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PodcastDX is an interview based weekly series. Guests share experience based medical insight for our global audience.  We have found that many people are looking for a platform, a way to share their voice and the story that their health journey has created. Each one is unique since even with the same diagnosis, symptoms and the way each person will react to a diagnosis, is different. Sharing what they have experienced and overcome is a powerful way our guests can teach others with similar ailments. Many of our guests are engaging in self-advocacy while navigating a health condition, many are complex and without a road-map to guide them along their journey they have developed their own. Sharing stories may help others avoid delays in diagnosis or treatment or just give hope to others that are listening. Sharing is empowering and has a healing quality of its own. Our podcast provides tips, hints, and support for common healthcare conditions. Our guests and our listeners are just like you- navigating the complex medical world. We hope to ease some tension we all face when confronted with a new diagnosis. We encourage anyone wanting to share their story with our listeners to email us at info@PodcastDX.com ​ read less
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Heart Attack on a Train
4d ago
Heart Attack on a Train
Have you ever wondered "what would happen if you or a family member had a medical emergency while using public transportation"  Today we feature Bill H. who had a cardiac event after boarding a Chicago Metra train and the two bystanders that weren't about to let these be his LAST train ride!   Automated external defibrillators can help save lives during sudden cardiac arrest. However, even after training, remembering the steps to use an AED the right way can be difficult. In order to help keep your skills sharp, we've created a quick step-by-step guide that you can print up and place on your refrigerator, in your car, in your bag or at your desk. This way, you can review the AED steps any time, at your convenience, and keep them fresh in your memory. How to Use An AED These AED steps should be used when caring for a non-breathing child aged 8 or older who weighs more than 55 pounds, or an adult. After checking the scene and ensuring that the person needs help, you should ask a bystander to call 911 for help, then: 1.  Complete the CHECK and CALL steps 2.  As soon as an AED is available, turn it on and follow the voice prompts 3.  Remove clothing and attach pads correctly Remove all clothing covering the chest. If necessary, wipe the chest dryPlace one pad on the upper right side of the chestPlace the other pad on the lower left side of the chest, a few inches below the left armpit Note: If the pads may touch, place one pad in the middle of the chest and the other pad on the back, between the shoulder blades 4.  Plug the pad connector cable into the AED, if necessary 5.  Prepare to let the AED analyze the heart’s rhythm Make sure no one is touching the personSay, “CLEAR!” in a loud, commanding voice 6.  Deliver a shock, if the AED determines one is needed Make sure no one is touching the personSay, “CLEAR!” in a loud, commanding voicePush the “shock” button to deliver the shock 7.  After the AED delivers the shock, or if no shock is advised, immediately start CPR, beginning with compressions
National Childhood Obesity
Jan 30 2024
National Childhood Obesity
This week we will discuss the obesity problem for children in the US.  Our guest, once again, is Dr. Joan Ifland.  Dr Ifland has been creating breakthroughs in recovery from food addiction from 1999 with her first popular book to 2018 when her textbook, Processed Food Addiction: Foundations, Assessment, and Recovery was released by CRC Press.   ​ She founded the online Addiction Reset Community (ARC) in 2016, www.foodaddictionreset.com. The Facebook group, ‘Food Addiction Education’ (2014)  and  www.foodaddictionresources.com (2014) provide free support.  Reset Week  is the first online live video program for withdrawal (2018).  ARC Manager Training is a program training future Addiction Reset Community leaders (2020). Dr. Ifland is the lead author of the first scholarly description of processed food addiction and definition of addictive foods. Dr. Ifland earned her PhD in addictive nutrition at Union Institute and University (2010); her MBA at Stanford Business School (1978) and her BA in Economics and Political Science at Oberlin College (1974). She currently resides in Seattle. Social Media links:  Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1806154526275515 Twitter  https://twitter.com/JoanIfland Instagram   https://www.instagram.com/foodaddictionreset/    Childhood obesity is a complex disease with many contributing factors, on including genetics, eating patterns, physical activity levels, and sleep routines. About 1 in 5 American children has obesity. Compared to children with healthy weight, children with obesity are at a higher risk for asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, type 2 diabetes, and risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure.  "Childhood obesity continues to rise around the world, and the World Health Organization has called it “one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.” Yet the prevalence of childhood obesity appears to vary across countries. Island nations in the Pacific, such as Nauru and the Cook Islands, appear to have the highest obesity rates among children 5 to 19, but the countries Ethiopia and Burkina Faso appear to have the lowest rates. The number of obese or overweight children 5 and younger climbed from 32 million globally in 1990 to 41 million in 2016, according to WHO data. If current trends continue, the number of overweight or obese children in that age group could increase to 70 million by 2025." (CNN Health News)
