Monthly Dose > Volume 16 | April 2022
Tell us your experience
Do you suffer from migraines?
Migraine is a chronic condition, and headaches are only one symptom. People who suffer from migraines often complain of one-sided, pulsating headache pain, and sometimes nausea. Symptoms can last from several hours to several days, range in severity, and impair daily activities. The World Health Organization estimates that 50% of the world’s population suffers from headache disorders and about 30% of those experience migraines.
Have you been diagnosed with migraine?
If so, we would like to better understand your experiences with migraine.
Take our migraine survey.
NATIONAL MINORITY HEALTH MONTH
Share trusted Covid-19 information with your community
The Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color. Each April during National Minority Health Month, we join the HHS Office of Minority Health in highlighting the importance of improving the health of racial and ethnic minorities. This year’s theme, Give Your Community a Boost, focuses on the continued importance of Covid-19 vaccination and boosters. The U.S. Surgeon General has offered recommendations on how we can all play a role in encouraging others to get vaccinated by stopping the spread of misinformation. Use the following checklist as a guide when deciding whether to trust health information.
Health Misinformation Checklist:
- Did you check with the CDC or local public health department to see whether there is any information about the claim being made?
- Did you ask a credible health care professional such as your doctor or nurse if they have any additional information?
- Did you type the claim into a search engine to see if it has been verified by a credible source?
- Did you look at the “About Us” page on the website to see if you can trust the source? If you’re not sure, don’t share!
New Inspire support community for esophageal cancer
Inspire has a new community! Through its partnership with the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association (ECAA), the Esophageal Cancer Support Community provides outreach to patients, caregivers, and survivors, to increase public awareness of this disease and to offer education and information in a supportive environment. This community creates an open dialog for esophageal cancer patients, caregivers and all those affected with esophageal cancer.
For Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, ECAA has announced new funding for research with Dr. Paraskevi Giannakakouat, Weill Cornell Medicine, to help advance treatments. ECAA will also focus on its Patient Advocate Foundation program to help those with specific needs and National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guidelines for patients and caregivers.
Patients and caregivers facing esophageal cancer can join our new community today at ECAware.inspire.com.
From the Community:
MCCollier, March 17
I am delighted to see this new partnership between ECAA and Inspire. Esophageal Cancer is a tough diagnosis for the patient, their family, and loved ones. This platform offers a great opportunity to interact with others going through a similar situation. From one another we gain strength to stay focused on complete healing.
Love to all, Melanie
SARCOIDOSIS AWARENESS MONTH
Get involved: sarcoidosis month activities
April is a time to bring awareness to Sarcoidosis
Inspire is proud to partner with the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR) in celebrating Sarcoidosis Awareness Month. During the month of April, FSR hosts educational events, networking opportunities, and an endurance fundraising challenge. This year, FSR is launching the #MakeItVisible Sarcoidosis Awareness Campaign to help the public better understand what sarcoidosis is and how it impacts those in our communities every day.
Join our “Ask the Expert” April 11-15
Get answers to your questions about sarcoidosis during our Ask the Experts with Gautam Sikka, MD, Pascal L. Kingah, MD, MPH, and Rahat Hussain, MD, from UT Health Houston, April 11-15, in the Stop Sarcoidosis Community.
ORAL, HEAD AND NECK CANCER AWARENESS
Free screenings available through April 9
Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week® takes place April 3-9!
Sponsored by the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA), this weeklong series of events aims to educate the public about these potentially life-threatening but highly treatable cancers and to promote prevention, screening and early detection.
Throughout the week, HNCA’s medical and dental partners will be providing limited free screenings in local communities. See if a free screening event is available near you.
PREMENSTRUAL DISORDERS (PMD) AWARENESS MONTH
Ask the Expert: Hormone Sensitivity and Mental Health through April 8
Do you struggle with severe PMS? Have you noticed extreme changes in your mood right before your period? These can be symptoms of PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) and PME (Premenstrual Exacerbation) – two very real conditions that affect a large number of women and AFAB (assigned female at birth) individuals during their menstrual cycle. April is Premenstrual Disorders (PMD) Awareness Month, and this month we are working with IAPMD to ‘Connect The Dots Between Hormones And Mental Health’. If you find yourself dreading the time leading up to your period each month, visit iapmd.org to learn more.
Join our Ask the Expert: Hormone Sensitivity and Mental Health through Friday, April 8, with Dr. Tory Eisenlohr-Moul, IAPMD Clinical Advisory Board Chair, in our PMDD/PME Community.
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– Madame C.J. Walker