In Focus: Milk Allergy

In Focus: Milk Allergy

There are many common food allergies and they can affect people of all ages. While some are allergic to tree nuts, peanuts or shellfish, others may find themselves having to avoid dairy. This can be difficult considering the high levels of milk and cheese used in American cuisine. A milk allergy is different than lactose…

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Depression and Anxiety: Two Common Symptoms

Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety disorders are not interchangeable but people with depression often experience symptoms similar to those of an anxiety disorder, such as nervousness, irritability, problems sleeping and difficulty with concentrating. Many people who develop depression have a history of an anxiety disorder earlier in life. There is no evidence one disorder causes the other,…

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5 Allergy-Friendly Food Brands To Fill Your Snacking Needs

5 Allergy-Friendly Food Brands To Fill Your Snacking Needs

Sometimes a person will develop a food allergy later in life. This can be difficult, especially when that food allergy means you can no longer eat one of your favorite snack foods. Luckily, several great allergy-friendly food brands have come to the rescue. Let’s take a look at five of the best allergy-free snack food…

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There Are So Many Reasons To Try A YO Sperm Test

Yo Sperm Test

Recently, NASA announced a new study they would be conducted to test the effects of space travel on motile sperm. In April of this year, NASA launched a large resupply capsule to the International Space Station which included over 5,000 pounds of tools, supplies and science experiments. Somewhere within that capsule were samples of human…

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World Blood Donor Day: Think About Giving Blood Today

World Blood Donor Day

Every year, the World Health Organization designates June 14th as World Blood Donor Day. This celebration is meant to thank the volunteers around the world who collect blood donations and by doing so, help to save lives. It is also expected to raise awareness of the need for blood donations and to encourage people everywhere…

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All Of June Is PTSD Awareness Month

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. It can happen after a natural disaster, a serious accident, combat experience or any other excessively stressful situation. PTSD can occur in anyone and at any age. The National Center for PTSD uses…

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Do You Have A Food Allergy Action Plan?

Food Allergy Action Plan

We’ve written a lot about food allergies recently. There are many dangers associated with food allergies. Once you have been diagnosed with a food allergy, it is important to have an action plan in place in case you ever find yourself having a severe allergic reaction. The most severe reaction to food allergies is known…

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FDA Adds EpiPen To Drug Shortage List

EpiPen

One of the most important tools to combat severe allergic reactions, such as anaphylaxis may be harder to acquire in the coming months. The US Food and Drug Administration added EpiPen 0.3 mg and EpiPen Jr 0.15 mg Auto-Injectors as well as generic versions of these products to its drug shortages list. The agency’s website…

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Men’s Health Month Is Here

Men's Health Month

It’s June ,and that means it is time to celebrate Men’s Health Month. Created by a Congressional health education initiative, the month of June has been officially known as Men’s Health Month since 1994. Throughout the month, health care providers and health organizations will be offering various health screenings, health fairs ,and several other health…

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What Are the Warning Signs of Celiac Disease?

Warning Signs of Celiac Disease

As Celiac Disease Awareness Month ends, let’s take one last look at the warning signs of Celiac disease. We shouldn’t stop thinking about this condition just because we focused on Celiac disease in the month of May. We need to watch out for some of the signs and symptoms all year round. First, what is…

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Why Is Visiting A Lab The Best Option For Food Allergy Testing?

Food Allergy Test

A common misconception about food allergies is that they only occur during childhood. In fact, food allergies can develop at any point in a person’s life. This means that even if you have always tolerated certain foods in the past, such as peanuts or shellfish, you can become allergic to them in your adulthood. There…

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In Focus: Gluten Sensitivity

Gluten Sensitivity

 Some people can have a sensitivity to gluten without having Celiac disease. These people will feel some digestive distress when consuming foods that contain gluten. They also tend to show improvement when adopting a gluten-free diet. The symptoms are seen in gluten sensitivity often resemble those that are associated with Celiac disease. Gluten is…

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5 Celebrities With Celiac Disease

Celiac and Gluten Free Diets

We’ve all seen tabloids showing celebrities doing everyday things. It makes us all think that the rich and famous are just ordinary people. Well, like any regular person, celebrities can suffer from chronic conditions as well. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that makes it difficult for people suffering from it to consume gluten. Several…

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Tomorrow is Hepatitis Testing Day

