Brain Tumor Awareness Month

NATIONAL BRAIN TUMOR AWARENESS MONTHMay is the month to take action on brain tumors. Driven by advancement in research, surgical techniques, genetic discoveries and much more, the BTeAM believes everyone plays a role in defeating brain tumors and brain cancer.

There are several ways to be involved. Donating and participating in fundraisers, supporting legislation for research and making clinical trials accessible are only a few of the ways to get started.


For more information visit and use #BTeAM to share on social media.

There are an estimated 200,000 cases of brain tumors in the United States alone each and every year. These tumors can be cancerous or noncancerous, and they can sometimes begin in the brain. However, they can also be a result of cancer that has spread from other parts of the body into the brain and its surrounding tissues. Brain tumors can range from growths that are easily operate upon to large masses that can result in death. Other treatments can include radiation and chemotherapy. Brain tumors receive the best prognosis when they are caught early on, and before any cancerous cells can spread to areas of the brain that make it too risky to be operated on. Therefore, it is very important to pay close attention to the early warning signs. 


The National Brain Tumor Society supports National Brain Tumor Awareness Month annually.

Are you due for a routine exam?

Heart Disease in Men


Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States, killing 307,225 men in 2009—that’s 1 in every 4 male deaths.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men of most racial/ethnic groups in the United States, including African Americans, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Hispanics, and whites. For Asian American or Pacific Islander men, heart disease is second only to cancer.  About 8.5% of all white men, 7.9% of black men, and 6.3% of Mexican American men have coronary heart disease. Half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease. Between 70% and 89% of sudden cardiac events occur in men.

Risk Factors

High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. About half of Americans (49%) have at least one of these three risk factors.

Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including:

ď‚· Diabetes

ď‚· Overweight and obesity

ď‚· Poor diet

ď‚· Physical inactivity

 Excessive alcohol use CDC’s Public Health Efforts

CDC’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program

Since 1998, CDC has funded state health departments’ efforts to reduce the number of people with heart disease or stroke. Health departments in 41 states and the District of Columbia currently receive funding. The program stresses policy and education to promote heart-healthy and stroke-free living and working conditions.

Million Hearts™ is a national, public-private initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Co-led by CDC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the initiative brings together communities, health care professionals, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners to improve care and empower Americans to make heart-healthy choices. For More Information

For more information on heart disease and among men, visit the following Web sites.

ď‚· Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

ď‚· American Heart Association

ď‚· National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute References

For the facts.

Differences in Heart Attacks



A proclamation 

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims February as American Heart Month
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The death rate from heart disease in the United States has fallen dramatically since the 1960s, a significant public health victory. Despite this progress, heart disease remains a leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and we must reduce its toll. During American Heart Month, we remember those who have lost their lives to heart disease and resolve to improve its prevention, detection, and treatment. It is a time for all of us to reaffirm our commitment to improving cardiovascular health for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

Over the past several decades, we have learned much about factors that contribute to heart disease, how to monitor those triggers, and ways to treat them. We know that individuals can live longer and better lives by refraining from tobacco use, maintaining an optimal blood pressure and a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly. Innovative companies continue to offer new tools and online systems, giving people more access than ever to information they can use to make informed, health-conscious choices.


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To all my family and friends!


Five Ways to Fight Holiday Stress

A classic holiday tune tells us this is the most wonderful time of the year. But with parties to attend, food to prepare, and gifts to buy and wrap, it can feel overwhelming.

Here are five tips to stop stressing and enjoy the season.

Create a gifting game plan

Write down everyone who’s made your list—naughty or nice—along with ideas for each person. Then, create a rough estimate of how much you can afford and think of ways to stick to your budget. You’ll also want to set aside enough time for shopping, wrapping, and mailing.

 Avoid party overload

Swamped by invitations? Prioritize! Write all the events you’re invited to on a calendar, and circle the ones that are most important to you. Don’t feel guilty if you can’t attend them all.

 Organize your decorations

Decking the halls can be merry for some—and miserable for others. When you store your decorations, think about what you’ll need for next year, and organize your decorations by type or by where you display them. Keep the decorations you hang first most accessible.

Simplify your dinner party

Write down exactly what you’ll be cooking and how many people will be attending. Make a grocery list, and determine what can be made in advance, and what you’ll need to prepare the day of. Don’t be afraid to ask your guests to bring a dish to pass or a bottle of wine.

 Share the holidays

If you don’t have many people with whom you can share the holidays, there are plenty of options for keeping busy and feeling merry. Consider volunteering at a toy drive or a soup kitchen. Or, enjoy some alone time and curl up solo with hot chocolate and a favorite book or movie.

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