July is National Hemochromatosis screening month

Some people have too much iron in their blood which is called Hemochromatosis.  July is national Hemochromatosis screening and awareness month. 

Hemochromatosis affects both men and women and can affect people of all ages.  However, men are more prone to experience Hemochromatosis and usually notice symptoms in their 50s-60s, while women are typically diagnosed in their 60s.  The iron overload disease is also the most common genetic disease in the United States and typically impacts Caucasians. 

When the body absorbs too much iron from foods that have been eaten, the excess iron is stored in the organs, especially the liver, heart and pancreas.  The excess iron can harm your internal organs and can lead to cancer, arrhythmias and cirrhosis. 

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Take the Test; Take Control

Take the Test; Take Control

Did you know that Friday, June 27th is National HIV testing day?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is urging people to “Take the Test; Take Control.” According to the CDC, black women, more than any other women in the United States are getting HIV. Of all the women in the United States, 66% are African American and 87% of these women got HIV from unprotected sex with a man. 

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) occurs when the body is unable to clear the virus as it does with common flu viruses.  Once you get HIV, you have it for life, because it attacks your CD4 cells or T-cells.  These cells are responsible for helping the body fight against disease and infection. Once HIV weakens and destroys your cells, it weakens the immune system. 
Without treatment, a person with HIV can develop Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).  AIDS is the final stage of HIV. 

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Medical Foundation Employee Katie Williams Represents Indiana at Special Olympics

Medical Foundation Employee Katie Williams Represents Indiana at Special Olympics

Katie Williams has been an employee of The Medical Foundation for almost a year now, helping blood donors in the post donation room with juice and refreshments. She outgoing, she’s helpful and she’s a gold medal winner.

Katie participates in the Special Olympics and earned gold in swimming in the Special Olympics during the World Games in Greece. 

This week, she will be representing Indiana at the Special Olympics in Princeton, New Jersey when she swims in the Freestyle and Backstroke events.

“My goal is to come back with a medal.  If I come back with a gold it will definitely change my life,” said Katie.

She talked about her coach, Nathan Piwowar, who has helped her excel and his guidance has meant the world to her.  He’s stood by her and encouraged her to do her best, which is exactly what she’ll do when she hits the water this week.

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