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THYROID DISEASE

The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) — the educational and scientific arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) – has kicked off a yearlong campaign designed to improve awareness of thyroid disease among the public and to educate physicians of many disciplines and pharmacists to the many nuances of diagnosis and treatment of these conditions.

"Thyroid hormone is the leading prescription drug in our country, and there are a lot of misconceptions about what thyroid disease is and what the thyroid does," AACE president Dr R Mack Harrell (Memorial Healthcare System, Florida), who is a thyroid specialist, told Medscape Medical News. "One of our jobs is to make sure that patients have access to correct information and not just hearsay that is written by non-experts."

Resources available through this campaign include "10 Questions to Ask About Your Thyroid Health" , and is designed to encourage dialogue between patients, their physicians, and pharmacists and is available for public download at www.thyroidawareness.com, a website that contains general information about thyroid conditions and diseases, including thyroid cancer.

Allergies

IT’S ALLERGY SEASON . . . again!

As flowers, trees, weeds, and grasses begin to blossom, pollen levels increase.  Spring showers trigger more mold growth inside and outside of your home.   And spring cleaning will also stir up dust mites throughout the house.  Here are some things to remember:    

  • KEEP POLLEN UNDER CONTROL—To tame pollen, wash bedding every week in hot water. Since pollen can accumulate in hair, wash your hair and shower before going to bed.
  • CLEAN EVERY SURFACE— Wear a mask and gloves when cleaning, vacuuming, or painting to limit dust and chemical exposure.  Vacuum and dust often.
  • WASH RUGS—Limit throw rugs to reduce dust and mold.  Make sure your rugs are washable.  When coming in from outside, take your shoes off at the door.
  • KEEP INDOOR AIR CLEAN—Keep windows closed to reduce pollen from entering the house.  Change filters in the air conditioning units and vents frequently.
  • Follow your physician’s instructions regarding taking your allergy medication.  (source: WebMD)

You can also check the allergy forecast for location at Pollen.com.   Click here for more resources about allergies.

Diabetes and Lung Disease

Diabetes is a disease in which the body has a shortage of insulin or decreased ability to use insulin which is a hormone that allows glucose to enter the cells and be converted to energy. There are two types, type I is the inability to make insulin and type II is more common and is the case in which the body does not make enough insulin or the cells ignore and do not properly respond to the onset of insulin causing sugar to stay within blood cells. Patients will typically experience frequent urination, increase in thirst, and frequent hunger. Overweight and obese people are at much higher risk of developing type II diabetes due to excessive abdominal fat. Diabetes is becoming more and more common in children and this should certainly raise concern. Type I is typically more common in children which is considered an autoimmune disease, but due to the obesity epidemic that has begun to sweep our nation, type II has also become more apparent.

Lung disease refers to disorders that affect the lungs, the organs that allow us to breathe. Breathing problems caused by lung disease may prevent the body from getting enough oxygen. The most common lung diseases include asthma, atelectasis, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, lung cancer, pneumonia, pulmonary edema, pneumothorax, and pulmonary embolus. Lung disease can either be an issue with airway passages, cancer caused, tissue, or circulation disease. Lung disease has become more and more popular, prevalently in women.

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Sleep Disorder Information

A sleep disorder, or somnipathy, is a medical disorder of the sleep patterns of a person or animal. Some sleep disorders are serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental and emotional functioning. Polysomnography is a test commonly ordered for some sleep disorders.

Disruptions in sleep can be caused by a variety of issues, from teeth grinding (bruxism) to night terrors. When a person suffers from difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep with no obvious cause, it is referred to as insomnia.[1] Dyssomnia refers to a group of sleep disorders with the symptoms of trouble falling asleep or maintaining sleep, which may cause an elevated sense of sleepiness during the day. Insomnia is characterized by an extended period of symptoms including trouble with retaining sleep, fatigue, decreased attentiveness, and dysphoria. To diagnose insomnia, these symptoms must persist for a minimum of 4 weeks. The DSM-IV categorizes insomnias into primary insomnia, insomnia associated with medical or mental diseases, and insomnia associated with the consumption or abuse of substances. Individuals with insomnia often worry about the negative health consequences, which can lead to the development of anxiety and depression.

In addition, sleep disorders may also cause sufferers to sleep excessively, a condition known as hypersomnia. Management of sleep disturbances that are secondary to mental, medical, or substance abuse disorders should focus on the underlying conditions.

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Asthma Information

Asthma is a condition that affects the smaller airways (bronchioles) of the lungs. From time to time the airways constrict (narrow) in people who have asthma. This causes the typical symptoms. The extent of the narrowing, and how long each episode lasts, can vary greatly.

Asthma can start at any age, but it most commonly starts in childhood. At least 1 in 10 children, and 1 in 20 adults, have asthma. Asthma runs in some families, but many people with asthma have no other family members affected.

Asthma is caused by inflammation in the airways. It is not known why the inflammation occurs. The inflammation irritates the muscles around the airways, and causes them to squeeze (constrict). This causes narrowing of the airways. It is then more difficult for air to get in and out of the lungs. This leads to wheezing and breathlessness. The inflammation also causes the lining of the airways to make extra mucus which causes cough and further obstruction to airflow.