Building Confidence in Children
Jan 9 2024
Building Confidence in Children
This week we will discuss the confidence building in children with returning guest, Casey Hersch!   ​ ​Casey Hersch is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, author, Latin ballroom dancer, health journalist, and animal advocate. She uses holistic and resilience-based models to help children and families cope with trauma, stress, and illness. ​A Regent’s scholar and CSU Chico’s social worker of the year, she has devoted her career to helping children, parents, families, and communities build resilience and minimize the effects of stress, trauma, and adverse childhood experiences throughout the lifespan. During her childhood, Casey witnessed the toll of trauma and stress on her health. She has spent most of her adult life overcoming Crohn’s disease (autoimmune) and mental illness (anxiety), which further motivates her to create resources for children. Her passion for giving voice to the health benefits of animal rescue and pet companionship granted her recognition for excellence by the Cat Writer’s Association. Her work is published in a variety of venues. Casey’s diverse clinical experience as a psychotherapist, child custody investigator, educator, and community organizer inspired I Am Pawso. All too often Casey sees toddlers, tweens, teenagers, and adults who missed out on early interventions. These mental health resources in schools, homes, and communities can reduce the long-term consequences of stress and trauma, such as chronic illness, mental illness, anger and behavior management issues, depression, and violence. Casey’s evidence-based philosophy is simple: When we provide children the lessons and resources they need to build resilience, emotional intelligence, and healthy brain neural pathways, we give them the best opportunities to thrive. I Am Pawso is Casey’s gift to children: An intervention providing them the tools and confidence they need to live healthy and successful lives. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​       I Am Pawso is a family labor of love. Casey’s rescue cat, Pawso, is the main character. Her husband, Scott, illustrated the book by taking real photographs of Pawso. When Casey is not writing, she is Latin Ballroom dancing, serving her community, and playing with her cats, Pawso and Samba.
Severe ME-CFS Caregiver
Jan 2 2024
Severe ME-CFS Caregiver
This week we will discuss severe Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).  Our guest is Galen Warden, the mom to six adult children, one being her son James Strazza.  Galen is now a full time caregiver to James due to the severity of his disease.  Here are her words:  "James was a healthy young man until he very slowly, because of medical ignorance and poor advice, became weaker and sicker following a severe case of the Epstein Barr Virus when he was just 19. After a few years, he slowly lost his ability to drive, to stand in his kitchen and prepare food for himself, then to walk more than a few steps, to use an electric wheelchair, and finally, to even sit up if carried onto a commode. He’s been 100% bed bound for three years. What is this bizarre disease that so many medical doctors prefer to pass off as psychological, psychosomatic or self-inflicted? Myalgic Encephalomyelitis was, in the past, known only as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. An unfortunate name because it’s so easily dismissed as simple chronic fatigue, familiar to many with autoimmune diseases. ME/CFS is entirely different. It’s a disease not known, not taught, but not rare. Just rarely acknowledged, and more rarely understood.... ME appears to be a post-viral disease. The onset can be caused by Epstein Barr, Dengue Fever, Covid 19, and other viral illnesses. Now, research is so urgent because Long Covid is impacting thousands who are unaware of the potential that they could end up like James. Post-viral Covid could easily continue to progress to Severe ME/CFS if patients are not aware of how to manage their overwhelming weakness and fatigue. They must rest and never push themselves. They need the early support of their families to pick up the burden of making meals, driving them, helping them rest as much as possible. Because, if they don’t allow them to rest now, caring for them will become a very heavy burden. These patients, with their desperate families, their disbelieving caregivers and puzzled doctors, are why I’m compelled to add documenting our experience to my long list of weighty obligations."
