Self Care Handouts and Information
Are You Kidding Yourself About Smoking? – Are you using any of these excuses to keep smoking? · Scientists still haven’t proven that cigarettes cause cancer. Thousands of research studies have shown there is a link between smoking and lung cancer. No doubt remains. These studies also have shown that smoking causes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Smoking also is associated with heart disease, diseases of the circulation and ulcers. Smoking reduces the quality of life for smokers and can cause shortness of breath, less energy and more colds. Smoking also pollutes the air for nonsmokers and may damage their health. It is not a good feeling to know that you are destroying your health and harming those around you. After you’ve stopped smoking, your mind and body will feel better.
Preventing SARS in the Workplace – Interim Guidelines about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) for Persons in the General Workplace Environment The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating the spread of a respiratory illness called severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). CDC has issued two types of notices to travelers: advisories and alerts. A travel advisory recommends that nonessential travel be deferred; a travel alert does not advise against travel, but informs travelers of a health concern and provides advice about specific precautions. CDC updates information on its website on the travel status of areas with SARS as the situation evolves.
Preventive Exams for All Ages – Physical Exam Every 2-3 years for ages 20-49, 1-2 years ages 50 plus A routine physical exam from a health care provider is a way to find out about the state of your health. It allows you to ask your provider questions and maybe find a health problem you do not know about. The basic parts of a checkup are: 1) a complete medical history (including family health history and previous illnesses); 2) a check on how well body organs are functioning; 3) checking the vital signs; 4) actual body examination; 5) routine diagnostic tests; and 6) a check of specific health concerns.
Tests You Can’t Live Without – *Recommendations for preventive exams may differ among various health authorities. These apply only to healthy people who do not have symptoms of illnesses. Follow you doctor’s advice. Also, check with your insurance company to see if and when tests are covered.