For some, taking a stroll in the park, driving to the corner store, or walking through a shopping center are typical day-to-day activities, but for others, these seemingly simple tasks are extreme challenges. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, there are 2.3 million individuals worldwide living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a chronic disease of the central nervous system. As this condition impacts the brain, central nervous system, and optic nerves, common symptoms include lack of coordination, poor balance, slurred speech, difficulty with concentration and memory, extreme fatigue, and distorted sensations. These symptoms can be unpredictable, with intermittent effects that persistently worsen over time.
Archive for May, 2017
Cycling might be one of the most popular physical activities because it doesn’t feel like a chore. If you rode a bicycle as a child, you may recall the sense of adventure as you discovered new sights and scenery. In hopes of pairing our patients and the community as a whole with physical activities they’ll enjoy, we’re happy to share information about one of our favorites: cycling.
Getting a good night’s sleep not only helps you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day, but it’s vital to maintaining good physical and mental health. Last year, NBC News reported a study performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that suggests over a third of Americans do not get enough sleep. Adults who sleep less than the recommended seven to nine hours per night are at an increased risk for high blood pressure, stroke, coronary heart disease, obesity, and mental health concerns. And if those risk factors aren’t alarming enough, the CDC cites the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s estimate that 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths were caused by drowsy drivers in 2013.
According to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD), more than 330,000 people throughout Worcester County were employed each month during the first half of 2016. Regardless of which industry you choose or what hours you work, it’s important to regularly check in on your health.