2016-12-16 / Health & Medical

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December is ... AIDS Awareness Month

Knowledge important in the fight against HIV/AIDS

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 25 million people have died from HIV/AIDS since the onset of the epidemic roughly 30 years ago. By 2008, more than 33 million people across the globe were living with HIV/AIDS, including more than two million children under age 15.

Though great strides have been made with regards to diagnosing and treating HIV/ AIDS, many feel there is still a significant way to go before this deadly disease can be defeated once and for all. One of best assets in the fight against HIV/ AIDS is understanding the disease, which can lead to more effective prevention and a greater appreciation of what those battling the disease are facing every day. What is HIV?

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is a virus that infects cells of the immune system, destroying or impairing their function. Once a person is infected, the virus works to progressively deteriorate the body’s immune system, making it difficult for the body to fight infection and disease. The infections that result are known as “opportunistic infections,” as they take advantage of an infected person’s weakened immune system. What is AIDS?

AIDS, or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, is used to describe the most advanced stages of HIV infection. When a person has AIDS, he or she is fighting any of more than 20 opportunistic infections or HIV-related cancers. How is HIV transmitted?

The WHO notes that HIV can be transmitted in a number of ways. At the onset of the epidemic, HIV was thought to be transmitted only through sexual intercourse. While HIV can be transmitted through sexual intercourse, including oral sex, there are a number of additional ways the disease can be transmitted, including: * transfusion of contaminated blood * sharing of contaminated needles, syringes or other sharp instruments * between a mother and her infant during pregnancy * childbirth * breastfeeding Who is most at risk of getting HIV?

Though no one is immune to HIV, there are some people who are at greater risk of HIV than others. These people include:

* injection drug users who share needles

* infants born to mothers with HIV who did not receive HIV therapy during the pregnancy

* sexually active people who engage in unprotected sex, especially with partners who have additional high-risk behaviors, are HIV-positive or have AIDS

* people who received blood transfusions or clotting products between 1977 and 1985, before screening for the HIV virus became standard practice How long does it take before AIDS develops?

Once infected with HIV, those infected often want to know how quickly AIDS will develop. That varies depending on the individual. If untreated, those infected with HIV will develop symptoms of HIVrelated illness within 5 to 10 years. But the time between an HIV infection and an AIDS diagnosis can be more than a decade. Are there symptoms of HIV?

There are symptoms of HIV, but many people do not develop any symptoms upon being infected. However, within several days or weeks of exposure to HIV, some people do experience a flulike illness characterized by fever, headache, fatigue and enlarged lymph glands in the neck.

Upon infection, symptoms might not appear or be very slow to develop, a period that can last as long as a decade. Though no symptoms appear, the virus will continue to actively multiply and infect and kill cells of the immune system. The virus can gradually kill CD4+ or T4 cells, which are the immune system’s primary infection fighters.

Once the immune system has been weakened, then the following symptoms might develop:

* lack of energy

* weight loss

* frequent fevers and sweats

* persistent or frequent yeast infections

* persistent skin rashes or flaky skin

* short-term memory loss

* mouth, genital or anal sores resulting from herpes infections If AIDS has developed, the affected might begin to experience cough and shortness of breath, seizures and lack of coordination, difficulty swallowing, forgetfulness, fever, vision loss, weight loss, and extreme fatigue.

More information about HIV/AIDS is available at www.who.int.

Providing home care for you and your loved ones

At New England Family Healthcare, we strive to provide the best in-home services for you or your loved ones at affordable rates. Since 2001, we’ve been helping people with personal care (bathing/dressing), light housekeeping, grocery shopping, meal preparation, companionship and the like. If you or a family member have had surgery, are going through a course of treatment, or can no longer do some of the everyday household chores you’ve always done, call us at 699-4663 for a free consultation.

Aging Excellence

In May 2015, the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers changed its name to “Aging Life Care Association” (ALCA - aginglifecare.org) . “Aging Life Care” is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults facing on-going health challenges. Aging Excellence has always been a certified and proud member of this organization since its inception. Our Aging Life Care Professionals are certified health and human services specialist who act as a guide and an advocate for families who live near or far and are caring for older relatives here in Maine. They provide the expertise and answers at a time of uncertainty and assist clients in attaining their maximum functional potential. The individual’s independence is encouraged, while safety and security concerns are also addressed. Our Aging Life Care Professionals are able to address a broad range of issues related to the well-being of their client. They also have extensive knowledge about costs, quality, and availability of resources in Maine.

MassageCraft – Share the Health

Looking for a gift that keeps on giving? If one massage or acupuncture treatment is beneficial, 4 treatments are a fabulous way to enhance the health of a loved one. Save $15 when youpurchasea4–1hourgift series at MassageCraft. Reduce pain, improve sleep, and increase body awareness through massage and acupuncture. Strengthen your body’s own healing mechanism naturally. Put yourself or a loved in the hands of the skilled staff at MassageCraft. Our practitioners have over 75 years of combined experience in eastern and western massage techniques and acupuncture.

Not sure whether you need acupuncture or massage? Choose acupuncture for pain complicated by digestive distress, menstrual issues, allergies, insomnia, anxiety, or depression. Too sore for a back massage? Acupuncture can alleviate back pain with a few needles placed in the hand.

Trying to cram 48 hours into a 24 hour day in spite of your pain? A deep tissue massage with the help of some hot stones will work out the soreness, stiffness, and knots. Our practitioners are trained in gua sha and cupping, vigorous friction techniques borrowed from Chinese medicine. Both are extremely effective in working out stubborn old injuries and revitalizing damaged tissues.

