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The arrival of August means the sports physical season is upon us. The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) requires all youth wishing to take part in a sport to get the medical clearance of a professional prior to competition.

Sports physicals help ensure that student-athletes are physically prepared to take part in the sports of their choosing.

Sports physicals are similar to general check-ups with your doctor and typically include the following areas:

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Insect pests such as mosquitoes and ticks can hamper your outdoor summer fun activities.

Both insects are very active in Ohio and require vigilance in keeping them away from you and your children. Knowing how to prevent ticks and mosquitoes from biting you can ward off a number of diseases.

Keeping mosquitoes at bay

The most prevalent summer pest, mosquitoes in Ohio can carry diseases such as West Nile virus, La Crosse virus, Eastern equine encephalitis virus, and St. Louis encephalitis virus. Follow these tips to keep mosquitoes from ruining your summer:

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With kids preparing to go back to school, August’s designation as National Immunization Month is a perfect time to learn about the importance of vaccinations.

The Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) Immunization Program works toward the elimination of diseases among Ohio residents that could have been prevented with a vaccine. Immunization schedules for children and adults are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Image of a nurse giving IV medicine to patient.With more than 14 million people being diagnosed each year, cancer remains one of the world’s most challenging health care issues.

Fortunately, advances in cancer care are allowing people to live longer with the disease than ever before. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has released Clinical Cancer Advances 2018, its 13th annual report on cancer progress, highlighting advances in the fight against cancer.

In the U.S. alone, more than 15 million people (approximately 1 in 20) are cancer survivors. This number is expected to grow steadily, with experts predicting it will reach 26 million by 2040, with nearly three-quarters of them 65 years of age or older. Meanwhile, cancer death rates are declining, with 64% of Americans diagnosed in 2005 living 10 years or more past the diagnosis, up from 35% for those diagnosed in 1975.

The progress is a direct reflection on investments in cancer research and advance discovery and care, all of which is growing rapidly. From November 2016 through October 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 31 new therapies for more than 16 types of cancer.

Image of man grilling brats and vegetables.Summer is prime grilling season. This year, mix up the usual suspects of hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwursts with some healthy, incredibly delicious –not to mention simple – meal ideas.

There’s something for everyone in these scrumptious dishes, so don’t be afraid to venture outside of the norm with your menu of grilled offerings this summer.

Pork Tenderloin with Orange-Sesame Asparagus and Rice

This recipe is sized to provide extra pork for dinners later in the week. To reduce the number of servings, simply use one pork tenderloin instead of two and halve the marinade. The rest of the recipe will work for four servings. The meatiness of the pork is amplified by the marinade’s soy sauce and fish sauce, while the brown sugar and maple syrup’s sweet notes help balance it. The latter two also brown the pork quickly in the grill pan as their sugars caramelize on the ridges.

Image of family on a boat, using summer safety tipWith its vacations, relaxed schedules and sunny skies, summer makes it easy to throw caution to the wind.

The hottest season’s mellow vibe can make it tough to remember that we shouldn’t forget about personal safety, however. Recreational opportunities in the great outdoors are best enjoyed with a dose of moderation and protection, no matter the season.

Here are some ways to increase both the fun and safety this summer.

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Heart attacks rarely strike a man without warning, but you may not recognize the signs if you don’t know what to look for. Knowing the warning signs of an impending heart attack can help you take action before you’re suddenly stricken by extreme chest pain.

Overcome by Extreme Fatigue

Take notice if your everyday routine suddenly feels like more work than it should. Overwhelming fatigue can indicate a problem in the heart’s left ventricle, which is responsible for pumping oxygen-rich blood throughout the body.

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The calendar has finally hit June, so it’s time to step outside and begin your active summer of fun.
Sure, the kids may initially see summer as the chance to increase their survival skills in the Fortnite video game, but expending some energy outdoors will help you all survive summer more easily. Here are some ideas for increasing your family’s physical fitness this summer.

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Mark Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month by actively strengthening your most important organ – your brain. 

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is the sixth-leading cause of death for all adults. Approximately 5.5 million Americans live with the disease, but there are lifestyle changes you can make to stave off Alzheimer’s and general cognitive decline.

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Seeing a doctor about urological issues is not atop most men’s list of favorite things to do. It’s probably not even at the bottom of the list.

However, there are certain warning signs that should make seeing a Urologist a priority. Urology deals with urinary issues involving the kidneys, bladder, ureter and urethra, as well as the male reproductive system.

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s time to see a urologist. Your insurance company may require a referral from your general physician to cover this specialist visit.