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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

York Township Volunteer Service by Gardenia C. Hung


HOW I BECAME SICK AFTER VOLUNTEERING TO CLEAN WITH CLOROX HANDWIPES AND LATEX GLOVES AND SPRAY ALL THE HANDLEBARS, DOORKNOBS, METAL PLATES, DUST DIRTY TABLES AND CHAIRS IN THE AUDITORIUM, HALLWAY AND LOBBY ?

I DEVELOPED A BACKACHE AND A SORE RIGHT SHOULDER AND PAIN ON THE UPPER BACK WITH STIFFNESS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE NECK AND HEADACHE MIGRAINE WITH ALLERGIES, HIGH FEVER, CONGESTION, SNEEZING, AND A SKIN RASH ON THE RIGHT HAND FINGERS. EXTREME PAIN AND ACHE ALONG THE RIGHT SIDE. I HAVE BEEN TO THE DOCTOR AND TAKEN PAIN RELIEVERS DURING NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2009. COURTESY: G.C. HUNG

Monday, December 21, 2009

HHS Healthbeat: Arguing Raises High Levels of Cytokines Associated with Health Conditions Causing Heart Disease

,HHS HealthBeat (December 17, 2009)
Non-fighting words


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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Arguing can raise levels of body chemicals called cytokines, which fight infection. But continued high levels of cytokines are associated with conditions such as heart disease.

Researcher Jennifer Graham at Penn State has been looking at ways for couples to work on their differences without amping up their cytokines.

As part of her study, she had couples flip the hot switches on topics like money and in-laws.

Graham found that use of reasoning words during a fight controlled cytokines. So reasoning may be better than fighting, for your health and relationship – and:

[Jennifer Graham speaks] "Expressing yourself clearly and thinking deeply about conflict may also help lead to a resolution of the situation."

The study in the journal Health Psychology was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at hhs.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: December, 16 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

"Living with Brain Injury: Survivor and Family Issues" Presentation by Dr. Nelson Escobar, M.D.



Courtesy: Dr. Nelson Escobar, M.D. Director, Traumatic Brain Injury Program at Marianjoy Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, High Hopes Brain Injury Support Group which meets on the 2nd Tuesday every month, 6:30-8:00 p.m. sponsored by Dr. Nancy Devereux, M.D., Tel. 630-909-8607

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

York Township Community Center in Lombard, DuPage County, Illinois USA

The DuPage Health Department encouraged Senior Citizens to Take Free Flu Shots last Friday, October 9, 2009. Also, the Yorktown Community Center was encouraged to use Disinfecting Wipes over Door Handles, Bars, and Door Plates to prevent germs and bacteria from thriving over public access door and facilities in Lombard, DuPage County, Illinois USA.


Thursday, June 4, 2009

30th Anniversary for High Hopes Traumatic Brain Injury Supporter Henry W. Hochstatter for Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital Franciscan Healthcare

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My name is Henry W. Hochstatter.
I am a TBI supporter for High Hopes at
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital.
The month of June in 2009 reminds me
of the first time I attended the High Hopes
Support Group for Traumatic Brain Injury,
since my tragic accident with a semi-truck on
March 23, 1979, along Addison Road, in Addison,
Illinois.

I am the founding member of the High Hopes TBI
Support Group at Marianjoy in Wheaton, since
Dr. Jay Subaru established the High Hopes
Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group at
Marianjoy Rehabilitation
Hospital.

I was still in a wheelchair at the time, so I was
wheeled over to the Cafeteria to attend the first
High Hopes TBI meeting, downstairs at the Marianjoy
Healthcare Center. The first High Hopes meeting
started at 7:00 p.m. in the evening, on the second
Tuesday, in June 1979.

High Hopes TBI Support Group promotes hope for the
future, while thinking of positive thoughts and ideas
for recovery. To me, High Hopes represents a TBI support
group in hopes that TBI patients do better on
their journey to recovery.

Since my traumatic brain injury in 1979, I had broken
my armcast on the right side at Marianjoy. I remember
being on a wheelchair and learning to walk outside,
while watching the mallard ducks outside the Marianjoy
Rehabilitation Center. In 2009, I celebrate my 30th anniversary
from recovery of a traumatic brain injury with treatment and
rehabilitation at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Healthcare Center
in Wheaton, Illinois, USA.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

American Red Cross National CPR/AED Awareness June 1st through June 7th, 2009

The American Red Cross is celebrating National CPR/AED Awareness during the first week of June 2009 and the American Heart Association is sponsoring CPR/AED for Friends and Family to Live and Learn through training by certified CPR Instructors in the Villa Park Fire Department.

Infant CPR and First Aid for Choking for Friends and Family sponsored by the American Heart Association in Villa Park

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and Automated Electronic Defibrillator


The first week of June 1st, 2009 through June 7, 2009 is National CPR/AED Awareness Week, sponsored by the American Red Cross.

Monday, May 18, 2009

DuPage Medical Group Health Screening for Peripheral Arterial Disease



Illinois Representative Sandy Pihos and Friends for the 42nd Congresional District invited DuPage Medical Group Screening Seniors for Peripheral Arterial Disease at the 2009 Senior Health Fair at York Township, May 1st, 2009. Courtesy Photo by Gardenia C. Hung.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

HHS HealthBeat (April 09, 2009)

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

What cancer does smoking cause? Lung cancer is one clear answer. And some folks add others, such as cancers of the throat and the esophagus.

But a researcher thinks this may underestimate the impact of cancer. Bruce Leistikow of the University of California, Davis, bases that on a review of data on men living in Massachusetts from 1979 to 2003. He used lung cancer as a benchmark:

[Bruce Leistikow speaks] "Lung cancer rates, and the death rate from all other cancer moved together like Siamese twins would move together – indicating that those changes had the same source."

He suspects smoking caused almost three quarters of all male cancer deaths in Massachusetts. That’s about twice what researchers thought.

The study in the journal BMC Cancer was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at hhs.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: April, 09 2009