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Overdose Awareness Day

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Today is International Overdose Awareness Day!

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global campaign that works towards preventing overdose, reducing the stigma associated with it, and providing support to families and loved ones of overdose victims. The unofficial awareness day is observed every year on August 31.

The day was established in 2001 by Australians Sally J. Finn and Peter Streker as a way to commemorate those who have lost their lives to overdose, and to support the loved ones whose lives have been affected by drug abuse.

Medical professionals define overdose as the accidental or intentional use of a drug or a substance such as alcohol or a narcotic beyond the recommended dosage. An overdose can have serious consequences, with effects ranging from mild disorientation to seizures, brain injury, and death.

Part of International Overdose Awareness Day's agenda is to spread information about how to detect signs of substance abuse and overdose, and what to do when encountering a person who may be having an adverse reaction to a drug. Disorientation, agitation, difficulty in breathing, and vomiting can be signs of overdose and should not be ignored. Overdose is an increasing global problem. A 2014 report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates that about 183,000 people succumb to overdose around the world every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an American public health organization, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States.

A vast majority of overdose deaths occur due to opioid abuse. Opioids are a class of drugs that reduce the intensity of pain by interacting with proteins called opioids found in the human brain, spinal cord, and other organs. Opiates include illegal substances like heroin, as well as legally prescribed medication such as oxycodone, codeine, and morphine.

#overdose #opioid #oxycodone #opiate #oxycontin #morphine #opana #overdoseprevention #addiction #addicted #addictionrecovery #12steps #rehab #narcoticsanonymous #narcotics #alcoholicsanonymous #substanceabuse

Women's Equality Day!

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Happy Women's Equality Day!

In 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.

Women's Equality Day was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women.  It had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York.  
The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. We still have a long way to go, but let's celebrate the progress we've made thus far. 

I'll end this with two thoughts regarding equality:
1) Men of quality respect and fight for women's equality!
2) Feminist is not a dirty word! All people, men and women, should be feminists. Feminism means that you equally value the rights of all people.

 #womensequalityday #womensequality #equality #feminism #humanrights #womensrights #suffragette #righttovote #vote #womenvote #womens #right #vote #feminist #equalrights

Psoriasis Awareness Month!

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August is Psoriasis Awareness Month!

Unpredictable and irritating, psoriasis is one of the most baffling and persistent skin disorders.  Psoriasis is characterized by skin cells that multiply up to ten times faster than normal. As underlying cells reach the skin's surface and die, their sheer volume causes raised, red plaques covered with white scales. Psoriasis typically occurs on the knees, elbows, and scalp, and it can also affect the torso, palms, and soles of the feet. It can be itchy, painful, and may crack and bleed. 

Psoriasis can also be associated with psoriatic arthritis, which leads to pain and swelling in the joints. The National Psoriasis Foundation estimates that between 10% to 30% of people with psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis.

A variety of factors, ranging from emotional stress and trauma to streptococcal infection, can cause an episode of psoriasis. Recent research indicates that some abnormality in the immune system is the key cause of psoriasis. As many as 80% of people having flare-ups report a recent emotional trauma, such as a new job or the death of a loved one. Most doctors believe such external stressors serve as triggers for an inherited defect in immune function.

Injured skin and certain drugs can aggravate psoriasis, including certain types of blood pressure medications (like beta-blockers), the anti-malarial medication hydroxychloroquine, and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.).

Psoriasis tends to run in families, but it may skip generations; a grandfather and his grandson may be affected, but the child's mother never develops the disease. Although psoriasis may be stressful and embarrassing, most outbreaks are relatively harmless. With appropriate treatment, symptoms generally subside within a few months.

#psoriasis #itchyskin #autoimmunedisease #autoimmune #skindisease #skindisorder #dermatology #rheumatology #plaque #pain #redness #otezla

International Youth Day!

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Happy International Youth Day!

In 1998, the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth recommended the annual celebration of International Youth Day. The following year, International Youth Day was endorsed by the UN Assembly and the commemorative day has been celebrated each year on August 12 ever since.

In keeping with the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this year the theme for International Youth Day is The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production, focusing on the leading role young people can play in this.

The UN mission statement for this year reads: "The development and promotion of individual choices and actions that increase the eco-efficiency of consumption of all and minimise waste and pollution is critical to achieving equitable socioeconomic development."

#internationalyouthday #youth #kids #children #issues #development #sustainable #economics #endpoverty #responsibility #responsibleconsumption #ourchildrenareourfuture

World Breastfeeding Week

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World Breastfeeding Week is August 1 - 7!

On the last day of World Breastfeeding Week, held annually from August 1-7, we thought we'd throw some medical facts about the benefits of breastfeeding at you. It's some pretty compelling stuff, ladies.

So what're the benefits to the baby, you ask? Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat - everything your baby needs to grow. And it's all provided in a form more easily digested than infant formula. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding lowers your baby's risk of having asthma or allergies. Plus, babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea. They also have fewer hospitalizations and trips to the doctor.

In some studies, breastfeeding has been linked to higher IQ scores in later childhood. What's more, the physical closeness, skin-to-skin touching, and eye contact all help your baby bond with you and feel secure. Breastfed infants are more likely to gain the right amount of weight as they grow rather than become overweight children. The AAP says breastfeeding also plays a role in the prevention of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

And there are benefits for mom, too! Breastfeeding burns extra calories, so it can help you lose pregnancy weight faster. It releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and may reduce uterine bleeding after birth. Breastfeeding also lowers your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. It may lower your risk of osteoporosis, too.  Breastfeeding also gives you regular time to relax quietly with your newborn as you bond.

#breastfeeding #infants #baby #kids #newmom #postpartum #postpregnancy #pregnant #pregnancy #nutrition #love #natural #immunity #wbw #wbw2016 #worldbreastfeedingweek #awareness