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Today is National Don't Sit get Fit Day. Sitting for long periods of time increases your risk of death from virtually all health problems! #GetFitDontSit.

Posted on 6 May, 2015 at 8:14 Comments comments (13)
Support and celebrate National Dont Sit Get Fit Day. Grab every chance to be active throughout the day.#GetFitDontSit!!!  May 6, 2015, marks the launch of the American Diabetes Association’s inaugural National Get Fit Don't Sit Day

People spend an average of 5 hours and 41 minutes per day sitting at work each week and research suggests that it’s wreaking absolute havoc on our health and well-being. In fact, research shows that sitting for long periods of time increases your risk of death from virtually all health problems, prolonged sitting is also  associated with a 91 percent increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

The American Diabetes Association recommends that everyone, including people with diabetes, limit the amount of time they spend sitting. Improve your health by getting up and move around for at least 90 mins daily, do it  today.#GetFitDontSit!!!.

Making healthy lifestyle choices is an important way to manage, prevent and control diabetes. National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day is a call to get up and get moving during the workday and a step that employees can take toward better health. Get active and stay active by doing things you enjoy, from  dancing to gardening to playing tennis to walking with friends.

Balancing nutrition, exercise and proper blood glucose management techniques with the rest of your life's priorities mean anything is possible.




Microneedle Patch for Measles Vaccination Could Be a Game Changer. Twenty million people are affected by measles each year: Having a simple patch administered by minimally trained vaccinators could help increase vaccination coverage and achieve the goal o

Posted on 30 April, 2015 at 10:12 Comments comments (0)
A new microneedle patch being developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could make it easier to vaccinate people against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases. It is designed to be administered by minimally trained workers and to simplify storage, distribution, and disposal compared with conventional vaccines.
                                                                                                                                               
The microneedle patch under development measures about a square centimeter and is administered with the press of a thumb. The underside of the patch is lined with 100 solid, conical microneedles made of polymer, sugar, and vaccine that are a fraction of a millimeter long. When the patch is applied, the microneedles press into the upper layers of the skin; they dissolve within a few minutes, releasing the vaccine. The patch can then be discarded.
                                     
“Each day, 400 children are killed by measles complications worldwide.

  • With no needles, syringes, sterile water or sharps disposals needed, the microneedle patch offers great hope of a new tool to reach the world’s children faster, even in the most remote areas,” said James Goodson, Ph.D., epidemiologist from the CDC’s Global Immunization Division.

 

  • Getting the measles vaccine to remote areas is expected to be easier because the patch is more stable at varying temperatures than the currently available vaccines and takes up less space than the standard vaccine. 


Twenty million people are affected by measles each year. 
 

  • Because measles is vaccine-preventable and the measles virus survives only in human hosts, the world’s health officials are aiming for measles elimination. 

  • Having a simple patch administered by minimally trained vaccinators could help increase vaccination coverage and achieve the goal of measles elimination.

April is National Minority Health Month:take responsibility for your health and the health of your community: Support public and private initiatives that guarantee equal healthcare access and treatment, regardless of race, culture, or belief system.

Posted on 26 April, 2015 at 14:19 Comments comments (7)

Though health indicators such as life expectancy and infant mortality have improved for most Americans, some minorities experience a disproportionate burden of preventable disease, death, and disability compared with non-minorities.

Despite our country’s progress towards ending health disparities(differences in the quality of health care that are not due to access-related factors or clinical needs, preferences or appropriateness of interventions which systematically and negatively impact less advantaged groups),racial and ethnic minorities continue to face significant health disparities.

Minority health is about everyone: 

  • Health care providers, 
  • Social service organizations,
  •  Industries 
  • Faith-based organizations, 
  • Schools, 
  • policy makers and individuals getting involved. 

Together through our collective efforts we can accelerate momentum towards achieving a nation free of disparities in health and health care.​ A society that has access and uses good quality health services is more likely to enjoy better health than one that doesn't


We urge the minority community to practice healthy behaviors, participate in health awareness activities and help someone else along the way to do the same.

