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May 19, 2000|JAMES E. FOWLER

April is the cruelest month, but May is certainly one of the most popular. Especially for people with agendas.

* May is National Arthritis Month. The Arthritis Foundation wants everyone to know that nearly 43 million Americans suffer from the disease, which costs the U.S. economy $65 billion each year. This year, the foundation is sponsoring a campaign for better access to arthritis medications for all Americans.

* May is also Stroke Awareness Month. The National Stroke Assn. wants to raise awareness of its stroke-prevention guidelines and the symptoms of an oncoming stroke, which include numbness, confusion, dizziness and headache.

* And May is Mental Health Month. The National Mental Health Assn. points out that mental illness is more common than cancer, lung disease and heart disease combined but receives fewer resources than those physical ailments.

* May is also Better Hearing and Speech Month. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn. seeks to raise public awareness about communication disorders.

* This week, May 14-20, is National Emergency Medical Services Week. The American College of Emergency Physicians hopes to highlight the important work of emergency medical personnel.

* This week, May 14-20, is also National Birth Center Week. The American Assn. of Childbearing Centers promotes the benefits of this alternative maternity option.

* Next week, May 21-27, is National Medical Transcriptionist Week. The American Assn. for Medical Transcription wants people to know about the valuable role of medical transcriptionists in patient care. This year's theme: "MT Confidential: Protecting Patient Privacy."

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