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|Posted on 21 August, 2015 at 1:18||comments (179)|
Drinking alcohol can cause a group of conditions called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). Among their symptoms, children with FASD may grow less quickly than other children, have facial abnormalities and have problems with their central nervous systems, including mental retardation.
A person with an FASD might have physical and behavioral problems such as trouble with:
The truth is, drinking alcohol while pregnant is risky.
Because most pregnancies are unplanned,women and girls usually are not aware that they have become pregnant and may continue to drink alcoholic beverages. Data on past month alcohol use among women in the United States, indicate that:
A pregnant woman or girl who drinks alcoholic beverages can cause damage to her baby, possibly including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Different terms are used to describe FASDs,depending on the type of symptoms. No one treatment is right for every child. Good treatment plans will include close monitoring, follow-ups, and changes as needed along the way.
If you used alchohol or any unprescribed drugs, during pregnancy, Talk with your health care provider about it"as soon as possible." Get your child the help he may need before it is too late.
|Posted on 10 August, 2015 at 5:19||comments (119)|
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.
|Posted on 3 August, 2015 at 13:51||comments (282)|
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.
|Posted on 27 July, 2015 at 3:44||comments (111)|
Chills and fever are signs that something is wrong. If you treat your chills and fever but they persist, you should see your doctor to determine the underlying cause. Chill is a sensation of cold, with convulsive shaking of the body, accompanied by an elevation of temperature in the interior of the body; usually a symptom of an infectious disease.
Chills can occur after exposure to a cold environment. They also occur as a response to a bacterial or viral infection that causes a fever.
Chills are often related to fever; Every one of you may have experienced the wave of chills and exhaustion that a fever causes. When the brain increases the body's temperature set-point, the rest of the body gets confused and feels like it needs to meet that higher temperature.You feel cold because technically you are colder than your body's new set-point. In turn, the body works to generate heat to warm itself by contracting and relaxing muscles, hence the shivering.
Although a fever is easy to measure, determining its cause can be hard. See your Doctor if you are experienceing any of the following:
Treatments vary depending on the cause of the fever.
|Posted on 10 July, 2015 at 11:34||comments (7)|
Consult a doctor for a nosebleed if bleeding cannot be stopped, there is a large amount of blood lost, or you feel weak or faint.
Nosebleeds (epistaxis, nose bleed) can be dramatic and frightening. Most often they are considered to be a nuisance and not a true medical problem but, they can be both. Nosebleeds are divided into two types, Anterior and Posterior.
1. Anterior nosebleeds The bleeding usually comes from a blood vessel at the very front part of the nose. Anterior nosebleeds are usually easy to control, either by measures that can be performed at home or by a doctor
2 .Posterior nosebleeds: The bleeding usually comes from an artery in the back part of the nose. These nosebleeds are more complicated and usually require admission to the hospital and management by an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose, and throat specialist).
Nosebleeds are fairly common and most people will experience them every now and again. Anyone can get nosebleeds, The cause of most nosebleeds are unknown, but they may also result from trauma, medication use, tumors, or nasal/sinus surgery. Common causes of nosebleed include:
Many nosebleeds can be treated at home, but some do require medical care. Holding pressure, nasal packing, chemical cautery, and use of nasal decongest sprays represent the first line of treatment for a majority of nasal bleeding.
Here what you can do when there's a nosebleed!
Gently applying Vaseline or other ointment to the front of the nose with a Q-tip on a daily basis helps to moisturize the nose and prevent nose bleeds due to dryness. It is also very important to avoid any trauma to the nose after a nose bleed by picking healing scabs or blowing the nose too aggressively.
Consult a doctor for a nosebleed if bleeding cannot be stopped, there is a large amount of blood lost, or you feel weak or faint.
|Posted on 3 July, 2015 at 3:05||comments (191)|
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.
|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!
|Posted on 1 June, 2015 at 3:33||comments (81)|
Cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens which blocks or changes the passage of light into the eye. It is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Unlike many eye diseases, however, vision loss due to cataract can be restored.
Cataract is probably caused by multiple factors acting together; even genetics, but there are many risk factors that can be controlled or eliminated through prevention and lifestyle changes.
Even though cataracts are so prevalent, they are very simple to treat.
The most common symptoms of a cataract includes:
If you have any of these symptoms, check with your eye care professional.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cataracts, please request an appointment for your cataract surgery consultation.
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 well.
|Posted on 24 May, 2015 at 22:11||comments (177)|
Many people have mental health concerns from time to time. But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function. A mental illness can make you miserable and can cause problems in your daily life, such as at work or in relationships.
There are some biological causes of mental disorders including genetic factors which contribute to imbalances in chemicals in the brain. Poor mental health is also associated with rapid social change, stressful work conditions, gender discrimination, social exclusion, unhealthy lifestyle, risks of violence, physical ill-health and human rights violations.
Millions of persons live with various types of mental illness and mental health problems, such as:
Everyone requires a social network to satisfy the human need to be cared for, accepted, and emotionally supported, particularly in times of stress. Mental health can be regarded as a vital concern of individuals, communities and societies throughout the world.
If you think you are suffering from a mental disorder , visit your doctor, Tell him how you feel also let him about your medical history; family history; information about allergies; other medications, supplements or herbal remedies you take; and other details about your overall health.
Remember, mental health conditions are not only common, they are treatable. There is a wide variety of treatment options for mental illnesses ranging from talk therapy to medication to peer support, and it may take some time for you to find the right treatment or combination of treatments that works best for you. But when you do, the results can be truly amazing and life changing.
|Posted on 11 May, 2015 at 3:13||comments (95)|
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: