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|Posted on 12 July, 2016 at 11:42||comments (14)|
A migraine is evaluated based on two main categories, which is based on the presence or absence of aura. If you are not sure if this is a headache you should be concerned about, please keep a log of the headache onset and when it ends. Follow up with your medical provider and a neurologist.
Legionnaire's disease can be considered as a severe form of pneumonia that can cause symptoms such as cough, chills, and high fever. The disease is spread through inhalation of contaminated steam or moisture. Legionnaires' disease is serious and can be li
|Posted on 8 October, 2015 at 12:58||comments (0)|
Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak! Importance: High :
Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia — lung inflammation usually caused by infection. Legionnaires' disease is caused by a bacterium known as legionella. Legionella bacteria is usually found (often in harmlessly low numbers) in sources of water, such as ponds, rivers and lakes.
However, the bacteria can rapidly multiply if they find their way into artificial water supply systems, such as air conditioning systems. Most cases of Legionnaires' disease can be traced to whirlpool spas, hot tubs, humidifiers, hot water tanks, cooling towers, and evaporative condensers of large air-conditioning systems.
Symptoms usually appear two to 10 days after significant exposure to Legionella bacteria. Legionnaires' disease cannot be spread from person to person. One becomes infected by inhaling mist/water vapor that is contaminated with the Legionella bacteria.
If you have respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough, chills and muscle aches, seek prompt medical attention. Additional symptoms include: headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion and diarrhea. Most cases of Legionnaire's disease can be treated with antibiotics. In some cases, Legionnaires' disease can lead to further, life-threatening problems. Severe infection can cause some organs, such as your lungs or kidneys, to stop working properly.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should call your doctor and ask about testing for Legionnaire's disease. Legionnaires' disease can have symptoms like many other forms of pneumonia, so it can be hard to diagnose.
Groups at high risk for Legionnaire's disease include:
The best way to prevent an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease is to ensure that any water system under your control is properly maintained and conforms to relevant health and safety regulations.
September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month: All women are at risk for gynecologic cancers, and risk increases with age. It is especially important to recognize warning signs, and learn if there are things you can do to reduce your risk.
|Posted on 13 September, 2015 at 1:34||comments (13)|
Gynecologic cancers are the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells originating in the female reproductive organs, including:
HPV is A very common infection which spread easily by skin-to-skin contact. High-risk types of genital HPV can cause cancer of the cervix, vagina, vulva, anus, penis, and throat. The type of cancer HPV causes most often is cervical cancer.
Prevent Getting or Spreading HPV? reduce your risk of Cervical and other cancers.
There are five main types of Gynecologic Cancer:
See symptoms chart for the five main gynecologic cancers below:
How are gynecologic cancers treated?
If you have vaginal bleeding that is unusual for you, see a doctor right away. If you notice any other unexplained signs or symptoms that last for two weeks or longer, talk to your doctor remember when gynecologic cancers are found and treated early, treatment works best.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join forces to ensure that children receive the best possible care, at the time of diagnosis and beyond.
|Posted on 3 September, 2015 at 1:00||comments (10)|
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Immunization helps prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. Protect your Child with Measles and other diseases preventable Vaccines.
|Posted on 10 August, 2015 at 5:19||comments (18)|
Immunization protects all of us so don’t wait-vaccinate!
Vaccines are used to boost your immune system and prevent serious, life-threatening diseases. Vaccination is important because it not only protects the person receiving the vaccine, but also helps prevent the spread of diseases to others-especially those who are most vulnerable to serious complications, such as infants and young children, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems.
It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them. Talk to your doctor or nurse, get a list of recommended immunizations and inquire whether you and your loved ones are up-to-date, make sure that everyone in your family gets the shots they need, it is the safest and most effective way to protect yourselves against some diseases.
Vaccines are needed throughout our life time.Vaccines are an important step in protecting against serious and sometimes, deadly diseases. Get immunized and stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia.
Two of the most common Vaccine preventable diseases are Measles & Flu.
DTap/Tdap and MMRV boosters, protects against several serious diseases,
Talk with your doctor about whether you need special immunizations because you:
Current recommendations are available at the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules.
Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak In South Bronx:Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia — lung inflammation usually caused by infection.
|Posted on 3 August, 2015 at 13:51||comments (11)|
For staff working in the Bronx, who may be concerned about the Legionnaires' disease outbreak, you may want to share the following information:
Legionnaires' disease is caused by the Legionella bacteria. The Legionellabacteria are found naturally in the environment, usually in water. The bacteria grow best in warm water, like the kind found in
There have been more 45 cases of Legionnaires' disease reported over the past 2 weeks in the South Bronx, resulting in 2 deaths. Both deaths were individuals in their 50s with other underlying medical problems.
