Health Tips: Pain and swelling in joints can be symptoms of arthritis!

Arthritis is a common condition affecting millions worldwide, causing pain and swelling in joints. Understanding the symptoms and adopting preventive measures is crucial for managing this condition effectively.

1. Arthritis Unveiled: A Quick Overview

Arthritis is a term encompassing various joint disorders leading to inflammation and pain. Recognizing the signs early is key to effective management.

1.1 Types of Arthritis

There are over 100 types of arthritis, with the most prevalent being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Each type presents unique challenges and symptoms.

2. Identifying the Culprit: Symptoms to Watch For

Early detection is paramount. Look out for these common signs of arthritis:

2.1 Joint Pain and Stiffness

Persistent pain or stiffness in joints, especially in the morning or after periods of inactivity, can be indicative of arthritis.

2.2 Swelling and Redness

Inflamed joints may appear swollen and red. Monitoring any unusual changes in your joints is crucial.

2.3 Decreased Range of Motion

Difficulty in moving joints through their full range of motion could signal arthritis. Pay attention to any limitations in your movements.

3. Causes and Risk Factors: Unveiling the Triggers

Understanding the factors contributing to arthritis helps in adopting preventive measures.

3.1 Age and Genetics

Advancing age and genetic predispositions play a significant role in arthritis development. Know your family history to assess your risk.

3.2 Lifestyle Choices

Obesity, lack of exercise, and poor dietary habits contribute to arthritis. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can mitigate these risks.

4. Prevention Strategies: Nipping Arthritis in the Bud

Proactive steps can delay or prevent arthritis onset. Incorporate these habits into your routine:

4.1 Regular Exercise

Engage in low-impact exercises to strengthen muscles and improve joint flexibility. Swimming and walking are excellent choices.

4.2 Maintain a Healthy Weight

Excess weight puts strain on joints, increasing the risk of arthritis. Maintain a

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Spoke To Teens About Social Media and Mental Health

The couple hopes to create “longterm solutions” for young people.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have long been advocates and leaders in the mental health community — both the duke and duchess have been vocal about their own personal struggles, as well as supported several organizations to spread awareness and end the stigma around therapy. So, as a part of Mental Health Awareness month, the royals sat down with a group of teens to discuss social media and how today’s digital landscape can impact mental wellness.

While visiting AHA! Santa Barbara, the two had a “candid” conversation about social media and its effects on “mental well-being.” They shared their experience on the Archewell Foundation website, saying that during the event, Meghan and Harry learned “firsthand about this generation’s experiences with social media and societal pressures, and how it affects their mental well-being. The couple engaged with these amazing youth in candid conversation, working to find solutions together.”

And while they acknowledged the many benefits of social media (bringing together communities, spreading positivity, raising awareness, etc), it can also serve as a toxic breeding ground for “insecurity, peer-pressure, and potential for self-harm, among other risks.”

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Before signing off, the husband-and-wife duo reiterated that mental wellness is and will continue to be a main pillar of their personal beliefs, as well as Achewell’s brand values.

“AWF holds a core belief that mental health is of the utmost importance, and underpins all of our work,” the statement continued. “We are regularly meeting with young people, parents, and professionals to understand the challenges they may be facing while working together to drive towards long-term solutions on- and

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Globe’s #MakeITSafePH cyber safety goes beyond its campaign promise

MANILA, Philippines, May 15, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As the world prepares to celebrate Mental Health Action Day on May 18, Globe, the leading digital solutions platform in the Philippines, highlights how a simple tech-enabled cybersecurity and safety campaign evolved into a meaningful movement that has gained support from various stakeholders, including commercial partners, the academe, and lawmakers.

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Globe’s #MakeITSafePH cyber safety protects children’s mental health in the digital age (Graphic: Business Wire)

Globe reintroduced the #MakeITSafePH campaign to promote responsible and mindful online behavior and raise awareness about cyberbullying, placing focus on its impact on Filipino youth and the role of parents and guardians to mitigate it. The campaign kicked off in June 2022 to coincide with World Social Media Day, followed closely by the launch of the #MakeITSafePH microsite shortly after.

