smoke face additional health risks.  …

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Ask Dr. Joe: Welcome to Flu Season

By Capt. Joseph McQuade, family medicine physician and director, public health, Naval Hospital Jacksonville The flu season creeps up on us just as the kids get back to school. Seasonal epidemics of influenza occur every year in the U.S., beginning in the fall. Typically epidemics cause thousands to tens of thousands of deaths and about 200,000 hospitalizations. Since the 1940s …

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Take Control: Suicide Awareness

By Lt. Libby Peachey, mental health department psychology staff and suicide prevention coordinator, Naval Hospital Jacksonville In recognition of Suicide Awareness Month, I want to underscore the importance and raise awareness of suicide, the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S.—according to Centers for Disease Control. Suicide is a complex behavioral response to stress, illness, isolation and substance abuse. A …

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