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Friday, October 22, 2010
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is by getting a seasonal flu vaccination each year. Each year in the United States on average, 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu; on average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications, and; about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. This flu season could be worse.
Signs of Cold vs Flu
The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar flu-like symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.
How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?
Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can be carried out, when needed to tell if a person has the flu.
What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold?
In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.
To read more information about Seasonal Flu, click here.
*Most of the information provided here is from the CDC site, click here to visit their site.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
According to euthanasia advocates, we have the right to end our lives, and as autonomous individuals, each one should choose whether to live or die. There are people, it’s true, who think that autonomy and choice are too good to be wasted on just anyone. Someone commenting on a National Post blog recently insisted that “a 90 year old suffering dementia who is also blind, deaf and unable to walk is no longer a person.” The implication is that the infirm can have the time of their death chosen for them- by someone else of course.
Yet autonomy and choice do lend respectability to the pro-suicide campaign because, when not used as mere buzz words, they are truly signs of the rational spark that differentiates us from our pet birds and rabbits. Autonomy, however, is only part of the human story. No man is an island, and, as part of the universal human family, both the way we choose to live and the way we die does have an impact on others.
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|Enjoy the benefits of a healthy weight|
The National Institutes of Health encourage you to maintain a healthy weight so you can enjoy the benefits of feeling good about yourself, having more energy to enjoy life, and a lowered risk for developing serious health problems. It is important to assess your body fat, learn about the healthy foods you should eat, and find fun ways to increase your activity level:
Assess your weight & health with these key measures:
* Waist circumference
* Risk factors for Diseases and Conditions Associated with Obesity
- Be Active Your Way: The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans describe the major research findings about the health benefits of physical activity:
* Some physical activity is better than none.
* Benefits occur as the amount of physical activity increases through higher intensity, greater frequency,
* Most health benefits occur with at least 2 1/2 hours/week of moderate-intensity physical activity
* Both aerobic (endurance) and muscle-strengthening (resistance) physical activity are beneficial.
* Health benefits of physical activity occur for children through older adults in every studied racial and
* Health benefits of physical activity are attainable for people with disabilities.
* The benefits of physical activity outweigh the risks of injury and heart attack.
- Track Your Food and Exercise with MyPyramid Tracker, an online dietary and physical activity assessment tool that provides information on your diet quality and physical activity status. You can also find links to:
It's important to make lifestyle changes with a focus on reducing calories from food and beverages, a healthy eating plan, and portion control. You will find information on how to eat right with menus, recipes, and food exchange lists to help get you started.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Children's Health month highlights the importance of protecting children from environmental risks. Each day you will find helpful tips and links on environmental and health topics.
Keep our Air Breathable
Reduce Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Help Children Avoid "Nature Deficit Disorder"
Friday, October 8, 2010
When a brain injury occurs, the functions of the neurons (nerve cells), nerve paths or parts of the brain can be affected. The affected neurons and nerve paths might be unable or have difficulty carrying the messages telling the brain what to do. This can change the way a person thinks, acts, feels and moves the body. Brain injury also can change the way the body works, affecting body temperature, blood pressure and going to the bathroom. These changes can be for a short time or for life. These injuries may cause a change or a complete inability to perform a function.
- Losing consciousness after the brain injury.
- Loss of memory after the trauma (brain injury) when they wake up after losing consciousness (called post-traumatic amnesia).
- Personality change (meaning they will not act and react as they did before the injury).
- Cognitive deficits (a change in the ability to think or reason). Changes can vary widely because no two head injuries are alike.
- The black center of the eye is large and does not get smaller in light (called dilated pupils).
- Tires easily and often.
- Language deficits (problems talking as before; may have "lost" language or words they can't remember).
- Behavior problems. Acting out or angry.
- Can't "keep up" and doing poorly in school.
- May not grow and develop normally. Skills delayed or not develop at all.
- Recovery times are long, up to five years.
- Different from other children their age. This becomes more obvious as time goes on, and they don't "catch up."
To get more information about Traumatic Brain Injuries, click here.
*Most of the information provided here is from the Teach More/Love More site, click here to visit their site.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Help for Getting Medical Insurance with a Pre-Existing Condition in Florida
As of July 1, eligible residents of Florida are able to apply for coverage through the state’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan program run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
To qualify for coverage:
- You must be a citizen or national of the United States or lawfully present in the United States.
- You must have been uninsured for at least the last six months before you apply.
- You must have had a problem getting insurance due to a pre-existing condition.
PCIP will cover a broad range of health benefits, including primary and specialty care, hospital care, and prescription drugs. All covered benefits are available for you, even if it’s to treat a preexisting condition.
Below are the monthly PCIP premium rates for Florida by the age of an enrollee.
Ages 0 to 34: $363
Ages 35 to 44: $435
Ages 45 to 54: $556
Ages 55+: $773
In addition to your monthly premium, you will pay other costs. You will pay a $2,500 deductible for covered benefits (except for preventive services) before the plan starts to pay. After you pay the deductible, you will pay a $25 co-payment for doctor visits, $4 to $30 for most prescription drugs, and 20% of the costs of any other covered benefits you get. Your out-of-pocket costs cannot be more than $5,950 per year. These costs may be higher, if you go outside the plan’s network.
You can apply here (it can take a while for this page to load).
This was originally posted at the HealthCare.gov site here.