The Center for a Healthy Maryland is dedicated to promoting the health and well being of Maryland citizens, many of whom are living with chronic conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that chronic diseases—such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes—are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Chronic diseases account for 70 percent of all deaths in the U.S., which total 1.7 million each year. The Center is pursuing funding to develop and administer programs that promote healthy living in order to reduce the impact of chronic conditions.
Beginning January 1, 2011, federal employees and their families will be guaranteed coverage for tobacco cessation treatment, no matter what health plan they choose.
The CDC announces the debut of Cancer, the Flu, and You, a new resource targeted toward cancer patients and survivors. Living with cancer increases a person’s risk for complications from having the flu. To help prepare you, anyone you know with cancer, or anyone who has had cancer in the past, CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control is answering some important questions about seasonal and 2009 HINI flu.
The Infectious Disease Society of America offers a free online Lyme disease case study course which consists of a series of case studies designed to educate clinicians regarding the proper diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. Each case is accredited for .25 CME credits, for a maximum of 1.5 CME. There is no cost for these credits.
To access the course visit the IDSA website: http://lymecourse.idsociety.org/
Can you spot the signs of stroke? Take the Warning: Stroke Ahead Quiz to find out.
Stroke is a medical emergency. Know these warning signs of stroke and teach them to others. Every second counts:
|Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body|
|Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding|
|Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes|
|Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination|
|Sudden, severe headache with no known cause|
If you or someone with you has one or more of these signs, don’t delay! Immediately call 9-1-1.
Know the signs of a stroke courtesy of American Stroke Association.
Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to process language but does not affect intelligence. Aphasia impairs the ability to speak and understand others, and most people with aphasia experience difficulty reading and writing. For more information on aphasia click here.
SCALE is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing long-term, affordable services to individuals with aphasia and their families. A variety of communication groups and computer classes are offered in addition to hands-on, interactive groups such as art, photography and gardening.
Members have input regarding the types of classes offered and select classes of interest to them. Some individuals choose to focus on enhancing their communication skills through technology or conversation practice. Others focus on rebuilding social networks by interacting with peers and volunteers at the Center as they participate in communication activities.
For more information about SCALE, please visit www.scalebaltimore.org.
Attention All Physicians Who Diagnose and Treat Patients with Hypertension
The Maryland State Advisory Council on Heart Disease and Stroke wants you to know a “Simple Strategy” to help your high blood pressure patients achieve and maintain recommended levels of control. Every single time you give a patient a prescription for a blood pressure medication, remember to say:
November is Diabetes awareness month!
Diabetes is an epidemic that kills more Americans each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. There’s no ignoring it. There’s only stopping it and you can help by starting now during American Diabetes Month. Help raise awareness and the hope that someday, we’ll find a cure. Please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES, or go to diabetes.org as a resource for your Practice and your patients.
For more information on the Center for a Healthy Maryland’s Chronic Conditions programs, please contact:
Roberta M. Herbst, M.S.
Director of Programs and Communication
Phone: 410-539-0872 or 800-492-1056, ext. 3340