May is Arthritis Awareness Month and also Lupus Awareness Month
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MAY IS ARTHRITIS AWARENESS MONTH
So what is Arthritis? Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. It can affect one joint or multiple joints. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, with different causes and treatment methods. Two of the most common types are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
The symptoms of arthritis usually develop over time, but they may also appear suddenly. Arthritis is most commonly seen in adults over the age of 65, but it can also develop in children, teens, and younger adults. Arthritis is more common in women than men and in people who are overweight.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling are the most common symptoms of arthritis. Your range of motion may also decrease, and you may experience redness of the skin around the joint. Many people with arthritis notice their symptoms are worse in the morning.
In the case of RA, you may feel tired or experience a loss of appetite due to the inflammation the immune system’s activity causes. You may also become anemic ... [Read more]
APRIL IS STD AWARENESS MONTH
The term sexually transmitted disease (STD) is used to refer to a condition passed from one person to another through sexual contact. You can contract an STD by having unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the STD.
An STD may also be called a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or venereal disease (VD).
That doesn’t mean sex is the only way STDs are transmitted. Depending on the specific STD, infections may also be transmitted through sharing needles and breastfeeding.
Symptoms of STDs in men
It’s possible to contract an STD without developing symptoms. But some STDs cause obvious symptoms. In men, common symptoms include:
pain or discomfort during sex or urination
sores, bumps, or rashes on or around the penis, testicles, anus, buttocks, thighs, or mouth
unusual discharge or bleeding from the penis
painful or swollen testicles
Specific symptoms can vary, depending on the STD... [Read more]
MARCH IS NATIONAL KIDNEY MONTH
Tips For Healthy Kidneys.
The kidneys are important organs that affect many other body parts, including the heart. Follow these tips to keep them working efficiently:
Avoid Extra Salt
Eating a lot of salty foods can disrupt the balance of minerals in the blood. This can make it harder for the kidneys to work properly. Try swapping out processed foods — which usually have a lot of added salt — for whole foods, such as: fresh fruits and vegetables, lean cuts of meat and nuts.
High blood pressure is a known risk factor for chronic kidney disease. Regular exercise, even for just 20 minutes a day, can help reduce blood pressure... [Read more]
FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL SELF-CHECK MONTH
National Self-Check Month is a reminder that every day of the year we can take charge of our health and increase our odds of avoiding chronic disease and other often preventable conditions.
We all have our reasons for avoiding a checkup or self-check. We’re too busy, or we don’t want to know the truth. National Self Check Month brings to your fingertips a variety of self-empowering and proactive early detection and preventative resources and tools to guide us through healthcare related fears and concerns.
Even if you are proactive, someone in your life may not be. National Self -Check Month provides an opportunity for you to sit down with a loved one to share your concerns and offer ways to better health.... [Read more]
Results of Investigation RE: Deceased Dialysis Patient
Investigations surrounding the unfortunate death of 25- year-old Neil Johnson, a dialysis patient at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) has concluded.
The internal investigation conducted by The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) revealed that the patient (also known by the name Neil Bethel,) began receiving Dialysis treatment at PMH in October this year.
At the commencement of his treatment, Mr. Johnson received information regarding his diagnosis of renal failure, the requirements for renal replacement dialysis therapy and the ‘life and death’ implications of the scheduling requirements of his treatment plan.
He was slated to have Dialysis on Monday, Wednesday and... [Read more]
Kidney Donor Urges Others to Save a Life
Even more powerfully, Roberts wants others to know that they do not need to depend on international donors. This type of giving can start right at home.
As The Bahamas public dialysis system is over capacity and more persons wait for a kidney transplant the living’s donor’s message of “Share a Spare,” emblazoned on her green tee-shirt said it all – humans can live with just one... [Read more]