Tomorrow is Hepatitis Testing Day

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and as part of that month, May 19th has been set aside as Hepatitis Testing Day. Hepatitis can have serious health consequences, especially if left untreated. The virus affects the liver. There are many options for hepatitis testing. As you prepare to participate in Hepatitis Testing Day, let’s take a…

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Women’s Health Week Spotlight: A Woman’s Healthy Heart

A Woman's Healthy Heart

Women’s Health Week Spotlight A Woman’s Healthy Heart   In a recent opinion piece, entertainment legend Barbra Streisand spoke candidly about the state of women’s cardiovascular health. She claims that the research and treatment of heart disease in women is significantly less than that of men. Streisand wrote, “Today in America, women are being sent…

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Women’s Health Week Spotlight: Menopause and You

Menopause & You

Women’s Health Week Spotlight Menopause and You At some point in their life, every woman will begin to experience menopause. This physical change is marked by reduced hormone production and is often accompanied by several symptoms that can vary in severity. There is no need to be worried about going through menopause. You need to…

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Women’s Health Week Spotlight: HPV Vaccines

Women’s Health Week Spotlight HPV Vaccines In honor of National Women’s Health Week, we’re looking at different aspects of women’s health. Today, we’re focusing on women’s sexual health. The most common STD in today’s world is HPV, also known as human papillomavirus. HPV is so common that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states…

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National Women’s Health Week

National Women's Health Week

May 13 through May 19 marks this year’s National Women’s Health Week. This time is set aside to focus on improving the health of women across the nation. Building awareness for women’s health issues and preventative screening, programs to help women get active and eating healthy and focusing on mental health issues are all just…

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May 12 Is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

Fibromyaliga Awareness Day

Since 1998, May 12th has been designated as Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. The National Fibromyalgia Association founded this event with the intent of spreading awareness and information about living with the chronic pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia. This year’s campaign theme is “Helping yourself…while helping others.” Throughout May the NFA is hosting programs and events…

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Are You Participating In A Gluten Challenge?

Are You Participating in A Gluten Challenge?

Are you participating in some kind of gluten challenge? This trend of either increasing your intake of gluten or removing it entirely has begun to gain popularity on the internet. The primary goal of any gluten-related challenge is to determine your bodies ability to tolerate gluten. Gluten intolerance can cause severe discomfort and damage to…

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3 Daily Activities to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Daily Activities to Help Your Heart's Health

Sometimes, you may need to make a significant change to your lifestyle in order to have a healthier heart. This could include changing your diet or starting a new exercise plan. While these big changes are good for your overall health, there are also smaller things you can do on a daily basis to help…

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Celebrate Mother’s Day With A Fitness eGift Card

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is around the corner and so many people are looking for a gift for Mom. Health Test Express is excited to introduce our new Molecular Fitness and Nutrition Test eGift Card. There are lots of gift ideas out there, but only one can help your loved ones discover a path to their better…

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3 Common Misconceptions About Celiac Disease

Misconceptions about Celiac Disease

There are a myriad  myths about celiac disease. Many of the misinformation about this condition can continue to build the stigma attached to it. Let’s take a look at three common misconceptions about celiac disease:   You Can’t Eat Bread Many people think that if you have celiac disease, you can never eat bread again.…

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Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Celiac Disease Awareness Month

The month of May is set aside to recognize celiac disease and those who suffer from it. According to Beyond Celiac, an advocacy group for those suffering from celiac disease, “anyone can become a celiACTIVIST! Celiac disease is serious and affects an estimated 3 million Americans, but many people still don’t know about it. Now…

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What Causes Thyroid Issues?

What Causes Thyroid Issues?

The thyroid gland is vital to the human body. The hormone it produces is highly influential on the metabolic processes of the body. The thyroid is also responsible for moderating your body’s temperature, energy and menstrual cycle. Sometimes issues arise that can obstruct the thyroid gland from efficient production. When the thyroid isn’t functioning properly…

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How Pro Sports Are Using DNA-based Fitness Testing

DNA Fitness Testing in Pro Sports

Professional sports are extremely competitive. Many athletes train their entire lives with the hope of going pro, and many fall short of that dream. Even after the elite few make it into the top of their sport, they find themselves struggling to compete. Several athletes and sports organizations are beginning to turn to a new…

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In Focus: Food Allergies

Food Allergies

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, over 50 million Americans suffer from some sort of allergy. Allergies to various foods are thought to affect 4 to 6% of those people. Food allergies most often develop in childhood, although it is possible for a person to develop them at any point in…

