Dr. Kent Brantly, a 33-year-old Ebola survivor, was discharged from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Brantly acquired the Ebola virus while caring for infected patients in West Africa. Nancy Writebol, a 59-year-old aid worker also contacted Ebola while doing missionary work in Liberia. Brantly and Writebol were the first two individuals to receive an experimental drug for the Ebola virus. Physicians aren’t certain if health improvements were a result of the experimental drug, or related to the quality of medical care given in the U.S. as opposed to the care received in West Africa.
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It’s a great opportunity to focus on disease control and prevention as we acknowledge Immunization Awareness this month. Vaccinations aren’t intended just for children, but for healthy adults as well. Immunizations aim to protect individuals from acquiring infections and controlling the spread of disease. Elderly and infant caretakers, as well as people who interact with clients of low immunity or other health conditions should get vaccinated. The National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) states, “Immunization is especially important for adults 60 years of age and older, and for those who have a chronic condition such as asthma, COPD, diabetes or heart disease.” There are many health benefits to staying current with recommended immunizations – even for adults!
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease manifested as red, itchy, burning, and scaly patches on the skin surface. Medications are available for the treatment of Psoriasis, yet many carry potential side effects. Managing psoriasis through proper nutrition and natural supplements is healthy alternative to the use of pharmaceuticals. Individuals with Psoriasis are showing interest in natural therapies with or without the use of prescribed drug treatments. As noted in WebMD the FDA doesn’t regulate supplements as stringently as medications, therefore it’s integral for clients to consult their physician before taking over-the-counter (OTC) products, and when initiating a new diet plan.
Kids Get Arthritis Too – a division of The Arthritis Foundation supports an average of 300,000 children and families with juvenile arthritis. The foundation comments on juvenile arthritis stating, “Juvenile arthritis actually is an umbrella term for a number of childhood diseases affecting the joints and musculoskeletal system.” The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases defines juvenile arthritis (JA) as childhood arthritis causing joint stiffness, pain, and swelling. JA is an autoimmune disease, in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissues and cells mistaking them as foreign invaders. Extended damage by the immune system can lead to altered bone growth and joint deformities in children.
Common Types of Juvenile Arthritis Outlined by the Kids Get Arthritis Too Organization:
1. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA): This is the most common form of JA, manifesting before the age of 16 and affecting one or more joints in the body. Joint swelling averages for at least six weeks. Other manifestations include muscle tightening, bone damage, and altered growth.
Summer time is here! Why remain indoors when you can delight in the warm sunny breeze? With proper UV protection enjoying outdoor activities on “hot” summer days can be safe. Preparing, planning, and learning on UV protection are key components to health promotion and wellbeing. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, UV rays from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer – the most common type of cancer in the United States. It’s pivotal for individuals to have a thorough understanding on facts, myths, and safety tips to prevent harmful effects of UV rays.