Food Safety at the Holidays
Dec 19 2023
Food Safety at the Holidays
This week we will discuss how to avoid toxins when cooking for a crowd.  The following comes straight from the CDC: ​ Prevent Food Poisoning During the Holidays Feasting with family is part of many holiday celebrations. Follow these tips to help prevent food poisoning, or foodborne illness, during the holidays. ​ Keep foods separated. Keep meat, chicken, turkey, seafood, and eggs separate from all other foods at the grocery store and in the refrigerator. Prevent juices from meat, chicken, turkey, and seafood from dripping or leaking onto other foods by keeping them in containers or sealed plastic bags. Store eggs in their original carton in the main compartment of the refrigerator. Cook food thoroughly. Use a food thermometer to make sure meat, chicken, turkey, seafood, and eggs have been cooked to a safe internal temperature to kill germs. Roasts, chops, steaks, and fresh ham should rest for 3 minutes after you remove them from the oven or grill. Keep food out of the “danger zone.” Germs can grow rapidly in the danger zone between 40°F and 140°F. After food is prepared, keep hot food hot and cold food cold. Refrigerate or freeze perishable food like meat, chicken, turkey, seafood, eggs, cut fruit, cooked rice, and leftovers within 2 hours (1 hour if food is exposed to temperatures above 90°F, such as in a hot car). The temperature in your refrigerator should be set at 40°F or below and the freezer at 0°F or below. Use pasteurized eggs for dishes containing raw eggs. Salmonella and other harmful germs can live on both the outside and inside of normal-looking eggs. Many holiday favorites contain raw eggs, including eggnog, tiramisu, hollandaise sauce, and salad dressings. Always use pasteurized eggs when making these and other foods made with raw eggs. Know that raw flour and eggs can have germs. Uncooked dough and batter made with flour or eggs can contain harmful germs, such as E. coli and Salmonella. This includes dough or batter for cookies, cakes, pies, biscuits, pancakes, tortillas, pizza, or crafts. Some companies and stores offer edible cookie dough made with heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs or no eggs. Read the label carefully to make sure the dough is meant to be eaten without baking or cooking. Thaw your turkey safely. Thaw frozen turkey in the refrigerator, in a sink of cold water (change the water every 30 minutes), or in the microwave. Do not thaw turkey or other foods on the counter. A turkey must thaw at a safe temperature to prevent harmful germs from growing rapidly. Learn more about preparing turkey safely. Wash your hands with soap and water during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs: Before, during, and after preparing food Before eating food After feeding pets After using the toilet After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet After touching garbage Before and after caring for someone who is sick Before and after treating a cut or wound After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing   Some family and friends may be at higher risk for serious food poisoning. Take steps to help prevent them from getting sick this holiday season by choosing safer food options for Adults over 65 Children under 5 Pregnant people People with weakened immune systems
Fox G1 Syndrome
Dec 12 2023
Fox G1 Syndrome
This week we are talking about a rare condition, FOXG1.  This  syndrome is a rare genetic neurodevelopmental disorder caused by a mutation in the FOXG1 gene. FOXG1 gene is one of the first and most important genes for early brain development and when impaired, causes cognitive and physical disabilities as well as medical complexities including epilepsy. Every child born with FOXG1 syndrome is unique as FOXG1 manifests as a spectrum where symptoms and severity vary between individuals. Our patient data shows characteristics of children with FOXG1 syndrome include: nonverbal, non-ambulatory, experience seizures, feeding problems, cortical vision impairment, movement disorders, and developmental delays. Less-severely-affected FOXG1 children often present with (ASD) Autism Spectrum Disorder as FOXG1 is an autism related gene. FOXG1 syndrome is found equally among both females and males and is geographically more prevalent where diagnostic testing is more advanced. (credits: The FoxG1 Foundation) Our guest is a mother to a child with FoxG1, Ilissa Reich.  