Category Archives: Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Basics

October 11th, 2021
It’s October, and we all know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Look around. See all the pink ribbons? The color pink is a reminder to learn the basics of breast cancer and then get screened. And men, don’t think this doesn’t apply to you. Though it’s much more common in women, breast cancer affects men, too. Consider these facts. About one in eight American women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Breast cancer…

Here’s to Having Healthy Lungs

October 5th, 2021
Lung disease kills 4 million people every year. It kills more people than any other disease worldwide. Lung disease is a broad term that encompasses multiple conditions that prevent your lungs from working properly. October is Healthy Lung Month. Let’s use this time to learn more about our lungs and some of the disorders that threaten their health. Your lungs are a pair of air-filled organs located in your chest. Each lung is made up of smaller sections called lobes.…

It’s National ITP Awareness Month. What’s ITP?

September 19th, 2021
ITP is immune thrombocytopenia, a fairly common blood disorder. People with ITP have a lower than normal number of platelets in their blood. Platelets are blood cell fragments that clump together at the site of an injury to form a clot and help stop bleeding.. “Thrombocytes” is another word for platelets, and “penia” means “lack” or “deficiency.” So the term thrombocytopenia literally means “a deficiency of platelets.” ITP is “immune” because your immune system is stimulated to attack your own…

A Study of Sickle Cell Disease

September 10th, 2021
Sickle cell disease is a group of inherited disorders affecting the red blood cells. Healthy red blood cells are disc-shaped and smooth, and glide easily through even small blood vessels to provide oxygen to the body’s tissues. Red blood cells affected by sickle cell disease are rigid, sticky and crescent-shaped, resembling the farm implement called a sickle. The exact number of people living with sickle cell disease in the US is unknown, but it’s estimated that approximately 100,000 Americans, mainly…

Considering Your Cholesterol

September 2nd, 2021
Consider this. Most people can tell you the number attached to their cholesterol level, but do they really understand what it means? What’s behind all those terms, and what is cholesterol anyway? What’s your cholesterol IQ? To help raise it a few points, here’s a quick refresher course in honor of National Cholesterol Education Month. Cholesterol is really not that complicated. It’s basically a waxy, fat-like substance made naturally by the body, in the liver. The liver alone makes enough…

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…