Spring Breakers, Read This Before You Celebrate

Class is done for a week, it’s time for spring break! The “beer-soaked blur” as it is commonly referred to, is an exciting time for young adults to get away and have a good time with friends. It’s become the greatest week in college student’s lives.

But, did you know that ½ of sexual encounters are unplanned and unprotected on spring break trips? Young adults are one of the highest-risk age groups when it comes to getting an STD. When the drinks start flowing, your ability to make rational decisions declines. The risks and diseases that can result from unprotected sex should scare you. Be prepared and use protection to decrease your chance of bringing home an unexpected souvenir that affects your long-term health.

It’s better to know exactly what’s going on in your body rather than taking a chance and potentially spreading a STD. Getting a lab test is the only way to know. ANY LAB TEST NOW® offers affordable STD testing that is discreet and confidential with quick, reliable results.

Have you checked out Hula? It’s a mobile app that makes it easy and convenient to find an STD test center, get your results online and share your verified STD status if you choose to. Download the app here and be prepared this spring break!

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See How Easy It Is To Help Someone Who’s Suffering

Have you ever said, “I had no idea,” after you learn of a loved one suffering from an eating disorder? That is not an uncommon thought and it crosses many parents, friends, siblings and co-workers minds.

That’s why National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) chose this year’s theme, as it’s meant to touch the hearts of those who were unaware that their loved one was battling an eating disorder. “I Had No Idea” kicked off yesterday and will continue through this week. NEDA chose this theme in hopes of raising awareness of eating disorders and the severe impact and harm these diseases have on individuals and their bodies.

There are psychological, social, interpersonal and biological factors that can contribute to these disorders. It’s hard for people who don’t suffer from these illnesses to understand that they, indeed, are a disease.

Becoming aware and not overlooking potential symptoms that your loved one might possess, are key for helping them to overcome these diseases. Check out NEDA’s list of symptoms for Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating and other eating/nutrition disorders.  The conversation might be tough to begin, but the reward from it is incredible and will change someone’s life.

To join NEDA’s efforts, share this post or the available materials on their website to spread awareness!

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Taxes & the Affordable Care Act

Tax season is underway; which means you should start thinking about the tax implications on health reform when it comes to the Affordable Care Act.

If you’ve purchased insurance through the health insurance marketplace, you may be eligible for a refundable tax credit. Fox 23 reports that when taxpayers were signing up, the option was available to estimate their 2014 income to see if it was possible to qualify for credit and have it applied in advanced to the cost of premiums. If this is the case for you and your family, it’s important to actively inform the particular exchange you purchased your insurance through of any changes in your situation throughout the year such as having a child or a salary increase.

Make sure you understand what this means for your taxes, especially if you haven’t enrolled in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and are planning on it. Don’t forget that the deadline is March 31, 2014. Many people think the deadline has already passed, but there’s still plenty of time! Taxes are due just shortly after the 31st and it will be helpful to know exactly what to expect. To learn more about the Affordable Care Act visit our microsite at www.anylabtestnow.com/health-care-reform-and-you/.

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The Number One Killer of Women Should Be Stopped

Heart disease is the number one killer of women; yes, over any type of cancer. It kills approximately one woman, every minute. The prevention and treatment of this disease rests on awareness. For you to know how to beat and prevent heart disease, you must be aware of it and know what’s going on in your body.

Symptoms can range from chest pain to nausea to shortness of breath and more. A problem is that these symptoms are not uncommon; therefore many women who suffer from the disease don’t know they have it. According to the American Heart Association, over half of women who die from the disease experience little to no symptoms. Women sometimes look to more common issues like the flu or their age. That’s why it’s so important to Take Control of Your Health® and get tested.

Size and pumping abilities of the heart differ by gender, but there is no definite explanation as to why men and women are affected differently by heart disease. Shining a spotlight specifically on women’s heart health will raise awareness and encourage women to get their heart tested because they might not have thought about their heart’s health before.

Friday, Feb. 7, was National Wear Red Day by Go Red for Women. Check out our Facebook to see all that was going on!

Ladies, now is the time to get tested to check your heart health. The Heart Health Panel gives you an idea of your overall heart health. The VAP test includes basic cholesterol tests and identifies abnormalities. The PLAC test measures your arteries and will assess your risk for heart attacks and/or strokes. These are the perfect tests to help you become aware of exactly what’s going on with your heart health. Get tested today and spread the word!

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Why You Should Wear Red on Friday

Friday is an important day every year, and no it’s not because it’s time to remind your significant other that Valentine’s Day is next week (even though that’s not a bad idea). It’s National Wear Red Day and this year is especially significant as it marks the 10th birthday of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement.

Watch the video and to see why this is such an important day. Heart disease tends to go unnoticed, so being aware is essential. Take the necessary steps to get to know what’s going on in your body and get you familiar with your overall heart health with ANY LAB TEST NOW®’s Lipid Panel, Vertical Auto Profile or VAP Test and PLAC Tests.

In support of raising awareness for women’s heart health, we’re giving you 50% OFF a VAP or PLAC test, only on February 7th, National Wear Red Day! This makes it easier than ever for you to Take Control of Your Health®.

