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Screening for colorectal cancer should start at the age 50, according to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention that develops recommendations for clinical preventative services. About 90 percent of new cases of colorectal cancer occur in people 50 or older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the American Cancer Society began recommending screenings at age 45 for those at average risk in 2018 because of an increasing number of cases of colorectal cancer in younger adults.

Hands-Only CPR

If you can remember the beat to Lady Gaga’s ‘Just Dance,’ Adele’s hit ’Rumour Has It’ or even ‘Baby Shark’, you can help save the life of somebody in cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. More than 356,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year in the United States, and 90 percent of them are fatal. But if hands-only CPR starts immediately, the person’s chance of survival can double or even triple, said AnMed Health Chest Pain Center Coordinator Monica Dickerson. Hands-only CPR, also called bystander CPR, includes chest compressions but not the mouth-to-mouth breathing of standard CPR.

You awake to a stuffy head, pressure behind your cheekbones and that annoying post-nasal drip. Or, after doing yard work or taking a hike through the woods, you notice a patch of raised bumps and blisters on your arm. Important deadlines are looming at work and your kids have to go to basketball practice. Plus, the last thing you want to do is to sit in a waiting room full of people who are coughing, sneezing and contagious. Good news. Thanks to AnMed Health’s E-Visits, a consultation with a health care provider for minor health concerns no longer requires a trip to the doctor’s office or urgent care.

You wake up and you’ve got a cough, a sore throat and a stuffy nose. You feel a little achy, too, and you think you may have a bit of a fever. You are tired and you don’t want to drag yourself out of bed. Yes, it’s that time of year again – cold and flu season. But which do you have? Is it the dreaded flu or just a common cold? Both are viral respiratory illnesses. They have similar symptoms. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some telltale signs can help you differentiate them.

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