Living Well Blog

By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
May 21, 2024
Will the bird flu be the next pandemic? The answer is probably no. In fact, only one mild case has been found in humans in 2024.But that hasn’t stopped it from being front-page news.Yes, public health officials are on high alert: Bird flu has a high death rate. However, the rate of transmission to… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
April 18, 2024
Joining a fitness center is probably the easiest, most convenient way to get a well-rounded workout. But exercisers sneeze, cough and breath hard (expelling airborne droplets of germs), leaving most gyms and studios teeming with bacteria and viruses. In fact, the average treadmill, exercise bike… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
October 5, 2023
Ticks are known for causing a wide range of illnesses, with the most common being Lyme disease - a bacterial illness that affects hundreds… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
October 4, 2023
It’s common for people to experience the flu differently. In some people, the flu triggers strong cold-like symptoms, while other people develop life-threatening issues. Influenza is a virus responsible for about 9 million illnesses, 4 million medical visits, 10,000 hospitalizations and 35,000… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
May 17, 2023
Now that we’re heading into the summer months, you’ll probably spend more time outdoors and a lot more time around mosquitoes. If you’re one of those people mosquitoes love to target, we have some good news.  Mosquitoes are a hassle. They bite and spread viruses such as… See more
By A. Alan Reisinger, III, MD, FACP
May 6, 2023
For the last few years, hospital workers have generally had only one respiratory illness to focus on – COVID. Patients hospitalized due to respiratory Illness like flu, RSV and pneumonia (unrelated to COVID) were actually kind of rare. Unfortunately, the bugs are back. Since early fall, rates of… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
February 18, 2023
American hearts are in trouble with the pandemic and a resurgence of smoking among some groups to blame. Newly released statistics from the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health paint a sobering picture of America’s heart health. This is especially prevalent among… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
January 19, 2023
You should always be vigilant about protecting your immune system. But between October and May, it’s imperative.  First, it’s flu season, which can lead to pneumonia and hospitalizations. We’re also still dealing with COVID. Although experts have yet to identify a “COVID season,” cases are… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
August 5, 2022
Monkeypox has gotten a lot of media attention lately. But what is it and how is it transmitted? Danish researchers first identified the monkeypox virus in 1958 in monkeys imported from Singapore. It wasn’t until 1970 that the first human case was diagnosed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
February 26, 2022
Covid-19 is a respiratory virus that can damage the heart and blood vessels of many of its survivors. And while some damage may heal on its own, people who’ve had Covid are at increased risk for heart damage, according to a large-scale study published in Nature Medicine. What’s surprising… See more