Presumptive Conditions for Camp Lejeune Veterans

Camp Lejeune is the Marine Corps Base Camp in Jacksonville, North Carolina. From 1957 through 1987, people living at Camp Lejeune were exposed to contaminated drinking water.  The contaminants involved were industrial solvents.

The VA is now providing free health care for the following conditions to Veterans who served at least 30 days of active duty at Camp Lejeune between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987.

Qualifying health conditions include:

·         Esophageal cancer

·         Breast cancer

·         Kidney cancer

·         Multiple myeloma

·         Renal toxicity

·         Female infertility

·         Scleroderma

·         Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

·         Lung cancer

·         Bladder cancer

·         Leukemia

·         Myelodysplastic syndromes

·         Hepatic steatosis

·         Miscarriage

·         Neurobehavioral effects

If you believe other health conditions you are suffering from are directly related to the contaminated water you were exposed to at Camp Lejeune, contact your primary health care provider to file a claim with the VA. You will need to have served at least 30 days of active duty at Camp Lejeune, during the time period of January 1, 1957 through December 31, 1987.  Family members of Veterans who also resided at Camp Lejeune during the qualifying period are also eligible for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses involving the covered health conditions.

 

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Off Balance

In the United States, there are about eight million adults who suffer with balance problems. Nearly one third of older adults have difficulty with their balance or with walking.  This can be due to inner ear infection, nerve problems in the legs or feet, Parkinson’s disease, or other conditions.

One of those other causes is diabetes.  When it is uncontrolled, diabetes can affect your balance, often from a loss of sensation due to nerve damage in the bottoms of the feet.

Migraine headaches are another reason balance may be compromised. If you’ve ever had migraines, you probably know they are often accompanied by motion sickness, vision issues, and balance problems.  Dizziness occurs when you are unable to correctly process what you’re seeing.

If you are having problems with your balance, you may be sent for a hearing test. While most of us are aware that an inner ear infection can affect balance, what isn’t as commonly known is that the nerve that sends balance signals also sends hearing signals.  Thus, if you have a problem that affects your balance, it can also affect your hearing.

Although we often don’t usually consider poor balance that big a deal, it can indicate other things going on within us, and if we fall, it can lead to serious injury or long-term difficulties.

Whatever the underlying cause of your loss of balance is, don’t brush it off and ignore it. Balance problems can indicate other things going on with your health.  Fortunately, most of them can be successfully treated.

HIGH CHOLESTEROL

It seems like we all watch our cholesterol these days, but we may not really understand the importance of doing so. If you have high cholesterol, you are at an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke.  It’s that simple.

You may be at risk for having high cholesterol if any of the following risk factors fit your profile:

  • Are you a man 45 years old or older or a woman 55 years old or older?
  • Does your family have a history of heart problems? This includes heart attack, coronary heart disease, or atherosclerosis.
  • Do you have high blood pressure? Are you on blood pressure medication?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Do you have diabetes?

If you answer “yes” to one or more of the factors listed, then it may be time for you to make some changes in your lifestyle to lower your cholesterol level.

Some of those changes may include:

  • Eating less fat, salt, and more fiber
  • Comparing labels on the food products you buy and choosing those that are lower in fat, cholesterol, sodium and calories
  • Cooking with less fat
  • Learning correct serving sizes for determining food portions
  • Increase your physical activity to 30 minutes most days to strengthen your heart

High cholesterol can be controlled.  Now is the time to start creating your plan toward a healthier you!