Posts in Awareness (Week/Month)

Finding Breast Cancer Early: Develop a Plan with Your Physician

October 27, 2015 | Awareness (Week/Month)

Home-MainImage6Should I start mammograms at age 40 or 50? Do I need to remember that monthly breast self exam? If you’re feeling confused about the rules for breast cancer screenings, you may not be alone.

In the past several years, a number of medical groups have changed guidelines and often publically debated which recommendations women should follow to detect breast cancer. These conflicting opinions have been closely followed by the media. However, one fact that remains clear: detecting breast cancer early offers patients a better chance of survival.

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3 Important Reasons Adults and Teens Should Get Vaccinated

August 25, 2015 | Awareness (Week/Month), Vaccines

immunizationfbImmunizations aren’t just for young children. They are needed throughout our lifetime to protect our health and reduce the chance of complications that may result from preventable diseases.

September is National Immunization Awareness Month. This is great time to make sure you and your family have received the necessary vaccines to stay healthy.

Lebauer primary care providers can guide you through the specific vaccines you or your teen may need.

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The Shocking Truth – 3 Common Myths About Lightning Safety

June 29, 2015 | Awareness (Week/Month)

Lightning_14.07.2009_20-42-33Summer brings backyard barbecues, swimming, fishing, and other outdoor activities. But when an afternoon storm crops up, lightning can bring the fun to an abrupt halt.

According to the National Weather Service, lightning kills an average of 49 people in the United States each year, and injures hundreds more. Some of the advice or information you’ve learned about lightning over the years may actually be harmful. As part of National Lightning Safety Awareness Week, we’re dispelling three common myths about lightning.

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Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month

June 18, 2015 | Awareness (Week/Month), Neurology

Whether walking in the park, enjoying a night out on the town, or spending a day at the beach, the warm summer months are a time to get up and move. For those suffering from Myasthenia Gravis, simply enjoying a meal or carrying a beach towel can become a challenge. June is Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month, and at LeBauer HealthCare we want to educate our patients about this disorder, and the treatment options available.

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The Rocket’s Red Glare – National Fireworks Safety Month

June 3, 2015 | Awareness (Week/Month), Primary Care

Baseball. Apple pie. Fireworks. As Independence Day approaches, we often look to classic symbols to lead our celebrations. Americans spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on backyard fireworks, leading to thousands of injuries in July alone. June is National Fireworks Safety Month – the perfect time to plan for a fun (and injury-free) celebration with your family and friends.

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Mental Health is Fundamental

May 1, 2015 | Awareness (Week/Month)

The theme for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2015 is Mental Health is Fundamental. The National Federation of Families  encourages everyone, everywhere to use the week of May 3rd-9th, 2015 to educate communities about children’s mental health, to combat stigma, and advocate for increased access to effective mental health services and support. Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is a time to highlight positive mental health practices and social development for all children and youth.

Join the National Federation of Families and LeBauer Behavioral Medicine in sending out the following messages:

• Mental health is essential to overall health and well-being.
• Serious emotional and mental health disorders in children and youth are real and treatable.
• Children and youth with mental health challenges and their families deserve access to support and services that are family driven, youth guided and culturally appropriate.
• Values of acceptance, dignity and social inclusion should be promoted throughout all communities for children, youth and families.
• Family and youth voice is a valued asset in determining appropriate services and interventions.
• End Stigma!

Don’t wait. Take steps today to contact LeBauer Behavioral Medicine for your family to learn more about services that can help.

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Air Quality Awareness Week: Stop the Sniffles

April 29, 2015 | Awareness (Week/Month)

inner-img5Sunshine, warm weather and… a runny nose? For many, spring can lead to harsher symptoms than a winter cold thanks to allergies and air quality issues. This week is Air Quality Awareness Week and LeBauer Pulmonology is working to draw awareness to common issues like poor air quality, allergies and asthma. According to the ACAAI, nearly 50 million people suffer from allergies and the number is growing at an alarming rate. This week, learn how air quality can affect your health, and how it could be the reason you can’t stop that runny nose.

Ozone, particulate matter, pollutants..oh my!