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Walk MS Events Held All Over The Country

Walk MS

Throughout the year, thousands of people come together all over the United States to walk for multiple sclerosis. Sponsored by the National MS Society, these events aim to help build awareness and raise funding for multiple sclerosis. In 2018, there will be over 400 events held with an expected 300,000 participants. The National MS Society…

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5 Foods To Boost Testosterone

Boost Testosterone with the 5 Foods

Having low testosterone can have multiple  effects on a man’s health. Some short term effects are erectile disfunction, a lower sex drive and a low sperm count. Long term effects of a low testosterone level include decreased muscle and bone strength, lower energy and lower fertility. Sometimes, adding certain foods to your diet can help…

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Health Test Express Launches New At-Home Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance Test in Advance of Celiac Awareness Month

Download a PDF of the full press release Health Test Express, the leading platform connecting patients to diagnostic services, announced today that they are now offering access to a new at-home Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance Test. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where ingested gluten activates the immune system and results in damage to…

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In Focus: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD

In Focus: PTSD

PTSD has been called many names over the course of time. In World War 1 it was known as “shell shock.” In World War 2, it was known as “combat fatigue.” PTSD does not only apply to veterans or others who have experienced combat. According to the American Psychiatric Association, an estimated 1 out of…

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Tai Chi Can Help With Fibromyalgia

Tai Chi Can Help With FIbromyalgia

A new study has shown promising results when using Chinese Tai Chi as a therapy for fibromyalgia. While aerobics exercises have always been considered a beneficial physical therapy for treating the disorder, this new study suggests that Tai Chi is as good, if not better. The study, ”Efficacy of Rehabilitation with Tai Ji Quan in…

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April Is IBS Awareness Month

IBS Awareness Month

In 1997, the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders declared April as IBS Awareness Month. Every April, health professionals, community groups, teachers and others set aside time and efforts to help build awareness for this IBS. Let’s take a look at IBS and how it may affect you. Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS,…

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Analyte Health Releases Annual STI Survey As Part of STD Awareness Month

Analyte Health, the leading platform connecting patients to diagnostic services,  has published the key findings of its annual survey regarding sexually transmitted infections (STIs) testing.  The survey, entitled Americans’ Attitudes Towards Sexually Transmitted Infections Testing, underscored the public health crisis stemming from steadily increasing rates of STIs, which are also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases…

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Health Test Express Launches New At-Home IBS & IBD with IQuity

Download a PDF of the full press release Health Test Express, the leading platform connecting patients to diagnostic services, announced today they are now offering access to the IsolateIBS-IBD™ test through an expansion of their partnership with IQuity, Inc. The ground-breaking RNA blood test, IsolateIBS-IBD™, is now available through the Health Test Express website, and…

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In Focus: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD

ADHD

If you are having difficulty with your focus or concentration you could be suffering from any number of problems. One problem that can cause children and adults alike to have trouble paying attention is attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. ADHD is one of the most common mental disorders. Symptoms of ADHD include a lack of…

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April is STD Awareness Month

STD Awareness Month

Each year, the month of April marks an annual awareness campaign to help deter the spread of STDs. Every year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention partners with multiple healthcare advocates and organizations in order to create opportunities to educate the public about their sexual health and help everyone get tested for STDs. In…

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Chronic Pain May Be Caused By Fibromyalgia

Chronic Pain May Be Caused by Fibromyalgia

Many people deal with constant pain. It can plague you every day of your life. There can be many causes of your pain. One cause to chronic pain that can often take a while to diagnose is fibromyalgia. Luckily, a new test can help determine if your chronic pain is caused by fibromyalgia at the…

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In Focus: Molecular Fitness Testing

In Focus: Molecular Fitness Testing

There have been several news stories over the past couple of years which spoke to the benefits of professional athletes using molecular fitness testing to improve their performance. This new science has helped several athletes and athletic organization revolutionize their approach to fitness, nutrition and training.   But what exactly is muscular fitness testing? Molecular…

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Autoimmune Disease And Your Gut: A Surprising Link

Autoimmune Disease and Your Gut

A 2017 study found that mice carrying a mutated gene which made them more susceptible to autoimmune disorders also showed changes in gut bacteria at around the same time they began to develop autoimmune symptoms. But when researchers gave the mice a probiotic, the mice’s digestive systems returned to normal, and they had decreased inflammation…

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Can You Develop Food Allergies Later In Life?

