Health Observances for November

The following was posted on the BHIC blog.

November brings a number of health observances. We start with three today, and more will follow during the month.

National Diabetes Awareness Month

Stay healthy with Diabetes and prevent Type 2. Read more at: http://ow.ly/7gBrF [CDC Current Features October 31, 2011] and  http://ow.ly/7gBzD [MedlinePlus Diabetes health topic page]

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer continues to be the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States. Read more about how to be involved at http://ow.ly/7gCT5 .

National Hospice Palliative Care Month

This  year’s theme is “We Listen, We Care.” Visit http://ow.ly/7gFHi for more information.

National Native American Heritage Month

This month we celebrate National Native American Heritage Month.  A new online exhibit from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, explores health, illness, and cultural life in the lives of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/

Learn more about National Native American Heritange Month from http://ow.ly/7nRMG  [CDC Current Features]

Also see  http://ow.ly/7nRS1  for more about the observance of National Native American Heritage Month. [HHS News Release, November 7, 2011]

National Epilepsy Awareness Month

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy, which affects approximately 2 million persons in the United States, is characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures.

More information at: http://ow.ly/7lIP2 . [CDC MMWR November 4, 2011]

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. In the U.S. alone, there are nearly 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers.

Learn more at: http://ow.ly/7nRtj

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week

November 14 – 20, 2011 is Get Smart About Antibiotics Week. Antibiotics do not fight infections caused by viruses like colds, most sore throats and bronchitis, and some ear infections. Unneeded antibiotics may lead
to future antibiotic-resistant infections.

More information at: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/GetSmart/ [CDC Current Features]

National Prematurity Awareness Month

More than a half million babies in the United States—that’s 1 in every 8—are born premature each year. Learn more about premature birth, risk factors, consequences, and opportunities for prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/PrematureBirth/ [CDC Current Features]

COPD Awareness Month

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the 4th leading cause of death in the United States. The disease kills more than 120,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 death every 4 minutes—and causes serious, long-term disability. More information at: http://ow.ly/7vHv9

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Learn more about Pancreatic Cancer: http://ow.ly/7vHM5

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