Friday, July 24, 2015

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

What is Juvenile Arthritis?

That’s right, kids get arthritis. It is a common misconception that only “old” people are afflicted with arthritis. Nearly 300,000 children in America have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis.

Juvenile arthritis (JA) is not a disease in itself. Also known as pediatric rheumatic disease, JA is an umbrella term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions or pediatric rheumatic diseases that can develop in children under the age of 16. Juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children in the United States.

Although the various types of juvenile arthritis share many common symptoms, like pain, joint swelling, redness and warmth, each type of JA is distinct and has its own special concerns and symptoms. Some types of juvenile arthritis affect the musculoskeletal system, but joint symptoms may be minor or nonexistent. Juvenile arthritis can also involve the eyes, skin, muscles and gastrointestinal tract.

Talk to your MHC Healthcare primary care provider today if you suspect your child has JA.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

4th of July Safety

Independence Day Fire Safety

Americans will spend more than $2 billion on cookouts this July 4th holiday and will eat more than 150 million hot dogs. And they’ll cook those hot dogs on an assortment of gas, propane, and charcoal grills, which means—if they’re not careful—they could be playing with more fire than they mean to. There are nearly 9,000 grill fires every year, according to the National Fire Protection Association, and July is the peak month for them.

Safety rules for all grills:
  • Grills should be used only outdoors. Indoors, they pose both a fire and a carbon monoxide hazard. “Indoors” includes garages, sheds, and other partially enclosed spaces. 
  • Protect children and pets. Keep them away from the grill area, and don’t let children play with matches and lighters. 
  • Never leave a grill unattended while it is in use.
  • Don’t spray grease flares with water. Water can cause grease fires to explode.

Independence Day Fireworks Safety

Fireworks injuries are on the rise, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In 2013, injuries hit a 10-year high, with eight deaths and an estimated 11,400 consumers who sustained injuries related to fireworks. Most of the injuries were caused by device malfunction and improper use.

Before you light fireworks:
  • Check the label. Legal fireworks have the name of the manufacturer, the words "Class C Common Fireworks," and a warning on the label. Fireworks without this label should not be used.
  • Put pets indoors (they may become frightened by the noise).
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby in which to place all used fireworks.
  • Have a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks.
  • Clear a level area away from things that can burn.
  • Teach family members to "stop, drop, and roll" if their clothes catch on fire.
When lighting fireworks:
  • Have a designated adult light all fireworks. Do not allow children to light fireworks.
  • Wear safety goggles.
  • Light one at a time, move away quickly, and keep at a safe distance until the display has finished.
  • Use fireworks (including sparklers) only outdoors and away from anything that can burn.
  • Never throw fireworks, and never hold them in your hand after lighting.
After you finish:
  • Clean up all debris.
  • Remember, duds can be dangerous, too. If a device doesn't light or fire, an adult should wait at least 5 minutes, approach it carefully, and place it in a bucket of water.

Enjoy a Fun & Safe Holiday!