Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - Whooping cough is often thought of as a disease of the past but, unfortunately, it’s making a comeback. To provide yourself and your family with the best protection, get vaccinated against the disease.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - Taking your preteen or teen for a health check-up or sports physical is an important part of getting them ready for the new school year. During the appointment, be sure to speak with your child’s health care professional about diseases they may be at risk for.

San Francisco, California - Gaining just five pounds can increase your blood pressure, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

Scottsdale, Arizona - Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn't produce enough of certain important hormones.

Washington, DC - An expert panel has recommended expanded adoption of the drug hydroxyurea for the care of people with sickle cell disease, according to a report issued today. The report also suggests that clinicians give periodic blood transfusions to children with the disease to reduce stroke risk. According to the panel, both treatments are underutilized.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - During the 2014-2015 flu season, it’s important to remember that the single best way to prevent influenza (“the flu”) is to get an annual vaccination, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends for everyone aged six months and older, with rare exception.

Rochester, Minnesota - As soon as his oncologist told him he had a better-than-even chance of surviving, Milan Kesic knew he had to give something back.

Carson City, Nevada (NAPSI) - Sickle cell disease involves abnormally shaped red blood cells that reduce the flow of blood inside the blood vessels. It is inherited, the same way people inherit the color of their eyes, skin and hair.

Kingman, Arizona - In stroke telemedicine, also called telestroke, doctors who have advanced training in the nervous system (neurologists) remotely evaluate people who've had acute strokes and make diagnoses and treatment recommendations to emergency medicine doctors at other sites. Doctors communicate using digital video cameras, Internet telecommunications, robotic telepresence, smartphones and other technology.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, almost 80 percent of children inAmerica don’t get the recommended number of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables in their diets. The USDA says you should fill at least half your child’s plate at most meals with fruits and vegetables.