Using blocked data, social listening, and crowdsourcing, the #MakeITSafePH microsite features a Cyberbullying Glossary, collecting common terms and emojis used in such acts alongside real anecdotes where these were perpetuated. Globe later turned these terms into digital and physical flashcards to bring parents’ learning offline, also partnering with external organizations to demonstrate how seemingly-harmless terms or emojis can be used against children.

Globe launched two digital films on social media to encourage visits to the website. The first film, “Parents Social Experiment,” showed how parents find it hard to decipher words and emojis that kids today use for cyberbullying, and how learning this novel language may help them better protect their children. The second film, “Off to School,” emphasized the impact of cyberbullying on children’s physical and mental health.

Globe also tapped KonsultaMD, its telemedicine platform that recognizes the need for digital and mental health. For a more holistic approach, the #MakeITSafePH site provides access

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Medicine Stories: Grandmother Moon watches

I see red dresses and my body goes into a panic — it’s May 5 and I should do more (I hear my guilt say), but threats to my safety are a lived experience for me — housing insecurity, assault. I live with panic attacks now, and a constant low level anxiety that somehow always threatens to steal me from the beauty of a delicately healing life.

This is one of the first years I am experiencing this day from housing I can safely call stable. Somewhere I call home. Somewhere I cannot be taken from. I had to give up my home six years ago when grieving my grandmother became insurmountable and I stopped going to PAC meetings and working for the school board — functioning as a ‘healthy’ member of society — when depression became real, and mental health supports couldn’t, wouldn’t, answer my questions — even when a doctor told me about “intergenerational trauma” and impacts of colonialism on mental health and stopped me from taking any further medication.

In honour of MMIWG2sp and visibility – this is a picture of the author, me – self-portrait by Cassandra Blondin Burt

When I was a young(er) person, after trauma had turned unspoken pain into rage and I had run from my home in the city to a small, rag tag coastal town like some beatnik poet seeking truth in the maddest of houses — my mother used to call me Queen of the MIA. This was before the phrase “MMIW” (or, now MMIWG2sp) appeared and the correlation scared me in reflection, in my later years.

In my grief I allowed my life to slip away from me but what still shocks me in hindsight, always, is how quickly this socio-political economic system let me, no matter our

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New survey finds alarming data on children’s mental health in CT

Sadness, hopelessness and suicidal thoughts have increased among Connecticut high school students, yet the number of students who say they’re able to get the support they need has decreased, a newly released survey shows.

According to the Connecticut School Health Survey, conducted in 2021 and released this month by the Department of Public Health, more than a third of Connecticut high school students reported having felt sad or hopeless, while more than a quarter report that their mental health was not good most or all of the time and about one in seven said they had seriously considered suicide.

Yet only 22.3 percent of students said they can often or always get the help they need, the lowest figure on record.

“This is like warning lights flashing at us non-stop, and we’re not doing enough about it,” Sarah Eagan, the state’s child advocate said Monday. “We are missing the boat.”

Data from the Connecticut School Health Survey shows that feelings of sadness among hopelessness have increased steadily over time, reaching a new high during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of students who reported considering suicide has increased in recent years as well, reaching 14.1 percent in 2021, though the number of students who report having attempted suicide has decreased.

Mental health struggles are more common among female students, the survey found, with 47.6 percent of girls reporting feelings of sadness or hopelessness (compared to 24.2 percent of boys)  and 40.5 percent saying their mental health was not good most or all of the time (compared to 16.4 percent of boys).

These findings reinforce what advocates have called a children’s mental health crisis in Connecticut and elsewhere, exacerbated by the pandemic. They say rising needs among kids have stretched providers, leading to crowded emergency departments and hospitals and long

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