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World Heart Day

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Today is World Heart Day! ❤️

In May 2012, world leaders committed to reducing global mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025. Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke, is accountable for nearly half of all NCD deaths making it the world’s number one killer and claiming 17.5 million live each year.

Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day is the perfect platform for the CVD community to unite in the fight against CVD and reduce the global disease burden. Our aim to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to be the leading cause of death and disability in the world today: over 17.5 million people die from cardiovascular disease every year.

Any disease of the heart, vascular disease of the brain, or disease of the blood vessel is considered a cardiovascular disease. The most prevalent cardiovascular diseases include coronary heart disease (e.g. heart attack) and cerebrovascular disease (e.g. stroke). Controlling key risk factors such as diet, physical activity, tobacco use, and blood pressure may reduce your risk for CVD.

Most of the major cardiovascular disease risk factors can be controlled. Here are a few tips on how to control those risk factors and protect your heart:

GET ACTIVE. 30 minutes of activity a day can help prevent heart attack and stroke. Try to make exercise a regular part of your life.

STOP SMOKING AND USING TOBACCO PRODUCTS.

EAT HEALTHY.

MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT.

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS AMD RISK FACTORS. Have your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels checked regularly. High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major factor for approximately half of all heart disease and stroke. (Content: world-heart-federation.org Image: cardiology-art.tumblr.com)

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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month!

In its early stages, prostate cancer often has no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they can be like those of an enlarged prostate or BPH. Thus, it is vital to talk to your health care provider when you have urinary symptoms.

Symptoms include:

  • Dull pain in the lower pelvic area,
  • Frequent urinating,
  • Trouble urinating, pain, burning, or weak urine flow,
  • Blood in the urine or semen,
  • Painful ejaculation,
  • Pain in the lower back, hips or upper thighs,
  • Loss of appetite,
  • Loss of weight
  • Bone pain

There are two types of screening tests used to detect Prostate Cancer. Health care providers use the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test and digital rectal examination (DRE) to screen for prostate cancer. They advise both for early detection.

Deciding what treatment you should get can be complex if you are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Treament depends on the stage and grade of the cancer. It also depends on your age and health.

Some cancers grow so slowly that treatment may not be needed. But, some grow fast and are life–threatening. If you are diagnosed with psotate cancer, your health care provider will review your PSA level, T stage, Gleason score, and biopsy results. The results from these test will help your health care provider predict the likelihood of your cancer progressing or coming back.

The treatment choices for prostate cancer are:

  • Active Surveillance
  • Watchful Waiting
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Surgery
  • Cryotherapy
  • Hormonal Therapy
  • Chemotherapy

Often times, treatment plans include more than one treatment option.

(Content: urologyhealth.org. Image: metro.co.uk.)

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RAINN Day

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Today is RAINN Day!

RAINN Day is an annual day of action to raise awareness and educate students about sexual violence on college campuses. It is a grassroots program designed to empower college students to educate their peers about risk reduction and recovery resources on their campus.

RAINN Day is held the third Thursday of September (this year on Thursday, September 15). However, some schools extend RAINN Day events to last a week, or even a month.

The laws about consent vary by state and situation. It can make the topic confusing, but you don’t have to be a legal expert to understand how consent plays out in real life.

Consent is an agreement between participants to engage in sexual activity. There are many ways to give consent, and some of those are discussed below.

Consent doesn’t have to be verbal, but verbally agreeing to different sexual activities can help both you and your partner respect each other’s boundaries.

When you’re engaging in sexual activity, consent is about communication. And it should happen every time. Giving consent for one activity, one time, does not mean giving consent for increased or recurring sexual contact. For example, agreeing to kiss someone doesn’t give that person permission to remove your clothes. Having sex with someone in the past doesn’t give that person permission to have sex with you again in the future.

You can change your mind at any time. You can withdraw consent at any point if you feel uncomfortable. It’s important to clearly communicate to your partner that you are no longer comfortable with an activity and wish to stop. The best way to ensure both parties are comfortable with any sexual activity is to talk about it.

(Content: RAINN.org. Image: projectconsent.com.)

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Celiac Disease Awareness Day!

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Today is Celiac Disease Awareness Day!

Celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is a digestive and autoimmune disorder that results in damage to the lining of the small intestine when foods with gluten are eaten. Gluten is a form of protein found in some grains. The damage to the intestine makes it hard for the body to absorb nutrients, especially fat, calcium, iron, and folate.


What Causes Celiac Disease?
Normally, the body's immune system is designed to protect it from foreign invaders. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system forms antibodies to gluten which then attack the intestinal lining. This causes inflammation in the intestines and damages the villi, the hair-like structures on the lining of the small intestine. Nutrients from food are normally absorbed by the villi. If the villi are damaged, the person cannot absorb nutrients properly and ends up malnourished, no matter how much he or she eats.

 

What Are the Symptoms of Celiac Disease?
Symptoms of celiac disease vary among sufferers and include:
Digestive problems (abdominal bloating, pain, gas, diarrhea, pale stools, and weight loss), a severe skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis Iron deficiency anemia (low blood count), musculoskeletal problems (muscle cramps, joint and bone pain), growth problems and failure to thrive (in children), seizures, tingling sensation in the legs (caused by nerve damage and low calcium), aphthous ulcers (sores in the mouth), and missed menstrual periods.

(Content:WebMD.Image: community.myfitnesspal.com)

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Suicide Prevention Day

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Today is World Suicide Prevention Day! 

Suicide risk factors are characteristics or conditions that increase the chance that a person may try to take his or her life. Some risk factors include mental illness, family history of suicide, substance abuse, and chronic health conditions. Often times, risk factors mix with environmental factors (such as loss, divorce, harassment or bullying) and cause suicidal thoughts and/or impulses. 


Seek professional help immediately if someone you know talks about things such as:
- Being a burden to others
- Feeling trapped
- Experiencing unbearable pain
- Having no reason to live
- Killing themselves


Some common warning behaviors include:
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means
- Acting recklessly or displaying aggressive behavior
- Withdrawing from activities
- Isolating from family and friends
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
- Giving away prized possessions

 (Content: Afsp.org Image: tattoo-journal.com) 

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