Ilissa is a former fashion executive who transformed her career into being a fierce advocate for families of children with special needs. When her now-3-year-old son, Eli, was diagnosed with FOXG1 Syndrome, a rare brain disorder with no cure, she spun into action and co-founded Believe in a Cure (webelieveinacure.org), a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation working to develop a treatment for FOXG1. Founded in 2019, Believe has raised millions of dollars and funded over 40 research and development projects around the world. long the way, the foundation has partnered with preeminent institutions ranging from the National Institutes of Health to Harvard, MIT, and Tel Aviv University, to biotechnology companies in Europe, Asia, and the United States. ​Renowned scientists from industry and academia serve on the scientific advisory board of the foundation, and several notable leaders serve on the foundation’s lay advisory council, including former U.S. senators Joe Lieberman and Paul Kirk, the former CEO of Staples Ron Sargent, mediation czar Ken Feinberg, and many more. This journey has opened Ilissa’s eyes to the experiences of countless other families who struggle each day, and despite her own anguish, Ilissa endeavored to create a platform for mothers of kids with special needs to build community and offer support. ​She has appeared on the Today show, in People magazine, and a host of other outlets profiling her efforts. A native Long Islander, Ilissa previously worked in fashion at notable brands Tibi, Free People, Splendid, and Alternative Apparel. She studied business in college at The George Washington University. She lives in Port Washington with her husband, Scott, and their three children. ​ When asked: 'What has enabled you to be successful?' she responded- “I always aspire to be a good role model for my children. I want to be someone they’re proud of.”
M-RNA Vaccines
Dec 5 2023
M-RNA Vaccines
This week we will discuss M-RNA vaccines.  Our guest is Thomas VanCott, PhD.  Thomas VanCott is currently the Chief Scientific Officer for Combined Therapeutics, a Boston based biotech company developing targeted mRNA therapies.  Prior to this he served as the Chief Technology and Strategy Officer for Catalent Cell & Gene Therapy, a global CDMO manufacturing viral vectors for gene and cell therapies as wells as plasmid DNA & mRNA platforms based in Baltimore, MD.  He was responsible for strategically enhancing CMC services to meet the market demand of increasingly complex gene and cell therapy products as well as leading the product development and internal R&D teams.  Prior to this, he was the CEO for 10 years at a Maryland-based CMO/CRO (ABL) where he was responsible for the strategic international growth of the company.  He has been involved in biologics product development for over 25 years.  He has a PhD in physical chemistry and started his career as a Captain in the US Army stationed at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) studying and developing HIV vaccines for international deployment from initial construction through preclinical development, GMP manufacturing and clinical development. ​Vaccines help prevent infection by preparing the body to fight foreign invaders (such as bacteria, viruses, or other pathogens). All vaccines introduce into the body a harmless piece of a particular bacteria or virus, triggering an immune response. Most vaccines contain a weakened or dead bacteria or virus. However, scientists have developed a new type of vaccine that uses a molecule called messenger RNA (mRNA) rather than part of an actual bacteria or virus. Messenger RNA is a type of RNA that is necessary for protein production.  Once cells finish making a protein, they quickly break down the mRNA. mRNA from vaccines does not enter the nucleus and does not alter DNA. ​mRNA vaccines work by introducing a piece of mRNA that corresponds to a viral protein, usually a small piece of a protein found on the virus’s outer membrane. (Individuals who get an mRNA vaccine are not exposed to the virus, nor can they become infected with the virus by the vaccine.) By using this mRNA, cells can produce the viral protein. As part of a normal immune response, the immune system recognizes that the protein is foreign and produces specialized proteins called antibodies. Antibodies help protect the body against infection by recognizing individual viruses or other pathogens, attaching to them, and marking the pathogens for destruction. Once produced, antibodies remain in the body, even after the body has rid itself of the pathogen, so that the immune system can quickly respond if exposed again. If a person is exposed to a virus after receiving mRNA vaccination for it, antibodies can quickly recognize it, attach to it, and mark it for destruction before it can cause serious illness. Like all vaccines in the United States, mRNA vaccines require authorization or approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before they can be used. Currently vaccines for COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, are the only authorized or approved mRNA vaccines. These vaccines use mRNA that directs cells to produce copies of a protein on the outside of the coronavirus known as the “spike protein”. Researchers are studying how mRNA might be used to develop vaccines for additional diseases.  (credits: Medline Plus)
