Gout
8Aug, 2018

What is Gout?

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Over the years, we have heard people complain about a number of different ailments. One you might hear about is Gout. What is gout exactly, what are the symptoms and what can you do to avoid this painful condition? First lets understand gout and what it is. Gout is actually a form of inflammatory arthritis which develops when people have high levels of uric acid in the blood.  Acute gout, or a gout attack, happens when something causes uric acid levels to spike or jostles the crystals that have formed in […]
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27Jul, 2018

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

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Thoracic outlet syndrome is a group of disorders that occur when blood vessels or nerves in the space between your collarbone and your first rib (thoracic outlet) are compressed. This can cause pain in your shoulders and neck and numbness in your fingers. Common causes of thoracic outlet syndrome include physical trauma from a car accident, repetitive injuries from job- or sports-related activities, certain anatomical defects (such as having an extra rib), and pregnancy. Sometimes doctors can’t determine the cause of thoracic outlet syndrome. Treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome usually […]
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10Jul, 2018

What is Constipation?

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Being constipated means your bowel movements are tough or happen less often than normal. Almost everyone goes through it at some point. Although it’s not usually serious, you’ll feel much better when your body is back on track. The normal length of time between bowel movements varies widely from person to person. Some people have them three times a day. Others have them just a few times a week. Going longer than 3 or more days without one, though, is usually too long. After 3 days, your poop gets harder and more […]
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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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Picture of person washing their hands before making dinner.
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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