Research shows sepsis affects more than a million Americans each year and kills up to half of them. And the number of cases has been increasing. But fewer than half of all Americans have ever even heard of the term ‘sepsis.’
Sepsis is a rare but serious complication which develops when the body goes into overdrive to fight an infection, such as a pneumonia, or even something as innocuous as an insect bite or a small cut. The body’s unusual resp...
Prostate Cancer Awareness
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate cancer is the third most deadly cancer found in men, along with lung cancer and skin cancer. The prostate is a small walnut-sized gland that produces seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. Symptoms of prostate cancer, among others, include difficulty with urination, but sometimes there are no symptoms at all.
About 60% of all cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in men 65 and older, and the average age of diagn...
National Celiac Disease Awareness Day
Every year on September 13, National Celiac Disease Awareness Day encourages us to support those who suffer from celiac disease, an auto-immune disease that is estimated to affect 3 million people in the United States alone. National Celiac Awareness Day promotes the importance of diagnosis as well as bringing resources and support to those who have already been diagnosed. A Senate resolution calling for the commemoration gained unanimous approval on Aug. 3, 2010. In marking the awareness ...
Suicide Prevention Awareness
It can be frightening if someone you love talks about suicidal thoughts. It can be even more frightening if you find yourself thinking about dying or giving up on life. Not taking these kinds of thoughts seriously can have devastating outcomes, as suicide is a permanent solution to (often) temporary problems.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide rates increased 33% between 1999 and 2019. It was responsible for more than 47,500 deaths in 2019...
National Wellness Month
All during August, National Wellness Month focuses on self-care, managing stress and promoting healthy routines. Research has shown self-care helps manage stress and promotes happiness. Small steps can lead to more healthy habits in your lifestyle.
Here are a few tips to try to improve your health and wellness, not just in August but all year round:
Limit sugary drinks. Sugary drinks like sodas, fruit juices, and sweetened teas are the p...
August is designated as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month!
Along with school supply shopping and purchasing those back-to-school clothing items, it’s time to make a comprehensive eye exam appointment for the kids. Statistics show one out of 20 children between the ages of 3 and 5 has a serious eye problem that could result in permanent vision impairment if left untreated. Yet, 4 out of 5 preschoolers do not receive a routine eye screening.
A good rule of thumb is to have your children’s eyes examined during well-child visits...