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Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month By: Dr. Laura Mantine The cervix is the organ that provides an opening between the vagina and the uterus. Normally, old or damaged cells in a woman’s cervix will stop dividing and are replaced by healthy, young cells. Cervical dysplasia occurs when these old or damaged cells continue to divide in the superficial layer of the cervix. When cervical dysplasia is not treated, it can grow and spread into the deeper tissues of the cervix, developing into cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is a common malignant tumor of the female reproductive system. In the world, cervical cancer…
Purple ribbon with the words ‘November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month’
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Pancreatic Cancer Awareness for Hospice

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness for Hospice   By: Dr. Margarita David Ph.D., RN Pancreatic cancer affects over 60,000 people in the United States. Continue reading to learn more about pancreatic cancer in honor of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. What is pancreatic cancer? Pancreatic cancer is a cancer that develops in the pancreas. The pancreas helps regulate the metabolism of sugar and aids in the digestion of foods. What causes pancreatic cancer? Although the exact cause of pancreatic cancer is still unknown, some risk factors that may contribute to the development of pancreatic cancer include: Smoking Diabetes Obesity Repeated inflammation of the…
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How To Make Your Home More COPD Friendly

How To Make Your Home More COPD Friendly Living with COPD is a daily challenge. While there’s only so much that you can do outside of your home to make living with this illness easier, there are some great changes that can be made in your own home to improve your daily life. We’ll go through some changes that can be made right at home! Of course, if you’re having significant difficulties around the house due to your COPD, you should definitely consider hospice care, along with these tips. Avoid Stairs One of the most straightforward ways to avoid stairs…
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COPD Hospice Referral Guidelines

COPD Awareness Month: Hospice Referral Guidelines By: Laura Mantine, MD Chronic lung disease is the 4th most common cause of death among older adults in the United States. More than 3 million people worldwide died of COPD in 2015, representing 6% of all deaths that year. People dying from COPD frequently experience difficult and uncomfortable symptoms that lead to distress and panic. They commonly have disabling respiratory symptoms including severe breathlessness, limited tolerance for activity, and intractable coughing. They are also usually oxygen dependent, often experience anorexia with weight loss, cachexia, and ultimately become dependent on others for their activities…
Black and white flowers with one purple flower with a teal stem; text that reads ‘November is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month!’ with a purple and teal ribbon
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Hospice: Care Wherever You Call Home

Hospice: Care Wherever You Call Home By: Laura Mantine, MD It is a fact that only 25% of deaths occur at home while nearly 80% of Americans would prefer to die at home. Unfortunately, many individuals will die in hospitals, while receiving care that is not consistent with their wishes. It’s important for older adults to plan and let their caregivers, doctors, or family members know their end-of-life preferences. In honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, we want to highlight the fact that hospice is not a place- it is an approach to care. Increasingly, people are choosing…
Words ‘November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month’ on a dark purple background with an illuminated brain image
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Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month By: Dr. Margarita David Ph.D., RN What is Alzheimer’s Disease November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder that cannot be reversed. This disease declines the person’s ability to think, remember, and carry out familiar tasks. Neurons and connection pathways The progressive decline in patients with Alzheimer’s is due to the loss of communication between neurons. The neurons are responsible for sending messages from the brain to all parts of your body. Frontal lobe The frontal lobe is responsible for your social and emotional skills, motor functions, language, and cognitive functions.…
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National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month Bullying is defined as abuse and mistreatment of someone vulnerable by someone stronger, more powerful, etc. Unfortunately, bullying is nothing new. However, with each new technological advancement we see, bullies find a new outlet to use to prey on their targets. In honor of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Hospice of North Alabama is taking a stand and raising awareness for the immense need to stop bullying. Bullying Can Occur at Any Age Typically, we think of bullying as being something that occurs among adolescents. However, bullying can occur among any age group, race, or…
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Sudden Cardiac Arrest: What It Is and What To Do

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: What It Is and What To Do A leading cause of death in the United States, sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of more than 356,000 people each year. This includes 23,000 youth under the age of 18. It is a life-threatening health emergency in which the heart suddenly stops beating, and it can occur in people of any age, including those who appear to be otherwise in good health. When a person goes into cardiac arrest, they collapse and do not respond or breathe normally. They may also gasp or shake, similarly to a seizure. It…
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in the United States, second only to skin cancer. It’s a disease in which the cells in the breast grow out of control. There are several types of breast cancer, but there are two that are most common. Invasive ductal carcinoma is when the cancer cells begin in the ducts and then grow outside them into other parts of the breast tissue. Invasive lobular carcinoma is when the cancer cells begin in the lobules and then spread from there to the breast tissues that are…
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Hospice Care for Ovarian Cancer Patients

Hospice Care for Ovarian Cancer Patients By: Laura Mantine, MD What is ovarian cancer? Ovarian cancer is cancer that grows in a woman’s ovaries. Damaged or deformed cells start to grow out of control. Although treatment has a high rate of success if the cancer is found at an early stage, in many cases it isn’t discovered until advanced stages when the cancer is harder to treat. A biopsy, or small surgery, is often performed when ovarian cancer is suspected. This is done to confirm the disease by taking tissue and fluid samples for analysis. Some ovarian tumors are benign,…