There's an old sports saying, 'Give Blood...Play Hockey'.
We don't want you to quite bleed that involuntary way when you're getting roughed up. But...we'd like you to give blood, and we won't pound you to do it.
The New Life Community Health Center is ready to help the New York Blood Center again this year during its annual blood drive. This year's blood drive will be at New Life Fellowship, 82-10 Queens Blvd., on Sunday, April 12th, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm.
Why should you consider giving blood? When you give, your blood is used among other things for:
* surgery patients
* cancer patients
* transfusions for accident, burn, or trauma victims
* newborn babies and mothers delivering babies
* transplant recipients
* providing platelets to help blood clotting
* providing plasma for blood volume, clotting and disease-fighting
Please also bring with you an ID with signature or photo, be at least 110 lbs., and of age from 16-75. You should eat well (low fat) and drink fluids before you come. Also important: do not have any tattoos within the last 12 months.
To register please email NLCHC@NLCHC.org or call the New Life Community Health Center at 718-565-9844 during clinic hours Tuesday 6 pm to 8:30 pm. and Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm or leave a message on our voice mail system. For more info about giving blood, also go to New York Blood Center
New York Blood Center (NYBC) is one of the largest community-based, non-profit blood collection and distribution organizations in the United States.
View on www.nybc.org.
Posted: March 28
Recently, the New Life Community Health Center gave a presentation for the New Life Food and Clothing Pantry on diabetes education. Every day, more than 5,200 individuals are diagnosed with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) holds a Diabetes Alert Day every year to give people a chance to self-test themselves on diabetes education and prevention.
Type-2 Diabetes is also often called hyperglycemia. Basically, it means you have too high of a blood sugar level due to the lack of insulin to counteract too much blood sugar. You can have the symptoms for years and not know you have the disease. Here are the most noticeable symptoms of type-2 diabetes:
a smell of acetone on breath
Before you eat a meal, the ADA says you should have a blood sugar level of 90-130 mg/dcl (usually tested by using a glucometer with glucose test strips). That level assumes you haven't eaten for several hours. About 1-2 hours after a meal, your blood sugar level should be less than 180 mg/dcl.
Many people only know they have diabetes when complications set in, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye damage, or nerve damage / unhealed ulcerations that lead to gangrene and therefore amputation of a limb. Obesity and living a sedentary lifestyle cause many to be at risk.
If you'd like to take a diabetes 'risk' test, go to this web site:
You can also go to www.diabetes.org, or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) for more information on diabetes education and prevention.
Posted: December 13
Is there an 'influenza crystal ball' that can tell you when flu outbreaks will be at their worst?
Of course there's no true predictor, or a flu 'prophet' like a Carnac the Magnificent (the late Johnny Carson doing his comedy prediction sketch), but scientists at New York City's Columbia University are closing in on being able to do something like 'flu forecasting'.
They've created predictor models, mathematical formulas and interactive maps to give people information on when flu outbreaks may be coming their way. They say for the New York City area, the flu outbreak peak could hit around January 10th, 2015.
And that means there's good news for those that missed getting a free flu shot here at NLCHC recently.
Once again, we're going to be hosting clinical staff health workers from St John's University to give free flu shots. If you work around frequently-ill people with flu or colds, or if you are someone who lives in an at-risk environment such as shelters or poorly-heated apartments, you need this shot. Here's the schedule:
Tuesday, December 16th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 20th from 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Flu shots take about two weeks to be fully effective in your system once you get the shot, so the timing could be very important to your health. If you missed getting a free flu shot last time, we 'predict' that you won't want to miss this opportunity. This will be the last chance this year for free flu shots at our clinic.
For more on the influenza prediction models at Columbia University, see this interesting story from CNN on their website: Predicting the flu so you can avoid it.
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