April is STD Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise public awareness about the impact of STDs on the lives of Americans and the importance of preventing, testing for, and treating STDs. It is an opportunity to normalize routine STD testing and conversations about sexual health. If you’re sexually active, particularly with multiple partners, you’ve probably heard the following advice many times: Use protection and get tested. This is important because a person can have a sexually transmitted disease without knowing it.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month and the experts would like to remind people to know the signs and symptoms of stroke. Every stroke is a medical emergency because it means that blood flow to part of the brain has been interrupted. Everyone needs to be able to recognize the signs of a stroke and get to a hospital fast because “time is brain.” The longer you wait, the more brain cells could die. Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability.
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Since then, it has grown to be a rallying point for the colon cancer community where thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates throughout the country join together to spread colon cancer awareness by wearing blue, holding fundraising and education events, talking to friends and family about screening and so much more. As part of colon cancer awareness we raise awareness about colorectal cancer and take action toward prevention.
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, a time to focus on raising awareness about the frequency with which birth defects occur in the United States and of the steps that can be taken to prevent them. While not all birth defects can be prevented, there are things a women can do get ready for a healthy pregnancy. This is important because many birth defects happen very early during pregnancy, sometimes before a woman even knows she is pregnant. There are some steps a woman can take to get ready for a healthy pregnancy.
It’s been weeks since you had to use your shovel. The days are getting longer and temperatures are on the rise. This can mean only one thing—spring is here and summer is just around the corner! With this in mind you might be tempted to sign up for that tennis tournament going on this weekend or maybe head for the park for a game of basketball. Don’t reach for your racquet and head for the courts quite yet and hold off on picking teams for the basketball game. You may want some tips to ensure your summer experience is safe and injury-free.
Schizophrenia affects 1 percent of the general population in the United States. Unfortunately, this common illness is often poorly understood and feared by many health care professionals. Whether nurse practitioners who work in primary care are aware of it or not, they inevitably come into daily or weekly contact with schizophrenics. Patients with schizophrenia represent a vulnerable population with high medical needs that are often missed or undertreated. Primary care providers have the potential to reduce health differences of this disease. This provides Primary Care providers with a general understanding of the psychiatric and medical issues specific to patients with schizophrenia.
H1N1, often referred to as the swine flu, is a new strain of influenza that made its debut early in mid-April 2009. With the upcoming seasonal changes, H1N1 is expected to make another appearance as it spreads from person to person worldwide. Are you prepared for this pandemic?