Health Pro Tips for February 2024

The best science, stories, and strategies related to this month’s national health themes. Check back throughout the month for new additions.

American Heart Health

According to the 2024 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics: A Report of U.S. and Global Data from the American Heart Association, heart disease has been the leading cause of death in the U.S. for 100 years. More women than men die of heart disease every year, yet treatment for women is regularly delayed and their conditions are often misdiagnosed.   

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) & Low Vision Awareness

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that can blur your central vision. It happens when aging causes damage to the macula — the part of the eye that controls sharp, straight-ahead vision.  AMD is a common condition — Approximately 20 million people in the United States have AMD, and it’s a leading cause of vision loss for older adults. As far as the rest of the population – over 75% of US adults need some form of vision correction.  

Black History Month

Started in 1976, Black History Month is an annual celebration in February of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Read on to learn more about some inspiring Black leaders in health care past and present, as well as how much more work we have to do to make health care equitable for Black Americans.  

National Cancer Prevention Month

About 42% of cancer cases and 45% of cancer deaths in the United States are linked to modifiable risk factors – and thus could be preventable – according to a new study from American Cancer Society researchers. Learn more about how to celebrate cancer prevention month in February and reduce your risk.  

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