Tag Archives: World Health

International Women’s Day – Warning Signs for Women’s Cancers

Please accept my apologies for being a couple of days late for International Women’s Day . I have been very busy with Uni deadlines this weekend, but wanted to post something to raise awareness for women’s health. This is a great article from ‘Defeat Cancer’ – thank you.

Gem X

Defeat Cancer

 

Wishing all women good health on International Women’s Day!

 To ensure good health, women need to take some precautions. Now let’s examine  important warning signals for women’s cancers.

 Rachel, one of the secretaries of the hospital, came crying to me that both her breasts become extremely painful particularly before menstrual periods.  She was woried that she has cancer as one of her relatives was recently diagnosed.This is quite common and  is due to hormonal changes along with menstrual cycle.  The breasts become heavy,  tender and the pain fully disappears after the periods start.  This is not to be worried about as a sign of malignancy.

A.Breast Cancer

Let me give some practical information on early detection of breast cancer.

Breast Lump :    Classically a painless lump in breast like a buried pea or sometimes larger like a grape, is one of the important signs of breast cancer. It…

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World Occupational Therapy Day ~ A day in the life of an Occupational Therapist

As today is World Occupational Therapy day…

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I would like to share this feature from The Guardian, ‘A day in the life of a specialist Occupational Therapist’ .  I would like to also call upon some OT’s or student OT’s who would be willing to contribute to my blog by promoting OT and talking about a day in their life.  I would like to try and demonstrate the diversity of work carried out in this wonderful field.

I plan to do ‘ a day in the life of a student OT’ myself in the near future and share some of my experience in a role emerging placement working with ex street sleepers.

Now here is the feature from The Guardian about  Fran Hill who travels all over Hampshire for South Coast Fatigue helping clients who are affected by chronic fatigue syndrome ..

Gemini  Xx

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Click the pic for the article ”a day in the life of ..a specialist Occupational Therapist”

The top 10 causes of death

These interesting figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that heart disease, stroke and respiratory infections are still top killers in the world.  Also sadly, not much change from the percentages of deaths for HIV/AIDS.

The percentages for deaths from diabetes and  road traffic accidents have also increased and whilst TB figures have decreased slightly it still killed one million people in 2011.  TB is preventable with the vaccination and could be wiped out if it was available to all world wide.  http://www.vaccinestoday.eu/diseases/tb-return-of-a-preventable-disease/

Many of these illnesses can be prevented with the right treatment and education.

From an Occupational Therapy perspective, there is much scope in this profession to promote and educate on well being in the community rather than just treatment and re rehabilitation.

Please visit WHO for more information about these facts and figures by clicking on the picture or this link http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/index.html

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Click for more info from WHO

Female Genital Mutilation

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Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons (WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, 1997).

It always saddens me when I read articles or see television programs about  FGM.

Seen from a human rights perspective, the practice reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. (World Health Organization)

More importantly it is a painful and traumatic experience and I see it as yet more suffering for the sake of religion and social culture.

Please see the attached link about Global strategy to stop health-care providers from performing female genital mutilation

http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/fgm/rhr_10_9/en/index.html

and further information about this subject from the World Health Organization.

http://www.who.int/topics/female_genital_mutilation/en/

World No Tobacco Day ~ May 31st

World No Tobacco Day ~ May 31st

Click the pic for more info from the World Health Organization.

Tomorrow is ”World No Tobacco Day” and you may wonder why I am posting today.

Well I thought it would be good to bring awareness to the event ahead of the day.

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2013 is: ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

I am not blogging this to preach others about their habits or ”chosen occupations”, but I just like to promote good health and highlight any issues and events.

Please click on the pic for more information from the World Health Organization, where you will find lots of other health information and list of events and campaigns throughout the year.

Gemini