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August 2017: Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Awareness Month
LANSING, Mich., Aug. 22 -- Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich., issued the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), another form of SJS, are severe adverse drug reactions (ADR's) to medication. SJS is one of the most debilitating ADR's recognized; and,

WHEREAS, although SJS affects people of all ages, a large amount of those diagnosed are children; and,

WHEREAS, SJS was first discovered in 1922 by two pediatricians named A.M. Stevens and S.C. Johnson after diagnosing a child with severe ocular and oral involvement to a drug reaction. Almost ... Show Full Article

August 2017: Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
LANSING, Mich., Aug. 22 -- Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich., issued the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is the leading genetic killer of children under the age of two, and 1 in 40 Americans carry the gene that causes SMA. SMA is known to cause degeneration in voluntary muscle movement for those that survive with the disease; and,

WHEREAS, SMA can strike anyone of any age, race or gender; and,

WHEREAS, awareness of SMA will lead to increased knowledge of and research for the disease as well as support for families affected, hopefully leading to a cure;

NOW, THEREFORE, ... Show Full Article

August 2017: Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month
LANSING, Mich., Aug. 22 -- Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich., issued the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, muscular dystrophy is not a single disease or disorder that effects everyone the same way, but an umbrella term covering more than 52 different types of muscular and neuromuscular diseases ranging in severity; and,

WHEREAS, all muscular dystrophies result in progressive muscle weakness, from mild muscle weakness to complete paralysis of all voluntary muscles, including those used for breathing and/or swallowing; and,

WHEREAS, more than one million individuals in the United States are affected by ... Show Full Article

August 2017: Meningococcal Immunization Awareness Month
LANSING, Mich., Aug. 22 -- Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich., issued the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, meningococcal disease is a serious illness which can lead to meningitis (infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and infections of the blood, and is spread from person to person through close contact; and,

WHEREAS, meningococcal disease kills 10 to 15 infected people out of 100 and for those who survive, many will suffer disabilities such as hearing loss, brain damage, amputations, or nervous system problems; and,

WHEREAS, there have been several recent U.S. outbreaks of serogroup ... Show Full Article

August 2017: Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders (FGIMD) Awareness Month
LANSING, Mich., Aug. 22 -- Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich., issued the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders (FGIMDs) can be very debilitating. They are characterized by severe pain, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, and can lead to malnourishment, weight loss, dehydration and other life threatening complications; and,

WHEREAS, FGIMDs are the most common GI disorders in the general population, and it is estimated that at least 1 in 4 people in the U.S. have one or more of these disorders; and,

WHEREAS, FGIMDs are chronic illnesses that affect more ... Show Full Article

August 2017: Breastfeeding Awareness Month
LANSING, Mich., Aug. 22 -- Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich., issued the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, Michigan has made the reduction of infant mortality and the improvement of the overall health status of women and children a priority; and,

WHEREAS, breastfeeding is a proven prevention strategy for protecting both infants and mothers from illness and chronic disease, and to building a foundation for life-long health and wellness; and,

WHEREAS, healthcare providers, hospitals, health insurance providers, work sites, and communities can provide support and education that make it easier for mothers ... Show Full Article

Ala. Environmental Management Department Issues Notice Involving Hartselle Utilities of Hartselle
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Aug. 22 -- Alabama Department of Environmental Management issued the following public notice involving involving Hartselle Utilities, Hartselle, Alabama (DWSRF# FS010069-03):

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management has made $1,210,000 in financial assistance available to the Hartselle Utilities using funds from the FY 2017 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) loan program. In accordance with State and Federal regulations that govern the program, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management has conducted a review to assess the potential impacts upon the ... Show Full Article