Medically Fragile in a Pandemic
Nov 28 2023
Medically Fragile in a Pandemic
This week we will discuss how important it is to continue masking and keeping away from crowds as a chronically ill or immunocompromised person.  Our guest today is Veronica Hanway.  Immunocompromised individuals are not optimally protected by COVID-19 vaccines and potentially require additional preventive interventions to mitigate the risk of severe COVID-19. Veronica, a Latina mother and first generation Geography PhD student in her second year, is 35 years old and has had a lifetime of chronic migraines. With her first migraine at just three years old, she is no stranger to migraine symptoms, MRIs, CTs, neurology appointments, and treatments.  She is an advocate for public health and community care during the ongoing SARS CoV 2 (Covid 19) pandemic. Veronica is committed to protecting her immunocompromised child and her high risk family while also continuing her National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship doctoral studies. Her passions include spending time with her family, advocating for safer spaces for disabled, high risk, immunocompromised, and BIPOC communities, learning how people have adapted to avoiding Covid infections and reinfections, and how people have created Coviding communities. She loves painting, singing, having fun, and reading with her son and partner. She is committed to helping others know that they aren't alone in navigating health issues while the effects of climate change and pandemic rage on.
Staying Healthy as a Vet
Nov 14 2023
Staying Healthy as a Vet
This week we are talking once again with Dan "Dry Dock" Shockley on "Staying Healthy as a Veteran"  For Veteran's Day this year we are featuring Dan because even though he has been dealt a hard blow with a hereditary colon cancer gene he is not letting that slow him down one bit!  As a matter of fact he is thriving and advocating for others around the globe as a hereditary colon cancer ambassador!  Here is some more about Dan:   Dan Dry Dock Shockley, retired U.S. Navy veteran; Operation Desert Storm; Enduring and Iraqi Freedom veteran and 9 hereditary colon cancer WARRIOR.  The U.S. based Colon Cancer Alliance featured his journey for their Veterans Day blog. The below url provided for your reading pleasure: https://www.ccalliance.org/blog/prevention/dan-drydock-shockley-colon-cancer-warrior-forges-on Also, in honor of Rare Cancer Day, 30 September, the NORDpod featured him as a special guest. The below url provided for your listening pleasure: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6cJJwWXEp34wD8ulFBXNQu?si=m6_V8YwJRwqEAWxXzTp3Cw&utm_source=native-share-menu&dl_branch=1    Additionally, he has been a regular contributor to the UK based Rare Revolution team. They recently invited me to be part of their National Patient Advocate Day campaign. My input can be viewed on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CSwmNDwjuLQ/?utm_medium=copy_link In closing, here's his latest article which was featured by the Montreal based, RareDIG Organization. https://www.raredigmcgill.com/HORD/Season-Four
Total Knee Replacement Surgery
Nov 7 2023
Total Knee Replacement Surgery
On today’s show, we are talking about knee replacement surgery with Dawn Richardson, a friend I met in my last couple of years in the Army. Dawn is a retired Navy Captain, former restaurant manager, and former Bed and Breakfast owner who is delighted to say she's now retired and finds fulfillment in her volunteer activities and personal pursuits.  About 4% of people 50 and older have knee replacements.  At age 80, that number is above 10%. The average age is 65 and more women than men have knee replacements.  Three facts we were surprised to hear after speaking with Dawn:  You aren’t supposed to travel for 6 weeks You aren’t supposed to kneel on that knee for 6 months You shouldn’t have any non-emergency dental work for 6 months to include cleanings These surgeries have evolved greatly after the use of minimally invasive scope-type surgeries.   