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Older adults have a greater risk of foodborne pathogens due to the natural aging process and other health-related concerns. It’s important for all populations, regardless of age, to maintain safe food practices for optimal health and wellbeing. Maintaining proper hygiene during food handling, reviewing expiration dates on product labels, storing foods at appropriate temperatures, and keeping current on foodborne outbreaks are all strategic steps in preventing illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “About 1 in 6 (or 48 million) people gets sick each year from contaminated food.” Fortunately through food safety practices related diseases and health concerns can be prevented.

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You’ve invested years into the workforce and are now considering retirement. What factors drive some people to retire sooner or later in life? Is there a specific age-range that’s best to retire? Planning for retirement is unique for each individual’s situation and goals. Optimal timing for retirement depends on the person’s needs, aspirations, and financial position. It’s important to maintain flexible and open to new possibilities when planning for retirement. 

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Can a finger-stick be sufficient for blood testing? A startup company has gained much popularity with their laboratory exam, eliminating the need for multiple blood vials. Theranos offers an FDA- approved medical technology, examining client labs with just a few drops of blood from a finger-stick. 

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The bladder is a balloon-shaped organ in the pelvis responsible for storing urine until released by the body. Its muscle fibers allow for stretching and voluntary control of urine output. Bladder conditions occur when the natural physiology is compromised on some level. This month we acknowledge bladder cancer awareness delving into causes, risk factors, and treatment options for cancer control and prevention.

How prevalent is cancer of the bladder, and who’s at risk?

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates 74,000 new cases of bladder cancer in 2015, that’s an average of 56,320 in men and 17,680 in women. Bladder cancer is more common in older adults with 9 out of 10 diagnosis in people over the age of 55.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documents skin cancer as the most common type of cancer in the United States. Enjoying sunny beaches and water events are lots of fun, yet the outdoors can pose health risks during hot sunny days. The CDC comments on prolonged sun exposure stating, “Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes. Yet it can take as long as 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure.” Skin cancer prevention is crucial in promoting a safe and healthy summer. 

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