Category Archives: Awareness Month

The Scoop on Group B Strep

July 27th, 2021
Group B Streptococci, or group B strep (GBS), are bacteria that naturally live in your body’s gastrointestinal, urinary and reproductive systems. In most cases, these bacteria come and go and are harmless. They don’t cause you to feel sick or experience symptoms. But for some infants and adults with certain medical conditions, GBS can cause a serious illness called GBS disease. GBS disease is most common in newborns who contract it from their mothers during childbirth. About 1 in 4…

Simply Sarcoma

July 20th, 2021
Sarcoma is a type of cancer that develops in connective tissue, the tissue that holds the body together. Connective tissue is located everywhere in the body, so sarcoma tumors can arise anywhere. But they most often form in the bones, muscles, tendons, cartilage, nerves, fat and blood vessels of the arms, legs, chest and abdomen. There are two main types of sarcomas: soft tissue sarcomas and bone sarcomas, also called osteosarcomas. There are many different subtypes of soft tissue sarcomas…

Arthritis: Not Just a Seniors’ Disease

July 12th, 2021
It’s probably pretty common for people to equate the term arthritis with osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear form of arthritis that’s common in adults as we get older. But that’s just one type of arthritis. There are many more, including types that specifically affect children. In general terms, that group of disorders is referred to as childhood arthritis or juvenile arthritis. The most common type of juvenile arthritis is juvenile idiopathic arthritis or JIA. JIA affects approximately one in 1,000 children under…

Close Up On Cleft and Craniofacial Disorders

July 5th, 2021
July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Disorders Awareness and Prevention Month. This observation was established to educate Americans about the cleft and craniofacial conditions that affect more than 600,000 people in the US. Cleft and craniofacial disorders are a diverse group of abnormalities in the growth and development of the head and face. Most of these disorders develop during pregnancy and are present at birth. There are multiple variations of cleft and craniofacial disorders, and they can be mild, moderate…

Migraine Matters

June 28th, 2021
If you’ve ever had one, you know that a migraine can be a real pain. It’s usually a severe, pulsing pain that concentrates on one side of your head. It gets worse when you do anything physical, but you can barely manage any of your usual everyday activities, either. As the pain intensifies, your eyes start to ache, as well. Sometimes, the pain makes you sick to your stomach, and you might even throw up. For me, it’s sound I…

Sounding Off On Scoliosis

June 19th, 2021
Scoliosis is a condition that causes the spine to curve sideways and look like an “S” or “C.” Scoliosis curves can occur anywhere on the spine, but most often develop in the spine’s thoracic, or middle, section. In most cases, scoliosis is diagnosed during adolescence, during the growth spurt just before puberty. Scoliosis affects 2 to 3 percent of the US population, or an estimated six to nine million people. And approximately three million new cases are diagnosed each year.…

Lifting the Veil on PTSD

June 6th, 2021
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health disorder that can develop after you experience or witness a traumatic or terrifying event. The triggering event may be a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist act, wartime combat, sexual or physical assault, domestic abuse, even the sudden, unexpected death of a loved one. While the event is happening, you may believe your life or the life of someone you love is in imminent danger. Whenever we’re confronted by a traumatic situation,…

The Allergy-Asthma Connection

May 24th, 2021
It’s springtime and the trees and flowers are in full bloom. And with that comes an increase in pollen, which can wreak havoc on anyone suffering with allergies. But for some people, the same pollens that triggers an allergic reaction also causes asthma symptoms. This condition is called allergy-induced asthma or allergic asthma. May is Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month. In this blog, we’ll review the two conditions and explore the connection between them. An allergy is an overreaction by…

A Look at Lupus

May 17th, 2021
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which your body’s immune system, which fights infection from germs such as bacteria and viruses, becomes overactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue instead. It is a complicated disorder that affects different people in different ways. Due to its complex nature, people sometimes call lupus the “disease of 1,000 faces.” There are different types of lupus including systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE, which is the most common type, SLE causes inflammation of the connective…

Improving Employee Health

May 10th, 2021
In 1979, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition founded the National Association for Health and Fitness, which in turn created Global Employee Health and Fitness Month. The aim of this annual observance in May is to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to employers and their employees through worksite health promotion activities and environments. Almost half of all US worksites provide health promotion activities through some type of employee wellness program, an initiative within the organization…