Free Cancer Screenings-Bergen County Department of Health Services

Free Cancer Screenings-Bergen County Department of Health Services

Cancer Screening Tests:

For Women-Breast, Cervical and Colorectal

*Free mammogram and breast exam for ages 40 and up

*Free breast exam, pelvic exams and Pap tests for ages 21 and up

*Free colorectal cancer screening tests (FIT kit) for ages 45 and up

For Men-Prostate and Colorectal

*Free prostate cancer screening for men ages 55 and up

*Free colorectal cancer screening tests (FIT kit) for men ages 45 and up

Services may be provided at:

*New Bridge Medical Center (Bergen Regional Medical Center)

*Planned Parenthood: Hackensack and Englewood

*Englewood Hospital Medical Center

*The Valley Hospital

*Bergen Imaging Center

To find out if you qualify, please call:

(201) 634-2660

Bergen County Health Serviced

1 Bergen County Plaza, 4th Floor

Hackensack, NJ  07601

Fax: (201) 336-6086

http://www.bergenhealth.org

https://www.co.bergen.nj.us/public-health-outreach/cancer-education-and-early-detection-ceed

Disclaimer: This information was provided by the Bergen County Department of Health Services and I give them full credit for the information. Please call or fax them directly for more information.

 

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The new Medicare Plan Finder

The new Medicare Plan Finder

Open Enrollment from October 15-December 7th

For the first time in 10 years, Medicare’s most used tool, the Medicare Plan Finder has a new look and features.

Why?

*61 million people enrolled in Medicare

*20 million people used Plan Finder during Open Enrollment 2018

*10,000 people enroll in Medicare EACH DAY

*25% of people used Plan Finder on a mobile device last year

*40% increase of mobile users over 2017

Coming Soon:

Real-time plan data API for 3rd Party users

What’s New?

*Personalized search to find and compare plans

*More information about extra plan benefits

*Improved comparison of coverage options

*Simpler drug list built from prescriptions you filled

*More accurate drug pricing

How to Enroll in a Plan:

*Medicare.gov/plan-compare

*1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)

*Find a local SHIP counselor

*Ask a trusted agent or broker

Disclaimer: This information from the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call or email the numbers for more information.

 

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What is Diarrhea? Understanding your Health

What is Diarrhea? Understanding your Health.

 

Everyone has diarrhea occasionally. Diarrhea is an increase in the frequency of bowel movements, stools that are not well formed or both. Symptoms can be very different from patient to patient.

Stool is made up mostly of water. Even so, the amount of water in stool each day is generally no more than 200 ml or 7 ounce (a little less than a cup). When  stool consistency contains more water than this, it is called diarrhea.

What causes Diarrhea?

There are many causes of diarrhea. Fortunately, this change in bowel habits usually does not last long and clears up on its own. In these cases, it is assumed that is was caused by a virus or even “something I ate.” Whenever diarrhea lasts more than two or three weeks, a patient should seek medical advice. Among the many known causes are:

*Food: Many people have certain foods that may cause diarrhea for them. For hot peppers lovers, diarrhea often occurs the morning after. Some people are intolerant of milk and milk products, so even small amounts of the milk sugar lactose can cause diarrhea. Large amounts of fatty foods cause diarrhea in other people. The easy solution in all these instances is to avoid the food that causes the diarrhea.

*Unintentional laxative use: Many people used laxatives but sometimes may not know it. The names for the usual chemical stimulants are Milk of Magnesia, magnesium (Epsom salt), cascara (Nature’s Remedy) and senna or sennosides (ex-lax, Senokot). Magnesium can be inadvertently taken in various over the counter preparations such as Maalox or Mylanta. Be sure to check the labels! Sorbitol, an artificial sweetener used in sugar-free gum and prepared foods such as jams and jellies is also a laxative.

*Prescription Drugs: If a change in bowel habit occurs after taking a new drug, contact your physician. In particular, antibiotics are known to cause diarrhea that can sometimes be severe. Diarrhea can develop up to one month after taking antibiotics.