Learn how the Affordable Care Act helps you and your family stay healthy:


  • Get information about when and where you can enroll in affordable health coverage.
  • Understand key features of the law, including many new insurance choices and rights.


  • Learn about how the law funds more community health centers to provide care when and where you need it.

Take responsibility for your health and the health of your community.


April 22 2015 is celebrated as World Earth Day,in order to increase the awareness among people about the environment safety as well as to demonstrate the environmental protection measures.

Posted on 22 April, 2015 at 22:51 Comments comments (8)
Every day of our life is Earth day therefore you should take good care of the earth on a daily basis Help save The natural assets of the EARTH.

Do some outdoor activities with your family such a:

  • Making home for a bird on the tree and discuss their role in the ecosystem
  • Motivate people to reduce the use of plastic bags to avoid the soil and water pollution.
  • Teach your children about the recycling and reuse of the old materials.
  • Take part in picking up the wastes from streets, parks and other places.
  • Take part in the amusement activities like singing a song related to the Earth safety to attract more people to the event celebration.
  • Take part in the educational sessions like seminars, discussions and other competitive activities related to the safety of natural resources of the earth.
  • Motivate people by wearing green, brown or blue clothes for displaying the environmental colors.
  • Promote people for energy conservation by various practical means.

Protect the Earth, protect your Home,protect your Food and Your Health will be protected.


CDC recommends that consumers do not eat any Blue Bell brand products, and that institutions and retailers do not serve or sell them.

Posted on 22 April, 2015 at 13:19 Comments comments (7)
 On April 20, 2015, Blue Bell Creameries voluntarily recalled all of its products currently on the market made at all of its facilities, including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet, and frozen snacks, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Blue Bell announced this recall after sampling conducted by the company revealed that Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream half gallons produced on March 17, 2015 and March 27, 2015 contained the bacteria.

·         CDC recommends that consumers do not eat any Blue Bell brand products, and that institutions and retailers do not serve or sell them.

·         Listeriosis is a life-threatening infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium (germ) Listeria monocytogenes. People at high risk for listeriosis include pregnant women and their newborns, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems.

·         This is a complex and ongoing multistate outbreak investigation of listeriosis illnesses occurring over several years. Several strains ofListeria monocytogenes are involved in this outbreak. Information indicates that various Blue Bell brand products are the source of this outbreak.

·         As of April 21, 2015, a total of ten people with listeriosis related to this outbreak have been confirmed from 4 states: Arizona (1), Kansas (5), Oklahoma (1), and Texas (3). Three deaths were reported from Kansas.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month: GET SCREENED!!! People are dying of oral cancer everyday! Early discovery has many positive impacts, potentially longer life spans, easier treatment and greater chances of a cure.

Posted on 19 April, 2015 at 9:14 Comments comments (12)
Oral cancer is the largest group of those cancers which fall into the head and neck cancer categoryOral cancer begins in the mouth, also called the oral cavity. Common names for oral cancers include such things as mouth cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil cancer, and throat cancer

The death rate associated with oral and pharyngeal cancers remains particularly high due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development and many who do survive suffer long-term problems such as severe facial disfigurement or difficulties eating and speaking. The earlier the cancer is detected, the easier the treatment and the greater the chance of a cure.

Primary risk factors for developing an oral or oropharyngeal cancer include:
  • Tobacco use in all its forms
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • A persistent HPV16 (human papilloma virus #16) oral infection

While smoking and tobacco use are still major risk factors, the  highest increasing number of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to a HPV16 virus. Fortunately their is a readily available  HPV16 vaccine which can be used to to protect our next generation. However, there is no vaccine for adults already exposed.

HPV16 Vaccine -This vaccine, given to young men and women ages 9 through 26, prevents pre-cancerous changes that may become cancer. HPV vaccination is currently recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for all boys and girls ages 11 or 12, and for men and women ages 13 through 26 who have not already received the vaccine or have not completed booster shots.

