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As Lung Cancer Awareness Month, November is an ideal time to learn more about the leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States.

The American Cancer Society says about 80% of lung cancer deaths are believed to result from smoking, although some people who get the disease have no known risk factors.

Image of man coughing.Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that is affecting a growing number of Americans.

A categorization that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, COPD – which makes it hard to breathe – is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the American Lung Association. Fortunately, the chronic disease is treatable and often preventable.

Image of man sitting in wheelchair cooking.Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia can make life difficult for patients and their families, but using various types of therapy can improve the lives of those impacted by the disease.

November has been designated as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, making it a perfect time to learn more about how physical, occupational and speech therapy services at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center.  Patients are often referred for therapy as it can be used to treat the symptoms of the progressive disease which affects about 5 million Americans annually.

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More than 30 million American adults have diabetes, with one in four of them not knowing it.

Even more staggering, more than 84 million adults in the U.S. have prediabetes – when blood sugar levels are elevated, but not high enough to be considered diabetes – and 90% of them are not aware of it.

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Physical, occupational and speech therapies are proven to be beneficial in the treatment of patients with Parkinson’s Disease (PD).

PD often causes a functional decline as people with this become more susceptible to falls and find increasing difficulty with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as transitioning from sitting to standing, getting in/out of a bed or getting off a commode. PD affects the brain’s ability to control movements and keep these movements smooth and coordinated. People with PD often shake or tremor as a result.    

physical therapy month 2018Physical therapy can play an important role in improving functional strength, mobility, pain management, and overall quality of life for people of all ages and functional levels. Southeastern Med invites you to join us in celebrating National Physical Therapy Month during the month of October.

Southeastern Med proudly employs the area’s largest Physical Therapy staff, which includes 11 physical therapists and 7 physical therapist assistants. This team offers a number of specialized therapy services, including inpatient and outpatient physical therapy, orthopedic rehab, concussion rehab, aquatic therapy, vestibular rehab, lymphedema management, industrial rehab, pediatrics, and a number of wellness programs.

substance abuseAlthough substance abuse is not always easy to talk about, it’s an epidemic that affects all communities.

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, meant to highlight the valuable role of prevention efforts to combat substance abuse and its impact on individuals and the community as a whole.

Southeastern Med recognizes the need for recovery services and now offers medical withdrawal management services through BreakThru. This program addresses the medical needs of individuals taking the first steps toward recovery.

breast cancer awarenessPink is powerful – and you’ll see plenty of it in October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women. Each year, nearly a quarter of a million women develop breast cancer and more than 40,000 die from the disease. Although it’s typically found in women older than 50, about 10% of new cases are in women younger than 45.

Screening for breast cancer is recommended at age 50 for women with average risk, while those with a family history or BRCA gene mutations should speak with their physician about the appropriate time to begin getting mammograms. Early detection of breast cancer can make it easier to treat the disease. As such, the American Cancer Society’s latest suggestion is that women as young as 40 should have the choice to start annual screenings if they wish to do so.

flu seasonThe arrival of fall means football, apple orchards, leaf raking, pumpkin-flavored everything and sniffles. Lots and lots of sniffles.

Flu season can run from October through May, with peak season hitting between December and March. Up to 20 percent of the U.S. population comes down with the flu each year, although most people aren’t sure if they have the flu or the common cold.

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Recovery from mental and substance use disorders remains a pressing public health crisis – one that isn’t always discussed as openly and honestly as possible.

September has been deemed National Recovery Month by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The month is designed to raise awareness about the issues surrounding the issue and celebrate the successes of those who are in recovery. It also acknowledges that those with mental and/or substance use disorders can live healthy, rewarding lives by getting treatment and mental health services.