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How Sugars and Sweeteners Affect Your Health

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 8:36am October 24th, 2014
Most of us love sweet foods and drinks. But after that short burst of sweetness, you may worry about how sweets affect your waistline and your overall health. Is sugar really bad for us? How about artificial or low-calorie sweeteners? What have scientists learned about the sweet things that most of us eat and drink every day? Our bodies need one type of sugar, called glucose, to survive.

Understanding Breast Cancer

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 11:22am October 22nd, 2014
More women are beating breast cancer these days, in part because of improved treatments and screening. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found in its early stages, it may be easier to treat. NIH-funded scientists are searching for better ways to diagnose, treat, and even prevent breast cancer. Some are studying cancer at the cellular level to learn which tumors pose little danger and can be left alone.

First Influenza (Flu) Cases Reach Iowa

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:04am October 20th, 2014
Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on October 14th that the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) had identified three cases of influenza in the state. While influenza activity remains at a low level, the identification of the first flu cases of the season indicates the virus is circulating in the state.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:14am October 15th, 2014
Most children get restless, rowdy, or distracted at times. That’s all part of being a kid. But some kids have such trouble paying attention, staying focused, and finishing tasks that it interferes with their schoolwork, home life, and friendships. These difficulties might be signs of a developmental disorder called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

VPRD now offering Fall Aqua Aerobics

By Brad Barker · 6:40pm October 13th, 2014
VPRD has begun accepting registrations for our upcoming Fall Aqua Aerobics session held Wednesday and Sunday evenings at the Iowa Braille School's indoor pool. Class times are from 6:30-7:30 PM on October 22, 26, 29. November 5, 12. Class times are from 5:30-6:30 PM on November 2, 9, 16. The cost of the class is $40 and registrations must be submitted by Monday, October 20.

November WOW Newsletter

By Benton County Extension · 1:09pm October 13th, 2014
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What Parents Need to Know about Enterovirus D68

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:04am October 13th, 2014
Every year, millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses that can cause coughing, sneezing, and fever. This year, the enterovirus that is most commonly causing respiratory illness in children across the country is enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68). Take basic steps to keep your child from getting and spreading EV-D68.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 12:28pm October 10th, 2014
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. If you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram.

How Snoozing Strengthens Memories

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 10:41am October 8th, 2014
When you learn something new, the best way to remember it is to sleep on it. That’s because sleeping helps strengthen memories you’ve formed throughout the day. It also helps to link new memories to earlier ones. You might even come up with creative new ideas while you slumber. What happens to memories in your brain while you sleep? And how does lack of sleep affect your ability to learn and remember? NIH-funded scientists have been gathering clues about the complex relationship between sleep and memory.

Substance abuse: Prevention vs. reaction

By Curt Wheeler, Prevention Specialist · 10:11am October 6th, 2014
Many may not be aware that October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, but most people have been impacted by substance use and addiction. The vast majority of substance use begins with experimentation during the teen years, leading some to become regular users. Regardless of the choices that have been made, adults have the responsibility to teach kids the values and skills necessary for them to live successful, fulfilling, and addiction free lives.

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