We love summer, but we hate the bugs that come with it. As the weather heats up, it is likely you will encounter these pesky creatures. If you’ve ever been bitten by a mosquito, tick, or flea, you probably have experienced the itching and irritation they cause. We may call them “pests,” but these vectors can spread germs and diseases with their bites. The term “vector-borne diseases” refers to the illnesses these bugs spread from person-to-person and animal-to-person. Vectors include organisms like mosquitos, ticks, fleas, flies, etc.
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National Men’s Health Week is observed each year leading up to Father’s Day. This week is a reminder for men to take steps to be healthier, but they don’t have to do it alone! Whether it’s your husband, partner, dad, brother, son, or friend you can help support the health and safety of the men in your life.
Set an Example with Healthy Habits
You can support the men in your life by having healthy habits yourself and by making healthy choices.
In the U.S., stroke is the 5th leading cause of death for men but the 3rd leading cause of death for women. In fact, stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer. Women in general tend to live longer than men so more women tend to live alone when they become a stroke victim, have a worse recovery after stroke, and are more likely to reside in a nursing home after a stroke. Rapid recognition of stroke symptoms and calling 9-1-1 to help fast are incredibly important to prevent long term disability from stroke.
Whether carrying both my twin sister and I on his shoulders at the same time, lifting heavy parts while fixing cars, or losing his wife of 40 plus years, my grandpa has always been one of the strongest people I know. He also happens to be my favorite person to get coffee with, T.V. watching buddy and one of my very best friends. He devoted many hours to helping me learn to read, teaching me how to make oatmeal cookies, watching my sister and I perfect our dance routine to Shania Twain songs and raising me into the person I am today.
Eating right doesn't have to be complicated - simply begin to shift to healthier food and beverage choices. Start building a smarter plate by choosing fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy - foods that are packed with the nutrients you need without all the added sugars and solid fats. In addition, you can help reduce your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke by eating less sodium.
Measles, also called rubeola, is a serious respiratory illness caused by the measles virus. It is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. Measles can be spread even if the infected person is no longer in the room.
Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming difficult, if not impossible, to treat. It's quick and simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick.
Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming response to an infection. It is a life-threatening medical emergency that happens when an infection you already have - in your skin, lungs, urinary tract, or somewhere else - triggers a chain reaction throughout your body. It's your body's over active and toxic response to an infection, and without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.
What are the signs and symptoms of sepsis?
A patient with sepsis might have one or more of the following signs or symptoms:
No one wants to live in pain, but no one should put their health at risk in an effort to be pain free. Doctor-prescribed opioids are appropriate in some cases, but they just mask the pain - and opioid risks include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use. That’s why the CDC recommends safer alternatives like physical therapy to manage pain. Physical therapists treat pain through movement, hands-on care, and patient education - and by increasing physical activity you can also reduce your risk of other chronic diseases.
Legionnaires’ disease is a severe pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacterium. Legionella is commonly found in fresh water sources, but it rarely causes illness in these settings. However, in manmade water sources that are not maintained properly, the bacteria can multiply and cause illness. These manmade water sources include whirlpool spas, the cooling towers of large building air conditioning systems, decorative fountains and water features, hot water tanks and heaters, plumbing systems in large buildings, and in shower heads and other drinking water sources.