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Whole Grain Month is celebrated in September. The Whole Grains Council helps consumers find whole grain foods and understand their health benefits; helps manufacturers create delicious whole grain products; and helps the media write accurate, compelling stories about whole grains. There is no doubt that we all need to consume more whole grains, and understand how to incorporate them into our diets.
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Knowing when to go to the emergency room is information everyone needs to know. There are 300,000 people everyday that visit the emergency rooms across america, and annually, nearly 9 million visits are unnecessary. Here are tips from the America College of Emergency Physicians.

More than 300,000 Americans on average are treated in our nation's emergency departments every day, according to the latest government statistics, and patients are treated for a wide variety of medical conditions. 

How do you decide when a medical condition rises to the level of a medical "emergency?"  The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) offers a list of warning signs that indicate a medical emergency, which are also available with additional health and safety information on the organization's Web site.

  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
  • Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
  • Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
  • Changes in vision
  • Confusion or changes in mental status
  • Any sudden or severe pain
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusual abdominal pain

Children have unique medical problems and may display different symptoms than adults.  Symptoms that are serious for a child may not be as serious for an adult.  Children may also be unable to communicate their condition, which means an adult will have to interpret the behavior.  Always get immediate medical attention if you think your child is having a medical emergency. 

"If you or a loved one think you need emergency care, come to the emergency department and have a doctor examine you," said Dr. Frederick Blum, president of ACEP.  "If you think the medical condition is life-threatening or the person's condition will worsen on the way to the hospital, then you need to call
9-1-1 and have your local Emergency Medical Services provider come to you."

Emergency departments see patients based on the severity of their illnesses or injuries, not on a first-come, first serve basis.  With that in mind, ACEP offers the following tips to patients when they come to an emergency department in order to get the best possible care as quickly as possible: 

  • Bring a list of medications and allergies:  What's the name of the medication you are taking?  How often do you take it and for how long?  A list of allergies is important, especially if there are many of them.  Be sure to include medications, foods, insects or any other product that may cause an allergic reaction.  Bring a medical history form with you.  ACEP has medical history forms available on its Web site.
  • Know your immunizations:  This will likely be a long list for children; mainly tetanus, flu and Hepatitis B for adults.
  • Remain calm: Obviously it is difficult to remain composed if you've been badly injured, but a calm attitude can help increase communication with the doctors and nurses who are caring for you.

Communication is important when you arrive at an emergency department," said Dr. Blum. "I want to know as much about the patient, as I can as quickly as I can, so the proper treatment can begin.  There can be long waits in the emergency department as doctors and nurse tend to those with the most severe conditions, but by all means tell us if you are in pain or there is any change in your condition while you're at the hospital." 

ACEP is a national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine with nearly 24,000 members. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.
Cholesterol Education: attached below is an excellent information sheet on cholesterol. It's easy to read and understand. Controlling cholesterol is the first step in reducing the risk of dying from a heart disease related compliation.
September is "Fruit and Veggies-More Matters Month" sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The web site is full of valuable information. The key to consuming more fruits and veggies is to feel comfortable selecting them, and knowing how to prepare them so they taste great. Cooking is a bit of a science, but you need to experiment and fun in the kitchen, involving the entire family.
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