*Infection: There are over 1000 different bacteria that normally live in the large intestine and many of them provide health benefits to the body. There are also many viruses and other bacteria that do not usually live in the intestine that find their way into our bodies and cause diarrhea. Fortunately, these infections usually come and go on their own. Some bacterial infections usually come and go on their own. Some bacterial infections, such as salmonella, are serious and require medical evaluation. Salmonella commonly comes from contaminated poultry but thoroughly cooking poultry can reduce the risk. Parasites, such as amoeba and giardia can also attack the intestines. Giardia is found in wild animals and in contaminated streams and well water. For people infected with the HIV virus, there are a number of infections that can occur in the intestinal tract. Close medical follow-up is always required in these instances. Viral infection is probably the most common cause of short-term diarrhea and fortunately, it usually clears up on its own.

Traveler’s Diarrhea: This cause of traveler’s diarrhea is a bacteria called Escherichia coli (abbreviated E. Coli). It most often occurs in developing countries where sanitation is not good. This infection can often be prevented by avoiding fresh, uncooked produce and fruits. Fruits that have protective skins, such as oranges, are safe. Tap water in any form, especially ice, should be avoided. Bottled beverages are recommended. Contact your physician before traveling to these countries for more information on prevention and treatment.

Diseases: There are certain intestinal disorders that can cause chronic diarrhea. These include ulcerative and microscopic colitis. Crohn’s disease and even colon cancer. These are all serious diseases that require careful medical attention and treatment. This is why you should see a physician if you have diarrhea that last an extended time.

Stress and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): IBS is a problem that occurs when the intestines especially the colon, do not contract in a smooth, rhythmic manner. The contractions can be too fast and strong, in which case diarrhea occurs or they may be weak and slow and result in constipation and diarrhea. Emotional stress often aggravates these symptoms.

How is Diarrhea Diagnosed?

The diagnosis and treatment of diarrhea may be very simple, such as discontinuing a problematic food or an antacid that contains magnesium. In some cases, finding the cause may be more difficult. Blood and stool tests may be needed and in some cases, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy is required to visually inspect the colon with a lighted, flexible tube. The physician will choose tests based on the details of the individual patient case, including how severe the diarrhea is and how long it has lasted.

Whenever diarrhea last more than two or three weeks, seek medical advice.

How is Diarrhea Treated?

There are simple things that can be done at the beginning of an episode which may reduce symptoms. Drinking only liquids and avoiding solid food, caffeine and dairy products may be helpful. Over the counter medications such as Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate or Imodium can also be tried. For explosive or persistent diarrhea, treatment will depend on the cause. Fortunately, the cause of diarrhea can almost always be found and effective treatment is then usually available.

Summary:

Diarrhea is a common problem which is usually not serious. If it is severe or persistent, the patient should consult a physician for further evaluation. By working closely with the physician, effective treatment is almost always available.

Disclaimer: This information was taken from the Diarrhea what causes it? pamphlet and I give MEducate by GI Supply full credit for all of this information. Please call your physician for more information if you are having problems with diarrhea.

 

 

 

 

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It’s a Zinger Chair!

It’s a Zinger Chair!

(Authors Note: Ordinarly I do not endorse products on this site as I want to appear partisan but I saw this ad for the Zinger Chair and thought it was very interesting.)

More and more Americans are reaching the age where mobility is an everyday concern. Whether from an injury or from the aches and pains that come from getting older-getting around isn’t as easy as it used to be. You may have tried a power chair or a scooter! The Zinger is quick and nimble, yet it is not prone to tipping like many scooters. Best of all, it weighs only 47.2 pounds and folds and unfolds with ease. You can take it almost anywhere, providing you with independence and freedom.

Years of work by innovative engineers have resulted in a mobility device that’s truly unique. They created a battery that provides powerful energy at a fraction of the weight of most batteries. The Zinger features two steering levers, one on either side of the seat. The user pushes both levers down to go forward, pulls them both up to brake and pushes one while pulling the other to turn to either side. This enables great mobility, the ability to turn on a dime and to pull right up to tables or desks. The controls are right on the steering lever so it’s simple to operate and its exclusive foot rest swings out of the way when you stand up or sit down. With its rugged yet lightweight aluminum frame, the Zinger is sturdy and durable yet convenient and comfortable!

What’s more, it easily folds up for storage in a car seat or trunk-you can even gate check it at the airport like a stroller. Think about it, you can take your Zinger almost anywhere, so you don’t have to let mobility issues rule your life. It folds in seconds without tools and is safe and reliable. It holds up to 275 pounds and it goes up to 6 mph and operates for up to 8 hours on a single charge.