Food Allergies

Developing a food allergy can make many aspects of life difficult. You constantly have to check ingredients to make sure they don’t include something dangerous for you. There are many cuizines you may never be able to taste. Most food allergies start when a person in in their childhood but is it possible for food…

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Salmon May Be One of the Best Proteins for Your Heart

Salmon is a healthy protein

There are many health benefits in adding protein to your diet. Some proteins are better for you than others. Certain proteins are good for specific reasons. For example, salmon can be one of the best proteins you can add to your diet if you are concerned about improving your heart’s health. Whether the salmon you…

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In Focus: Pain Management

In Focus: Pain Management

Chronic pain can wreak havoc on your everyday life. Often times, chronic pain can be the result of a long term illnesses such as fibromyalgia, arthritis and multiple sclerosis, among others. Managing that pain can be difficult. Your body is different and may require an individualized pain management program. Let’s take a look at some…

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What is PGx Testing?

What is PGx Testing?

Every person’s body is different. Our reactions to certain medications can vary depending on so many factors. Have you ever started a new medication and wondered how you were going to handle it? New testing, known as pharmacogenomic (PGx) testing, can help you learn a lot about how your body will react to new medications.…

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In Focus: Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia

According to the American Chronic Pain Association, between 6 million and 12 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia. People who suffer from fibromyalgia experience pain often and at severe levels. Symptoms of fibromyalgia can be managed with various forms of treatment but that requires a proper diagnosis and individual treatment plan. Let’s take a closer look…

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Colon Cancer Awareness Month

March Is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Established in 2000 by President Bill Clinton, this annually month of observance has served the purpose of building awareness for colon cancer, helping to get those at risk for colon cancer screened and to help raise funding for colon cancer treatments and research. Many health organizations partner during this…

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Will Molecular Fitness Testing Take Your Game To The Next Level?

Molecular Fitness Testing

Athletes are always trying to find a way to beat the competition. Often this includes more traditional methods such as extensive workouts, specific dieting and long, grueling practices. Many athletes find that they have to work harder than others to remain competitive. Imagine that, in addition to all of the traditional methods of improving your…

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March is Multiple Sclerosis Month

Marsh is MS Month

March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, a time of the year set aside to campaign for better treatment, testing and education on multiple sclerosis. This year, the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America is launching a new campaign. In 2018, MSAA will focus its engagement on awareness campaign on “Understanding MS Progression.” This includes specific topics…

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3 Benefits To Taking A DNA-Based Fitness Test

DNA-Based Fitness Test

There are many ways to improve your health. Eating nutrient rich foods, exercising regularly and getting the proper amount of sleep are great ways to improve your everyday health. Sometimes, no matter how much you try, you just can’t seem to get the edge on achieving your fitness goals. Everyone’s body is different. This means…

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Lead May Be Poisoning Your Water

Lead May Be Poisoning Your Water

While there are certain metals that the body requires to function properly, exceedingly high levels of metals can be toxic. Over the past several years, one heavy metal has been making the headlines. Lead has been found to be poisoning drinking water sources around the country. Exposure to lead in your drinking water can have…

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In Focus: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

We have discussed irritable bowel syndrome before. Today, we’d like to take a look at inflammatory bowel disease. While often, the symptoms of these two conditions can be similar, inflammatory bowel disease can have some very serious risks. Inflammatory bowel disease, also known as IBD, is a term used to describe several digestive disorders involving…

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Gluten Free Diet Poses Potential Exposure to Heavy Metals

Gluten free diets put you at risk for heavy metals

A new study conducted by the University of Illinois over the course of several years found that gluten-free diets may expose you to higher levels of arsenic and mercury. These metals can be toxic and can put you at a greater risk for heart disease, cancer and other serious medical conditions. Gluten-free diets are recommended…

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What Do Women Need To Know About Chronic Inflammation?

