May 2016
Health Observances 

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)  distinguishes the month of May as " National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month ." Asthma is a major public health problem in the United States. The disease impacts roughly 15 million people, nearly 5 million of whom are under the age of 18. Many factors trigger and exacerbate asthma, including stress, respiratory infections, irritants, and environmental pollutants such as cigarette smoke, paint fumes, perfumes, and household cleansers. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute NHLBI  has a wide range of research programs designed to investigate asthma causation and treatment:  
  • Epidemiologic research to study asthma in different populations
  • Basic and genetic research to understand how the disease occurs and find targets for treatment
  • Clinical research to evaluate new treatments
  • Community-based research to create effective tools that help clinicians and patients manage asthma
Visit each link to learn more about National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month. Facebook , Twitter , and NIH .
May is National Trauma Awareness Month . National Trauma Awareness Month celebrates its 28th anniversary with the campaign slogan, "Safe Steps for Seniors" concentrating on senior safety and falls. For older Americans, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries.  Falls for seniors can have serious consequences that threaten their health, worsen existing health problems, impede their physical mobility and limit their independence.  Studies have shown that falling has resulted in more than 2.5 million injuries, including over 734,000 hospitalizations and more than 21,700 deaths.  Learn more about the impact of falls on seniors - and tips for prevention - by reading "Facts and Figures - Senior Falls"  and  Senior Home Safety Checklist . For further information on falling and National Trauma Awareness Month visit their social media:  Facebook and Twitter .

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