Detecting Diabetes Early with A1C Testing

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The Center for Disease Control reported 1.5 million Americans were diagnosed with diabetes for the first time in 2015 (the most recent numbers).  As the number of Americans with diabetes or prediabetes grows, it becomes more important that individuals with this disease become aware of their condition and take the appropriate steps to stay healthy … Read more

It’s Not Just About Watching the Scale

Having a healthy body weight is a challenge for many, many people.  Trying to maintain your ideal weight takes a combination of eating right, exercising regularly and being active. But determining if you are at a healthy weight is not always about just the number on the scale.  There are other means available to help … Read more

DOT Makes Changes to Driver Medical Exams

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To meet new Health and Human Services drug testing guidelines the Department of Transportation (DOT) has made changes to its drug testing program regulations. These changes will impact drivers, as well as labs like Blackbird Clinical Services. Updates to Drug Testing Rules Effective January 1, 2018, the semi-synthetic opioids: hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone and oxymorphone, have … Read more

Why Is This Flu Season So Much Worse Than Others?

Flu Season is Here

A fierce flu season that began in November is taking its toll wherever you look.  Even those who got a flu shot this fall are not escaping this illness.  Why is that? Each year the flu vaccine is formulated to protect against three or four strains of flu that are anticipated to be the most … Read more

How to Avoid Gaining Weight Over the Holidays

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How much weight do you think you gain over the holidays?  Is it 5, 7 or 10 pounds?  Actually, the good news is that it is closer to 1 pound, although for those who are heavier to begin with, the norm is closer to 5 pounds. On the not so good side according to research … Read more

Cold or Flu? What do I do?

Cold or Flu?

It’s that time of year again, when the kids are back in school and adults are inside more and in closer proximity to their co-workers, all of which expose our family members to an array of viruses.  So when you hear that first sniffle and sneeze, or raspy cough, how do you know if your … Read more

Back to School Health Tips

Back to School Health Tips

While school is a place to acquire knowledge, it is also a place where our children acquire an array of germs which cause illness, discomfort and missed school days.  Going back to school can also entail sports physicals, immunizations, and being exposed to more allergens.  Getting Started on the Right Foot Many schools require certain … Read more