Possible Oral cancer signs and symptoms  includes:
  • An ulcer or sore that does not heal within 2-3 weeks
  • A discoloration on the soft tissues of the mouth that persists. It may be white, red, or even blackish in color
  • A swelling or lump in the mouth that persists. This also applies to a tonsil that is swollen but painless
  • Any abnormality that bleeds easily when touched. (friable)
  • A lump, or hard spot in the tissue. (induration)
  • Tissue raised above that surrounding it, a growth. (exophytic)
  • A sore under a denture, which even after adjustment of the denture, still does not heal.
  • A numb feeling in the mouth or lips
  • Persistent sore throat, hoarse voice, or cough
  • A painless fixated lump felt on the outside of the neck, which has been there for at least two weeks
  • Difficult or painful swallowing, or a painless sensation that when swallowing things are becoming stuck in your throat
  • An ear ache on one side (unilateral) which persists for a protracted period of time

Not having risk factors doesn't mean that you will not get cancer. If you think you may be at risk, you should discuss it with your doctor.

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

Posted on 12 April, 2015 at 1:04 Comments comments (0)
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:
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Age
  • Poor nutrition

The main Eye-related Health Risks Faced by Women include:

  • Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Glaucoma refers to a number of diseases that damage the optic nerve and can lead to vision loss. It is usually caused by abnormally high pressure inside the eye. Glaucoma can damage your vision so gradually you may not notice any loss of vision until the disease is at an advanced stage.

  • Cataracts-  A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that can impair vision.

  • Dry Eye Syndrome. With this condition, the eyes do not produce enough tears or the tears are poor quality and evaporate quickly. When this happens, the eyes sting or burn, feel scratchy, become irritated or tear excessively.

If you are  experiencing any of the following symptoms, an appointment with an eye care professional should be made immediately:


  • Unusual trouble adjusting to dark rooms.



  • Eye pain /or severe headache



  •  a blank spot or haziness in your central vision and color perception.



  • Swelling (edema) of the eyelids and tissue around the eye



  • A constant stare



  • Eyelid retraction



  • Dry eyes or a sensation of grit or irritation to the eye



  • Watering and redness of the eyes



  • Sensitivity to light



  • A feeling of pressure in the eye sockets



  • Double vision



  • Loss of vision

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.








Did you know That your bad breath might be because you are dehydrated? If untreated, severe dehydration may cause: Death Permanent brain damage Seizure.

Posted on 6 April, 2015 at 12:01 Comments comments (9)
World Health Day is April 7, 2015: It is celebrated to remember the establishment of the World health Organization as well as draw the attention of people towards the major health issues in the world. The body needs water to function. Dehydration occurs when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount being taken in. If you don't replace lost fluids, you will get dehydrated. 

Dehydration is a major health concern:  keeping your body hydrated will help you live a longer healthier life.To keep your body well hydrated (even when you sweat a lot ) does not mean gulping down gallons of water in one go. That might only dilute your blood that has a fine mineral balance, which is risky. The key is wisely drinking fluids that contain some minerals lost in sweat.

Anyone may become dehydrated, but young children, older adults and people with chronic illnesses are most at risk.  While you can usually reverse mild to moderate dehydration by drinking more fluids, Severe dehydration needs immediate medical treatment. It can lead to complications. You can even die from severe dehydration because the blood stops circulating.

Two early signs of dehydration are thirst and dark coloured urine.

  • Other signs includes: Dry or sticky mouth, Not urinating much, Headache, Muscle cramps, Dry, shriveled skin, Irritability or confusion, Dizziness, Rapid Heartbeat, Breathing rapidly, Sunken eyes, Listlessness, Shock (lack of blood flow through the body)Unconsciousness or delirium.

If you notice signs of dehydration and treat it quickly, you should recover completely.

You should also be aware that; 

  • when you become dehydrated, you do not produce as much saliva. The reduced cleaning action of the saliva allows bacteria to grow, causing bad breath.

  • Dehydration can also lead to a loss of strength and stamina. 

  • Dehydration is the main cause of heat exhaustion. 

The best cure for dehydration is prevention.

World Health Day celebration focuses on increasing the life expectancy by adding good health to the lives of people and promoting healthier living habits. Get involved become aware and share.

