Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year ....Read more
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Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming difficult, if not impossible, to treat. It's quick and simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick.
Legionnaires’ disease is a severe pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacterium. Legionella is commonly found in fresh water sources, but it rarely causes illness in these settings. However, in manmade water sources that are not maintained properly, the bacteria can multiply and cause illness. These manmade water sources include whirlpool spas, the cooling towers of large building air conditioning systems, decorative fountains and water features, hot water tanks and heaters, plumbing systems in large buildings, and in shower heads and other drinking water sources.
September is observed as Suicide Prevention month in the US and World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th. Suicide rates are the highest they have been in 30 years which makes suicide prevention more important than ever.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
Now that school is back in session, you may be worrying about things like your child’s academic performance and health. While you can’t keep an eye on your child at school, you can encourage healthy habits to set them up for success.
Wear appropriate clothing: Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
Stay cool indoors: Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library—even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
Each 4th of July, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires and even death.
We love summer, but we hate the bugs that come with it. As the weather heats up, it is likely you will encounter these pesky creatures. If you’ve ever been bitten by a mosquito, tick, or flea, you probably have experienced the itching and irritation they cause. We may call them “pests,” but these vectors can spread germs and diseases with their bites. The term “vector-borne diseases” refers to the illnesses these bugs spread from person-to-person and animal-to-person. Vectors include organisms like mosquitos, ticks, fleas, flies, etc.
National Men’s Health Week is observed each year leading up to Father’s Day. This week is a reminder for men to take steps to be healthier, but they don’t have to do it alone! Whether it’s your husband, partner, dad, brother, son, or friend you can help support the health and safety of the men in your life.
Set an Example with Healthy Habits
You can support the men in your life by having healthy habits yourself and by making healthy choices.
Occupational therapy is an essential part of a rehabilitation program, as it allows individuals to get back to a productive, independent lifestyle. Over one-third of occupational therapists work with older adults who have been affected by illness, injury, disability or mental health condition. In fact, occupational therapists are often advocates for the elderly, working with local community groups and governments to ensure each is doing their part to allow seniors to maintain as much independence as possible.