Total knee replacement is a type of surgery to replace a damaged knee joint. A minimally invasive surgery uses a smaller cut (incision) than a traditional total knee replacement. This type of surgery typically requires special tools so that the surgery team can see and do the procedure through the smaller incision. The knee has several parts: the lower end of the thigh bone (femur), the upper end of the shin bone (tibia), and the kneecap (patella). A smooth substance called cartilage caps the ends of these bones and keeps the bones from grinding together. When there is damage to the knee joint, these bones may scrape together abnormally and cause pain. During minimally invasive total knee replacement, your surgeon makes an incision to access your shinbone and thigh bone. Next, he or she removes a portion of the bones that make up the knee joint. Your surgeon replaces these bone parts with metal components that recreate the joint surface. A layer of plastic is placed between the metal components for smooth gliding. Minimally invasive total knee replacement often takes place under general or spinal anesthesia. (credits: Johns Hopkins Medical)
Ai in Medicine
Oct 17 2023
Ai in Medicine
This week we discuss the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in medicine is revolutionizing healthcare, contributing to improved outcomes, more efficient processes, and reduced costs.  Here are some key benefits: Enhanced Diagnostics: AI algorithms, especially those based on deep learning, can analyze complex medical data like X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and genomics with a high degree of accuracy. They can detect patterns and anomalies that may be invisible to the human eye, or interpret large volumes of data quickly, leading to early and more accurate diagnoses. Personalized Medicine: AI helps in analyzing data from genetic testing, medical records, and wearable health devices to tailor treatments to individual patients. This personalization can lead to more effective treatment plans and medication, reducing the trial-and-error approach associated with treating complex or rare conditions. Predictive Analytics: By assessing medical records, social determinants, genetics, and lifestyle data, AI can predict the likelihood of disease and help in preventive medicine. Early intervention in high-risk patients can lead to better health outcomes and reduced healthcare costs. Drug Discovery and Development: AI expedites the process of drug discovery by analyzing complex biochemical interactions. It helps in identifying potential drug candidates, predicting how they will work, and foreseeing potential side-effects, significantly reducing the time and cost of bringing new drugs to market. Robotic Surgery and Assistance: AI-enhanced robotic systems can assist surgeons in performing precise and minimally invasive procedures. These systems can provide stability, dexterity, and endurance beyond human capabilities, reducing recovery times, and improving outcomes. Remote Monitoring and Telehealth: AI-driven applications enable patients to receive medical consultations and monitoring without visiting a clinic. This is especially beneficial for patients in remote areas, those with mobility issues, or during public health crises (like the COVID-19 pandemic). Administrative Workflow Assistance: AI can automate administrative tasks like scheduling, billing, patient communication, and maintaining records, reducing the workload on healthcare professionals and allowing them to focus more on patient care. Clinical Trials: AI can identify suitable candidates for clinical trials more efficiently by matching individual health profiles with study criteria. This accelerates recruitment, making the development process for new treatments faster and more effective. Resource Allocation: In scenarios like pandemic outbreaks, AI can assist in planning and optimizing resource allocation (e.g., ventilators, hospital beds, medical staff) based on predictive modeling of disease spread and healthcare needs. Reducing Burnout: By taking over routine, time-consuming tasks, AI can reduce the workload for healthcare providers, mitigating burnout and allowing them more time for direct patient interaction and care. Despite these advantages, it's crucial to approach AI in medicine with caution, considering challenges like data privacy, algorithmic bias, the need for extensive validation, and ensuring the explainability of AI decisions. Moreover, AI should be viewed as a tool to augment human healthcare providers' capabilities, not replace the essential human touch in medicine.
