While our appreciation for those who have served our country in the military extends far beyond one month, May is recognized as Military Appreciation Month. So we would like to take a moment to recognize those who have served and those who continue to serve, as well as those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
We thank you – from the bottom of our hearts – for your service.
In honor of Military Appreciation Month, we thought we would share the answers to some commonly-asked questions.
What is military time?
Military time is the popular name for the 24-hour clock which runs from midnight to midnight and is divided into 24 hours. For example, 7:00pm in military time is 19:00.
What is the military alphabet?
The military alphabet is the phonetic alphabet adopted by NATO that is used to ensure clear communication. Examples include Alpha-Bravo-Charlie for A-B-C.
What are military ranks?
Military ranks are used to define authority and responsibility in a military hierarchy. The ranks vary based on branch, as well as pay grade. You can learn more about military rank here.
Many businesses offer a military discount on a regular basis. Below are just a handful of examples of current promotions for military members.
To all of those who have served in some way – as active military members, reserve, veterans, and spouses and families – we thank you for your service and sacrifices for our country.
According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Patient Registry, more than 30,000 people are living with cystic fibrosis in the United States with approximately 1,000 new cases diagnosed each year.
What is cystic fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. In order for someone to develop CF, they must inherit two copies of the defective CF gene – one copy from each of their parents. Both parents must have at least one copy of the defective gene in order for their child to develop CF.
It is a multistep process to diagnose cystic fibrosis. It typically includes a newborn screening, a sweat test, a genetic or carrier test, and a clinical evaluation. More than 75% of people with CF are diagnosed by age 2 but some are diagnosed as adults.
It is a complex disease, and the types and severity of symptoms can vary greatly from person to person. Some symptoms include:
Very salty-tasting skin
Persistent cough, at times with phlegm
Frequent lung infections including pneumonia or bronchitis
Wheezing or shortness of breath
Poor weight gain despite a healthy appetite
Frequent greasy, bulky stools or difficulty with bowel movements
Each day, people with CF complete a combination of the following therapies:
Airway clearance to help loosen and get rid of the thick mucus that can build up in the lungs
Inhaled medicines to open the airways or thin the mucus
Pancreatic enzyme supplement capsules to improve the absorption of vital nutrients
Individualized fitness plan to help improve energy, lung function, and overall health
CFTR modulators to target the underlying defect in the CFTR protein
Visit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website to learn more about how you can help raise awareness and get involved!
Observance of World Day for Safety and Health at Work began with the International Labour Organization in 2003 in order to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases. As of 2017, the annual number of deaths due to occupational accidents or work-related diseases was an alarmingly high 2.3 million.
Factors like new technologies and production processes, higher workloads, and much more contribute to the new and emerging occupational risks that arise. Since emerging as a global crisis in early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a huge factor in adding to these risks due to not only the risk of transmission of the virus in the workplace but also due to the risks that have emerged as a result of measures to mitigate the spread.
Stay Safe at Work
Safety rules and regulations in the workplace are in place to protect you, and it is crucial that you follow these rules at all times. So today u2013 and EVERYDAY u2013 be safe at work!
In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day today, we invite you to take a moment to think about what your wishes are in the event of a medical crisis. This past year, COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of discussing your wishes with your loved ones and documenting these wishes in the form of an advance directive.
Far too often, this conversation gets put on the back burner and people find themselves in a medical crisis with no plan. When this happens, it may be too late to receive the care you wanted.
So what is advance care planning?
It includes completing an advance directive, also known as a living will. This is a written statement that details your wishes for medical treatment should you be unable to communicate these to your doctor or healthcare provider yourself. Advance care planning also includes appointing a power of attorney (POA). This person will be responsible for making your healthcare decisions if you are unable to speak for yourself.
Why is it important?
These are important steps to take to ensure you receive the care you want in the event of a medical crisis. NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach says, “It’s also important to remember that having these thoughtful discussions with your family and documenting your wishes can be a gift to your loved ones should you become critically ill and unable to speak for yourself. Your priorities will be clear to them,”
So for yourself and for your loved ones, please take some time to come up with a plan, discuss it with your loved ones, and document it in an advance directive.
See below for some resources from the NHPCO that can help with your advance care planning:
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