February: Eating Disorders Awareness and Screening Week and also Condom Week (Feb. 14‚Äď21)
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What Is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
COVID-19 Prevention Tips
As the spread of coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, has evolved in recent weeks, all are encouraged to use several effective measures to prevent any virus. They include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Get a flu shot - it‚Äôs not too late!
- Stay home if you are sick... [Read More Here].
FEBRUARY 2021: Celebrating National Condom Week
From February 14-21 we celebrate National Condom Week; the perfect reason to talk to those around you about the importance of using condoms to prevent both STIs and unplanned pregnancies. Because only internal or external condoms protect from both. When used correctly, condoms are 98% effective.
Available everywhere from bathroom vending machines to drug stores, from health centers to the internet, and next to the register at the convenience store down the street, condoms are a bright spot of accessibility in the world of birth control. And, in addition to being easy to find, on average they cost only $1 to $2 per condom... [Read more]
DECEMBER 2020: National Handwashing Awareness
Personal hygiene begins and ends with our hands. And though we‚Äôre taught as youngsters to wash our hands before dinner, it‚Äôs important to remember that germs don‚Äôt care what time of day it is. Clean hands prevent sickness. So it‚Äôs especially important to learn the basics about hand hygiene so that you, too, can become a champion hand washer! Let‚Äôs examine some handy (see what we did there?) tips and info in honor of National Handwashing Awareness Week, which takes place each year during the first week of December... [Read more]
OCTOBER 2020: National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Down syndrome is a condition in which a person has an extra chromosome. Chromosomes are small ‚Äúpackages‚ÄĚ of genes in the body. They determine how a baby‚Äôs body forms during pregnancy and how the baby‚Äôs body functions as it grows in the womb and after birth. Typically, a baby is born with 46 chromosomes. Babies with Down syndrome have an extra copy of one of these chromosomes, chromosome 21.
A medical term for having an extra copy of a chromosome is ‚Äėtrisomy.‚Äô Down syndrome is also referred to as Trisomy 21. This extra copy changes how the baby‚Äôs body and brain develop, which can cause both mental and physical challenges for the baby... [Read more]
AUGUST 2020: National Breastfeeding Month
Breast milk provides optimal nutrition for babies. It has the right amount of nutrients, is easily digested, and is readily available.
However, the rate of breastfeeding is as low as 30% in some groups of women.While some women are unable to breastfeed, others simply choose not to.Yet studies show breastfeeding has major health benefits, for both the mother and her baby.
Breast milk provides optimal nutrition for babies. It has the right amount of nutrients, is easily digested, and is readily available.However, the rate of breastfeeding is as low as 30% in some groups of women.While some women are unable to breastfeed, others simply choose not to.Yet studies show breastfeeding has major health benefits, for both the mother and her baby... [Read more]
JULY 2020: World Hepatitis Day (July 28)
Hepatitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver. It‚Äôs commonly caused by a viral infection, but there are other possible causes of hepatitis. These include autoimmune hepatitis and hepatitis that occurs as a secondary result of medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol. Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease that occurs when your body makes antibodies against your liver tissue.
Your liver is located in the right upper area of your abdomen. It performs many critical functions that affect metabolism throughout your body, including... [Read more]
MAY 2020: Lupus Awareness Month
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune condition that can cause inflammation throughout your body. However, it tends to primarily be a localized condition, so it‚Äôs not always systemic. An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your body‚Äôs own immune system is responsible for the inflammation and breakdown of its own cells.
Many people with lupus experience a mild version of it, but it can become severe without proper treatment. Currently, there‚Äôs no known cure for lupus, so treatment focuses on easing symptoms and reducing inflammation... [Read more]