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THE FLU 1.9 MILLION ANOTHER REASON TO AVOID LATENIGHT SNACKS The midnight munchies may be bad for more than your waistline-especially if you're a breast cancer survivor. New analysis out of the Women's Healthy Eating and Living study conducted between 1995 and 2007 suggests that breast cancer patients who go less than 13 hours between dinner and breakfast had a 36 percent chance of breast cancer recurrence. While the findings do not establish a cause-andeffect link between late-night snacking and cancer, previous animal-based studies have found that prolonged nighttime fasting does fight off high blood sugar, inflammation and weight gain-all of which can lead to poor outcomes for cancer. TRUE OR FALSE PHOTO BY THINKSTOCK The stomach flu causes vomiting and diarrhea. FALSE. The stomach "flu" isn't the flu at all. It's gastroenteritis, which is inflammation of the stomach and intestines that can lead to vomiting, diarrhea and cramping. Norovirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis, and stats show it's as sinister as its name sounds. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the virus causes 19 million to 21 million illnesses each year. Peak time is November to April. Protect yourself by washing your hands frequently and not sharing bites of food or eating utensils with others. In the 2014-15 flu season, flu vaccinations prevented an estimated 1.9 million illnesses- that's greater than the population of Philadelphia. 966,000 Nearly 1 million flu-associated doctor office visits were prevented (the number of people who fit in Manhattan's Times Square). 67,000 The flu vaccine prevented an estimated 67,000 flu hospitalizations, equal to the number of seats in the Seattle Seahawks' stadium. It's not too late to get your flu shot. Flu activity peaks in January or later. Just remember that it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop-so do it ASAP! ENDOMETRIOSIS MAY TRIGGER HEART RISKS Women with endometriosis, listen up. A new study suggests your risk for heart disease may be 60 percent higher than women without the disease. While potential reasons are speculative, higher levels of inflammation or poor cholesterol numbers could be at play. So could the treatments for endometriosis, which can involve the removal of the uterus and ovaries. If you think it's a problem for later, it's not. Women younger than 40 with endometriosis were especially hard hit with a three-times-greater risk for heart disease than women without the health condition. Endometriosis, the abnormal growth of uterine tissue outside the uterus, affects about 10 percent of women of reproductive age in the U.S. If you are one of them, it's important to talk to your doctor about how to lower risks for heart disease. WEBSITE When You Need Surgery Gwinnett Medical Center is a leader in minimally invasive surgical procedures, including robotassisted gynecological procedures. Learn more at gwinnettmedical center.org/gynsurgery. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014-15 flu season) WIN TE R 2016 35 http://gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/gynsurgery

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