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Myasthenia Gravis Awareness

06/10/21

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disease that causes periods of muscle weakness. It works by keeping your nerves from passing signals to your muscles.

Myasthenia gravis happens most often in women ages 20 to 40, and men ages 50 to 80, but it can happen at any age. The most common form of MG is a chronic, autoimmune, neuromuscular disorder characterized by fluctuating weakness of the voluntary muscle groups.

In the U.S., it is estimated that 20 ...

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

06/03/21

June is “National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month” and is intended to raise public awareness about issues related to PTSD. In addition, it is opportunity to reduce the stigma associated with PTSD and help ensure that those suffering from PTSD receive proper treatment. According to recent research, approximately seven or eight of every 100 people will have PTSD at some point in their lives.

What is PTSD?

Although most often a...

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Teen Pregnancy Prevention

05/27/21

When teen pregnancy rates go down, opportunities go up.

During National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, celebrated each May, the nation turns its attention to teen pregnancy prevention and the great strides that have been made over the last 30 years. Since peaking in 1991, the U.S. teen birth rate has declined 64% and rates are down in all 50 states and among all racial/ethnic groups.

Although the teen birth rate is at a historic low, paradoxically, the United States...

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Celebrate National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week

05/20/21

Medical emergencies and situations faced by all medical practitioners require quick problem solving and years of training. As the field expands, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will always be front line when it comes to emergencies and emergency medicine.

May 16-22, 2021 is the 46th annual National EMS Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. This year's theme is &...

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Arthritis Awareness Month

05/13/21

Arthritis is a disease characterized by the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Approximately 54 million adults, or almost 1 out of 5 people, suffer with joint pain or disease. Arthritis Awareness Month helps all of us deal with this commonly misunderstood health issue.

Arthritis in Rural America

Arthritis affects working-age adults, older adults, and even children. Recent research shows mor...

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Global Employee Health & Fitness Month

05/06/21

May is Global Employee Health & Fitness Month. Many companies around the Iowa and the United States are encouraging workplace wellness. CCMH is implementing its own health conscious program for its employees this month.

Any employer can use this month as an opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of a good diet and regular exercise. Better health habits lead to happier and more productive people.

One of the reasons employers have an interest in employee hea...

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