MassageCraft & Acupuncture Clinic, established in 1991, offers convenient locations in Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach. We accept workers compensation and some private insurance upon benefit verification. We offer corporate discounts to UNE, SMHC, and MBH. Call 286-8416 or 934-0849 for an appointment. MORE WEEKEND OPENINGS NOW AVAILABLE! Please visit our web-site: www.massagecraft.com

Individual Care of Maine

Q. What makes Individual Care of Maine different from other In Home Care companies.

A. A few things separate us from other in home care companies.

First; We prioritize getting outside daily as it pertains to each client. depending on the physical abilities of each client we try to walk an move each day.

Second; We believe in cooking exceptional meals. There is just something about a home cooked meal that is good for the soul. When we train we also incorporate some cooking lessons to get our caregivers thinking about exceptional nutrition.

Third; We pay our caregivers way above the industry norm. We work as a team and help one another. When the caregivers are happy everybody is happy. In most situations the saying “the client comes first” is the norm. We believe this but we also feel that the caregiver also comes first. If the caregiver is well compensated and well supported by their employer, inevitibly ensures that the caregiver takes pride in the job that he or she is doing. When you take good care of your employees they, in turn take good care of the client.

Q. What was the inspiration for Individual Care of Maine

A. A dear friend was having a terrible time finding quality help with her mom who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago. She was going through many caregivers and was continuously stressed about what was going on at hom while she was at work. Caregivers were calling in sick, not showing up, and sometimes just not a good fit for the family. Having been in a role as a caregiver as early as age 22 when my dad was diagnosed with a brain tumor and then with a son needing ongoing surgeries from a bone disorder, and then being a cancer survivor myself I understood both sides of caregiving. I understood the stress and worry of caring for a family member and also recognized the difference my caregivers made in my and my familys life while I was undergoing my own treatment for cancer. I was inspired and I knew how I wanted our company to look. More human and less corporate.

Think you need a hearing aid?

If you need or think you might need a hearing aid, you should call Mark Vail today — he’ll test and evaluate you for the hearing aid you need in the comfort of your home and you’ll be happy with it.

By visiting people in their homes, Mark can make the best assessment of what the person’s needs are. Sometimes, he visits people at their places of work because of concerns there. This attention to detail shows up in the low return rate he has.

You can reach Mark Vail at 284-9600 or tol free at 877-284-3400. Call today and you’ll be hearing better soon.

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips

Health Tip of the Month: Obesity is a horrible word. It’s tough enough thinking of ourselves as fat, let alone thinking that we may be obese. Sadly, obesity is the official diagnosis when your body mass index exceeds 30 kg/ m2. Divide your weight by your height and that gives you your body mass inde x. Obesity is also typically defined as being over your ideal weight by 30 lbs or more. According to Mercola.com, an estimated 110,000 Americans die as a result of obesity each year. Worldwide, obesity claims an estimated 3.4 million lives annually.Onethird of all cancers are directly related to excess weight. The number of overweight or obese people around the world has almost tripled, from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013. Of the more than 180 countries analyzed, the US carries the heaviest obesity burden, followed by China and India. Obesity is usually the result of inappropriate lifestyle choices, such as eating too much processed foods (high in carbs and low in healthy fats), and not fasting enough. Obesity is the number one contributor to the healthcare crisis in the world. It contributes massively (pun intended) to all of the major diseases in the world and it is the main condition that drives healthcare costs and insurance premiums through the roof. Losing weight is a difficult job. It requires a huge (there is that pun again) effort, crazy amount of will power and most importantly the desire to achieve results. Exercise is a key factor, but it is not the holy grail for weight loss. Diet is the way to go. Thankfully, advancements in nutrition studies have shown that simple changes to your nutrition plan can help your body not only lose weight, but be healthier. It’s time to cut the processed carbs. No more cereal, bread, pasta, cookies and junk. Replace with nutritious whole foods like brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, vegetables. Eat lean protein like chicken, turkey, lean beef and egg whites. Add beans to your diet to stabilize blood sugars. Exercise!! Walk and hour a day! Go to the gym, bike, swim, dance, vacuum the entire house daily (What? It’s good exercise!). As I said, losing weight takes effort. But you can do it. if not for yourself, your family!!

Thought for the Month: Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork. ~English Proverb

Chiropractor’s Thought for the Month: Here is a thoughtful quote from the most famous chiropractor in my profession, the developer of chiropractic, Dr. BJ Palmer. “Many of us take better care of our automobiles than we do of our own bodies...yet the automobiles have replaceable parts.” Think about it. Regular oil changes, checking tires, etc. How about a regular monthly adjustment by your chiropractor?

For more information about Brain Based Chiropractic and Wellness, call Rolnick Chiropractic at 207-283-1168 or check out our web page at www.rolnickchiropractic.com

HOME SNUGGERS ANSWERS ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT “ RETROFOAM INSULATION” !

1) How much does it cost to insulate my house? Depends on how much you want done, and how much we can save you with Efficiency Maine rebates. The average is about $4,500.

2) How long does it take? Usually no more than a day or two, and it’s usually applied from outside.

3) How much will I save on my heat bill? That varies between different homes. We find 30% - 40% is common.

4) What is the benefit of RetroFoam insulation?

The real benefit to your comfort is the air sealing, which reduces drafts and cold penetration from outside. Plus, it will keep rooms cooler in the summer too.

5) Are there other benefits, too? Yes, the RetroFoam is odor free, class 1 fire retardant, and keeps mice and other pests from invading your home, and sound dampening.

6) How can I be assured it’s well sealed? First, our technicians are highly trained; we check everything with a thermal imaging camera, and the post testing by the Efficiency Maine Certified Energy Auditor gives you and us another level of quality control.

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