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
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
- Sharp rise in women with lung cancer, men breathing easier (theage.com.au)
- Palliative care’s promise, concerns (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Cherokee Nation Hosts Native American Heritage Month Activities (indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)
- American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage (cdc.gov)
- Native Youth Campaign to Launch for American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month (indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)
- November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month (lifelegacyorg.wordpress.com)
- Annual Chest X-rays Don’t Cut Lung Cancer Deaths (nih.gov)