Saturday, August 30, 2008
The Healing Project wishes to remind its community that eating a diverse range of fruits and vegetables is key to enjoying a healthy life. If possible, buy seasonal local produce and help your the farmers near you and help the environment.
Fruit and Vegetable Program Office
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Produce for Better Health Foundation
4770 Buford Highway NE, MS K-26
Atlanta, GA 30341
(800) 243-7889 TTY
Contact: Laura Tanase
Quick Facts About Prostate Cancer:
Approximately 220,000 new cases are expected in 2007.
It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in America among men.
An estimated 27,000 American men will lose their lives to prostate cancer in 2008.
It is most common cancer in American Males accounting for more than 33% of the cases.
1 in 6 American men is at lifetime risk of prostate cancer.
10 year survival rates of non-metastatic early-stage prostate cancer is almost 98%
If a close relative has prostate cancer, a man's risk of the disease more than doubles. With 2 relatives, his risk increases 5x. With 3 close relatives, his risk is about 97%. So if it runs in your family, get screened early and often.
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
National Prostate Cancer Coalition
1154 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 463-9456 Fax
Contact: Jamie Bearse
Friday, August 29, 2008
What is a craniofacial disorder?
A craniofacial disorder refers to an abnormality of the face and/or the head. Craniofacial differences can result from abnormal growth patterns of the face or skull, which involves soft tissue and bones. A craniofacial condition may include disfigurement brought about by birth defect, disease or trauma.
Craniofacial Acceptance Month
Children's Craniofacial Association
1340 Coit Road, Suite 517
Dallas, TX 75240
(214) 570-8811 Fax
Contact: None designated
Thursday, August 28, 2008
America On the Move's Steptember Campaign was created to improve health and quality of life by promoting healthful eating and active living among individuals, families, communities and society.
America On the Move's Steptember Campaign
America On the Move Foundation
44 School Street, Suite 325
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 367-6899 Fax
Contact: Sani Liu
Friday, August 15, 2008
Psoriasis [pronounced sore-EYE-ah-sis] is a noncontagious, lifelong skin disease. According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis.
Psoriasis Awareness Month
National Psoriasis Foundation
6600 SW 92nd Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97223-7195
(503) 245-0626 Fax
Contact: Paula Fasano
Sunday, August 3, 2008
The $1.5B abstinence program should be declared a failure. The behavior of subsets of teens subscribing to abstinence programs outlined in studies conducted by Mailmen School of Public Health at Columbia University made me blush. It followed the Clinton line of reasoning that certain acts are not sex (this has nothing to do with the medical definition). Teens have sex; parents wake up and smell the coffee. Talk to your children and encourage them to be responsibly. On the other hand, get your young ladies vaccinated offer access to condoms and have them screened and treatment.
A Few Notes about HPV
What is HPV?
HPV (human papillomavirus) is a virus that is common in the United States and around the world and can cause cancer and genital warts. HPV is spread through sexual contact. There are about 100 types of HPV. HPV is the major cause cervical cancer in women and is also associated with several other types of cancer in both men and women.
There is no treatment for HPV. But there are treatments for the health problems that HPV can cause, such as genital warts, cervical cell changes, and cancers caused by HPV.
The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program helps families of children who may not otherwise have access to vaccines by providing free vaccines to doctors who serve them. The VFC program provides free vaccines to children and adolescents younger than 19 years of age, who are either Medicaid-eligible, American Indian, or Alaska Native or uninsured. There are over 45,000 sites that provide VFC vaccines, including hospital, private, and public clinics. The VFC Program also allows children and adolescents to get VFC vaccines through Federally Qualified Health Centers or Rural Health Centers, if their private health insurance does not cover vaccinations. For more information about the VFC, visit the VFC web site. Some states also provide free or low-cost vaccines at public health department clinics to people without health insurance coverage for vaccines.