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May is Mental Health Month 2015. Mental health is an integral part of health; indeed, there is no health without mental health.
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April 2015 is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month. According to the Women’s Eye Health Task Force, risk factors for premature death due to heart disease or cancer are the same as those for blindness and vision impairment. These factors include
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Every woman, especially those who are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or diabetic, should make it a priority to get a comprehensive, dilated eye exam.
There are a number of health factors and differences between men and women that put women at greater risk of serious vision loss; two-thirds of Americans with vision impairment are women. However, through early detection and treatment vision loss can be lessened.
Regular dilated exams are essential to prevention, early detection of eye disease — and to keeping you and your eyes healthy. So in honor of Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month, schedule a routine eye exam, if it’s been more than a year and encourage the women in your life to do the same also.
Nearsightedness, or myopia, is a very common condition in which nearby objects are visible but faraway objects are out of focus and difficult to see.
Farsightedness, or hyperopia,is a common vision impairment in which you are able to see things that are far away, but have trouble seeing things that are up close.
Risk factors for vision problems in women include:
The main Eye-related Health Risks Faced by Women include:
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, an appointment with an eye care professional should be made immediately:
An eye emergency is when chemicals or a foreign object gets in the eye, or an injury affects the eye area. Emergencies require immediate medical attention to help prevent permanent vision damage.
Eye injuries can be prevented by the use of protective eyewear at work, at home, at school and in sports. You should have your eye health evaluated annually. Recognizing vision problems early may prevent long-term complications and blindness.
Abdominal pain may be minor and of no great significance, or it can reflect a major problem involving one of the organs in the abdomen.The characteristics of the pain -- location, timing, duration, etc. are important in diagnosing its cause. Persisting ab
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Abdominal pain (Pain in the belly) can be associated with a variety of conditions both within and outside of the abdomen. Abdominal pain can be acute and sudden in onset, or the pain can be chronic and longstanding.
The cause of abdominal problems can be hard to pinpoint. Sometimes minor and serious abdominal problems start with the same symptoms. Pain that increases with movement or coughing and does not appear to be caused by strained muscles is more likely to be a symptom of a serious problem.
Severe abdominal pain is a greater cause for concern. If it starts suddenly and unexpectedly, it should be regarded as a medical emergency, especially if the pain is concentrated in a particular area.
Whether it's a mild stomach ache, sharp pain, or stomach cramps, abdominal pain can have numerous causes. Fortunately, most abdominal problems are minor, and home treatment is all that is needed. Some serious causes of sudden severe abdominal pain include:
Some of the more common causes include:
In order for your health care provider to assist you in managing your pain, it is helpful for you to be able to adequately describe your pain. If your abdominal pain lasts longer than 24 hours, or gets worse as time passes, call your doctor right away.
Children's Mental Health:Parents: You know your child best. Talk to your child's health care professional if you have concerns about the way your child behaves at home, in school, or with friends.
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Mental health is important to overall health. Because of the impact on children, families, and communities, children's mental disorders are an important public health issue in the United States.
Childhood disorders, often labeled as developmental disorders or learning disorders, most often occur and are diagnosed when the child is of school-age. Although some adults may also relate to some of the symptoms of these disorders, typically the disorder’s symptoms need to have first appeared at some point in the person’s childhood.
Childhood mental disorders can be treated and managed. There are many evidence-based treatment options, so parents and doctors should work closely with everyone involved in the child's treatment — teachers, coaches, therapists, and other family members. Taking advantage of all the resources available will help parents, health professionals and educators guide the child towards success.
Early diagnosis and appropriate services for children and their families can make a difference in the lives of children with mental disorders.Mentally healthy children have a positive quality of life and can function well at home, in school, and in their Communities.
Recognizing symptoms is key! Family awareness and early identification are often the first steps to effective treatment for children and youth with mental health disorders.
Children and youth with the most serious mental health disorders (e.g., severe psychosis or schizophrenia) may exhibit:
Let your children be aware that it is just as important to take care of their mental health as it is their physical health. Encourage them to talk about their feelings and reach out to a trusted friend or adult If angry, worried or sad.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency(CVI) is a long-term (chronic) condition in which the veins have problems sending blood from the legs back to the heart'
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Chronic Venous Insufficiency(CVI): When your leg veins cannot pump enough blood back to your heart, you have chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). It is also sometimes called chronic venous disease, or CVD.
Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when the leg veins do not allow blood to travel back to the heart. (Arteries carry blood away from the heart, while veins carry blood to the heart). Problems with valves in the veins can cause the blood to flow both directions, not just toward the heart. These valves that are not working properly can cause blood in the legs to pool. If chronic venous insufficiency is left untreated, pain, swelling, and leg ulcers may result.
