Thursday, June 12, 2008

Do you watch celebrities and their health?

Over at b5Media, in the Health and Wellness channel, we're having a Celebrity Health week. The goal is for the bloggers of the various topics to find celebrities to write about. While some bloggers are having an easy time, others are having a more difficult time because of their topic. Some issues are not easily spoken of if you are a celebrity.

When Michael J. Fox announced that he had Parkinson's disease, it definitely raised the awareness of the disease and probably contributed to a rise in donations for research. And the same happens with other diseases. But what about the diseases that aren't mentioned, like mental illness and suicide?

When a celebrity commits suicide, it's all over the news for a while and then it dies down as if nothing had ever happened. I've addressed the topic of suicide here before. I strong, strongly believe that if the numbers of people who are dying from suicide were to be dying of a disease or accident by a particular consumer product, there would be research galore and public outcry.

But, with mental illness and suicide, there is no public outcry. There is no push for research. There is no money to help these people - who feel they have no way out - keep from ending their lives. Which, by the way, tends to repeat itself in families, especially among males. Because my brother committed suicide, his sons are at a higher risk of doing so as well. And yet, what is being done? Nothing. Nothing at all.

Sad, isn't it?

Today at Help My Hurt:

Most common outdoor recreational injuries

Pregnancy and migraines

Poetry to ease the pain? (and a poetry book give-away)

Mirapexin/Sifrol can reduce leg pain from restless legs syndrome

Children with migraines have higher risk of sleep apnea and other disorders

FDA Recall: Morphine Sulfate 60 mg Extended Release Tablets - Recall of a Single Lot

Press Release: FDA Broadens Indication for Once-Yearly Reclast for Prevention of Fractures After a Hip Fracture

Today at Womb Within:

Where moms are giving birth answers question about migraines in pregnancy

H&W Celebrity Week: Pregnant Laila Ali speaks about couples staying connected

Drunk mother gives birth to drunk baby

H&W Celebrity week: Ashlee Simpson keeping fit during pregnancy

News for Today:

Number of Ontarians with diabetes projected to hit 1.2 million by 2010

Officials warn against raw milk trend

Working out may prevent drug, alcohol addiction

US life expectancy rises, Alzheimer's deaths mount

New CDC Study First to Present National Outdoor Recreational Injury Estimates

New Study of Episiotomy and Tearing in Future Births

Rural, unmarried women at higher risk for depression

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