29Jun, 2018

Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month

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What is Myasthenia Gravis ? Myasthenia gravis is typically characterized when the muscles under your voluntary control become weak and tired. The cause of Myasthenia gravis is when the normal communication between nerves and muscles breakdown. Currently there is no cure but treatment can help relieve signs and symptoms, such as weakness of arm or leg muscles, chewing, double vision, drooping eyelids, and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing. Myasthenia gravis can affect anyone, it’s more common in women younger than 40 and in men older than 60. What Causes […]
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11Jun, 2018

Go Purple for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness

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Many of us have heard the terms dementia and Alzheimer’s but aren’t sure of the difference.  Dementia is not a disease, rather it describes symptoms of declining mental ability severe enough to affect daily living. Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, impaired communication and language, inability to focus and pay attention, impaired reasoning and judgement, and impaired visual perception. While some forms of dementia are reversible, most are not. Most types of dementia are considered progressive, meaning symptoms start out slowly and gradually get worse over time. Dementia is caused by […]
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20May, 2018

Thyroid Disorders

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Thyroid disorders are conditions that affect the thyroid gland. This gland is located on the front of the neck and is shaped like a butterfly. The thyroid has important an important job to regulate numerous metabolic processes throughout the body. There are many different types of thyroid disorders that affect either its structure or how it is functioning. There are specific kinds of thyroid disorders that includes: Hypothyroidism Hyperthyroidism Goiter Thyroid nodules Thyroid cancer Thyroid medications Medications can be given to replace the missing thyroid hormone in hypothyroidism. Synthetic thyroid […]
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10May, 2018

Should You Wash Your Hands?

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“Wash your hands, dinner is ready!”. Many of us growing up remember our moms calling us into the house for dinner after a long day playing outside. The water in the sink ran brown as we washed away the days fun still clinging to our hands. That simple act of washing your hands with soap and water actually accomplished many things seen and unseen. Lets look at why you should wash your hands, how to do so properly and the big question, what if you need to wash your hands […]
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29Apr, 2018

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month

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April is Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) awareness month. Did you know that an estimated 9%-23% people suffer from IBS? What is IBS? The International Foundation for Function Gastrointestinal Disorders defines Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as a disorder in which abdominal discomfort or pain is associated with a range of symptoms. These symptoms usually include intermittent abdominal pain accompanied by diarrhea, constipation, or alternating episodes of both. IBS is a long term or recurrent gastrointestinal function disorder. IBS affects the large and small intestines motor function and sensation. The cause of […]
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10Apr, 2018

April is National Donate Life Month

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As Donatelife.net says, “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud!” Yes, that’s right, there are more than 115,000 people waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Over 8,000 people die each year waiting for an organ transplant and every 10 seconds another person is added to the wait list. You can help save a life by donating your body to the living. What is a Living donation? While alive you can still be a donor. Living donations offer another choice for transplant candidates awaiting a life saving kidney or liver. Patients who […]
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ALS
26Mar, 2018

What exactly is ALS?

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Throughout the news we periodically hear about diseases that people have, and unfortunately die from. Recently in the news we learned that theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking passed away after many years fighting ALS. ALS is also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and we might also have heard it called Lou Gehrig’s Disease. In 1939, one of the best baseball players to ever play the game, publicly announced that he had ALS and would fight it. Unfortunately 2 years later just shy of his 38th birthday he passed away. So what […]
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blood pressure
7Mar, 2018

Hypertention – What is High Blood Pressure?

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No doubt over the years as you have shopped at the grocery store you noticed a blood pressure machine, usually near the pharmacy. Why is it there, why do people test themselves, and more importantly should you? Let’s take a few minutes to understand what blood pressure is and why some people have high blood pressure, which is called Hypertension. What is Blood Pressure? This is the force that blood presses or pushes against the walls of your arteries as it flows through your body. Each time your heart beats, […]
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25Feb, 2018

Why Should I Eat Healthy?

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Eat healthy is a way of life. We’ve all heard that a well-balanced, nutritious diet is necessary for good health and to keep your body functioning properly. It’s true; your food choices really do affect your health and impact how you feel. The right nutrition is an important part of a healthy lifestyle as it has many benefits, it can help you maintain an ideal weight, and even reduce your risk of chronic diseases. Healthy eating includes a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, heart-healthy fats, and vitamins – while limiting the […]
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Necrotizing fasciitis
9Feb, 2018

What is Necrotizing Fasciitis?

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We’ve all seen the news and read the tragic stories about people who contracted necrotizing fasciitis and ending up losing a limb, organs, or even their lives. Those stories, though they are sad and frightening for the rest of us, are extreme cases. Necrotizing fasciitis does not always result in death or amputation. When proper medical treatment is received early on, it can help prevent the infection from spreading and causing severe injury. What Is Necrotizing Fasciitis? The definition of necrotizing is “causing the death of tissues.” Necrotizing fasciitis is […]
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