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Men’s Health and Safety

June is Men’s Health Month and National Safety Month. We also celebrate Father’s Day. While these are separate observances they all share a common thread, men. During this month, health care providers, public policymakers, the media, and individuals get the...

Spring Has Sprung and With It, Allergies and Asthma

Your itchy eyes, runny noses, and coughing might not be a cold but allergies Instead. As the season warms into spring, birch and alder trees begin to release pollen. If the weather is dry, the presence of pollens in the air might remain for a longer time. Combine this...

Does Poor Oral/Dental Hygiene Affect Overall Health?

The answer is, yes. Your eyes may be the windows to your soul, but your mouth is the window to your overall health. Regular brushing and flossing help eliminate many diseases and other medical disorders that affect not just your mouth, but your entire body. Your mouth...

The Most Preventable Yet Least Prevented Cancer – Get Screened!

Colon cancer, also referred to as colorectal cancer, is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It begins as a cluster of cells in the colon–a growth called a polyp. At first, these polyps can be benign (not yet cancerous). However, if undetected,...

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

Anything that pertains to brain health is a top priority. Your brain controls everything you do; hence, an injured brain can ultimately affect your entire body. March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, so your healthcare team at Sunshine Community Health Center...

Healthy Habits to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is an acquired disease. Many factors affect the body’s efficiency in absorbing insulin. One common factor could be the body’s inability to absorb blood glucose due to insulin resistance, or both. Type 2 Diabetes is common in people who...

Cervical Health Awareness Month

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and Sunshine Community Health Center wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. About 79 million...

Don’t Drink and Drive. Know Your Limit and Have a Plan.

Holiday gatherings, dark days, bad roads, drinks, and driving are a dangerous mix all too common this time of year. The time for merry-making is here. With that, many of us will be going to parties, to have fun and have alcoholic drinks. When the party ends, the...

Can Vitamin D Help Your Immune System? 

We all know that long winter months in Alaska mean shorter light hours. For those of us that work indoors, the sun doesn’t show up at all! With many working from home, not leaving the house at all, sun exposure is close to nil. The more time that passes without sun...

Why Are Breathing Exercises Effective During Stressful Situations

Inhale, exhale. Breathing is voluntary and natural, but did you know that lung capacity decrease as you age? An average person who lives up to 80 years old can take more than 672 million breaths in his lifetime. But your way of breathing changes in your 60’s or...