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Hand(y) Tips For Staying Healthy

December 1st, 2022
We all know that bacteria and viruses, including the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, trigger infections that can be serious and even life-threatening. These germs are easily spread when you touch contaminated objects or surfaces and then touch your nose, mouth or eyes, where the malicious microbes can enter your body and make you ill. Consider all the objects you touch in a typical day. These may include doorknobs, elevator buttons, ATM keys, touchscreens and your cellphone. When you touch these…

Handling Holiday Stress

December 1st, 2022
The holidays are a happy season for celebrating with family, friends and coworkers. But for many people, it is also a time of heightened anxiety and stress. Often, people get worked up from the increased responsibilities, lofty expectations and soaring financial pressures that go with the holidays, and that causes distress. It’s impossible to avoid all stressful situations. Chances are there will be increased traffic – and maybe bad weather, road closures and delays – at this time of year.…

Playing It Safe When Selecting Gifts For Kids

November 30th, 2022
A tradition common during the holidays is the giving of gifts to loved ones, particularly children. But it’s important that the presents are appropriate for children’s ages, skills and abilities, and that any toys given are well-made and safe. Those are the key messages of National Safe Toys and Gifts Month, observed each December. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has developed a strict set of toy standards. The CPSC closely monitors and regulates toys made in or imported into…

Observing World AIDS Day

November 30th, 2022
December 1 is observed as World AIDS Day, which is dedicated to increasing awareness about AIDS and HIV. AIDS is a global pandemic that began in 1981 and has persisted as an international public health issue. Since the pandemic began, an estimated 40 million people worldwide have died from AIDS. In addition, an estimated 37.7 million people are currently living with HIV. In the United States, an estimated 1.2 million people 13 and older are infected with HIV. About 13…

Discussing Diabetes

November 26th, 2022
November is American Diabetes Month, so let’s discuss this chronic metabolic disease that affects 37.3 million adults in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one of five aren’t even aware they have the disease. Yet, it’s the seventh leading cause of death in the country. When you eat food — particularly carbohydrates such as bread, rice and pasta — your body breaks it down into a simple sugar called glucose, which enters your cells…

A Closer Look At Pancreatic Cancer

November 17th, 2022
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, so let’s take a few minutes to ponder this deadly disease. First, let’s learn a little bit about the pancreas and its important contributions to the body’s day-to-day functioning. The pancreas is an oblong organ that sits across the back of the abdomen, between the stomach and the spine. It consists primarily of two types of cells. Exocrine cells make key enzymes for digestion, which they release into tiny tubes called ducts. Endocrine cells…

A Little Epilepsy Education

November 9th, 2022
This is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. In observance, we dedicate this blog to providing a little education on the disorder. Epilepsy is a chronic brain disease characterized by recurring, unprovoked seizures, which are sudden, unexpected alterations in consciousness and behavior. Epilepsy seizures are caused by sudden surges of abnormal electrical activity within the brain initiated by damaged brain cells. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder, after migraine, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. In the…

Highlighting Pulmonary Hypertension

November 4th, 2022
November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month. Pulmonary hypertension is high pressure in your pulmonary arteries, the blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to your lungs. Oxygen-poor blood returns to the right side of your heart. The lower chamber — the right ventricle — pumps the blood into the pulmonary arteries and into the lungs to be enriched with oxygen. Your heart then pumps the oxygen-rich blood to your body’s organs and tissues. When your pulmonary pressure is consistently…

SIDS: A Silent Killer

November 2nd, 2022
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of a seemingly healthy baby less than 1 year old. SIDS is sometimes called crib death because it usually occurs when babies are asleep in their cribs. SIDS is a silent killer. Reduce the risk of SIDS by laying your baby on his or her back at bedtime. About 2,300 babies die of SIDS each year in the US. It is the most common cause of death in babies…

Concerning Sudden Cardiac Arrest

October 26th, 2022
A sudden cardiac arrest, or SCA, is sometimes referred to as a “massive heart attack,” but that moniker is not quite accurate. It’s true that SCA affects the heart, but it’s not a true heart attack. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to a part of the heart is stopped or slowed, generally due to a blockage in the coronary arteries, causing the death of heart muscle tissue. Generally, there are signs and symptoms signaling a heart attack, and…

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