May: Arthritis Awareness Month and Healthy Vision Awareness Month
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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’s not too late!
- Stay home if you are sick... [Read More Here].
Top 10 Facts Every Woman Should Know About Endometriosis
Whereas endometriosis is a complex hormonal and immune chronic disease causing multiple symptoms, including pain, which disrupt the lives of an estimated 89 million women and girls worldwide; Whereas there is no known cure for endometriosis and treatments are often problematic; Whereas lack of knowledge of the disease combined with stigma causes an average delay of ten years from onset of symptoms... [Read more]
How to Check Yourself for Testicular Cancer
Men…how often do you perform a self-exam to check yourselves for testicular cancer?
While it’s a relatively rare form of cancer, young men aren’t exempt – in fact, testicular cancer occurs most often in young and middle-aged men. The good news is, it can usually be treated successfully... [Read more]
OCTOBER 2021: Breast Cancer Symptoms
Breast cancer can cause a number of signs and symptoms. See your general practitioner if you notice a change to your breast that’s new or unusual for you.
On its own, pain in your breasts is not usually a sign of breast cancer. But look out for pain in your breast or armpit that’s there all or almost all the time... [Read more]
JUNE 2021: 7 Tips To Celebrate Men's Health Week
It's all about Men’s Health this month, but the second week in June is always allocated to celebrate and bring awareness globally to men’s physical and mental health.
This year the week starts today, June 14th - 20th.
For those who don't know, Men’s Health week originated in America and became a national awareness campaign by the U.S. Congress in 1994. It was picked up globally by European nations and Australia in 2002... [Read more]
Taking Care Of Your Mental Health
Taking care of your mental health, selfish or not?
The simple answer is no. But let's go a little deeper.
The conversation concerning mental health in The Bahamas is improving but there is still a long way to go. There needs to be more serious, informative and non-judgmental conversations about mental health.
More are inquiring about their mental health, but are still faced with ridicule, disbelief or not taken as seriously. It's very uncommon for Bahamians to admit they need help mentally and even less common to seek professional help.... [Read more]
MAY 2021: Healthy Vision Month
Keep Your Eyes Healthy. There’s a lot you can do to keep your eyes healthy and protect your vision.
Get a comprehensive dilated eye exam
Getting a dilated eye exam is simple and painless — and it’s the single best thing you can do for your eye health! Even if your eyes feel healthy, you could have a problem and not know it. That’s because many eye diseases don’t have any symptoms or warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to check for many eye diseases early on, when they’re easier to treat... [Read more]
MARCH 2021: World Sleep Day
World Sleep Society is issuing a global call to action about the importance of healthy sleep. Friday, March 19, 2021 is the 14th annual World Sleep Day®. Created and hosted by World Sleep Society, World Sleep Day (WSD) is an internationally recognized awareness event bringing researchers, health professionals and patients together to recognize sleep and its important impact on our health.
World Sleep Day 2021 will incorporate the slogan, ‘Regular Sleep, Healthy Future,' highlighting sleep's important place as a pillar of health, allowing for a healthier future thanks to regular, quality sleep... [Read more]
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’re taught as youngsters to wash our hands before dinner, it’s important to remember that germs don’t care what time of day it is. Clean hands prevent sickness. So it’s especially important to learn the basics about hand hygiene so that you, too, can become a champion hand washer! Let’s 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]
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