Healthy Body, Happy Heart

“Every moment of the day, your heart is pumping blood throughout your body. In silent moments, you can hear the thump-thump-thump of its demanding work. Do you take your heart for granted? Most of us will have heart trouble at some point in our lives. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and men in the United States. But you can take steps now to lower your risk.

“About 1 out of 3 people in America will die of heart disease,” says NIH heart disease expert Dr. David C. Goff, Jr. “And about 6 out of every 10 of us will have a major heart disease event before we die.”

Heart disease develops when the blood vessels supplying the heart become clogged with fatty deposits, or plaque. After the blood vessels narrow, blood flow to the heart is reduced. That means oxygen and nutrients can’t get to the heart as easily.” Information and picture shared from: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2017/11/healthy-body-happy-heart 

 

Public Awareness: Fake Prescription Pills Containing Dangerous Drugs

FYI – Attached is a public awareness notice from the New Jersey Regional Operations and Intelligence Center.
“During 2017, forensic laboratories in New Jersey have identified a large amount of imitation prescription pills
containing dangerous drugs.
So far this year, law enforcement in NJ have seized over 500,000 fake prescription pills that have actually contained highly potent opioids, including heroin and fentanyl class compounds.
Recently, carfentanil was identified in what appeared to be a legitimate prescription oxycodone pill.
Imitation prescription pills containing dangerous drugs such as carfentanil are being sold by drug dealers, placing users at significant risk of death.
Due to the serious implications of this trend, NJ’s Drug Monitoring Initiative (DMI) has created this public awareness product. This product is Unclassified and can be shared with the general public and posted to social media.”

Prevent the Spread of Seasonal Flu


“OSHA’s Seasonal Flu webpage offers information about how to reduce the spread of the flu in workplaces. It provides information on basic precautions that should be used by employers and workers in all workplaces, such as frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue. OSHA provides additional precautions that should be used in healthcare settings, such as strictly following infection control practices; using gloves, gowns, and other protective equipment to reduce exposures; and encouraging sick workers to stay home.”
https://www.osha.gov/dts/guidance/flu/index.html

This National Diabetes Month, Be the Center of Your Diabetes Care 

(Statement from Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health.)

“More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes – and each one is the most important member of their diabetes care team. This National Diabetes Month, I urge everyone with diabetes to make your care a joint effort between you, your loved ones and your health care team.

In addition to managing blood glucose (often called blood sugar), blood pressure, and cholesterol, and not smoking, people with diabetes need to make healthy food choices, stay at a healthy weight, move more every day, and take their medicine even when they feel good. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it – research has shown that these efforts can dramatically lower the risk of many diabetes-related health problems, including heart, kidney, nerve, and eye diseases. Having a network of support can help people with diabetes cope with the daily demands that come with diabetes and help them be more successful in managing their health.”

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/national-diabetes-month-be-center-your-diabetes-care

It’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week!

“Each year National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is a call to bring together individuals, organizations, industry, and state and local governments to help increase lead awareness by using their efforts and collaborations to reduce childhood exposure to lead.  The theme for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future.” EPA, along with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will provide information to protect against lead poisoning.  This year we’ve added a focus on testing children for elevated blood lead levels. Lead can enter the body in many ways, and children’s blood lead levels tend to increase rapidly from 6 to 24 months if exposed. A simple blood test can detect lead. Interested in participating? Here’s what you can do to help EPA, HUD, and CDC spread the word: Visit our National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week webpage to get our flyer, poster, web banners and other materials ( https://www.epa.gov/lead/national-lead-poisoning-prevention-week ).”