This week is National Handwashing Awareness Week. Proper hand washing is crucial to prevent the spread of diseases and epidemics. Here are some tips to help prevent the spread of illness:
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World AIDS Day is observed each year on December 1 and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and remember those who have died. Started in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.
With the holiday season upon us it is important to take steps to remain safe. Here are some holiday safety tips to protect your family and your home:
Epilepsy - Seizure First Aid: A seizure is an electrical disturbance in the brain that can cause confusion, muscle jerking, and loss of memory. A person who suffers more than one seizure is said to have epilepsy. Poorly controlled seizures can lead to injuries, limitations at school or work, and an inability to drive. If you are with someone who has a seizure, it is important to have a general idea of what to do, and what things to avoid. Also, be aware of things to look for that would require calling emergency medical services.
Living with epilepsy means learning about the condition, getting support from others, being prepared for seizures and making your environment as safe as possible.
Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is a buildup of abnormal cells that form a mass in part of the stomach. In the United States, there are approximately 25,500 new cases of stomach cancer each year. It represents 2 percent of all new cancers diagnosed in the country. The majority of people diagnosed with stomach cancer either already have metastasis or eventually develop it. Metastasis occurs when the cancer spreads from the area in which it first developed.
The flu season is in full effect and it now qualifies as an epidemic in the United States. With all the chatter about vaccine safety and who should or should not get a certain flu shot, it can be hard to know if you should receive the seasonal flu vaccine. So, what’s the bottom line? The CDC recommends that all people over the age of 6 months receive a flu vaccination – with a few exceptions.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus (sputum) production and wheezing. It's caused by long-term exposure to irritating gases or particulate matter, most often from cigarette smoke. People with COPDare at increased risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer and a variety of other conditions.
Epilepsy is a chronic disorder of the brain that affects people worldwide. It is characterized by recurrent seizures, which are brief episodes of involuntary movement that may involve a part of the body (partial) or the entire body (generalized), and are sometimes accompanied by loss of consciousness and control of bowel or bladder function.
American Diabetes Month: Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases, which are characterized by the body’s inability to produce insulin properly. With roughly 29 million Americans living with the disease, the diabetes is currently the 7th leading cause of death.