Chronic Inflammation and Women

Inflammation is an important response the body makes when it is injured or ill. Without the response of inflammation, wounds would fester and infections could reach a deadly level. Inflammation can serve an important purpose in healing newer ailments, however, it can only be problematic when it plays a role in chronic issues. Chronic inflammation…

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February is American Heart Month

American Heart Month

American Heart Month is a federally designated event. This month is used to focus on healthy hearts for yourself, your family and friends. This month is about building awareness for heart disease and how it affects the community. Heart disease describes a range of conditions that affect your heart. This can include blood vessel diseases,…

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Three Easy Steps to Keep Your Thyroid Healthy

If you missed January’s designation as Thyroid Awareness Month, it’s never too late to stay informed about your thyroid health. Located at the front of the neck over the windpipe, your thyroid affects your entire body, including such critical functions as heart rate and energy level. When it’s not working properly, you’ll feel the effects.…

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In Focus: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, can be a very uncomfortable, if not painful, condition for some people. While IBS is a very common condition, only a small number of people affected by the condition will experience severe symptoms. Many people will have to make changes to their diet, stress level or lifestyle in order to…

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Groundbreaking Multiple Sclerosis Testing Now Available

Multiple Sclerosis Testing

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic inflammatory condition which can result in permanent damage to your central nervous system. Since MS affects the brain and spinal cord, it can block or slow down nerve communication from your brain to your body. Historically, it has been very difficult to diagnose in the early stages. A…

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Keep Your Hearts Healthy This Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day

It’s that time of the year when paper cards and boxes of chocolate are handed out with care. Love is in the air for young couples and older romantics alike. Surely, you’ve seen heart shaped decorations hanging around the past few days as we have led ourselves into Valentine’s Day. While you think of all…

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Sexual Health Questions: Finding Online Resources You Can Trust

sexual health resources

Consumers continue to look online for information about their health – and their sexual health in particular. A recent study finds that a laptop-based Google search performed much better than Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant, providing 72 percent of the best responses to sexual health questions. According to WebMD, a leading provider of health information…

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3 Natural Ways To Boost Testosterone

Boost Testosterone

We’ve talked before about the risks of a low testosterone count. Not only does it affect a man’s reproductive health but it can also cause problems with weight, hair loss and muscle loss. There are ways to monitor your testosterone level and determine if you need to make some changes in your lifestyle. There are…

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At-Home IBS/IBD Testing Is Now An Option

IBS/IBD

Digestive issues can cause a person a great deal of discomfort and stress. Chronic pain from irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease can be a nightmare when left untreated. Luckily, there are ways to test and diagnose these disorders quickly. Once a patient is aware of their condition, they can converse with a doctor…

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In Focus: Inflammation

Inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s response to injury and illness. Not only does it aid in healing wounds, it also plays a role in many chronic diseases. Inflammation is a vital part of the body’s immune system. It is a response the body makes in order to heal itself. As a response to new injury, viral…

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How Do Thyroid Problems Affect Women?

Thyroid issues can lead to other health problems. In women, the function of the thyroid plays a part in reproductive health. For this reason an overactive or underactive thyroid can cause health problems unique to women. Let’s take a look at some of the effects an imbalance of thyroid hormones can have on a woman’s…

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10 Early Warning Signs of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a disease with unpredictable symptoms. MS is a progressive, immune-mediated disorder, meaning that your immune system mistakenly attacks parts of your body that are important for everyday function. Some people experience fatigue or numbness when this happens. Others can experience paralysis, vision loss or diminished brain function. The intensity of symptoms can…

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In Focus: Testosterone

Testosterone

Testosterone is a key element in men’s health and wellness. It is produced by the testicles and is vital to a man’s reproductive health. It is a very potent hormone that can affect many different parts of the male body including hair growth, sperm production, muscle and bone mass. Boys need testosterone to mature physically.…

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Thyroid Disorders: What You Need To Know

Thyroid Disorders

The thyroid gland serves many important purposes. This butterfly shaped organ is located at the front of the neck and is responsible for releasing vital hormones. These hormones control metabolism and help to regulate things like breathing, heart rate, body weight, muscle strength, menstrual cycles, body temperature, cholesterol levels and parts of the nervous system.…

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Who Is At The Highest Risk For Cholesterol Issues?