Why spend another day letting mobility issues hamper your independence and quality of life?

Zinger Chair

Zinger Chair: Call now and receive a utility basket absolutely FREE with your order.

1-888-633-8017

Please mention code 110935 when ordering.

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Zinger Chair is not intended for individuals fully restricted to a seated position. It is not a medical device or a wheelchair. It is not covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

Disclaimer: This information comes from the Zinger Chair pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. I have never used the product so I have no opinion on it either way. Please call the above number for more information.

 

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Day One Hundred and Thirty Eight: A Five Year Well Wishing to my father, Warren George Watrel October 13th, 2019

To all my readers,

Don’t let a disability define who you are but when it happens continue to strive to get better and never give up hope. The human spirit can accomplish many things!

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There are times when a well-wishing is for something wonderful and there are times where it is for something sad.

This well wishing on the five year anniversary of my father’s passing is a celebration of life and an honorum to the man who inspired this blog for his sense of adventure and a will to never give up the fight. This is where my father inspired me to succeed in all the things that I do and the goals I want to still accomplish in life.

I always quoted to my students from the song “Happy Talk” from the movie “South Pacific” when Bloody Mary sings “You got to have a dream, if you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have your dreams come true?” If we don’t have the goals, dreams and desires in life, how can we  inspire to them?

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Suez Water New Jersey-Waterways

Suez Water New Jersey-Waterways

Safe Guard against utility imposters!

Always take the extra precaution in protecting yourself and your home by closely examining the identification of any person claiming to be from the water company or any other utility.

Check for the logo and if you suspect an imposter, call 911.

At Suez, our employees wear uniforms and photo identification badges with the employee name, employee number, job title and badge issuance date. Customers should look for the white Suez logoed vehicles, which prominently feature the company’s bright green logo and dark blue lettering. Questions about the validity of a visit should be immediately directed to the SUEZ customer service number noted on the back of this brochure. You can also contact your local police department with any questions.

Prepare pipes for winter:

Colder conditions in the fall and approaching winter months introduce a new set of concerns for homeowners.

When temperatures begin to drop, pipes begin to freeze and possibly burst, causing flooding and costly water damage if preventive measures are not taken in homes.

How can you reduce and eliminate the risk of frozen pipes and other cold-weather threats? Below are a few tips to follow:

*Disconnect and drain the garden hose connection before the weather turns cold.

*If your water meter pipes have frozen in the past, wrap them in commercial insulation or heat tape available at hardware stores.

*If you plan to be away for an extended period of time, set the thermostat to a minimal heat setting to help protect pipes from freezing.

*Make sure the shut off valves on either side of the water meter are working properly.

*Place a tag on the main shut-off valve and make sure everyone knows how to operate it in case of an emergency.

Special Needs:

SUEZ provides services for customers with special needs including those with medical hardship, disabilities or language barriers. This includes large print bills, translation services and payment plans. Please contact us if you would like more information about these services. 1-800-422-5987

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the SUEZ Water Waterways pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call them directly for more information,

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The New Medicare Plan Finder

The New Medicare Plan Finder

Open Enrollment October 15-December 7

For the first time in 10 years, Medicare’s most used tool, the Medicare Plan Finder has a new look and features.

Why?

*61 million people enrolled in Medicare

*20 million people used Plan Finder during the Open Enrollment in 2018

*10,000 people enroll in Medicare EACH DAY

*25% of people used Plan Finder on a mobile device last year.

*40% increase of mobile users over 2017

Medicare.gov is now completely mobile optimized!

 

Coming Soon:

*Real Time plan data API for 3rd party users

 

What’s next:

*Personalized search to find and compare plans

*More information about  extra plan benefits

*Improved comparison of coverage options

*Simpler drug list built from prescription you filled

*More accurate drug pricing

 

How to enroll in the Plan:

*Medicare.gov/plan-compare

*1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)

*Find a local SHIP counselor

*Ask a trusted agent or broker

Disclaimer: This information was taken from the Medicare pamphlet on The New Medicare Plan Finder and I give them full credit. Please call or email them for more information.

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