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August Health News and Articles
Living Healthy Throughout The Year
Summer may be winding down, but healthy living is a never-ending endeavor for anyone who cares about their physical and mental well-being. That's why this month's newsletter features a wider variety of health-related topics, from the importance of vaccinations to what foods and nutrients can help you look good and age better. 

End your summer by setting a goal to feel good and look good year round!
August is National Immunization Awareness Month
August highlights a time to encourage everyone to protect their health through immunization against infectious diseases. 

Supported by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) serves as a reminder that vaccinations provide an important tool in protecting back-to-school children, college students and those most vulnerable to influenza when the season changes. 

At Health Testing Centers, we support this initiative and remind everyone that immunizations are not just for children. The youngest among us often require, for school records, a series of shots to protect them against measles, polio, chicken pox and hepatitis. 

But adults also need vaccines against communicable diseases. Adults should have a tetanus shot every ten years and anyone over 65 should be immunized with a one-time pneumonia vaccine. 

Through our fast, easy and cost-effective services at Health Testing Centers we provide the following important screenings:

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Immunity Profile - used to screen for the presence of viral antibodies. 
Rubella Antibodies, IgG - a common childhood disease, ruebella causes a distinctive skin rash.Rubeola Antibodies, IgG - also known as measles; highly contagious and spread by contact.Tetanus Antibodies Profile - determines a person's immunity to tetanus, which can be deadly.Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) Antibodies, IgG - a virus related to herpes that causes chickenpox and shingles.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)  
Hepatitis A, B, & C
New Research on Obesity & Heart Disease
While obesity constitutes a real health problem in America (about one-third of Americans are considered obese, with body mass index of 30 or more) a new study reported by Reuters Health indicates that being grossly overweight may not necessarily mean an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death.

What appears to be more relevant is whether or not an individual has normal levels of metabolic markers like C-Reactive Protein, which determines the amount of inflammation present in the body. 

Research suggests that people with good metabolic health, even if obese, are not at risk of future heart disease, as least not to the degree previously thought.

At Health Testing Centers, we're well aware that heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the U.S. each year. That's why we offer a range of quick, easy and affordable screening profiles, including:

C-Reactive Protein (hs-CRP) - a high sensitivity test that measures the level of inflammation in the body and provides a powerful indicator of heart attack risk.

Lipid Profile (LP) - measures good and bad levels of cholesterol.

Heart Healthy Screenings Level I - convenient panel includes a Basic Health Screening, Lipid Profile and a C-Reactive Protein (hs-CRP) test.
PSA Testing in Men -   Yes or No?
There's a current debate about whether or not men should undergo screening for prostate cancer through use of the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test. 

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) ranked the cancer screening test low, stating that it led to unnecessary treatments. However, the president of the American Urological Association called it "inappropriate and irresponsible" to issue such a general statement against PSA testing. 

With certain populations at higher risk and men with a family history of prostate cancer, it only makes sense to provide a choice so that every male can make his own decision about whether or not to be screened. With PSA testing, urologists say it has improved their ability to diagnose the disease in its most curable stage and allows them to offer their patients viable therapy options. 

At Health Testing Centers, we support the physicians' viewpoint that PSA testing remains a valuable tool in the fight against prostate cancer. With prostate cancer the most common type of malignancy found in men 65 and older, an annual blood test is recommended for men beginning at age 50. Those with a strong family history of the disease should be tested each year starting at age 40. 

Prostate Check - combines PSA & PAP tests.
Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Free: Total Ratio - calculates free and total PSA levels.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) - a factor in the development of prostate cancer and male balding.
Breast Cancer Breakthroughs
According to recent medical studies, 2011 and 2012 have brought major advances in cancer research. 

The American Society of Clinical Oncology reports in a study of post-menopausal women at high risk for invasive breast cancer that the drug exemestane significantly reduces that risk.

In addition, new microsurgical procedures are being used that rebuilds the breasts of those women who have undergone a mastectomy. The technique, used at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery in New Orleans, transplants the woman's own body fat from her stomach, waist and posterior. 

At Gamma West Cancer Services, with locations in Utah and elsewhere, radiation treatment for breast cancer has been reduced from the typical six and a half weeks to five days and the radiation exposure is limited to the tumor site. Delivered through a thin catheter temporarily implanted in patients who have undergone a lumpectomy for tumors three centimeters or less in size, the high-dose radiation treatment spares healthy tissue and reduces side effects.

While cancer is never good news, at Health Testing Centers we offer a series of cancer screenings that can test for breast cancer, providing quick answers and peace of mind.

Cancer Antigen (CA) 27.29 - the premier blood test for breast cancer, it measures the level of CA 27.29 antigen found in the blood of patients with the disease. It is also a useful tool in how a patient is responding to treatment. 

Female Cancer Screening - a comprehensive panel that covers malignancies more common to females, including cancer of the ovaries, large intestine, stomach, pancreas, liver and breast. 
Let's Hear It For Chocolate!
New research has shown that eating just a small amount of flavanol-rich cocoa products can help reduce blood pressure. 

A reduction in systolic pressure (the top number and the first one recorded) is associated with up to 10 percent lower stroke mortality and a seven percent lower mortality from heart disease and other vascular diseases. 

It doesn't take much chocolate to gain the benefit - between one and two ounces of dark chocolate a day is enough. You can thank epicatechin, a molecule with antioxidant properties. The same ingredient is found in green and black tea. (Source: www.WorldHealth.net) 

Think you might be allergic to chocolate? Find out through Health Testing Centers'Chocolate/Cocoa Allergy Test, a qualitative allergen specific IgE blood test that will determine any hypersensitivity to the substance. 
More Interesting Articles
Bet You Didn't Know That...
10 Fun People Facts 
  • Nearly 40 percent of all indigestion remedies sold in the world are purchased by Americans.
  • A person swallows about 295 times while eating a meal.
  • A sneeze can travel up to 100 miles per hour.
  • Babies start dreaming even before they are born.
  • Blue eyes are the most sensitive to light; dark brown the least sensitive
  • Children grow faster in springtime than any other time of year.
  • During a typical human life span, the heart beats about 2.5 billion times.
  • About one -third of the population can't snap their fingers.
  • A jiffy is an actual unit of time. So it's not totally illogical to say "Be there in a jiffy."
  • About 12 percent of Americans think that Joan of Arc was Noah's wife.
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