National Health Observances for June 2012

Posted on May 15, 2012


June 2012

1 – July 4
Fireworks Safety Month 

Prevent Blindness America
211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 331-2020
(312) 363-6001
(312) 363-6052 Fax  External Link
Materials available
Contact: PBA Consumer and Patient Hotline
1 – 30
Cataract Awareness Month

Prevent Blindness America
211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 331-2020
(312) 363-6001
(312) 363-6052 Fax  External Link
Materials available
Contact: PBA Consumer and Patient Hotline
1 – 30
Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month

see below
Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Inc.
355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10017
(800) 541-5454
(212) 370-9047 Fax  External Link
Materials available
Contact: None designated


1 – 30
National Aphasia Awareness Month

National Aphasia Association
350 Seventh Avenue, Suite 902
New York, NY 10001
(800) 922-4622
(212) 267-2814
(212) 267-2812 Fax  External Link
Materials available
Contact: Ellayne Ganzfried
1 – 30
National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month

see below
Stop CMV – The CMV Action Network
P. O. Box 62214
Sunnyvale, CA 94088-2214
(209) 712-9929  External Link
Materials available
Contact: Janelle Greenlee


1 – 30
National Safety Month

National Safety Council
1121 Spring Lake Drive
Itasca, IL 60143-3201
(800) 621-7615
(630) 285-1121
(630) 285-1315 Fax  External Link
Materials available
Contact: None designated
1 – 30
National Scleroderma Awareness Month

Scleroderma Foundation
300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105
Danvers, MA 01923
(800) 722-HOPE (722-4673)
(978) 463-5809 Fax  External Link
Materials available
Contact: National Office or Local Chapters
3 – 9
National Rip Current Awareness Week

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service
Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services
1325 East West Highway, Room 9462
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 713-1677 x124
Materials available
Contact: Deborah Jones
National Cancer Survivors Day

National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation
P.O. Box 682285
Franklin, TN 37068
(615) 794-3006
(615) 794-0179 Fax  External Link
Materials available
Contact: None designated
11 – 17
Men’s Health Week

Men’s Health Network
P.O. Box 75972
Washington, DC 20013
(202) 543-6461 x101
(202) 543-2727 Fax  External Link
Materials available
Contact: Theresa Morrow
World Sickle Cell Day

African American Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry for Sickle Cell Disease Awareness
P.O. Box 1275
Inglewood, CA 90308-1275
(323) 750-1087
  External Link
Materials available
Contact: Nita Thompson
National HIV Testing Day

National Association of People with AIDS
8401 Colesville Road, Suite 505
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3349
(866) 846-9366
(240) 247-0880
(240) 247-0574 Fax  External Link
Materials available
Contact: None designated
BrightStar Care of Downtown Houston

BrightStar is an in-home health care company designed to help, give us a call at 832-730-1255.

What is Congenital Cytomegalovirus 

Cytomegalovirus (sy toe MEG a low vy rus) or CMV, is a common virus that is usually harmless to people with a healthy immune system. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CMV is the most common congenital (meaning from birth) viral infection in the United States. 1 in 150 children is born with congenital CMV in the United States. More children will have disabilities due to congenital CMV than other well-known infections and syndromes, including Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and Pediatric HIV/AIDS.

CMV is a virus that can be transmitted to an unborn child from a pregnant mother experiencing a primary or recurrent CMV infection. CMV can cause serious disease in babies who were infected with CMV before birth (referred to as congenital CMV). Children born with congenital CMV may develop permanent medical conditions and disabilities, such as deafness, blindness, cerebral palsy, mental and physical disabilities, seizures, and death.

CMV poses a major risk to pregnant women, especially mothers, daycare workers, preschool teachers, therapists, and nurses. CMV is present in saliva, urine, tears, blood, mucus, and other bodily fluids. Frequent handwashing with soap and water is important after contact with diapers or oral secretions of babies and young children.

What is myasthenia gravis and what are common symptoms?

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that affects voluntary muscles. Common symptoms can include a drooping eyelid, blurred or double vision, slurred speech, difficulty chewing and swallowing, weakness in the arms and legs, chronic muscle fatigue and difficulty breathing. The weakness tends to increase with continued activity and can be improved with periods of rest. Not everyone will display all symptoms, and symptoms can fluctuate.

If you find that you need assistance to continue living in your home or, you have a loved one that needs assistance please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Caregivers need respite breaks and sometimes family is not as close as we would like.  Let our RN staff work with you to design a plan of care that will meet your needs.

All of our services are personalized to fit the specific needs of the client.  We work with clients and their families to design a customized care plan, and we match each client with a qualified, pre-screened caregiver.

From childcare to elder care, the BrightStar of Downtown Houston team provides peace of mind. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our Director of Nursing ensures that each client receives the highest level of care administered by highly qualified personnel.

Home Healthcare and Staffing Services Provided

  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
  • Shopping and Transportation Services
  • Newborn/Multiples Care
  • Sitting/Companion Service
  • Nanny Service
  • And much more

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