FNP-BC, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Master of Science, Nursing
In April, 2014, Greenville Medical Clinic (GMC) opened its doors with a philosophy, a goal, and far more dedication than working capital! For Toni Silver, owner and Family Nurse Practitioner (advanced-practice registered nurse) GMC fulfilled a lifetime dream...
Close to 49,750 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. It will cause over 9,750 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour.
Oral cancer begins in the mouth, also called the oral cavity. This region of the body includes the lips, the inside lining of the lips and cheeks (called the buccal mucosa), the teeth, the gums, most of the tongue, the bottom of the mouth, and the bony roof of the mouth, or hard palate.
In addition, oral cancer can also develop in the oropharynx, which is the part of the throat that is just behind the mouth. When cancer occurs here, it is called oropharyngeal cancer or throat cancer, and can include the back of the tongue, the back of the roof of the mouth, the tonsils, and the walls of the upper throat.
The oral cavity and oropharynx are key to the healthy functioning of the body. They help us breathe, eat and speak. Salivary glands in the oral cavity start breaking down food as we chew, an essential part of digestion.
Cancer can develop in any part of the oral cavity. Because each part of the oral cavity is different, oral cancer encompasses a wide variety of cancer types that are treated in different ways.
The oral cavity and oropharynx are key to the healthy functioning of the body. They help us breathe, eat and speak. To have oral cancer can be devastating: Close to 49,750 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. It will cause over 9,750 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour. These numbers occur because it is all too often discovered and diagnosed too late in the game.
Join us here on Friday to see what signs to look for and what risk factors are within your control.
One in three residents of the United States self-identify as either African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, or multiracial. By 2050, this number is expected to increase to one in two. The impact of this rise on our community health system needs to be addressed now.
For this reason, the Department of Health and Human Services has made "Bridging Health Equity Across Communities" their theme this year, encouraging us to look beyond the health care system and include places where we live, work, learn, play. It means looking at poverty, low education, dangerous and unhealthy housing, poor diet, language barriers, as well as disparities in insurance coverage, access, and quality of care.
"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman." -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968
There are several determinants to the state of health in specific communities. The places where people are born, grow, live, work, play, learn, and age have significant impact on the health outcomes of individuals, families, and their communities. For this reason, the Office of Minority Health has partnered with agencies concerned with health, education, justice, housing, transportation, nutrition, and employment to address the disparities in health and health care. Join us back here on Friday to find out how health is impacted by all these elements.
Sneezing, congestion, a runny nose, other irritating symptoms. They add up to seasonal allergies -- also called hay fever or allergic rhinitis -- and, boy, can they make you miserable! 8% of Americans suffer with seasonal allergies. That means that their immune systems identify an airborne substance that is harmless for most people as dangerous, thus triggering a false allergic reaction.
If you are allergic to a food or medication, the path is clear: Just avoid the culprit! But if it's in the very air we breathe, the solution isn't that simple. Although there is no 100% cure, there are still some steps you can take to limit the effects of airborne allergies such as ragweed and pollen.
Although you hear the phrase NIP IT IN THE BUD a lot -- even from Barney on a rerun of the Andy Griffith Show -- this time of year, it is appropriate. Buds and flowers are showing off, leaves sprouting their greenery. It's absolutely gorgeous out! But for some who suffer from seasonal allergies, it's not so much fun. From a mild reaction to a serious one, check back with us here on Friday to find out how to limit the degree that allergies run your life.
The Ancient Cradle of Civilization, Egypt, was touted to have "the healthiest of all men because of the dry climate and the notable public health system." They made strides in the fields of anatomy, public health, and clinical diagnostics. The Father of Modern Medicine is certainly Hippocrates, born in 460 BC on the Greek island of Kos. He was the first to separate the discipline of medicine from religion, believing and arguing that disease was not a punishment inflicted by the gods but rather the product of environmental factors, diet, and living habits. Hippocrates was the founder of the Hippocratic School of Medicine, and is credited with creating the Hippocratic Oath for physicians, which contains the instruction, "First, do no harm." He encouraged doctors to record their observations, documenting the patient's course in a clear and objective manner, so that all information could be handed down to subsequent physicians, thus the beginning of medical records on patients.
Hippocrates and his followers were the first to describe many diseases -- including lung cancer, heart disease, hemorrhoids, clubbed digits -- and began categorizing them as acute, chronic, epidemic. They also made strides in the surgical field.
March 30th marks the annual observation of National Doctors Day. This day was established to recognize physicians, their work and their contributions to society and the community. On National Doctors Day, we say “thank you” to our physicians for all that they do for us and for our loved ones.
Because this day of recognition falls on Thursday, March 30th, we would like to invite you to join us here on Thursday this week only as we document and celebrate how doctors influence health and contribute to your community.
Over 24 million people in America have diabetes, so this is a BIG deal. Kids years ago hardly ever knew another child with diabetes, but such is no longer the case. Approximately 1.25 million children in the United States are living with diabetes, which is very telling for state of health in America.
There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 can occur at any age, but usually occurs from infancy to age 30. In type 1, the pancreas produces little to no insulin and requires injections of insulin. Type 2 diabetes typically develops after age 40, but more children are now being diagnosed. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas produces insulin, but the body does not use it effectively. Those with type 2 manage their disease through a combination of treatments, including diet control, exercise, monitoring of glucose, and in some cases oral drugs or insulin.
Diabetes is one of the diseases referred to as a "silent killer" because the symptoms can go unnoticed. Here are ten common signs that you may have diabetes.
Unaccounted-for weight loss.
Wounds slow to heal.
Some don't treat the diagnosis of diabetes very seriously, but it effects so many systems of the body, that it can be painful to deadly. The complications diabetes can present include:
There are a few diseases that are referred to as "silent killers." Diabetes is one of them.
Maybe you have some of these common questions: Can diabetes be prevented? What are the early warning signs that I have diabetes? Why are so many more people suffering from it now than in past decades? Is there a genetic link? Are there things I can do to prevent or limit diabetes?
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