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Osteoarthritis: What You Know Could Save Your Joints!

Osteoarthritis: What You Know Could Save Your Joints!

According to the Arthritis Foundation, 27 million Americans live with osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis which involves a mechanical “wear and tear” of the cartilage that lines the inside of our joints and which, over time, can result in damage to the connective tissue and bone around the joint. The more you know about the condition, the greater your chance for success in finding the help that you need.

“The pain of arthritis is usually described as a deep ache or throbbing joint pain that is often worse upon getting up in the morning. In addition, sufferers may also experience muscle weakness around the arthritic joint and functional limitations, such as difficulty getting up and walking,” says Dr. David Wang, a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine in McLean, Virginia (www.kaplanclinic.com).

Tips for Going Gluten Free


Many products on the store shelves today carry the words “gluten free” on them. But just what does that mean, and why is it there? The label means plenty!  But in a nutshell, it means avoiding wheat, spelt, barley and rye, and a variety of other grain-based ingredients. Gluten-free foods are being sought out by many people, including the over 3 million people who have celiac disease, as well as millions more who have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity. The good news it that while it may seem like going gluten free is a daunting task, it is actually isn’t all that difficult!

5 Things You May Not Know About Acupuncture

Each year, millions of people in America use acupuncture, a traditional Chinese approach to improving health. While acupuncture has been used in China for over 2,000 years, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it has become increasingly popular in America over the past few decades. Still, many people are not familiar with what it is and what it can be used for.

“Acupuncture is an effective way to treat many different ailments that people experience,” explains Dr. Gary Kaplan, founder of The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine (www.kaplanclinic.com), located in McLean, VA.  “While some people may be skeptical at first, they end up as fans, after they try acupuncture and see how it helps improve their health and well being.”

Prince George’s County Health Department Offering Free Dental Screenings From Children

Prince George’s County Health Department Offering Free Dental Screenings From Children

This story comes to us from Dellia Williams:

Free dental screenings for children 0 to 18 years of age will be offered at the Cheverly Health Center on a walk-in basis.  Throughout the month of February, in celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, Prince George’s County Health Department’s Dental Health program will offer free screenings to children 0 to 18 years of age. 

 

Boil Water Advisory Remains In Effect for Customers in Parts of Prince George’s County Heading

LAUREL, MD, JANUARY 24, 2011:Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) crews began the initial stages of making repairs to the 54-inch water main that broke earlier today forcing a shutdown of part of the Inner Loop of the Capitol Beltway (I-495). The final valve shut-off to stop the leak occurred about 12:30 p.m. The break has been isolated and the system is filling up and stabilizing.  Customer water pressure should be restored.

As a precaution, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) issued a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) for customers served by WSSC in a large portion of Prince George’s County south of Central Avenue and Route 202 (Landover Road). The BWA will remain in effect until water samples are tested and declared safe. 
 

Prince George's County Launches HIV Awareness Campaign

The Prince George’s County Health Department is hosting a press conference to launch its HIV Awareness Campaign, responding to the alarming levels of HIV cases in Prince George’s County.

“Maryland ranks fourth in the United States and territories for the number of HIV cases reported,” said Dr. Donald Shell, M.D., M.A., Health Officer for the Health Department. “We hope that this campaign will raise awareness about the prevalence of HIV in the area and urge residents to get tested and treated.”

The event takes place on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Prince George’s County Health Department

Headquarters Building

1701 McCormick Drive, Suite 200

Conference Room

Largo, MD  20774

County Sets First Health and Wellness Expo

The Prince George’s County Health, Wellness and Recreation Advisory Council (HWRAC) and County Executive Jack B. Johnson are sponsoring the first health and wellness expo, “Wellness Works,” for county employees on October 7. All county employees are encouraged to attend and may be granted up to four hours of administrative leave by their agency or department appointing authority. Executive Jack B. Johnson will be attending.

The expo will feature demonstrations, vendors, informational handouts and various health screenings. This is the first major event sponsored by the HWRAC, which was created earlier this year.

Appearances will be made by County Executive Jack B. Johnson; Dr. Donald Shell, Department of Health Director; and others.

 

WHEN: 

Thursday, October 7, 2010.

Two sessions: one from 8 a.m. to noon, and a second from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

 

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