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SCOTUS decision supports LGBT behavioral health

Friday, we celebrated a historic occasion, as the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the Constitution requires LGBT couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live, and marriages performed in one state must be recognized in every other. This ruling is particularly well-timed as it provides us with a poignant ending for...

Ryan White and HIV Testing Day

The proportion of HIV-infected individuals who know their status has improved in recent years, demonstrating progress toward objectives set forth in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the HIV care continuum, both of which include the goal of expanded testing to reduce further transmission and link infected individuals to life-saving HIV/AIDS care. Being on treatment has the...

Eight Digital Resources for National HIV Testing Day 2015

June 27 is the 20th annual observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). Over the years, the emergence of digital tools has created new ways to communicate about the importance of knowing your HIV status—which is the first step toward living healthy if you have HIV. Here is a selection of Federal resources to help...

Conversation with CDC’s Dr. Jono Mermin at the 2015 Summit on HCV & HIV

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with my colleague Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director of CDC’s National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, about the HIV and HCV outbreak in Indiana. This outbreak appears to reverse a multi-year trend in declining HIV infections among people who inject drugs (PWID) and also sheds...

Past, Present, and Future: Using Digital Tools to Promote National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Each national HIV/AIDS observance provides a chance to look at how we are communicating about where we stand in our national response to the HIV epidemic. Today, on National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we look at relevant social media tools from the past and present—and we look to the future of our...

Have Calf Cramps? Strengthening Your Hip Muscles May Help

According to new research from Japan, exercises that strengthen the hips may reduce calf cramps for people with peripheral arterial disease... The post Have Calf Cramps? Strengthening Your Hip Muscles May Help appeared first on Diabetes Self-Management.

Implementing the Nation’s First State Hepatitis C Testing Law

As the first state hepatitis C testing law in the nation progresses into its second year of implementation, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is taking steps to educate both healthcare providers and consumers about the importance of HCV screening for individuals born between 1945 and 1965 (often referred to as the “Baby...

MS Counterpane: A New Site to Meet Multiple Sclerosis Where You Are

Many of you will know of Kate Milliken, but you may not realize it. She has hosted several very informative “MS Learn Online” videos that have been produced for the National MS Society. Like us, Kate also lives with multiple sclerosis. Earlier this month I had an opportunity to spend about an hour on the [...]

Using Lessons from the HIV Epidemic to Improve the Country’s Health Care System

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Michael Saag, M.D. has become widely recognized for helping turn the most deadly virus in human history into a manageable chronic disease. However, Saag says accomplishing this has come with more challenges than the disease itself produces. “I went into medicine to fight diseases; but early on I found myself […]

Stretching for Diabetes

For most people, exercise means aerobics like walking or running, or strength training. But another form of exercise — stretching — can have equally important benefits... The post Stretching for Diabetes appeared first on Diabetes Self-Management.

Digital Storytelling, Social Media, and More for NYHAAD 2015

Today’s observance of National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (#NYHAAD ) provides our nation with an opportunity to engage young people (and adults) in conversation about the epidemic’s impact on youth. These conversations include sharing stories and facts about the epidemic, and can involve listening to young people and sharing tools for action. This year’s...

Who Is Your MS Hero?

Some of you may remember the video I posted last year of Caryn and myself doing the adventure swim Jump for MS to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis. The hearty soul who led us on that trip is Ripley Davenport, and he too has MS. We all have our role models and personal heroes in the MS [...]

Shoe Tying

Kayla can not yet tie her shoes.Disclosure: Do not read this to mean all people with Down syndrome can't tie shoes. I know children with Down syndrome who are younger than Kayla and have mastered tying their shoes.Truth is we probably haven't been as diligent about teaching Kayla to tie her shoes as we should have/could have been. Show More Summary

My MS Is Not Your MS, or Is It?

The exact experience each of us has with multiple sclerosis is as different as anything I can imagine. At the same time, many of us have very similar experiences. How unusual, when you think about it, that we can experience every moment of the day differently with MS, but not a blog post goes by [...]

Guinness Cured My Multiple Sclerosis — Sort Of

Guinness cured my MS. Not really, but I did feel better than I had in years during the winter of 2005-2006. That’s the period I write about in Chef Interrupted when I was living in a small town on the Irish coast… and I drank a fair good bit of the black stuff. I had [...]

How to Live a Passionate Life With MS

I was honored to participate in a Google Hangout with Meredith Vieira last December. We talked during that event (which you can watch here) about managing life with MS and the support systems some of us find helpful. It was great fun and, I thought, an informative half hour. (You can watch that hangout here.) Now, I’ve [...]

Evolving our social media strategy to reach women and their families

In March 2012,  I shared Iris House’s social media strategy. We are a community-based organization that provides comprehensive services and advocacy for women, families, and communities impacted by HIV/AIDS. As we commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, I want to take this opportunity to share with you how our strategy has evolved over...

Digital resources for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

  We are 5 days away from the 10th National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #NWGHAAD. This annual March 10th observance aims to reduce stigma, share resources, and empower women and girls to learn the importance of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment. Digital storytelling is an effective way to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS. Watch...

Multiple Sclerosis Icebergs: What’s Going on in 90 Percent That Lies Beneath?

At a meeting a few months ago, someone referred to multiple sclerosis as an “iceberg disease.” I jotted down a note to help me remember to write a blog about that idea. In shuffling through a file this week I ran across that note and I thought about it for a while. Many analogies of [...]

Happy Holiday Fatigue: Making a List, Trimming It Down

‘Tis the season for a trip over the river and through the woods, making dozens of mince pies, wrapping silly stocking stuffers, addressing greeting cards, and so many other holiday traditions. Our third Christmas in our little town of West Kerry has us enjoying new holiday routines. Along with these annual habits comes a realization [...]

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