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November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month

The following infomation was sent to us by James Kisha:

Headaches Take Toll On Soldiers

Headaches Take Toll On Soldiers

The following information was sent to us by The Media Relations Department at Johns Hopkins Medicine:

Troops evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan with headaches unlikely to return to duty; heavy helmets a major factor

Headaches, a virtually universal human complaint at one time or another, are among the top reasons for medical evacuation of military personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan, and for ongoing depletion of active-duty ranks in those countries, according to research led by Johns Hopkins specialists. Just one-third of soldiers sent home because of headaches return to duty in either place, the research shows. 

The findings, published online in Cephalalgia, the journal of the International Headache Society, highlight one of the fastest-growing causes of medical evacuations from the two prolonged military conflicts. 

Washington Sports Clubs Opening Doors to Hurricane Irene Victims

Although Hurricane Irene is long gone, her fury is still being felt by millions of east coast residents as they wade through her aftermath in an attempt to return to normalcy.  From severe flooding to lost power and water supply, the stories of all of our friends in all our communities affected are as expansive as those who have felt her aftermath.

Report Ranks D.C., Maryland, Virginia On Adult Obesity Rates

Report Ranks D.C., Maryland, Virginia On Adult Obesity Rates

Washington, D.C. has the 2nd lowest rate of obese adults in the United States, trailing only Colorado, according to a report from Trust for America’s Heather and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report, entitled F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, investigates weight issues by state, as well as in the District. 

According to the report, 12 states have obesity rates of more than 30 percent.  D.C.’s rate of obese adults, however, is a reported 21%.

Maryland ‘s adult obesity rate is 27.1 percent according to the study, while Virginia’s is 25.9 percent, which ranks them as the 26th and 30th most obese states in the country respectively.

National HIV Testing Day in Prince George's County

This information comes to us from Prince George's County Health Department:

 

LARGO, MD—The Prince George’s County Health Department will offer free, anonymous and confidential HIV tests to mark National Testing Day on Monday, June 27, 2011.

Summer Food Service Program Ensures Students Don't Go Hungry

Summer Food Service Program Ensures Students Don't Go Hungry

This information comes to us from Prince George's County Public Schools:

 Although Maryland is home to three of the richest counties in the nation (Howard, Montgomery and Calvert), 11.1 percent of households in Maryland (or 1 in 9) face a constant struggle against hunger. When schools are closed during the summer months, students who receive free or reduced-price meals throughout the school year are at risk for not receiving the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow.

Prince George's County Health & Lifestyle Tour

LARGO, MD-- The Prince George’s County Health Department’s Division of Addictions and Mental Health Services will co-sponsor the Yolanda Adams’ Health and Lifestyle Tour on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at Jericho Christian Academy in Landover from 12:00pm – 5:00pm.

Award winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams is the force behind this fun-filled day of live performances by gospel artists, health screenings and health education. Workshops will be held during the event to provide information on substance abuse and other subjects to 1000+ individuals expected to attend.