Highest Risk for Cholesterol Issues

Some people will find themselves at higher risk for cholesterol issues. While it is true that certain behaviors can increase your chances of high cholesterol, there are many other factors that could be beyond your control. Today, let’s take a look at some of those factors that you may not be able to prevent but…

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5 Signs of Low Testosterone in Men

Low Testosterone

Testosterone is an important hormone for male fertility. It has an affect on a man’s sexual development and helps to stimulate sperm production in the testicles. One of the most important things affected by testosterone is a man’s sex drive. Men will see testosterone decrease for many reasons. This can include old age, According to…

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3 More Foods To Lower Cholesterol

Lower Cholesterol

Last week, we discussed several foods that could help you to lower your cholesterol levels. It’s true that nuts, avocados and beans all contain numerous health benefits but they aren’t the only options. Many foods can help you lower cholesterol. Here are three more foods to lower your cholesterol. Soy It can be a great…

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3 Foods That Can Help Lower Cholesterol

Lower cholesterol

The best ways to live a healthier life is to eat right and exercise. These two truths will always remain. If you are currently dealing with high cholesterol and interested in changing your diet to help lower your levels, there are certain foods that can help. Let’s take a look at three foods to help…

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Women Are More Likely To Have Trichomoniasis

Women with trichomoniasis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, trichomoniasis, commonly known as trich, is the most common curable STD in the United States. The CDC believes that only about 30% of people with trichomoniasis ever develop symptoms. One thing to keep in mind about trich is that it is far more common in women…

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9 Ways Men Lower Their Sperm Count

Sperm Count

There are many things that  can lower your sperm count. Some causes can be unavoidable such as genetics. There are some activities though that can easily be avoided by creating some lifestyle changes. Here is a list of 9 activities that can lower your sperm count and ruin your fertility.   Smoking Smoking tobacco or…

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Is It Healthy To Eat Whole Eggs?

Whole Eggs

Health experts have argued for decades about the health benefits and risks of whole eggs. The truth is that whole eggs contain a vast amount of protein and other nutrients. In the past is was thought that egg whites were the only part of the egg to contain health benefits. In reality, egg whites are…

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In Focus: Menopause

Menopause

Eventually, all women reach a certain age and begin menopause. Menopause is a natural process that marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycles. This process is natural but does carry some symptoms with it. Treatments are available to help women navigate through menopause. Menopause can occur when a woman is in her 40s or…

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The Dangers of Type 2 Diabetes

type 2 diabetes

If you blood glucose, also known as your blood sugar is too high you can develop a disease called diabetes. Blood glucose comes from the food that you eat. Insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas, helps your body transform glucose into energy. When your body does not produce enough insulin, or does not use…

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What’s the Difference?: Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance

It’s easy to mistake the gluten-free lifestyle as just a popular food trend. But as anyone with celiac knows, opting for a gluten-free diet has very little to do with what’s in the news and everything to do with necessity. If you feel discomfort after eating certain foods notorious for containing gluten (bread, pizza, etc),…

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Manopause: Is Male Menopause Real?

Male Menopause

Manopause, more commonly called male menopause, is a term used to describe decreasing testosterone levels related to aging. In female menopause, ovulation and hormone production end quickly but with men, it is much slower. The process of male menopause can begin as early as age 19, but starts around age 40 in most men. The…

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Why is Sperm Count Important to Male Fertility?

Sperm Count

Sperm count is one of the most important aspects of male fertility. Although pregnancy can still occur, having a low sperm count can make it difficult to conceive. There are many factors that can affect your sperm count. Let’s take a look at how to maintain a healthy level of sperm. Low sperm count, also…

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Waging War on a Silent Killer: Testing Your Cholesterol at Home

Consumers continue to look online for information about their health – and their sexual health in particular. A recent study finds that a laptop-based Google search performed much better than Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant, providing 72 percent of the best responses to sexual health questions. According to WebMD, a leading provider of health information…

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In Focus: Genital Herpes

Herpes

Genital herpes is one of the most common STDs in the United States. Being diagnosed with herpes can often cause a great deal of worry or concern in patients. Luckily, there is no need to panic since there are many treatments for genital herpes that help to reduce symptoms significantly. HSV 1 and 2, or…

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9 Smart Ways to Take Control of Your Health This Year

When the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, the season for personal change and improvement kicks into high gear. There are so many ways to get and stay healthy in 2018. We wanted to share a few simple and practical solutions that’ll keep your motivation going all the way to the ringing in of next…

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Ibuprofen and Male Infertility: A Surprising Link

Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen can be an excellent and seemingly harmless way to manage minor aches and pains. It is used to help with common ailments such as arthritis, headaches, menstrual cramps and much more. Men and women alike use ibuprofen in their daily lives, however there is new concern for men to be more cautious when using…

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Whole Grains May Help Increase Metabolism

