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What is Acute Flaccid Myelitis?

 

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Spotlight on Veterans and Military Health

On November 11, Veterans Day, we honor military veterans. Veterans and military service members face unique health issues. In addition to the possible physical injuries sustained in combat, veterans are also at risk of suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. Loved ones and family members of veterans also face unique health challenges and concerns.

What is Acute Flaccid Myelitis?

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is in the news with the CDC investigating an increase in the number of cases. AFM is a neurologic disease. It is rare, but serious. It affects an area of the spinal cord called gray matter. This can cause the muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak. Because of these symptoms, some people call AFM a «polio-like» illness. Find more information and what symptoms you should look for on our MedlinePlus health topic page.

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Are you curious about a lab test ordered by your doctor?  MedlinePlus has information on more than 100 lab tests, including why you might need tofast for a blood test or the purpose of a TSH, or thyroid-stimulating hormone, test.

Creating Healthy Habits

It can be tough to change a lifelong habit, but your health may depend on it!  Learn about the four stages of creating healthy habits to improve your health and get tips on how to make changes you can stick with. Which stage are you in?

Managing Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops when a woman is unable to make the extra insulin needed during pregnancy. Symptoms may not always be obvious, so doctors often test for gestational diabetes between 24-28 weeks of pregnancy. Even if you’re diagnosed, gestational diabetes can be managed in a number of ways.

Oatmeal Pecan Waffles

These delicious Oatmeal Pecan Waffles are a perfect fall treat for the weekend!  No waffle maker? They can be made as pancakes too!

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