Chronic Illness & Mental Health
Oct 10 2023
Chronic Illness & Mental Health
This week we will discuss mental health impacts from living with a chronic illness with our guest, Christy Amos (aka Christi Winstead) ​ Christy Amos is a compassionate and resilient individual who has made it her mission to help others navigate the challenges of living with chronic illnesses. With a Master's degree in Counseling, she has acquired a deep understanding of the emotional and psychological impact that chronic conditions can have on individuals and their loved ones. Despite facing her own health battles, Christy's determination and empathy have driven her to become a patient advocate. Drawing from her personal experiences with multiple chronic illnesses, she uses her expertise to support and empower others in similar situations. Her dedication to improving the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses has made her an invaluable resource in the social health community. In addition to her advocacy work, Christy is a freelance author. She shares her wealth of knowledge and personal insights on chronic hives and asthma through her contributions to respected platforms such as chronic-hives.com and asthma.net. Her writing not only educates and informs, but also serves as a source of comfort and inspiration for individuals living with these conditions. ​ Christy's unique perspective as both a patient and a professional counselor allows her to approach chronic illnesses holistically. She understands the complexities of managing physical symptoms while also addressing the emotional and psychological impact of these conditions. Through her writing, counseling, and advocacy efforts, she strives to promote understanding, raise awareness, and facilitate meaningful conversations about chronic illnesses. ​Christy's commitment to making a difference in the lives of others shines through in everything she does. Her courage, resilience, and unwavering determination serve as an inspiration to those who have the privilege of knowing her or benefiting from her work. With her profound understanding of the challenges that chronic illnesses present, Christy Amos continues to transform the lives of individuals and families affected by these conditions, bringing hope and support to countless people in need.
Children Eye Safety
Oct 3 2023
Children Eye Safety
This week we will discuss Eye Safety for children.  Eye injuries affect about 2.4 million people every year. Household products cause more than 125,000 serious eye injuries. Hospital emergency rooms treat nearly 23,000 victims of eye injuries from sports. Toys and home playground equipment cause more than 11,000 injuries to young eyes. Below are tips for preventing injury to your child’s eyes.  Here are some tips for eye safety for children:  Avoid sharp, broken toys and objects. Wear sport goggles and sunglasses. Do not play around lawn mowing and fireworks. Avoid BB, pellet, NERF®, and dart guns. Always carry pointed objects such as scissors, knives or pencils with the sharp end pointing down. Never shoot objects (including toys) or spray things at others, especially in the direction of the head. Read and follow directions before playing games or using equipment. Make sure your child wears safety goggles or glasses during sports and leisure activities. Make sure your child wears sunglasses that have 100% UV protection. Only buy toys meant for their age. Show them how to use their toys safely. Supervise them when they play. Look into the durability of lens material. Ask for warranty information on both the frames and the lenses. About 90% of eye injuries can be prevented with protective eyewear.  An ophthalmologist, primary care doctor, school nurse or children’s health service should examine the eye as soon as possible, even if the injury seems minor at first, as a serious injury is not always immediately obvious. Delaying medical attention can cause the damaged areas to worsen and could result in permanent vision loss or blindness. While seeking medical help, care for the child as follows: DO NOT touch, rub or apply pressure to the eye.DO NOT try to remove any object stuck in the eye. For small debris, lift eye lid and ask child to blink rapidly to see if tears will flush out the particle. If not, close the eye and seek treatment.Do not apply ointment or medication to the eye.A cut or puncture wound should be gently covered.Only in the event of chemical exposure, flush with plenty of water.   Credits: URMC / Encyclopedia / Preventing Eye Injuries in Children Search Encyclopedia