Why are Eating Disorders Dangerous?

August 27th, 2014

Eating disorders are conditions defined by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual’s physical and mental health.

Bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa are the most common specific forms of eating disorders.

Bulimia nervosa is a disorder characterized by binge eating and purging.

Purging can include self-induced vomiting, over-exercising, and the usage of diuretics, enemas, and laxatives.

Anorexia nervosa is characterized by extreme food restriction to the point of self-starvation and excessive weight loss.

Is there an Actiual Cure for Parkinson’s Disease?

August 26th, 2014

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, degenerative neurological condition that affects a person’s control of their body movements. It is not contagious and not fatal. It is thought to be genetic in a very small percentage of cases. This is a chronic degenerative disease of the nervous system.

Although it is generally thought of as a disease of old age, (It can also occur in middle age) it can take years or decades to manifest severe symptoms.

What are the Important Facts about Bipolar Disorder?

August 25th, 2014

Bipolar disorder, also known as bipolar affective disorder, manic-depressive illness, or affective psychosis, is a mental illness characterized by periods of elevated mood and periods of depression.

The elevated mood is significant and is known as mania or hypomania depending on the severity. During mania an individual feels or acts abnormally happy, energetic, or irritable.

They often make poorly thought out decisions with little regard to the consequences. The need for sleep is usually reduced. During periods of depression there may be crying, poor eye contact with others, and a negative outlook on life.

What are the 4 Things You Should Know about Osteoporosis?

August 24th, 2014

It is a sad fact, but a true one that over 80% of osteoporosis patients in the USA are women. More women are at risk of having this disease in their advanced age, making it one of the biggest health problems of American women.

Though men do get this disease, a woman’s odds of getting are one in three. There are reasons for this and here they are along with other facts about this problem that you should know about.

Why are women at risk?

Why is it Important to Get Your Back Pain Diagnosed?

August 23rd, 2014

Back pain is pain felt in the back that usually originates from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the spine.

Back pain may have a sudden onset or can be a chronic pain; it can be constant or intermittent, stay in one place or radiate to other areas.

It may be a dull ache, or a sharp or piercing or burning sensation. The pain may radiate into the arms and hands as well as the legs or feet, and may include symptoms other than pain. These symptoms may include tingling, weakness or numbness.

Why is it Important to be Aware of Muscular Dystrophy?

August 22nd, 2014

Muscular dystrophy, also known as MD, is a set of diseases that kill the muscle cells and muscle tissue in the body. MD can target the heart, gastrointestinal and nervous systems, endocrine glands, skin, eyes and the brain.

Muscular Dystrophy is a progressive disease that affects all ages and ethnic groups. Almost all forms of MD are inherited and called X-linked disorders (with the mother being a genetic carrier but they are unaffected themselves by the disease).

It is rare for females to have MD as they have two X chromosomes and both would have to carry the defective gene, requiring the mother to be a carrier (have one defective gene) and the father to have MD.

What are the Sub-types of Multiple Sclerosis?

August 20th, 2014

The disease is not fatal but it has been observed that the life expectancy of a MS patient is 5-10 years lower than the average population.

How Multiple Sclerosis Works:

The name multiple sclerosis actually refers to multiple scars (sclerosis) that are developed inside the brain. These scars are spread wide apart from each other and the exact cause is unknown. However, it is an auto-immune disorder.

This means that the nervous system is attacked by the body’s own immune system. This attack leads to damage to the myelin sheaths which surround the axons in the brain.

What are the Top 6 Common Health Concerns?

August 18th, 2014

Some very common diseases that could affect our health adversely are:

1) Heart diseases – The topmost ranking health concern is related to the heart. Deaths caused due to heart attacks and strokes are very common among those suffering from high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.

Incorporating a healthy diet and being physically active can reduce heart diseases.

2) Diabetes – Diabetes is a medical condition that develops when there is limited or no production of insulin necessary for the transportation of glucose in your body to provide energy and growth.

What is the Average Age a Women enters Menopause?

August 16th, 2014

Some common questions women that are getting closer to menopause ask are:

What age does menopause start?

What is the exact age of menopause?

At what age does menopause commence?

A lot of them have heard much about menopause with many thinking it’s an abnormality, hence the need for the above questions to really ascertain the age of onset of menopause. This article will tend to answer the question and give reasons why menopause starts at a certain age.

What is the Difference between Emergency Care and Urgent Care?

August 14th, 2014

Many parents mistakenly assume that the emergency room is the only place to take their child when an injury or illness arises. Actually, an emergency room should only be considered when an injury or illness appears life threatening.

Examples of life threatening injuries/symptoms that would warrant an immediate visit to the emergency room include: compound fractures, seizures, major head injuries, severe pains, ingestion of poisons, snake bites, severe burns, chest pains, etc.

As a general rule of thumb, emergency care will usually be warranted anytime:

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