Posts made in June, 2013

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Health Topics | 0 comments

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day is June 19, this day provides an opportunity to increase understanding of SCD and how the disease affects individuals and families worldwide. Facts about SCD: SCD is an inherited group of red blood cell disorders. Among people with SCD, “sickle” or abnormally shaped red blood cells get stuck in small blood vessels and block the flow of blood and oxygen to organs in the body. These blockages can cause repeated episodes of severe pain, organ damage, and serious infections, or even stroke. It is estimated that SCD affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the United States, mainly Blacks or African Americans. The disease occurs among about 1 of every 500 Black or African-American births and among about 1 out of every 36,000 Hispanic-American births. SCD affects millions of people throughout the world and is particularly common among those whose ancestors come from sub-Saharan Africa; regions in the Western Hemisphere (South America, the Caribbean, and Central America); Saudi Arabia; India; and Mediterranean countries such as Turkey. World Sickle Cell Awareness Day will bring together approximately 300 guests from around the globe, including policymakers, health care providers, public health practitioners, and community advocates and others to discuss the impact of SCD worldwide. Living Well with Sickle Cell Disease People with sickle cell disease can live full lives and enjoy most of the activities that other people do. The following tips will help you, or someone you know with sickle cell disease, stay as healthy as possible. Find Good Medical Care Sickle cell disease is a complex disease. Good quality medical care from doctors and nurses who know a lot about the disease can help prevent some serious problems. Often the best choice is a hematologist (a doctor who specializes in blood diseases) working with a team of specialists. Get Regular Checkups Regular health checkups with a primary care doctor can help prevent some serious problems. Babies from birth to 1 year of age should see a doctor every 2 to 3 months. Children from 1 to 2 years of age should see a doctor at least every 3 months. Children and adults from 2 years of age or older should see a doctor at least once every year. Follow the links to below for tips on how to prevent infections World Sickle Cell Awareness Day Healthy Living with Sickle Cell   Source:...

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Men’s Health

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in Health Topics | 0 comments

Men’s Health

Celebrate Dads who live smoke-free lives Fathers play a significant role in influencing their children. Dads are encouraged to model a healthy way of living for their children by not smoking. Together, family and friends can support dads who are trying to quit. Father’s Day is an occasion to celebrate the contribution that fathers and father figures make to children’s lives. Fathers help children navigate through society and influence general habits and their overall way of living. Research on the roles that fathers play in families points to the significant and unique ways they influence and affect the lives of their children. Roles such as “provider” and “hero” can change based on the decisions that a father makes in his own life. These decisions can have a profound effect—changing the path a child takes in life as well as their perceptions of their father because they view him as a role model. Celebrate Dads who live smoke-free lives Top 10 Checkups and Screenings for Men It’s striking that men are 24% less likely than women to have visited the doctor during the past year, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). But it’s vitally important for both men and women to get regular checkups and screenings. These visits can help you stay healthy and spot signs of serious diseases and conditions early, when they are most treatable. Common Screenings and Checkups The checkups and screening tests men need, and when they need them, depends on their age, health, and personal risk factors for certain conditions. Top 10 checkups and screenings for men Key Takeaways Stay healthy with regular health checkups and screening tests. Discover diseases and conditions early so you have the best chance of treating them successfully. Visit a primary care doctor regularly for your entire life even if you’re feeling well. Ask your doctor about other additional screenings and follow-up appointments based on your screening results and medical history.   Source: www.cdc.gov...

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World Blood Donor Day

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in Health Topics | 0 comments

World Blood Donor Day

14 June 2013 is World Blood Donor Day. “Give the gift of life: donate blood” 107 million blood donations every year. 65% of blood transfusions in low-income countries are given to children under five years of age. 2020 is the target year for all countries to obtain 100% of blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors. Cool Facts: The average healthy person can donate blood 330 times in their life. The rarest blood type is AB negative – less than 1% of the population. Human blood is 78% water. A single unit of blood can benefit several patients. Did you know? In low-income countries, up to 65% of blood transfusions are given to children under five years of age; whereas in high-income countries, the most frequently transfused patient group is over 65 years of age, accounting for up to 76% of all transfusions. Source: World Health...

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