- Always have an adult supervise firework activities to ensure your children’s safety. Many parents don’t realize that young children can even suffer injuries from sparklers since they burn at temperatures of about 2,00o degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
- Always have a bucket of water or a water hose ready just in case there is a fire.
- Keep your pets indoors to reduce the risk that they'll run loose or get injured. Also, animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed by the fireworks.
- Never relight a malfunctioning or “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.
- If you have any fireworks left, store them in a cool, dry area.
- Only use legal fireworks which are clearly labeled with instructions.
Your vision is one of the most important things you can “keep your eye on” (yes, pun intended) regarding your health. Cataracts can cause you to lose your eyesight and are important to have under control. A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. For people who have cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. Clouded vision caused by cataracts can make it more difficult to read, drive a car (especially at night) or see the expression on a friend's face. Most cataracts develop slowly and don't disturb your eyesight early on. But with time, cataracts will eventually interfere with your vision. At first, stronger lighting and eyeglasses can help you deal with cataracts. But if impaired vision interferes with your usual activities, you might need cataract surgery. Fortunately, cataract surgery is generally a safe, effective procedure. If you haven’t had your eyes checked in a while and think you are at risk, ask your doctor for more information.
Sickle cell anemia is one of the most common forms of sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is a serious disorder in which the body makes sickle-shaped red blood cells. “Sickle-shaped” means that the red blood cells are shaped like a crescent. Normal red blood cells are disc-shaped and look like doughnuts without holes in the center. They move easily through your blood vessels. Red blood cells contain an iron-rich protein called hemoglobin. This protein carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Sickle cells contain abnormal hemoglobin called sickle hemoglobin or hemoglobin S. Sickle hemoglobin causes the cells to develop a sickle, or crescent, shape. Sickle cells are stiff and sticky. They tend to block blood flow in the blood vessels of the limbs and organs. Blocked blood flow can cause pain and organ damage. It can also raise the risk for infection. Contact us for more information about this disease and how it can be treated.
In an effort to bring attention to the ongoing cancer survivorship and show the world that life after cancer can be rewarding and inspiring, millions are gathering around the world in their local communities to observe National Cancer Survivors day across the United States. National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual worldwide Celebration of Life that is held on the first Sunday in June. It is the one day each year when everyone joins forces to recognize the cancer survivors living in our communities and raise awareness of the ongoing challenges they face. NCSD also provides an opportunity for cancer survivors to connect with other survivors, celebrate the milestones they’ve achieved, and acknowledge the family members, friends, and healthcare professionals who have supported them along the way. The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation encourages everyone to participate in their community's event. To locate the one nearest you, check with your local cancer treatment center, hospital, or American Cancer Society office. Help support your celebrate and support your cancer surviving friends and family.
June is national Men’s Health Month. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives healthcare providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe. Anchored by a Congressional health education program, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities. For more information about how you can help the men in your life make sure their health is great, contact us today.