Health officials are urging New Yorkers, particularly in the South Bronx, presenting with respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough, chills and muscle aches,to seek prompt medical attention.
Additional symptoms include: headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion and diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear two to 10 days after significant exposure to Legionella bacteria.
Legionnaires' disease cannot be spread from person to person. One becomes infected by inhaling mist/water vapor that is contaminated with the Legionella bacteria.
Most cases of Legionnaires' disease can be traced to whirlpool spas, hot tubs, humidifiers, hot water tanks, cooling towers, and evaporative condensers of large air-conditioning systems.
The New York City water supply does not pose a risk and Commissioner of Health, Mary Bassett, urged people to feel confident in drinking tap water to stay cool during this period of hot weather
.Who is at Risk?:
The investigation has now identified (2) cooling towers in the Bronx that have tested positive for Legionella, one at Lincoln Medical Center and one at the Concourse Plaza Mall.
If these cooling towers are the source of the outbreak, the numbers of new cases should begin to decline.
The key to preventing legionellosis is maintenance of the water systems in which Legionella grow. There are no vaccines that can prevent legionellosis. Persons at increased risk of infection may choose to avoid high-risk exposures, such as being in or near a hot tub.
Protect your baby from group B strep. If you have GBS, your baby can get very sick and even die if you are not tested and treatedGetting screened for GBS late in pregnancy – and receiving antibiotic treatment during.
|Posted on 3 July, 2015 at 3:05||comments (5)|
While GBS is generally harmless in healthy adults, it may cause stillbirth and serious infections in babies. Getting screened for GBS late in pregnancy – and receiving antibiotic treatment during labor if you're a carrier – greatly reduces your baby's risk of becoming infected. .
What Does Being a GBS Carrier Mean?
Carrying GBS bacteria also does not mean that you are not clean, and it does not mean that you have a sexually transmitted disease. The bacteria are not spread from food, sex, water, or anything that you might have come into contact with. These bacteria can come and go naturally in the body.
The group B strep test is done during pregnancy to identify women who carry this common bacterium.
What are the consequences of early-onset GBS disease?
If you're pregnant, your health care provider will likely recommend a group B strep test during the third trimester. Because you can test positive at certain times and negative at other times, you'll need to repeat the group B strep test each time you're pregnant.
June is Men's Health Awareness Month: Talk to your doctor about your risk of prostate cancer and whether you need screening testsProstate Cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men..
|Posted on 29 June, 2015 at 3:24||comments (11)|
Once males get over the age of 40, their prostates grow --it's known as "benign prostate enlargement.The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. An enlarged prostate has been linked to a number of metabolic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease but the exact cause is not yet discovered.
There are often no noticeable symptoms of prostate cancer while it is still in the early stages, making the PSA test a critical screening tool. Screening can help find many prostate cancers early.Screening refers to testing to find a disease such as cancer in people who don’t have symptoms of that disease. Prostate cancer screening consists of two examinations:
The common symptoms include:
In more advanced stages, symptoms may include:
The effects of body weight, physical activity, and diet on prostate cancer risk are not clear, but there are things you can do that might lower your risk, such as:
Prostate cancer can often be treated successfully. Prostate cancer treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy, cryotherapy, hormonal therapy, and/or radiation. In some instances, doctors recommend "watchful waiting."
GET YOUR ANNUAL Prostate Cancer Screening TODAY!
June is Cataract Awareness Month: One way to protect our vision is to make a commitment to take care of our eyes today, including getting a dilated eye exam, so we can help protect our sight for the future not just from cataract, but other eye diseases as
|Posted on 1 June, 2015 at 3:33||comments (0)|
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. High blood pressure makes your heart work too hard and increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.The goal of hypertension treatment is to lower harmful high pressures and protect important organs,
|Posted on 11 May, 2015 at 3:13||comments (0)|
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO GET YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKED EVEN IF YOU ARE FEELING FINE. High Blood Pressure is a silent Killer you can have it for years without knowing it, during this time, HBP can damage your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other parts of your body. Making healthy changes to your lifestyle and knowing your blood pressure numbers will help you maintain, control and prevent High Blood Pressure (HPB).
Blood pressure readings have two numbers, for example 140/90mmHg.
While BP can change from minute to minute with changes in posture, exercise, stress or sleep, it should normally be less than 120/80 mm Hg (less than 120 systolic AND less than 80 diastolic) for an adult age 20 or over.
Please seek your doctor's advice on your specific condition. Treating high blood pressure usually is a lifelong effort. Your doctor will give you a blood pressure goal that is based on your health.
If your answer is yes to any or both of the following questions below you shouldcall your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention.
Is your blood pressure is much higher than normal? (such as 180/110 or higher).
Do you think your high blood pressure is causing symptoms, such as: