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Today in Health - 3/5/14

With the changing seasons, everyone is getting sick with colds, flu, allergies, etc. Germs are flying everywhere! That’s why this week’s “Today in Health” is focusing on the incredible discoveries and progress made in health topics related to the flu, HIV, and cancer.

How many of you got a flu shot this year? I can imagine not many, since only half of American’s needing a flu shot are actually getting one. Don’t feel too bad. I’m guilty of it, too. Luckily, there may soon be a slap on patch option available with minimal to no discomfort to ease our flu shot woes. This patch will be self administered and available to take home in stores or even by mail. The days of the flu shot may be over soon! Read more here: Slap on a flu patch? New vaccine would skip the needle

 Could HIV also soon be a thing of the past? Maybe not tomorrow, but doctor’s are working on making it a reality one day. A second baby born with the AIDS virus was given early treatment only 4 hours after birth and appears to possibly have been cured of the virus, nearly a year later. The first baby from Mississippi is now 3 and a half years old and seems HIV-free with no treatments for about 2 years, giving hope for the future of children born with HIV. Read more here: Doctors hope for cure in a 2nd baby with HIV

We all hear about eating right daily; however, popular diets such as Atkins and Paleo may not be the best route. According to new research, protein-rich diets in middle-aged people caused a markedly increased risk of dying from cancer. People ages 50-65 who ate high-protein diets were 4 times more likely to die of cancer compared to those who ate low-protein. That’s almost as high as smoking! So what do we do? Read more here: Why High-Protein Diets May Be Linked To Cancer Risk

All these discoveries and milestones in health and science will lead to more improved ways of caring for our health and how we care for the health of others. Remember, CHCP offers a variety of health care training, including programs in nursing and medical assisting.

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