7Aug, 2016

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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The days of roaming barefoot and free through summer afternoons are almost over, which means millions and millions of children will be back in school…that is, back in confined spaces with more than 20 other kids at a time. It’s the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of viral and bacterial illnesses. It’s no wonder that August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), according to the CDC. NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (you guessed it, NPHIC). NPHIC worked with the CDC’s National Center for Immunization […]
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23Jul, 2016

What is a wart?

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A wart is generally a small sized growth appearing on a person’s hands or feet. They look like a solid blister or a small cauliflower. Warts are usually not smooth but rather have a rough texture and are caused by viruses, particularly one of several kinds of HPV (human papillomavirus). The virus causes keratin to grow too fast forming a growth on the top layer of skin. What are the different types of warts? Verruca Vulgaris (Common Warts) Common warts have a rough surface. They are firm and raised and may have a […]
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Juvenile Arthritis
6Jul, 2016

Juvenile Arthritis

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What is Juvenile Arthritis? Juvenile arthritis or JA isn’t a disease in itself. JA is also known as pediatric rheumatic disease, of which JA is a broad term used for the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions or pediatric rheumatic diseases, usually with children under 16 years of age. Juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children in the United States. Many types of juvenile arthritis share many common symptoms, like pain, joint swelling, redness and warmth. However, each type of JA is distinct and has its own symptoms. Different types of juvenile arthritis affect the musculoskeletal systems, […]
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zika virus
22Jun, 2016

Zika Virus – What is it?

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As the northern hemisphere enters the summer, there have been more and more news stories about the Zika virus. Considering that a mosquito bite is a summer rite-of-passage for children and adults alike, a virus that is transmitted in this way can be cause for fear or, at the very least, concern. However, for most of the population, contraction of the Zika virus won’t be fatal. In fact, most people won’t need to go to the hospital, or even know they’ve been infected! The common symptoms of Zika are fever, […]
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what is aphasia
9Jun, 2016

What is Aphasia?

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Aphasia is a communication disorder that is caused by damage to the brain. What is Aphasia and what causes it? The most common cause of aphasia is stroke, particularly in the elderly, but can also be the result of infections, brain tumors or head trauma. Aphasia can be severe enough to affect the ability of the patient to produce or comprehend speech, making communication nearly impossible. Or it can be mild enough that the symptoms are difficult to identify. Since Aphasia is caused by injury to the part of the […]
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what is a hernia
20May, 2016

What Is A Hernia?

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Hernias affect many more people than one might imagine. In fact, while the sufferer is in a tremendous amount of pain, he or she might not know why. And since June is National Hernia Awareness Month, it seems appropriate to share some basic information about the injury that affects millions. What is a hernia? A hernia occurs when part or parts of an organ slides through a weak area or tear in the wall of the organ. It most commonly occurs in the intestines or abdominal region, but it can […]
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lupus diagnosis
8May, 2016

Lupus – What Is It?

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May has been defined as the National Lupus awareness month. Lupus is a disease that arises within connective tissues of the body, where the immune system starts to attack the tissues and organs. Since this is an inflammatory disease, it would cause an inflammation within your body as well. From the recent studies, it has been identified that lupus is more prevalent among women than men. This is not a contagious disease, so you cannot compare it with other deadly diseases such as HIV and cancer. However, Lupus has attacked […]
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April is Sarcoidosis Awareness Month
22Apr, 2016

April is Sarcoidosis Awareness Month

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Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that influences numerous organs in the body, but mostly the lymphoid organs and lungs. In individuals with sarcoidosis, abnormal masses or knobs (called granulomas) comprising of inflamed tissue structure in a specific organ of the body. These granulomas may damage the original structure and possibly the function of the affected organs. It’s characterized by little clusters that can form in the body as an overactive reaction from the immune system. The body’s immune system attacks solid cells in the body, and the explanation behind this […]
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Bleeding Disorders
1Apr, 2016

What do I need to know about bleeding disorders

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The National Hemophilia Foundation defines a bleeding disorder as “a disorder with the inability to form a proper clot”. Clot formation at the site of a vessel injury is important to stop blood flow. Bleeding disorders are characterized by extended bleeding that is sometimes spontaneous. Bleeding disorders are often caused by defects in the blood. Blood contains proteins that help it clot that are called platelets or clotting factors. The body normally produces 13 clotting factors, which can be defective or deficient. Defective or deficient clotting factors can cause bleeding […]
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National Colon Cancer Awareness Month
18Mar, 2016

National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

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March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month and has been since 2000 when former President Clinton made it so. It is very important we continue to spread information about colon cancer, not only throughout the month of March, but throughout the year as well. Every day is a perfect opportunity to show the world the many different aspects of why it is so crucial we spread awareness about colon cancer. We can make a pledge to show our love for those who fought the battle against this horrible disease. We […]
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