27Aug, 2017

Gastroparesis – What exactly is it?

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Gastroparesis or delayed gastric emptying, is a condition that affects the stomach muscles and prevents proper stomach emptying. In a properly functioning stomach, contractions help to crush ingested food and contents are then emptied into the small intestines in a controlled manner. With gastroparesis, paralytic muscle contractions cause stomach contents empty too slowly. Symptoms Symptoms include bloating, early feelings of fullness, heartburn, and epigastric pain. Nauseas with vomiting is also common. Weight loss can occur due to poor absorption of nutrients or taking in too few calories. Causes Gastroparesis is […]

16Aug, 2017

Psoriasis – What is it and what can be done?

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Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. Psoriasis can show up on any part of the body, but usually affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp. Skin cells in people with psoriasis grow at an abnormally fast rate, causing cell buildup or psoriasis lesions. Psoriasis is not contagious, and the lesions are not infectious. The exact cause is not currently known, but the immune system and genetics play major roles in the development of psoriasis. Typically, psoriasis develops between […]

23Jul, 2017

Do I Sweat Too Much?

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We all sweat…some more than others. What is sweating anyway and why so much? What is Sweat? There are may causes of sweating. However the process of sweating is a natural reaction to your body temperature rising. There are many reasons your body temperature may rise including exercising, working outdoors in the heat and humidity, sickness or even stress and nerves. If you sweat excessively it can actually cause you problems in your social life and relationships, and perhaps even to your emotional health. When you sweat you body tells […]

7Jul, 2017

What is a Migraine?

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“You’re giving me a headache!”. Sometimes we find ourselves joking about headaches, but it you have ever experienced a migraine, its no joking matter. The sensitivity to noise, bright lights and nausea can be debilitating. So what exactly is a Migraine? How is it different from a headache? What causes some people to get migraines, and how you can avoid getting them? These are all great questions that we will discuss as part of our wellness series. Migraine vs. Headache According to the Migraine Research Foundation “a migraine is not just […]

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25Jun, 2017

Dry Drowning What is It?

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Is it possible to drown after swimming, even hours later? Dry drowning is a term you may not be familiar with or even heard before. Unfortunately it is a medical condition that can be fatal if the warning signs are overlooked. So lets take a few minutes to discuss what dry drowning is, how to treat the symptoms, and perhaps most important how to avoid it in the first place. Our hearts go to families affected by child drownings. We read the articles and usually there are so many things […]

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6Jun, 2017

Ways To Avoid Getting Sick When You Fly

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Summer is here and many of us have the all important family vacation planned. If your plans involve an airplane you may want to pay attention to the following ways to make sure you don’t pick up a cold or flu and avoid getting sick on your next flight. While planes have improved over the years with ventilation, there are still some things you can do each time you fly that will help you to stay healthy. Avoid Getting Sick…Stay Well Hydrated You have probably noticed when you fly how […]

26May, 2017

Meningitis what is it and how can you protect yourself

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Meningitis is a potentially deadly inflammation of the fluid and membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis can be caused by a bacteria, virus, fungus, or parasite.  Bacterial meningitis is the most severe. Even with prompt treatment, approximately 10-20% of patients will bacterial meningitis die within 23-48 hours after onset of symptoms, and around 10-30% will sustain permanent damage and disability. Meningitis Symptoms The main symptoms of meningitis are fever, rash, vomiting, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, and drowsiness. Symptoms can develop over a matter of hours and […]

12May, 2017

Autism Awareness

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What is Autism? Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder that typically appears during early childhood and impairs a person’s ability to communicate and interact. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors such as; delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with reasoning and planning, narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills and sensory sensitivity. Autism spectrum disorder symptoms vary widely and vary in severity. The 2016 prevalence of autism has risen to 1 in every 68 births from the 2004 rate of […]

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24Apr, 2017

Snake Bites – What you should know

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Every year there are roughly 8,000 people who are victims of snake bites, fortunately there are usually no more than eight deaths. This should not lead people including backpackers and hikers to believe it isn’t something to worry about. In all honesty, snakes do not want to waste their poison on humans, but rather on small animals to feed on. If a bite victim is not treated quickly, the venom can be damaging and even deathly. Keep in mind that a bite from even a so-called “harmless” snake can cause infection […]

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13Apr, 2017

Poison Ivy – How To Stay Safe

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With summer just around the corner, and the weather getting warmer, many of us will be spending more and more time outside. Perhaps you’ll find yourself taking a hike or playing with the dogs outside. If you are like many people, you’ll be watching out for poison ivy! This stuff can be nasty and if your skin is sensitive, you can find yourself with at rash lasting days or ever weeks. So what exactly is poison ivy and what causes the rash? Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac grow […]