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

Posted on 27 March, 2015 at 12:46 Comments comments (0)
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:

  •  Appendicitis – the swelling of the appendix (a finger-like pouch connected to the large intestine), which causes agonizing pain in the lower right-hand side of your abdomen, and means your appendix will need to be removed.

  • a bleeding or perforated stomach Ulcer – a bleeding, open sore in the lining of your stomach or duodenum (the first part of the small intestine)

  • Acute Cholecystitis – inflammation of the gallbladder, which is often caused by gallstones; in many cases, your gallbladder will need to be removed

  • Kidney stones – small stones may be passed out in your urine, but larger stones may block the kidney tubes, and you'll need to go to hospital to have them broken up

  • Diverticulitis – inflammation of the small pouches in the bowel that sometimes requires treatment with antibiotics in hospital

Some of the more common causes include:
  • Indigestion after eating
  •  Pregnancy, gas,
  • Bladder infections
  • Appendicitis, ulcers, gastritis,
  • parasite infection, 
  • Abdominal muscle injury, 
  • Abdominal hernia, 
  • lactose intolerance, 
  • Food poisoning,
  •  Menstrual cramps,
  •  abdominal organ injury from trauma, and constipation.
  • Abdominal pain can also be a common side effect of medication. When you use certain drugs chronically, it can cause abdominal pain. In some cases this can be solved by switching the medication for similar other drugs

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.

Hemorrhoids, also called piles, are swollen, inflamed veins around the anus or lower rectum.PILES: Ignoring piles can just pile on problems: As doctors say too many of us are embarrassed to seek help !.‘If you’ve got blood in your stools, get

Posted on 24 March, 2015 at 12:22 Comments comments (0)
Piles are hemorrhoids that become inflamed.Hemorrhoids are masses, clumps, cushions of tissue in the anal canal - they are full of blood vessels, support tissue, muscle and elastic fibers. 
Common symptoms of hemorrhoids may be a sign of other serious health problems.

Call your doctor if you have symptoms like these:

  • Stools are black or tarry.
  • A lump or bulge that is not tender and does not go away develops at the anal opening


Both hemorrhoids and bowel cancer can cause rectal bleeding, any such bleeding should be investigated to rule out  pre-cancerous polyps or bowel cancer. Colon or rectal cancer and other conditions have many of the same symptoms as hemorrhoids.

Piles can occur at any age, but are more common in older people. They affect both men and women. In fact, most people suffer from piles at some time, but usually they are nothing more than a temporary problem. 

Piles can be of various sizes and may be internal (inside the anus) or external ones (outside the anus). Typically, internal piles occur from 2 to 4cm above the opening of the anus. External piles (perianal hematoma) occur on the outside edge of the anus. The internal ones are much more common.

Many experts believe that they are caused by continuous high pressure in the veins of the body, which occurs because humans stand upright.  Sometimes they result from straining hard to pass faeces, which is more likely if you do not eat enough fibre, or lifting heavy weights. 

The symptoms of piles can come and go. There are five main symptoms:

  • bleeding, with bright red blood
  • itching and irritation
  • aching pain and discomfort
  • a lump, which may be tender


  • soiling of underwear with slime or faeces (‘skid marks’).

Regardless of the size or swelling of a hemorrhoid, no treatment is required if symptoms do not exist.  Hemorrhoids are either inside the anus or under the skin around the anus, and often result from chronic (long term) straining to have a bowel movement.


Be sure to see your healthcare Provider, if: 

  • Moderate rectal pain lasts longer than 1 week after home treatment.
  • Pain or swelling is severe.
  • Tissue from inside the body bulges from the anus and does not return to normal after 3 to 7 days of home treatment.
  • A lump inside the anus becomes bigger or more painful.

Prevention is perhaps the most effective treatment for piles:


  • Avoidance of constipation with a high-fibre, high-fluid diet.
  • Avoidance of prolonged straining.


Though hemorrhoids are thought of as a minor health problem, you shouldn't let that notion keep you from getting them examined. The ultimate goal is hemorrhoid relief, and for many people, that means an office visit.



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