Browse Category: Diseases and Disorders
Do you live with constant aches and pains? Do you often run a fever, even though you don’t have a cold? Are you tired most of the time? If any of the above symptoms sound familiar, you may want to take note - they may be an early sign of lupus. What exactly is lupus? Are there other warning signs you should be aware of? How do you know if you’re at risk? Keep reading for the answers to all of those questions and more.
Dementia. Alzheimer’s. Losing your mind. Call it what you like, but when it comes down to it, the risk of your memory and your mind dwindling away day by day is flat-out frightening. So what can you do? Take that risk down a notch by learning the seven things you can do right now to prevent developing this dreadful disease.
Do you know much about meningitis? Perhaps you’ve seen or heard about recent the outbreaks of meningitis – they usually makes the national news, especially in fatal cases. Meningitis is not anything to mess around with and a great deal of caution usually surrounds any instances of the illness. Let’s take a closer look at this potentially life-threatening illness.
Solving the life-altering condition of chronic fatigue syndrome is a huge challenge for anyone facing the illness. Recent Swedish research suggests probiotics or “good” bacteria found in the live active cultures of yogurt can reduce chronic fatigue symptoms for a significant percentage of individuals.
In 14th century Europe, the plague known as the Black Death swept through the continent killing between 30 to 60 percent of Europe's population. The symptoms were swift and terrible and included painful swellings (buboes) of the lymph nodes that could reach the size of an apple.
Imagine that you have a disease. It’s a disease you’ve had your whole life, and it haunts you every single day. It affects your breathing, your digestion, and it may even make you infertile. And there’s a good chance that it will take your life before the age of 40, because until recently there was no truly effective method for addressing it.
Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) establishes the link of the digestive system function to brain function. The condition was discovered by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride in 2004 when she worked with children and adult patients suffering from various neurological and psychiatric conditions.
Once thought to be a “foreign” disease affecting under-developed African nations, AIDS has been elevated to near-epidemic status in the United States. In fact the CDC estimates that approximately 1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV or AIDS, and a fourth of those don’t even know they are infected. How much do you know about HIV and AIDS? Could you be at risk? And is there a cure on the horizon? December 1st is World AIDS Day, keep reading to learn more about this deadly disease.
Dementia is a non-specific syndrome wherein the cognitive function of the brain is progressively compromised. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia observed, with the number of patients suffering from this condition ranging between 50% and 60%. Memory, problem solving, language and attention are the spheres of cognitive function that are affected by dementia at the time of onset. Later, one loses his orientation, track of time or even his bearings and fail to identify those around him.
A newly studied chemical compound might be changing the way medical centers keep their hallways bacteria-free. With a low toxic impact and potent effectiveness, the revolutionary new guy on the block is turning heads and creating exciting possibilities.
Fairs can be a great way to have fun and serve as a distraction from your daily routine. Even big cities have their own version of home-town “country” fairs, so you don’t have to travel far to get your share of carnival rides, games and deep-fried candy bars (the Minnesota State Fair is a personal favorite!). However, it’s important to remember that these busy gatherings are also a great way to get sick if you don’t practice good hygiene.
The Hepatitis virus can be difficult for many to grasp, even though we have a day of “observance” related to the disease (World Hepatitis Day, July 28, 2012). You may have several ideas about it and know that it’s definitely not something you should try to contract; but aside from that, many details remain cloudy. In case you are just brushing up on some medical knowledge, or simply need to know more about it, here are five things you didn’t know about hepatitis.
Your endocrine system is an essential part of a healthy and fully functioning body. It is comprised of several glands that secrete unique (and very important) hormones. So, what would happen if something were to disrupt that process? According to several alarming new studies, that’s exactly what’s going on right now. Researchers are warning against too much exposure to endocrine disruptors
, which can have serious and adverse effects on your hormones.
Just a few weeks after the birth of his daughter Pearl Clementine, Jack Osbourne, 26-year-old son of famous rocker Ozzy Osbourne, learned that he had multiple sclerosis (MS)
. This isn’t the first obstacle he’s had to overcome, having battled obesity and drug abuse in the past; but this particular diagnosis left him feeling even more shocked, angry, and frustrated than ever before. After all, the news comes at a crucial time when many important life events are happening for the young man, such as marriage, career changes, and children.
With the solstice in the rearview mirror, it’s time for the approaching summer days filled with endless sun, backyard barbecues, and dirty bloodsuckers looking for a meal. But when the topic turns to ticks, and especially Chronic Lyme Disease
, the controversy brews like that perfect iced tea on the porch.
, defined as “the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit,” is quite the tricky subject. You can run a gamut of such extremely emotional and volatile responses that anything but a good old-fashioned self-argument seems narrow-minded.
So allow me to do some progressive thinking.
Now that the Supreme Court has had its say, the future of health care reform now rests on which party gains control over Congress and the White House in November.
In a dramatic 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has upheld key portions of the Affordable Care Act and has affirmed the constitutionality of the individual mandate.
The 2012 National HIV Testing Day was created in an effort to raise awareness in regards to the disease, as well as to highlight the availability of testing resources. Medical advances continue to provide hope
for those afflicted; and while no complete "cure" is yet available that can completely eradicate the disease, there are new medications and treatment regimens that are proving more effective than ever at suppressing HIV and placing it further away from the death sentence it was once known as.
No parent can ever forget that moment when they learned that their child had autism
. Today, I’d like to share my story with you.