Ethnic Health Institute Community e-Newsletter
Community e-Newsletter

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 Fall-Winter 2009   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 2  
CONTENTS
H1N1 (Swine) Flu: What do you need to know
Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder
Putting the Spotlight on Family Caregivers
Prostate Cancer Screening
Healthcare Reform
H1N1 (Swine) Flu: What do you need to know
What can you do
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This year, an uncommon strain of influenza virus found its way into our communities. The H1N1 (Swine) flu is referred to as a ‘novel strain’ of flu. This is because most people have not been exposed to it previously, and therefore, have no immunity to it. Although the H1N1 is a different strain of influenza virus, it carries the same risks, has the same symptoms, and responds to the same treatments as other more common flu viruses. Read more below for specific details on how the H1N1 flu can affect people with asthma, diabetes, cancer, and/or cardiovascular disease.
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Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder
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Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression. According to the Mayo Clinic, Seasonal Affective Disorder (also called SAD) is a cyclic, seasonal condition. This means that symptoms return and end around the same time every year. Usually, SAD symptoms appear during late fall or early winter and go away during the sunnier days of spring and summer. Some people have the opposite pattern and become depressed with the onset of spring or summer. In either case, problems may start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses.
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Putting the Spotlight on Family Caregivers
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Giving care to others comes naturally for most people. The holiday season encourages us to think of the needs of others, and for many, to take extra steps to check in with loved ones or to extend a hand to a stranger in need. For others, caregiving is something that happens 365 days a year as they help meet the unique needs of a parent, spouse, partner, friend or child who cannot take care of themselves due to age, illness, or other complications. ‘Family caregiver’ is a term that describes a person who is the primary decision-maker caring for a loved one. The loved one may be a direct family member, or they may be a co-worker or a friend. Family is a very broad term that is more inclusive than exclusive.
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Prostate Cancer Screening
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“The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test should be offered to well-informed men age 40 years or older who have a life expectancy of at least 10 years.”
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Healthcare Reform
Get Informed
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The Ethnic Health Institute (EHI) coordinates health education, research, health provider training, and community outreach and awareness for the entire East Bay community, with a special focus on underserved and minority populations. We believe health care and health education should be readily available to all people in our local communities and beyond. With that in mind, EHI is actively monitoring the national Health Care Reform process. As healthcare reform plans are finalized, we will be sure to voice our support or concerns over the new measures to our senators and representatives, and we encourage you to do the same.
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