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That time of the month. A visit from your friend. The curse. Aunt Flo. There are so many euphemisms for menstruation that sometimes women and girls get the message they really shouldn’t mention it. Perhaps that’s why one of the mottos of the Endometriosis Association is “Let’s Talk About It.” 

March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month.

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Despite the fact that it’s almost entirely preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children according to The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

February is Children’s Dental Health month.

The American Dental Association advises that a balanced diet, limiting snacks, brushing and flossing each day and regular dental check-ups are the keys to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

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The 2017-2018 flu season is estimated to be at its peak, and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) says it’s still a good time to get vaccinated.

 

Director of the DHSS, Dr. Randall Williams says although the vaccine’s overall effectiveness is less than those of past years for adults, people who received the vaccine, and also contracted the flu, had less severe symptoms, required less hospitalization, and recovered faster.

 

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The British comedian Jo Brand once remarked, “anything is good if it is made of chocolate.” But can anything made of chocolate also be good for you? Would you like to feel less guilty about the chocolates you ate on Valentine’s Day?

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It’s been 52 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a War on Poverty – part of his Great Society vision, which brought us such programs as Medicare, Medicaid and Head Start. And there is still so much work to do.

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