Category Archives: Awareness Month

Autism Answers

April 5th, 2021
Autism, or more correctly autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a complex developmental condition. Typically, people who have ASD face persistent challenges with communication and social interaction, and often perform repetitive behaviors. ASD is considered a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), the book of standards for diagnosing a host of conditions published by the American Psychiatric Association, divides the symptoms of ASD…

Keeping Up With Kidney Health

March 29th, 2021
If you’re like most people, you have two kidneys, the bean-shaped organs about the size of your fist that lie just below the rib cage, one on each side of your spine. March is National Kidney Month, so let’s review what the kidneys do, examine a few common diseases that can affect them, and learn some ways you can help keep them healthy. Adult and child holding kidney shaped paper, world kidney day, National Organ Donor Day, charity donation concept…

A Brief Overview of Brain Injuries

March 23rd, 2021
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and organizations such as the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) want you to know more about these dangerous injuries and their aftermath. Here’s a little information to help. According to the BIAA, injuries to the brain that are not hereditary (passed down in families), congenital (present at birth), degenerative (get worse over time), or caused by birth trauma are considered acquired brain injuries, or ABIs. These injuries involve changes to brain activity that…

Multiply Your MS Knowledge

March 15th, 2021
National MS Education and Awareness Month, observed each year in March, is a nationwide effort by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and affiliated groups to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis. This year, we’re joining in that effort by dedicating this blog to a brief overview of MS. A recent study funded by the National MS Society reports that there are nearly 1 million people living with MS in the United States, more than double the estimate from a previous study. MS…

Holding Off Heart Disease

February 22nd, 2021
It’s February, and you know what that means – it’s American Heart Month. It’s that annual opportunity to review what we know about heart disease. And it’s our chance to be sure we’re doing everything we can to prevent or manage it in our lives. After all, heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women in the US. About 655,000 Americans die from heart disease each year – that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. What’s more, almost…

Blood Donors Rock!

January 26th, 2021
Are you one of the estimated 6.8 million people in the US who donate blood each year? If not, have you ever thought about becoming a donor? January is National Blood Donor Month, so I’m dedicating this blog to the facts about blood donation, to salute current blood donors and encourage more people to donate. According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the US needs blood. They  need it for surgery or cancer treatment, or to…

Raise Your Glaucoma IQ

January 11th, 2021
Glaucoma is a group of progressive diseases that can damage your eye’s optic nerve and cause vision loss, even blindness. There are many theories, but the exact cause of glaucoma is unknown. It is most often related to a build-up of pressure inside your eye. When this pressure, called intraocular pressure, or IOP, remains high over time, it begins to harm optic nerve fibers. IOP increases when the fluid inside your eye, called aqueous humor, which normally flows out of…

United Against HIV and AIDS

November 30th, 2020
World AIDS Day, which is observed on December 1st, was created to unite people worldwide in the battle against HIV and AIDS. It’s also a time to show support for people who have the virus and commemorate those who have died from it. World AIDS Day serves as a perfect opportunity to review what we know about HIV and AIDS. HIV, which stands for human immunodeficiency virus, is a virus that attacks your body’s immune system, specifically its infection-fighting CD4…

Increase Your Lung Cancer IQ

November 9th, 2020
Your lungs are a pair of spongy, pyramid-shaped organs in your chest that bring fresh oxygen into your body when you inhale. The lungs also send out carbon dioxide, a waste product of cellular function, when you exhale. The lungs, along with a network of air passages, are part of your body’s respiratory system. Lung cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the lungs. Cancer is a disease that occurs when cells grow and divide uncontrollably and destroy…

Bolstering Bladder Health

November 9th, 2020
November is Bladder Health Awareness Month. Your bladder is a hollow, muscular sac located in your lower abdomen. It temporarily stores the urine made by your kidneys until it is released into a tube called the urethra, which transports the urine out of your body. When empty, the bladder is about the size and shape of a pear. The muscles of the bladder enable it to stretch to hold urine. A healthy bladder can hold one and a half to…