WASHINGTON, D.C.—On May 15, more than 100 nurses, physicians, clergy, labor and tribal leaders, and social justice advocates all met with their members of Congress to call for greater protections from smog, coal ash, carbon and other dangerous air pollutants. This National Asthma Awareness Month is an opportunity for Congress and the Obama administration to protect the health of millions of Americans suffering from asthma by adopting strong air pollution standards and protecting the Clean Air Act.
FORT WAYNE—Neighborhood Health Clinics, Inc. recently announced the appointment of Dr. Thomas Stafford as vice president and chief medical officer at the organization. Dr. Stafford brings more than 38 years of medical, professional, and community experience to Neighborhood Health Clinics. When asked why he choose to become NHCI’s VP/chief medical officer, he replied that, “he could make more of an impact at Neighborhood Health Clinics than in his private practice.”
By Dr. Gerald Deas—Women seem to worry about having small breasts and men are distressed when they have too much breast. Usually, small breasts in women are not related to any particular hormonal condition but is most likely genetic, or could be due to a decrease in estrogen production. However, when men begin to develop extra breast tissue, it could be a sign of several medical conditions, which interfere with the production of testosterone and lead to an overproduction of estrogen, a female hormone.
By Dr. Gerald Deas—In my family, when someone did something outrageous, you would hear that expression, “You’ve got some nerve.” Well, in the family of diseases, when diabetes insults our body, it also has some nerve and can affect nerves throughout the body. The nerve pathology can occur in the feet, legs, heart, stomach, brain and even in the bladder causing you to experience symptoms. When the nerves of a diabetic become infiltrated with an unknown substance, they become very irritated and cannot conduct the impulses to different parts of the body. A common anatomical structure that becomes obviously involved is the area of the feet. This medical condition is known as diabetic neuropathy and is caused by poor control of blood sugar.
FORT WAYNE—The Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church/EMBC Community Outreach announced plans to participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Free meals will be made available at various locations for various lengths of time, June 10 through Aug. 17, to all children 18 years of age and under and to persons over 18 years who are enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled.
UP CLOSE WITH JEANIE—It brings me great joy to bring to you this week’s spotlight because she has the courage, love and compassion do to something about it. She’s teaching her students how to take great care of their patients and to give them the utmost respect and I love that. So, if anyone has to go to the hospital or nursing homes, I sure hope that one of her students are there to take care of us.
by Denise Jordan—Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc. wrapped up its National Nurse’s Week celebration on Saturday, May 11 with a tea honoring nurses in the large meeting room at the Pontiac Library. “We wanted to take this opportunity to recognize nurses in the areas of quality, innovation, and caring,” said Johnathan Liechty to the student nurses, novice and experienced nurses assembled for the tea. “We have many roles—from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher—and serve all of them with passion for the profession and a strong commitment to patient safety.”
Years ago, I can recall my mom and her friends talking about taking Epsom salts and grapefruit juice to lower blood pressure…Of course, this is no way to treat elevated blood pressure and I am certainly not advising you to follow this form of treatment.
Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. This year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has selected “Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care” as the theme for 2013.
By Denise M. Jordan | National Nurses Week always runs from May 6 through May 12. Let’s take this opportunity to recognize the nurses who have made a difference in your life. I want to thank one of the nurses who cared for my dad at a local hospital. I hope he recognizes himself in this scenario because I don’t remember his name. I just remember that he was so good. So kind. So patient.