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Winter storms can bring freezing rain, ice, snow, high winds or a combination of these conditions. They can also cause you to be without power for several days, and make roads and walkways very dangerous. Visit Ready.gov for information about important steps people with disabilities can take to prepare for an emergency or natural disaster. You'll also find practical tips about what should be in your disaster supply kit.

Flu Season is Bad and May Get Worse

"This flu season is shaping up to be a severe one, especially for older people, young children, and those with underlying conditions," said CDC director Tom Frieden, MD, referring to conditions like asthma, sickle cell disease and other health problems.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

IF YOU NEED HELP, DIAL THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE AT:1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a condition that affects people around the world. Due to the serious health problems associated with SCD there is a need to know more about the disease.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The risk of suicide is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these signs, seek help as soon as possible by calling the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Can You Recognize a Heart Attack or Stroke? What To Do When Every Moment Counts

Heart disease and stroke are 2 of the top killers among both women and men in the U.S. Nationwide, someone dies from a heart attack about every 90 seconds, and stroke kills someone about every 4 minutes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Quick medical help could prevent many of these deaths. Fast action can also limit permanent damage to the body.

1 in 4 Americans Don't Know They Have Diabetes

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than 29 million Americans have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010. One in four people with diabetes don't even know they have the disease. Diabetes is a serious disease, but it can be managed through physical activity, diet and correct use of medications to lower blood sugar levels. Under the Affordable Care Act, most health plans must cover preventive services such as diabetes screening at no cost to you.

Protect Your Tendons: Preventing the Pain of Tendinitis

Tendinitis is a painful condition caused by overusing and straining the joints in your body. Some of the most common places to get the condition are in the shoulders, elbows, hands, wrists, knees, and ankles. Gardeners, carpenters, musicians, and other people whose work regularly places stress around the same tendons are at increased risk for developing tendinitis. Here’s how you can prevent and treat tendinitis.

Observing 2014 National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week culminates on May 12, the anniversary of the birthday of perhaps the most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale, the original nurse leader. Please join me this week and all the weeks that follow in recognizing nurses across the country for following in Florence’s footsteps and thanking them for the critical work they do in bringing better care and better health to all Americans.

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