Bain Center to Host Free ‘Arthritis Lunch and Learn’ Friday PDF Print E-mail
 Baltimore, MD (November 14, 2012) – The Maryland Advisory Council on Arthritis and Related Diseases, together with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), will sponsor a free ‘Arthritis Lunch and Learn’ on Friday, November 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Bain Center in Columbia for those who register with the Bain Center.  

This free arthritis workshop will feature presentations on six arthritis-related topics:
 
·         Is it Lupus? Getting a Diagnosis
·         Managing Lupus: Approaches to Treatment
·         Common Medication Errors in Treating Arthritis
·         Gout: What You Should Know 
·         Osteoarthritis: Separating Fact from Myth
·         The Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatologists Dr. Allan Gelber of Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Violeta Rus of the University of Maryland, together with consultant pharmacist Dr. Renee Hilliard, will speak at the event, which will include free lunch for participants and a question and answer period after each discussion topic.
 
Half of Maryland residents over the age of 65 are affected by arthritis, a disease that includes more than 100 conditions that cause pain, inflammation and stiffness in the joints, according to the 2011 Maryland Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Arthritis-related conditions include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and rheumatic conditions such as lupus erythematosus, gout, bursitis, and carpal tunnel disease.
 
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in Maryland and resulted in nearly $2.4 billion in medical expenses and lost earnings in 2003, according to the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
These costs have increased substantially in Maryland and across the nation since 1997, due in part to the aging of the population explosion known as the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation.  Increasing rates of obesity and physical inactivity, both known risk factors for the disease, have also contributed to the rise in costs. Additionally, 39 percent of Maryland seniors diagnosed with arthritis report joint symptoms severe enough to limit their activities, according to the 2011 Maryland Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
 
“Arthritis can be a debilitating condition,” said Dr. Allan Gelber, chair of the Maryland Advisory Council on Arthritis and Related Diseases. “But proper diagnosis and treatment can have an enormous impact on the quality of life. Our goal is to empower those with arthritis to take an active role in managing their condition.”
 
The Maryland State Advisory Council on Arthritis and Related Diseases was established in 1989 under the direction of DHMH to promote, support, enrich and improve the quality of life of individuals with arthritis and related diseases.
 
To register for the Arthritis Lunch and Learn or to get more information, call the Bain Center at 410-313-7213.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 13:33
 

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Salisbury, MD. – Dorchester, Somerset, Sussex, Wicomico and Worcester counties invite 
the public to Emergency Preparedness Night on August 23rd at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
 
The Delmarva Shorebirds will play against the Asheville Tourists at 7:05 p.m.
Representatives from local health departments, emergency management agencies, and 
volunteer organizations will host exhibit booths promoting emergency preparedness 
before and during the baseball game. 
 
Come out to the ballpark to support the Shorebirds and learn how you can be better 
prepared for life’s curve balls. 
 
The event is co-sponsored by the health departments and emergency management offices 
of Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties, Ocean City and the Maryland
and Delaware Offices of Emergency Management. 
 
Snow Hill, Maryland- August 1, 2014.  Get fit, lose weight, and improve your health with certified lifestyle coaches through group sessions beginning August 25th in Snow Hill.  The Lifestyle Balance Program is a year-long, healthy eating, physical activity, and weight loss program that has been proven effective in reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases, assisting in weight loss and maintenance of a healthy body weight, and decreasing the risk for heart disease and stroke.  
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Baltimore, MD (August 11, 2014) --State and local officials have been working since last year to prepare Maryland parents and schools for new school immunization requirements for students entering kindergarten and 7th grade this fall.  All kindergartners must have had two chickenpox (varicella) vaccinations.  All 7th graders must receive a pertussis booster (Tdap) and dose of meningitis vaccines.  School officials and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) are urging parents to make sure their child is appropriately immunized against these diseases prior to the start of school.  Children may be excluded from school if they do not have these vaccinations.
“We have spent the past year helping parents and schools prepare for these school immunization requirements,"  said Dr. Laura Herrera, Deputy Secretary for DHMH Public Health Services.  "We want to be sure all Maryland children start the school year with up-to-date vaccinations and are ready to learn.”
Immunizations are one of public health’s greatest triumphs.  With the exception of safe water, no other health strategy-- not even the creation of antibiotics--has had such a tremendous effect on reducing disease.  Despite the availability of safe and effective immunizations, thousands of cases of vaccine-preventable diseases occur in the United States every year.  Consider the following facts about varicella, pertussis and meningitis: 
 
Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that can be spread before a person knows they have the disease.
Chickenpox can lead to serious complications, including pneumonia and brain damage.
One out of five people who get meningococcal meningitis experience serious complications, such as the loss of limb(s), permanent hearing loss, or mental impairment.
In recent years, adolescents (11-18 yrs) and adults (19 yrs and older) have accounted for an increasing proportion of pertussis cases. 
Infants who are at highest risk for complications and death due to pertussis are often infected by older siblings, parents or caregivers who might not even know they have the disease.
 
In preparation for the new requirements, local health departments are holding special back-to-school clinics throughout the state.  Parents should call their doctor or local health department to learn if their child needs any of the school-required vaccinations and make arrangements to receive the missing vaccines so their child will not be excluded from school.
 


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