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Say No To Alchol During Pregnancy. Prevent Fetal Alchol Spectrum Disorder(FASD): a very serious group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.These effects can include physical problems and problems with behavior and learning. Often, a person with an FASD has a mix of these problems.

Drinking alcohol can cause a group of conditions called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).  Among their symptoms, children with FASD may grow less quickly than other children, have facial abnormalities and have problems with their central nervous systems, including  mental retardation.

A person with an FASD might have physical and behavioral problems such as trouble with:
  • Learning and remembering
  • Understanding and following directions
  • Controlling emotions
  • Communicating and socializing

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Immunization helps prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. Protect your Child with Measles and other diseases preventable Vaccines.

Immunization protects all of us so don’t wait-vaccinate! 

Vaccines are used to boost your immune system and prevent serious, life-threatening diseases.  Vaccination is important because it not only protects the person receiving the vaccine, but also helps prevent the spread of diseases to others-especially those who are most vulnerable to serious complications, such as infants and young children, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems.

It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them.

Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak In South Bronx:Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia — lung inflammation usually caused by infection.

Importance: High

For staff working in the Bronx, who may be concerned about the Legionnaires' disease outbreak, you may want to share the following information:

Legionnaires' disease is caused by the Legionella bacteria. The Legionellabacteria are found naturally in the environment, usually in water. The bacteria grow best in warm water, like the kind found in
  • Hot tubs
  • Cooling Towers
  • Hot water tanks
  • Large plumbing systems
  • Decorative fountains

There have been more 45 cases of Legionnaires' disease reported over the past 2 weeks in the South Bronx, resulting in 2 deaths.

Chills & Fever : Chills are feelings of coldness accompanied by shivering Chills can be a symptom of a serious or life-threatening infection or hypothemia. Fever is the body's normal and healthy reaction to infection and other illnesses, both minor and serious.

Chills and fever are signs that something is wrong. If you treat your chills and fever but they persist, you should see your doctor to determine the underlying cause. Chill is a sensation of cold, with convulsive shaking of the body, accompanied by an elevation of temperature in the interior of the body; usually a symptom of an infectious disease.  

Chills can occur after exposure to a cold environment. They also occur as a response to a bacterial or viral infection that causes a fever.

Nosebleeds Nosebleeds are due to the bursting of a blood vessel within the nose.Nosebleeds aren't usually serious. However, frequent or heavy nosebleeds may indicate more serious health problems, such as high blood pressure or a blood clotting disorder.

Consult a doctor for a nosebleed if bleeding cannot be stopped, there is a large amount of blood lost, or you feel weak or faint.

Nosebleeds (epistaxis, nose bleed) can be dramatic and frightening. Most often they are considered to be a nuisance and not a true medical problem but, they can be both.  Nosebleeds are divided into two types, Anterior and Posterior.

1. Anterior nosebleeds The bleeding usually comes from a blood vessel at the very front part of the nose. Anterior nosebleeds are usually easy to control, either by measures that can be performed at home or by a doctor

Protect your baby from group B strep. If you have GBS, your baby can get very sick and even die if you are not tested and treatedGetting screened for GBS late in pregnancy – and receiving antibiotic treatment during.

Do You Know What is group B streptococcus?

  • Group B strep (GBS) is a kind of bacteria that many people harbor in their intestinal tracts. The bacteria may also inhabit (or "colonize") your vagina as well, and be passed on to your baby during labor and birth.

While GBS is generally harmless in healthy adults, it may cause stillbirth and serious infections in babies. Getting screened for GBS late in pregnancy – and receiving antibiotic treatment during labor if you're a carrier –  greatly reduces your baby's risk of becoming infected.

June is Men's Health Awareness Month: Talk to your doctor about your risk of prostate cancer and whether you need screening testsProstate Cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men..

Once males get over the age of 40, their prostates grow --it's known as "benign prostate enlargement.The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum.  An enlarged prostate has been linked to a number of metabolic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease but the exact cause is not yet discovered.

There are often  no noticeable symptoms of prostate cancer while it is still in the early stages, making the PSA test a critical screening tool.

June is Cataract Awareness Month: One way to protect our vision is to make a commitment to take care of our eyes today, including getting a dilated eye exam, so we can help protect our sight for the future not just from cataract, but other eye diseases as well. All types of cataracts are treatable surgically, and regular eye exams are the best way of detecting the eye disease.

Cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens which blocks or changes the passage of light into the eye.   It is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Unlike many eye diseases, however, vision loss due to cataract can be restored.

Cataract is probably caused by multiple factors acting together; even genetics, but there are many risk factors that can be controlled or eliminated through prevention and lifestyle changes. 

Some of these risk factors are: 
  • Intense heat or long-term exposure to UV rays from the sun

May is Mental Health Month 2015. Mental health is an integral part of health; indeed, there is no health without mental health.

Many people have mental health concerns from time to time.But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function.  A mental illness can make you miserable and can cause problems in your daily life, such as at work or in relationships.

There are some biological causes of mental disorders including genetic factors which contribute to imbalances in chemicals in the brain. Poor mental health is also associated with rapid social change, stressful work conditions, gender discrimination, social exclusion, unhealthy lifestyle, risks of violence, physical ill-health and human rights violations.

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. High blood pressure makes your heart work too hard and increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.The goal of hypertension treatment is to lower harmful high pressures and protect important organs, such as the brain, heart, and kidneys

IT ISVERY IMPORTANT TO GET YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKED EVEN IF YOU ARE FEELING FINEHigh Blood Pressure is a silent Killer you can have it for years without knowing it, during this time,  HBP can damage your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other parts of your body. Making healthy changes to your lifestyle and knowing your blood pressure numbers will help you maintain, control and prevent High Blood Pressure (HPB).

Blood pressure readings have two numbers, for example 140/90mmHg.
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