Whole Grains

There has been much speculation in the scientific community about the health benefits of whole grains. Previously, studies had found that whole grains and high dietary fibers carried health benefits such as glycemic control and insulin sensitivity. There was debate about the possibility that whole grains could help increase metabolism and help with weight loss.…

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In Focus: Cholesterol

Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a necessity for the human body to operate correctly. Like many things though, there are good forms of cholesterol and bad forms of cholesterol. High levels of cholesterol in the blood can increase your risk of heart disease and cause other heart related issues. Your cholesterol levels tend to rise as a person…

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Online Test Kits Causing Increase In Young People Testing for STDs

at home test kit

New research in England has shown that younger people are more likely to get tested for STDs when they have a home-testing option versus a clinical testing option. It seems that the younger generation is most interested in convenience when it comes to testing for their sexual health. With the number of STDs growing around…

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January is Thyroid Awareness Month

Thyroid Awareness Month

Each year, the American Thyroid Association (ATA) singles out January as Thyroid Awareness Month. Thyroid health is important for for everyone. However, thyroid disorders impact more women than men. The thyroid is responsible for regulating essential processes in the body (metabolism, temperature, energy and more). Getting the facts about your thyroid health is as simple…

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Are Aerobics The Best Exercise For Your Heart?

aerobics

It is no secret that living an active lifestyle can lead to a healthier heart. Even a small amount of exercise can help improve your health. People who do not exercise are twice as likely to get heart disease. Don’t fret, it is never too late to start adding exercise to your daily life. Regular…

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Have You Been Vaccinated for HPV?

vaccinated for hpv

Human papillomavirus, otherwise known as HPV, is an infection that can infect both men and women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is one of the most common STDs among sexually active persons in the United States. It is believed that over 79 million Americans, most in the late teens and…

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In Focus: Multiple Sclerosis

multiple sclerosis

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), “Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.” Currently, the cause of MS is still unknown although many scientists believe that it is triggered by some…

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In Control: Managing Your Diabetes Through Home Health Testing

Consumers continue to look online for information about their health – and their sexual health in particular. A recent study finds that a laptop-based Google search performed much better than Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant, providing 72 percent of the best responses to sexual health questions. According to WebMD, a leading provider of health information…

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In Focus: Obesity

Obesity

Obesity is a very common medical condition in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more than one third of adult Americans suffer from obesity. Furthermore, the CDC estimates the annual health care cost of obesity-related illnesses at $146 billion. There is a difference between being slightly overweight and being…

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Syphilis Is Coming Back In A Big Way

Syphilis

Syphilis seems like it should be a disease of the past. A cure was discovered within the last century that nearly wiped out the infection. Most people might not think of this STD as a threat but as different bacteria become more resistant to certain treatments, syphilis has made a huge comeback across the United…

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Make Your New Year’s Resolution to Be Healthier

New Year's Resolution

As 2017 draws to a close, many people find themselves looking for ways to improve themselves in the coming year. Many participate in the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions. If you are thinking of making a New Year’s resolution, you should give some real thought to making one about improving your health. There are…

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Isn’t It Time to Take Control of Your Health?

Health Test Express

We’re the new kid on the block, but our name might sound familiar. Health Test Express is brought to you by the trusted team behind STD Test Express. We’ve been working for 10 years to perfect the discreet and convenient lab testing experience, and now we are proud to introduce home testing kits. At-home testing…

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Our Guide to Women’s Health Testing

At-home testing kits might be new to you. It might seem like a trend, but in 2018 and beyond, it’s going to become more important to have new options when it comes taking care of your health. That’s why we offer a general wellness kit. It tests for a variety of markers and conditions that…

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3 Reasons To Add Berries To Your Diet

Berries

When it comes to your diet, there are many things that can boost your health. Whatever the reason you’re looking to make some dietary improvements, there are some foods that maximise your health benefits. One such food is berries. Berries have a bunch of health benefits packed into a tiny little package that you will…

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Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Are Very Similar

Chlamydia and gonorrhea

Two of the most common STDs are chlamydia and gonorrhea. Recent reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that number of cases for both of these infections are on the rise nationwide. Many times, a person can have both infections at the same time. In fact, these two infections are quite similar.…

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In Focus: Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease

Have you heard of celiac disease? It is a very serious condition. Maybe you’ve heard of gluten-free diets. They are quite trendy these days. Well, gluten-free diets stem from the disorder known as celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that can affect your body and your diet. Some people are genetically predisposed to…

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