Word Wednesday

Join us weekly for Word Wednesday! Word Wednesday (WW) is a weekly educational blog that provides accessible definitions for complex public health and medical terms. WW thoughtfully identify single words, acronyms, and phrases that can sometimes be misunderstood or misused. The goal of WW will be to assist in providing a better understanding of words and phrases regularly used in our community-based work. Words, after all, are a powerful tool and with Word Wednesday we hope to share in the beauty that is words!

Word Wednesday - Contact Tracing

Contact Tracing

The process of closely monitoring those who are exposed to an infected person. It includes identifying contacts of the infected person, listing and informing those contacts of the infected person, and following up to check up on contacts’ infection and symptoms.

cortisol

Get to know your words: Cortisol

Cortisol The body’s primary stress hormone Cortisol levels in the blood affect the regulation of many parts of the body, like blood pressure, sleep cycles, and blood-sugar levels. Continuous stress, and therefore chronically higher levels of cortisol, can lead to headaches, weight gain, sleep disturbances, depression and anxiety, and heart disease.

Get to know your words: Statewide Mitigation

Statewide Mitigation activities across the state to reduce the severity of the COVID-19 impact. Visitor restrictions and stay-at-home orders are some examples in PA A detailed list of activities and what it means for you is available here: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#StatewideMitigation

Get to know your words: Social Distancing

Social Distancing Keeping a distance of 3 feet between yourself and other people, especially anyone coughing or sneezing. The World Health Organization advises social distancing as a prevention tactic for COVID-19 (coronavirus) in addition to frequent hand washing and coughing or sneezing into one’s elbow Come back Friday for more detailed information about social distancing

Metabolic syndrome

Get to know your words: Metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors which, when present, greatly increase an individual’s risk of developing coronary heart disease or type-2 diabetes. They are: insulin resistance (or high blood glucose levels), hypertension, abnormal blood lipids, and obesity. As with pre-cancer, the presence of these risk factors DO NOT mean you will…

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Annette B. Gadegbeku, MD

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Dr Cruz with PatientDr. Cruz is a board-certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development, and mentorship.


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