*This article and any information contained herein is obtained from the CDC website referenced below. This is a very brief summary and is not inclusive of everything that is currently known about COVID-19 and is for informational purposes only. What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. It was first identified in Wuhan, China. Can people in the U.S. get COVID-19? COVID-19 has been … [Read more...] about Coronavirus COVID-19 Update
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Our children play a myriad of sports where physical contact is inevitable. Even with protective headgear, it is possible for head impact to result in concussion. Here are some head injury statistics for some more popular youth sports activities. Football Head Injuries Football is all about Friday night lights and cheering for our team. We can easily find concussion statistics on high school, collegiate and professional football, but more recently, the focus has been on younger players. Children … [Read more...] about Concussion and Head Injury in Youth Sports
Ideally, many people barely notice their hearts beating, which is natural. However, any noticeable change in the heartbeat should be concerning, be it slow or fast. Chances are, you're experiencing what's usually known as "heart palpitations," a term for feeling your heart is beating hard, fast or erratically.Although heart palpitations can be worrisome, they are usually harmless. In rare cases, they can be a symptom of a more serious heart condition, such as an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) … [Read more...] about When to Go to The ER For Heart Palpitations
Tuberculosis is not a disease that we hear much about in modern times. On March 24, 1882, Dr. Robert Koch announced the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes tuberculosis (TB). During this time, TB killed one out of every seven people living in the United States and Europe. Dr. Koch’s discovery was the most important step taken toward the control and elimination of this deadly disease. A century later, March 24 was designated World TB Day: a day to educate the public … [Read more...] about Who Should Get a TB Test and Why?
Diabetes is a common chronic medical condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. It occurs when there is an excess of glucose (sugar) in your body. People diagnosed with diabetes either don’t produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce does not get optimally used as required by the body. In both conditions, there is excessive sugar getting stored in the bloodstream which eventually causes serious related health problems. Sadly, diabetes is increasing at an alarming … [Read more...] about Signs You May Have Diabetes
Our blood has a very important job to do. It’s a seamless transport throughout our body of the things we need to stay alive - oxygen, white blood cells that fight disease, nutrition and more. When we cut ourselves, our blood coagulates, or clots to prevent total blood loss. Our blood is often taken for granted. We really don’t have to think about it until something like a cut or injury happens. A sizable number of lives are affected by a lack of awareness. Statistics reflect … [Read more...] about Signs and Symptoms of Blood Clots
For decades, the Brain Injury Association of America has raised consciousness in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month by conducting an engaging public campaign each March. The current campaign we’re observing is “CHANGE YOUR MIND” (BIAA 2020). If we talk about the facts according to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, traumatic brain injuries accounted for nearly 2.2 million emergency department visits, 280,000 hospitalizations and 50,000 deaths (CDC 2019). The CDC also … [Read more...] about National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
While Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a serious and debilitating disease; however, many individuals live full lives after diagnosis. Symptoms can come on suddenly and be extremely scary. This video from the National MS Society gives us a glimpse of how MS affects our health and lives. https://youtu.be/LzmAxXNE_dM The big take-away from the video is that you are not alone with the disease, giving hope to those who have been diagnosed or who suspect they are having MS symptoms. What … [Read more...] about Multiple Sclerosis – You Are Not Alone
Arthritis is a common malady. Nearly 50 million adults in the United States suffer from arthritis. However, do you know arthritis is not a single disease? It is a way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions, and people of all ages can and do have arthritis. Generally, we define arthritis as joints disease, which includes swelling, pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. These symptoms may come … [Read more...] about How to Identify Arthritis Symptoms Worthy of an ER Visit