Peripheral artery disease - Picture of Leg Pain
28Sep, 2018

Peripheral Artery Disease – PAD

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Peripheral artery disease can be treated successfully with some lifestyle and diet changes. But what exactly is peripheral artery disease (PAD), what are the symptoms and how can it be treated? PAD is a circulatory problem which affects the arteries that provide blood flow to your limbs. While this can occur in any limbs it usually presents itself and symptoms in your legs. These affected arteries actually get narrower due to the accumulation of fatty deposits in your arteries. Generally this is a result of widespread fatty deposits in your […]
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3Sep, 2018

How do tears work? Why do we need them?

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What are tears made of? Tears are very important to us not only to display emotion but when you blink your eyelids spread a film over your eye. This tear film is made up of three layers which include an oily layer, a watery layer, and a mucus layer. Each layer plays a very crucial role in keeping your eye healthy and seeing clearly. The oily layer is the outer most film of the tear and makes the tear surface smooth and keeps tears from drying up too fast. This […]
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24Aug, 2018

What is Heat exhaustion?

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Heat exhaustion is simply your body overheating. Some of the symptoms may include heavy sweating, a rapid pulse, lightheaded, nausea and even feeling cool with goose bumps. It is one of three heat-related sicknesses, with heat cramps being very mild and heatstroke being the most serious. What’s the cause of Heat exhaustion? When your body’s core temperature rises above 98.6 F (37 C) due to a hot environment because your body fails to cool itself. Our bodies cool itself by sweating and in hot and humid weather, your body struggles […]
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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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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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