Casting call for CDC’s Bring Your Brave

Sharing your breast cancer story will empower and educate young women

Bring Your BraveAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, about 11% of new breast cancer cases in the United States are among women under the age of 45. Many young women at risk may not realize it.

Using what’s known in the theatrical world as a casting call, the CDC is looking for women of any age who meet certain criteria and are willing to share their story publicly. The resulting campaign, Bring Your Brave, will use personal stories to help empower and educate young women about breast cancer’s risks. The casting call will close on May 15, 2015. Continue reading

Three tips for fighting the flu

As the flu season peaks, there are still precautions you can take to lessen your chances of getting sick

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Washing your hands with soap and warm water is just one of many ways to fight the flu.

As this year’s influenza (flu) virus reaches its peak in Michigan, we at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center stress to our heart patients the importance of taking necessary precautions to avoid getting the flu — or to minimize their symptoms if they do get the flu. This includes patients whose heart health is being managed as well as our pre-op and post-op patients.

Here are some important tips for fighting the flu:

  1. First and foremost, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we recommend everyone, including heart patients, get an annual flu vaccine. If you’re a heart patient scheduled for surgery, you should get the flu vaccine one month prior to your surgery date. Even though this year’s flu vaccine is not an ideal match, the CDC says it can still offer important protection and help prevent serious flu complications.
  2. If you develop flu symptoms, see your doctor right away for an antiviral medication such as Tamiflu, which can lessen your symptoms. The sooner you see your doctor, the better you’ll be able to manage your symptoms.
  3. Keep germs at bay. The CDC recommends these methods to prevent the spread of germs:

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Sit Less: An Easy Way to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Let’s face it: We do a lot of sitting. The majority of Americans spend their workday sitting in front of a computer, sitting in meetings, and sitting in the car commuting to and from work.  Then we get home – and we sit to eat, relax, watch television and read.  Or we get on our home computers to catch up with friends, surf the web, play video games, help the kids with homework, or maybe even do a little more work.

We’ve been hearing for years that moderate exercise done every day improves your health and reduces your personal risk for developing cancer, heart disease and diabetes. But recently researchers have learned that making an effort to sit less and stand more several times a day can improve your health and reduce your risk for developing cancer. Continue reading