The diagnosis is primarily based on the appearance of the skin. Your doctor may order tests to examine the blood flow in your legs.
Chronic venous insufficiency does not pose a serious health threat, but the condition can be disabling and cause pain.
Treatment is aimed at maintaining blood flow and preventing it from pooling. Treatment may involves the following:
Ways to prevent/ manage chronic venous insufficiency include:
Some skin care treatments can make the problem worse. Talk with your health care provider before using any lotions, creams, or antibiotic ointments.
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Dyslexia?Dyslexia is a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person's ability to read. As with other learning disabilities, dyslexia is a lifelong challenge that people are born with. This language processing disorder can hinder reading, writing, spelling and sometimes even speaking.
Dyslexia is not a sign of poor intelligence or laziness. It is also not the result of impaired vision. Children and adults with dyslexia simply have a neurological disorder that causes their brains to process and interpret information differently. The human brain is resilient, but there is no question that early intervention and treatment bring about more positive change at a faster pace than an intervention provided to an older child. The sooner a diagnosis is made, the quicker your child can get help, and the more likely you are to prevent secondary blows to her/his self-esteem.
Of course, no one wants to be an “alarmist” and put her child through an evaluation for trivial or transient bumps along the road to reading. However, If your preschool child struggles with language, particularly with rhymes and pronouncing words, and especially if there is a family history of reading problems, you should not keep your worries to yourself. You need to seek help.
Trained professionals can identify dyslexia using a formal evaluation.
Adults with unidentified dyslexia often work in jobs below their intellectual capacity.But with help from a tutor, teacher, or other trained professional, almost all people with dyslexia can become good readers and writers.
You can use the following strategies to help to make progress with dyslexia.
Anyone who is suspected to have dyslexia should have a comprehensive evaluation, including hearing, vision, and intelligence testing. The test should include all areas of learning and learning processes, not just reading. A trained reading specialist, school psychologist, private child neuropsychologist, or educational specialist may do the evaluation.
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It has been suggested in previous research that omega-3 supplementation can reduce antisocial behavior in children, but short treatment duration and a lack of post-treatment follow-up have been significant study limitations.
Published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, a new double-blind, placebo-controlled study randomly assigned 200 children ages 8–16 to a daily 200mL beverage containing 1000mg of omega-3 or the beverage sans omega-3 supplementation for six months.
Children taking the omega-3-supplemented beverage had a reported 41.6% reduction in parent-rated child externalizing behavior and 68.4% reduction in internalizing behavior after six months.
The parents of children in the omega-3 group also had significant observed reductions in parental psychopathy and reactive aggression, which accounted for 60.9% of the improvement in child antisocial behavior.
No previous omega-3 studies have tested this reciprocal effect, whereby improving child behavior, improved parent behavior, which further improved child behavior.The exact mechanism by which omega-3 improves behavior in children is unknown however the long-chain fatty acid does play a critical role in brain structure and function.
These findings support longer-term post-treatment efficacy of omega-3 in reducing child and adolescent externalizing and internalizing behavior, as well as reducing antisocial behavior in caregivers.
While limited evidence suggests that omega-3 supplementation may reduce antisocial behavior in children, studies have not reported on post-treatment follow-up and most treatment periods have been of short duration.This study tests the hypothesis that omega-3 supplementation over 6 months will reduce behavior problems in children both at the end of treatment and at 6 months post- treatment.
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At some point in our lives each one of us does get sad or depressed. What is important though is how react to these things. Life can be tough and even unfair at times. I don’t really have an answer as to why certain things happen but I do know that these are usually the moments in life where the potential for personal growth is the greatest.
Most people are uncomfortable with the topic of suicide. Too often, victims are blamed and their families and friends are left stigmatized. As a result, people do not communicate openly about suicide Several factors can put a person at risk for suicide. However, having these risk factors does not always mean that suicide will occur.
Some of the risk factors researchers identified include:
A common suicide warning sign is the change in personality and behavior. Often suicidal individuals have problems concentrating on what we may think are the simple things. They become sad and withdrawn, anxious, tired, or just don't seem to care about things. They are indecisive and often irritable. The person may even develop drug habits. Agitation and hyperactivity are also warning signs, as is acting recklessly.
Warning signs of suicide include
If you or someone you know exhibits any of these signs, seek help as soon as possible. Since suicidal behaviors are often quite impulsive, removing guns, medications, knives, and other instruments people often use to kill themselves from the immediate environment can allow the individual time to think more clearly and perhaps choose a more rational way of coping with their pain
There are biological and psychological treatments that can help address the underlying health issues that put people at risk for suicide.Those who treat people who attempt suicide tend to adapt immediate treatment to the person's individual needs.