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Teen Driver Safety Tips

Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the  for teenagers in the U.S.? [1] If you are reading this, you may be a teenager who has just recently gotten your learner’s permit or your driving license. Even if you aren’t a teen driver, keep reading. There is more information about how everyone can help…

Unhealthy Teen Relationships

Did you know that nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by their partners in the United States [1]? This equates to nearly 10 million women and men in the United States being physically abused by their partners within a year [1]. Teenage physical abuse accounts for nearly 15% out of the 10 million [2]. However,…

Mental Illness Awareness Week

As of now, we are in midst of Mental Illness Awareness Week. During the week of October 7 to 13, the National Alliance on Mental Illnesses, also known as NAMI, raises awareness of mental disorders and promotes ways in which we can help spread understanding as well as support to people who experience those conditions….

Back To School

  Back to School It’s the end of summer and time to start a new school year!  Here are five tips to help you to start the school year! Get enough sleep  You’re probably going to miss those late nights and waking up late with the new school year starting.  When school starts, it’s getting…

Suicide: Do you know the signs?

  Suicide is a serious public health problem that affects many young people. In fact, it is the second leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24. (CDC, 2016) In Howard County specifically, suicide was the leading cause of death for youth ages 15-19 between 2014-2016. A county-wide survey found…

The Truth About Melanoma and Skin Cancer

Myths vs. Facts Often caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight, melanoma accounts for only 4 to 5% of skin cancer cases, but is responsible for most skin cancer-related deaths. As with many forms of cancer, melanoma is often misunderstood, and myths persist. When detected and treated in its earliest stages, however, melanoma…

All About Chlamydia!

It’s STI Awareness Month! This month we are putting the spotlight on one of the most common STIs –CHLAMYDIA . What is it? Chlamydia is a common, curable sexually transmitted infection (STI). It is caused by a bacteria. Most cases of chlamydia are among young people, under age 29. In 2016, chlamydia rates among all age groups…

National Poison Prevention Week 2018

Drug-related poisonings account for 70,000 hospital visits, and result in 35,000 deaths a year (Poison Help 2017).  Poisons include, but are not limited to, prescription medicines, painkillers, cleaning substances, cosmetics, and foreign toys or objects. In the teenage years, reasons for poison exposures shift from unintentional to intentional. Teens may use household products and medications…

STIs and Howard County Teens

Rates of new sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV are rising among adolescents and young adults across the United States. Youth in Columbia, are also at risk. In 2016, chlamydia and gonorrhea rates among all age groups were the highest they have ever been in the past 10 years. In…

Let’s Talk about HIV and AIDS

Let’s be honest, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, isn’t the first topic that would come up in your typical conversation. In most cases, it’s the last thing people want to talk about. Why is this? Could it be the general confusion of the disease? Does talking about STIs in general make people uncomfortable? Or both?…