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Keeping up to date with news can be a difficult task in our busy lives. Reading the newspaper every day is a struggle, and opting for the news channel instead of a rerun of Seinfeld can be a tricky feat. Even so, it is important to know what is going on in the world around you, including health news.

Health news is not always on the top of our priority list. Sure, we know it is important to be healthy, and the basics of health care are well-versed, but health news in general is not a huge concern of most people. The latest fad diets are always sprawled across the fashion magazines in bold lettering, but the true health news, such as a breakthrough in lung cancer medicine, is usually buried in some back page of a short little blurb, if mentioned at all.

Discoveries of new viruses and advancements in technology are being achieved every day, but most people do not hear about them because the media does not think the people are very interested. And the media might be right. But we should be interested in health news, because it affects us both directly and indirectly. Information about the latest vaccine, studies concerning whether schizophrenia is contagious, and facts about Alzheimer’s are all important issues that can involve us or someone we know and care about.

Here are a few ways you can keep up with current health news:

  • Read more than just the fashion magazines and news about fad diets. Some general magazines actually consider health news to be somewhat worthy worthy of reading and have decent articles devoted to them, sometimes even a regular column.
  • Pay attention to television features on health news, not only on your regular nightly news channel, but watch out for specials as well. At times, they may be very fascinating.
  • Keep your ears open for discussions about health news. Some people are very much concerned with health news and keep up with the general flow of things. It can be beneficial to know these types of people, but look out for hypochondriacs (people who always think they are sick and/or are obsessed with germs and fear of disease).
  • Start discussions of your own about health news and as well as personal concerns you may have. If you have read some interesting health news, perhaps others have heard more about it and can offer their own opinion or provide you with new information about another issue. Communication is necessary for comprehension of anything.
  • Be aware of updates and information about seasonal infections, such as the flu. Last year, many people did not pay attention to health news that reiterated getting flu shots early in the season and there ended up being a significant outbreak among children, with fatal results. Even health news about the common cold changes routinely, so do not disregard information as useless until you have sufficiently considered it.

Keeping up with the health news can be extremely beneficial to you and your family, but be sure to not allow yourself to be swindled by outrageous claims such as a revival of the Black Plague wiping out the entire country of Romania – unless of course it did actually happen and The National Enquirer was not the only paper that covered it. Simply take into consideration the source of the health news you read or hear about before you begin fearing for your life against a virus spread by Jell-o.