Is Sitting the New Smoking? Clinical Research and Outreach Nurse Emily Heath Lays Out the Facts

Recently, researchers analyzed 13 studies on sitting time and activity levels and found that those who sat for more than eight hours a day and didn’t engage in physical activity had a risk of dying similar to that posed by obesity and smoking.

One 2023 study from the European Heart Journal found that even sleeping is better for your cardiovascular health than sitting.

You can read more about it here.

10 Reasons to Donate Blood This Winter – And Where You Can Do It in Austin

The Hormel Institute is sponsoring a blood drive with the Red Cross on Friday, January 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Can’t make it that day? There are still five other blood drives scheduled in Austin in the month of January.

You can read more about it here. 

Clinical Research and Outreach Nurse Emily Heath explores how we could eliminate cervical cancer

I attended the Breast Cancer Education conference in St. Paul in October. It was a wonderful event and among the inspiring stories and valuable information, one speaker said something that surprised and intrigued me. They said that eliminating cervical cancer is possible. Not in the future, when we learn more or develop new treatments — we could do it now, with the knowledge and technology we currently have. 

So, I decided to learn more.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cervical cancer is the 4th most common form of cancer among women worldwide despite the fact that it is preventable and curable with early detection and effective management. 

Read more about about it here.

Cancer Within American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Populations

November is Native American Heritage Month, so let’s use this opportunity to talk about cancer disparities within American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. 

Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaska Native people not only have higher rates of liver, colorectal, kidney, lung, and stomach cancers than non-Hispanic White people, they also have unique cancer patterns due to their history and culture, where they live, how they get health care, and centuries of systemic racism.

Read more about Native American Heritage Month here. 

Why is the pink ribbon used to recognize breast cancer?

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. 

Most everyone is aware of what a pink cancer ribbon represents, and throughout October, many organizations recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness month using the color pink. 

But why the color pink—and is the usage of the color the best way to spread breast cancer awareness and fundraise for better treatments, preventions, and cures?

Read more National Breast Cancer Awareness Month here. 

Why our clinical research matters

Our health has a major impact on our quality of life as humans—and it’s a no-brainer that most of us would prefer to stay as healthy as possible. To accomplish that, it helps to have recommendations backed by scientific evidence. 

That’s where clinical research comes in.

Read more about our clinical research here.