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Prescription Drug Card

The Cape May County Department of Health is launching a free prescription drug card for County residents. Any resident of Cape May County can use the Cape May County Rx Card and save up to 75% on prescription medications. The Cape May County Rx Card is available to all Cape May County residents, regardless of income, age, or insurance status. There is no application to complete and there are no claim forms to file. Simply show your Cape May County Rx Card at a participating pharmacy to receive the discount. The Cape May County Rx Card was launched to help uninsured and underinsured residents of the County afford their prescription medications. However, the program can also be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health plans. Additionally, people who have prescription coverage can use this program for non-formulary or non-covered drugs. Frequently Asked Questions 

Wellness Education - Nutrition

Getting Back to Basics - You know that eating right will help you maintain a healthy weight and my even protect you against a variety of chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and various cancers. But with so many avenues presenting nutrition advice and tips, what to eat and what not to eat, it can make something so simple seem so very confusing. Wellness Education - Nutrition

CMC Special Services Aquatic Program


The aquatic staff of the CMC Special Services School District's Olympic-size indoor pool, provides swimming programs of excellence to district students and also offers numerous aquatic programs opened to the public for a nominal fee. Programs offered include:
  • Senior Disabled Swim Children's Swim Lessons
  • Aqua Zumba
  • Aqua Spin
  • Arthritis
  • Family Swim
  • AND MORE!!
For more information: 609-465-2720 ext 3303 (leave message) or visit CMC Special Services Aquatic Program
CMC Special Services Aquatic Program

Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station

The mission of Get Moving - Get Healthy New Jersey is to improve the health of individuals, families and communities. Get Moving - Get Healthy New Jersey encourages a healthy lifestyle, especially healthy eating and physical activity, through educational programs, a website, publications, and targeted marketing campaigns. Rutgers Cooperative Extension works in partnership with state and local governments, research institutions, professional groups, corporations, and private organizations to achieve this mission. Get Moving Get Healthy NJ

Stretching & Ergonomics

What is Ergonomics?: Ergonomics is an engineering discipline that addresses the effect work environments and tasks have on the worker. One branch of ergonomics deals with designing furniture and setting up workstations that avoid causing backache and muscle cramps.

A Be-Well Break Today!

Even just 30 seconds can make a big difference to your energy level and to how well your body functions. When working at a computer, you should at least look away from your screen for 10 seconds every half an hour, though more often will further reduce eye strain. Take a minute every hour or two and stand up, stretch and take a deep breath. Here are ideas to break up the day:

Shoulder Roll: Roll both shoulders up, back, down and around in a wide circular motion. Repeat several times, then roll your shoulders in a wide circular motion to the front.

Elbow Press: Hold your arms out in front of you at shoulder height, palms facing down. Bring your elbows back while keeping your arms parallel to the floor. Hold for a few seconds and repeat.

Cat Stretch: Stand or sit with your arms outstretched in front of you. Interlock your fingers, palms facing your chest. Gently push your hands away from your body, allowing your shoulders to round and your back to arch. Hold for five seconds and release. Repeat 3 to 4 times.

Palm Massage: Lace your fingers together, leaving thumbs free. Slowly knead your left thumb into the palm of your right hand. Continue for 20 seconds, then repeat on your left hand.

Scalp Soother: Place thumbs behind your ears and spread your fingers on top of your head. Move your scalp back and forth slightly by making circles with your fingertips for 20 seconds.

Upper Body Stretch: Sitting or standing up tall, extend both arms upwards, keeping your shoulders away from your ears. Hold for several seconds, then drop your right arm and gently reach your left arm to the right. Hold for several seconds then repeat with your right arm reaching.

Head/Neck Stretch: Slowly drop your head forward then gently return to an upright position. Then drop your head to the left, then to the right. Repeat each direction three times. With your chin down, make small rotations with your head to the left and right.

Wrist Rotations: Curl fingers into loose fists and roll fists around in a circle. Repeat continuously for a few seconds, then circle in the other direction.

Hand Stretch: Hold one arm out in front of you and bend your palm and fingers up. Use your opposite hand to apply gentle pressure until you feel the stretch. Hold for ten seconds. Then move your hands and fingers down and hold for ten seconds. Repeat on the other side.

Low Back Stretch: Sit or stand up tall. Leading with your chest, turn your torso over to the right, using your hands on your hips or on the side of your chair to gently stretch your low back. Hold for ten seconds then repeat on the other side.

Chest Stretch: Raise your arms to shoulder height with palms facing forward. Gently squeeze your shoulder blades together and open your arm wider. Hold for ten seconds.

Cross Shoulder Stretch: Extend your right arm in front of you, then across your chest. Place your left arm just below the elbow of your right arm and gently hug your arm towards you. Hold for ten seconds then repeat with your left arm.

Shoulder Shrug: Relax your shoulders with your arms at your sides. Look straight ahead. Lift your shoulders up toward your ears and hold for a few seconds. Then exhale and let your shoulders and arms drop down. Repeat three times.