Warren Mayor Doug Franklin has designated May as GBS/CIDP Awareness Month to educate the public and to focus attention on Guillain-Barr Syndrome (GBS) and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP).
They are paralyzing and potentially catastrophic disorders of the peripheral nerves.
The cause of GBS/CIDP, which can develop in any person at any age, regardless of gender or ethnic background, is unknown, and the length of the illness is unpredictable. It is characterized by the rapid onset of weakness and often the first symptoms involve paralysis of the legs, arms, breathing muscles and face.
Usually months of hospital care are required, and some patients face long-term disabilities of varying degrees.
Margee McKenna is GBS/CIDP liaison for the Warren/Youngstown support group chapter.
For information and help, call 330-978-4030.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is making an estimated $3.7 million available in Ohio through the Affordable Care Act to help more uninsured Americans enroll in affordable health insurance coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act.
In Ohio, the money will help support 36 health centers’ enrollment efforts. Nationwide, funding of approximately $150 million will expand the efforts at community health centers to provide in-person assistance to help enroll uninsured individuals into affordable health insurance coverage.