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Prep Your Health: Chronic Kidney Disease Care in an Emergency

Artistic illustration of kidneys inside the human body

There are different forms of chronic kidney disease and many receive different types of treatment for it. In observance of March being National Kidney Month, Public Health Matters looks at how people who need dialysis can prepare for disasters and emergencies. For being so small (each is about the size of a computer mouse), the Read More >

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Prep Your Health by Reviewing Important Paperwork

Young woman helping an elderly woman complete a form

The importance of proofreading everything you write before you turn it in is a lesson many people learn in elementary school, and– throughout much of our early lives–applies almost exclusively to things like book reports and term papers. The need to check personal paperwork for errors and omissions becomes even more important in adulthood when Read More >

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National Battery Day: Plan Ahead with Emergency Power Sources

In observance of National Battery Day on February 18, take a minute to think about how integrated electricity and power sources, like batteries, are to our everyday lives. Electricity is so integral to our routines, that we sometimes take it for granted. So many facets of our lives require electricity. Look around you. From cell Read More >

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When the Weather Outside is Frightful

Be Prepared

It is understandable if in all the hubbub of the holidays you didn’t notice the season changed. The official start of winter was December 21. But for people living in many parts of the country it’s felt like winter since before Thanksgiving. Bundle up because winter is here to stay—at least until March, regardless of Read More >

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Preparing Children with Special Healthcare Needs for an Emergency

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In my home both of my children have special health care needs. My daughter Charlotte is 4 years-old, and my son, Zachary, is 2 years-old. Both were diagnosed with asthma at an early age. Having children with special health care needs means that my husband and I must think ahead, plan ahead, and prepare our Read More >

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Social Scuttlebutt? Be Prepared to Stay Informed in an Emergency

Social media has evolved into a powerful mass communication tool that preparedness and response agencies like CDC’s Center for Preparedness and Response use to share personal health preparedness tips and emergency response recommendations. When there is a public health emergency, the information disseminated by CDC and its federal, state, and local response partners can save lives. Read More >

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