We are hosting a contest of our own throughout the nation’s ANY LAB TEST NOW® locations. We are decking out our offices in red to raise awareness of Go Red for Women. Join us in supporting women’s heart health by wearing red on Friday and spreading the word. Send us photos of you in your red via Twitter @ALTNCorp.

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Food Allergies Are Sneaky; Here’s Why

Do you think you have a food allergy? If so, are you sure that’s what it is? Some people mistake having food allergies with a food intolerance or sensitivity. Here’s the difference.

An allergy happens when your body creates antibodies to protect itself from something your body sees as harmful. The next time your body comes in contact with that particular something, histamines, which are produced in response to foreign intruders, are released causing allergic reactions.

Intolerances are different because they can vary depending on the situation, while an allergy reacts the same each time. Intolerances are a result of your body’s incapability to process certain substances.

The right lab test will answer your questions and get you on track to ease your symptoms. Check out our Gut Health Profile test. This measures your gut health on the genetic, antibody and cellular levels and will let you know exactly what’s going on inside your body, including Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance. To make sure you take the correct test, talk to one of our ANY LAB TEST NOW® medical assistants.

Don’t be deceived by the perception of a food allergy. If you’re not sure, make yourself sure and Take Control of Your Health®.

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What Taxes & Paternity Tests Have In Common

Hey Dads! Are you giving the mother of your child financial support? If you answered yes, you should keep reading.

Tax season is right around the corner and one thing some men might overlook is the legality of claiming their children as dependents. If your name isn’t listed on the birth certificate you need to take some precautionary steps to protect yourself from this type of issue. If you are not legally listed as the father of your child, you cannot claim an exemption on your tax return.

Both parents cannot claim a child; it has to be one or the other. Some mother’s might believe that if the father supplies financial support, he can file an exemption too, but that is not the case.  Finding out this information when you go to file your taxes might be a surprise, but by taking precautionary steps in advance, you can avoid the situation. In most instances fathers have to prove that they are the paternal father, which is where we can help with our paternity tests.

At ANY LAB TEST NOW® we offer two types of paternity tests, but for this situation, you’ll need the legally admissible paternity test. Test results with proper chain-of-custody can be used as evidence for circumstances where you may:

  • Seek military benefits for the child
  • Seek child custody or custodial/visitation rights
  • Be asked to place a child up for adoption
  • Add or remove your name from the birth certificate

Give us a call today if you have any questions about our paternity tests or would like to schedule an appointment. You can also check out our Paternity eBook for more information.

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Are You Winter D-ficient?

Vitamin D, more popularly known as the sunshine vitamin, is essential for your health. It is a fat soluble vitamin that interacts with over 200 genes in your body. Your body produces Vitamin D after exposure to sunlight. It’s also naturally present in a few various food items and supplements and can be absorbed that way.

It’s important to test your Vitamin D levels because if they are not satisfactory your risk for coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease, stroke, diabetes mellitus and calcium deficiency rises. Many other health issues can come from a lack of Vitamin D as well.

A sufficient range of Vitamin D is between 30 and 100 ng/mL. Check out what the Vitamin D Council talks about in regards to having a Vitamin D deficiency. Sometimes if you are deficient, symptoms can go unnoticed. They can include tiredness, general aches and pains or more severe pain. These symptoms can be common for various different issues, which is why it’s so important to get tested to make sure you know what is going on in your body.

Deficiency can be common in the winter months, because you may not be getting as much sun as compared to the summer months. That’s why it’s important to Take Control of Your Health® and test your Vitamin D levels to learn where your levels are.

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The FYI’s of Thyroid Awareness

Nearly 30 million Americans are affected by thyroid disease. Did you know about half of them are undiagnosed?

The thyroid gland regulates how your body uses energy and produces hormones that are essential to proper cell and system functioning.

Women’s health.gov talks about some of the most common reasons people check their hormones.

  • Weight loss/gain
  • Excessive eating
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Increase sweating or heat sensitivity
  • Muscle weakness
  • Less frequent menstrual periods

Have you experienced any of these symptoms? If so, we offer a Thyroid Panel screen for thyroid disease, hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism by checking your body’s production of TSH, T3 and T4 thyroid hormones. Even if you haven’t noticed any of these symptoms, it’s best to know what’s going on in your body. Since it’s thyroid awareness month, make a point to check your thyroid with our Thyroid Panel screen to Take Control of Your Health®.

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Eating Right & Exercising Doesn’t Matter If You Don’t Do This

Happy New Year! We are ringing 2014 in by sharing something you may not have thought about when it comes to exercise and eating healthy…

Eating right and maintaining an exercise plan on a daily basis is really important, but do you know what’s going on inside your body?

Your overall health should be a priority.

You should get to know the state of your personal health that way you know what you should be focusing on when it comes to exercise and eating healthy. Your optimum performance can be reached when you know exactly what’s going on in your body. You can learn that through baseline health lab testing. Scheduling an appointment or visiting an ANY LAB TEST NOW® location near you is an affordable, convenient way to do so.

A combination of eating right, exercising and staying on top of your health with lab tests will help you Take Control of Your Health® and will maintain the consistency of your daily routine.

Do you have any exercise or healthy eating tips that work for you? Tweet us @ALTNCorp or post on our Facebook page to let us know!

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