In 1990, the Clean Air Act was overhauled, allowing the EPA to more aggressively monitor and enforce air quality regulations. Originally passed in 1970, the Act was implemented in response to high smog and pollutant levels that were leading to a higher risk of allergies or illnesses. The Clean Air Act also allows the EPA to monitor air quality, approve local clean air initiatives and fund research opportunities. The implementation of this Act was the first step toward raising awareness of how harmful air pollution can be.

Ozone levels, particulate matter and pollutants are all major players when it comes to understanding air quality and its harmful effects. According to the National Weather Service, “Motor vehicle exhaust, industrial emissions, gasoline vapors, and chemical solvents are among the major sources of NOx (nitrogen oxides) and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) responsible for buildup of ground-level ozone. Even at low concentrations, ozone can trigger a variety of health problems such as lung irritation and inflammation, asthma attacks, wheezing, coughing, and increased susceptibility to respiratory illnesses.” Many of the major sources of NOx come from cars or factories we rely on regularly including gas stations and manufacturing plants. Although we don’t see or hear about the effects of air quality on a daily basis, it is important to understand how it can be contributing to your family’s health issues.

How does air quality affect me and my family?

When it comes to illnesses caused by air pollutants allergens are one of the better known symptoms, but many other illnesses can be caused by hazardous pollutants. According to the American Family Physician groups that are at a higher risk of finding symptoms related to air quality include those with asthma, COPD and cardiovascular diseases. Children and older adults are also at higher risk of illness.

Monitoring Your Air Quality

A great way to keep yourself and your family safe is by monitoring your area’s air quality on a daily basis. Limiting outdoor exposure on unhealthy or hazardous days is a simple step you can take to avoid respiratory issues. Tools such as Air Now’s AQI forecast is updated regularly showing levels of air pollution in your area. Pollen.com is another valuable tool, providing a weekly view of the pollen forecast in your area. Utilizing these tools and staying aware of the environment can help protect you from potential health hazards. Another great tool to learn more about air pollution today is by referencing the EPAs awareness week infographic that shares additional information about air quality.

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With 75 million people living in areas with unclean air, it can be difficult to stay healthy and informed. The staff at LeBauer Pulmonology are happy to answer any questions you may have about any symptoms you are experiencing that may be due to air quality. Whether it is allergies, asthma or another ailment, LeBauer Pulmonology is ready to get you on the road to a sneeze-free summer!

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome is No Joke

April 1, 2015 | Awareness (Week/Month)

inner-img6Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a chronic disease that can be unpredictable and requires long-term management. Knowing the facts is essential to living life comfortably. With between 25 and 45 million people in the United States learning to manage this disease, new research and treatment options are becoming available regularly. The month of April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness month, and LeBauer Healthcare is working to share the signs, symptoms and treatments for IBS.

What is IBS?

According to the Mayo Clinic, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common disorder that affects the large intestine and the colon. IBS commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. A physical test and review of the patient’s family history is necessary in order to ensure a diagnosis, so understanding signs and symptoms of IBS is important to knowing when you should get tested.

Diagnosis and Symptoms

There are two pieces of criteria that must be met to diagnose IBS since many cases do not cause physical symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic, these criteria are broken down into two areas:

  • Rome Criteria: According to these criteria, you must have certain signs and symptoms before a doctor diagnoses Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The most important are abdominal pain and discomfort lasting at least three days a month in the last three months, associated with two or more of following: improvement with defecation, altered frequency of stool or altered consistency of stool.
  • Manning Criteria: These criteria focus on pain relieved by defecation, having incomplete bowel movements, mucus in the stool and changes in stool consistency. The more symptoms present, the greater the likelihood of IBS.

These two criteria options are discussed once a patient expresses concern of symptoms that are considered to be red flags when it comes to IBS. These red flags can include rectal bleeding, abdominal pain and persistent diarrhea, along with other symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these red flags or other symptoms LeBauer Healthcare can help diagnose and treat IBS.

Signs of IBS? Visit Us Today

Are you or a loved one experiencing possible symptoms related to IBS? If so, LeBauer HealthCare can help. Find a LeBauer HealthCare office near you to schedule an appointment, or give us a call at 336-547-1792. We look forward to speaking with you.

LeBauer Research is currently working on clinical trials for Irritable Bowel. To find out more about participating in a clinical trial, call 336-547-1739.

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