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The Zika Virus

The Zika Virus

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. It has been found in Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands and in a few returning travelers to the United States. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

If you've recently traveled out of the country, please let your provider know immediately.


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Have a Healthy Heart

Have a Healthy Heart

Have a Healthy Heart and Become Aware in the Month of February!   

Every year, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease. In addition, the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States is heart disease. Heart disease is preventable by healthy lifestyle choices and management of other health conditions.

What can you do to prevent heart disease and reduce your risk?


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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month!

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month!

Around 12,900 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed and around 4,100 women will die of cervical cancer in the next year. Furthermore, around 79 million Americans currently have human papillomavirus or HPV. With regular screening and a vaccine, both cervical cancer and HPV can be prevented.


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Announcing Our New CMO

Announcing Our New CMO

Whitney Young Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Marietta Angelotti, BA, MD as Chief Medical Officer, effective January 11th

 

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Do You Have the Guts?

Do You Have the Guts?

Do You Have the Guts to be #IBDAware?

As the holiday season rolls in, it is important to remember digestive health! 


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Your Donation At Work

Your Donation At Work

Did you know that WYH is a non-proft organization and that we are able to enhance our patient programs through the help of donations? Contributions made in support of Whitney Young Health provide essential health care and life-changing services to people right here in our own community. Here are some examples of what Whitney Young Health could do with your help: $15 provides a simple oral swab test for HIV

 


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A is for Alzheimer's Awareness

A is for Alzheimer's Awareness

1 in 9 Americans age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease and the disease tends to affect women more than men...


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Yes, Recovery is Possible

Yes, Recovery is Possible

What would you do? One day you go to visit a friend.  Your friend has been acting very “different” lately.  Your friend used to be very enthusiastic and engaged, but now, your friend seems distant, irritated, and sad, so your goal during this visit is to see if you could cheer up your friend.  Unfortunately, when you arrive, you see that your friend’s eyes are very puffy and your friend has a hard time making eye contact with you.  Your friend also appears a bit anxious and waves you off when you ask how they have been doing.


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Screenings Save Newborns

Screenings Save Newborns

Each year, millions of newborns in the U.S. are routinely screened for more than 40 different disorders, including Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Cystic fibrosis, Sickle Cell disease, congenital heart disease, and deafness. The no-cost Newborn Screening Program allows health care providers to identify and intervene early enough to prevent serious problems.


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What's your superpower?

What's your superpower?

If you could have one superpower what would it be? Would you want to be able to fly? Or maybe the power of invisibility? Well, what about the power to be immune from preventable diseases such as the measles, rubella, tetanus, chicken pox, and the seasonal flu? Guess what? We already have this power!


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Stay Safe in the Sun

Stay Safe in the Sun

Did you know that five or more sunburns or one blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence can double your risk of developing melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer?


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Know Your Status

Know Your Status

Know Your Status

National HIV Testing Day is June 27th. Roughly 50,000 new cases of HIV are diagnosed each year in the United States. The Northeast has the second highest rate of infection, with 15.9 out of 100,000 people diagnosed. That is approximately 9,000 people.


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Safely Using Prescription Painkillers

Safely Using Prescription Painkillers

Safely Using Prescription Painkillers

The U.S. contains only 4.6 percent of the world’s population, but consumes 80 percent of the world’s opioids and 99 percent of the world’s hydrocodone.


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Butterflies for Lupus

Butterflies for Lupus

Butterflies for Lupus

Extreme fatigue? Painful or swollen joints? Light rash across the nose and cheeks?
I have been feeling and seeing these various symptoms for weeks.
I should make an appointment to see the doctor tomorrow or the next day...


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WYH to Open Watervliet Health Center

WYH to Open Watervliet Health Center

Whitney Young Health Receives $600,000 from the US Department of Health and Human Services to Open Health Center in Watervliet.
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