September is Sepsis Awareness Month
Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. Sepsis happens when an infection you already have – in your skin, lungs, urinary tract, or somewhere else – triggers a chain reaction throughout your body. It is life-threatening, and without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. While most sepsis is caused by bacterial infections, it can be a complication of other infections, including ...
September is Healthy Aging Month!
It’s never too late to find a new career, a new sport, passion, hobby, or work on your health issues. Healthy Aging Month is an annual health observance designed to focus attention on the positive aspects of growing older. More than 40 million Americans are age 65 or older, and this number is expected to grow to more than 88 million by 2050.
Follow these tips to stay at your peak!
1. Get moving -- Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy body and brain. If you c...
September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month
September may be “Back to School Month” but it is also Cholesterol Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the number one leading cause of death in the U.S. More than one million Americans have a heart attack each year and about 500,000 die of heart disease. High blood cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease, causing heart attack and stroke.
Despite the dangers of hig...
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Every 3 minutes a family hears the devastating words that their child has been diagnosed with cancer. Cancer remains the number one disease killer of children; more than genetic anomalies, cystic fibrosis, and AIDS combined.
Each year in the U.S., an estimated 15,780 children aged 0-19 are diagnosed with cancer. Globally there are more than 300,000 children diagnosed with cancer each year.
The average age of a cancer diagnosis is 5 and although cure rates are steadily...
August is National Psoriasis Awareness Month
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the rapid buildup of skin cells. This buildup of cells causes scaling on the skin’s surface. Inflammation and redness around the scales is common. Typical psoriatic scales are whitish-silver and develop in thick, red patches. Sometimes, these patches will crack and bleed.
Scales typically develop on joints, such elbows and knees. They may develop anywhere on the body, including the hands, feet, nec...
August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
Along with school supply shopping and purchasing those back-to-school clothing items, August is also the time to make comprehensive eye exam appointments for the kids. Healthy vision contributes to children’s school readiness, ability to learn, overall healthy development, and ability to reach motor developmental milestones.
An unfortunate fact is that one of twenty children, ages 3 to 5, has a vision problem that could result in permanent vision loss or impairme...