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10 Tips to Help Lower Your Risk Of Oral Cancer (Part 2)

Written by Courteney

Posted on April 9, 2017 at 12:04 am

Oral cancer represents approximately 4% of all cancers in the United States, and claims approximately 9,750 lives annually because most cases are detected too late. Luckily, oral cancer is one of the more preventable types of cancer, as many of the risk factors are dependent on lifestyle choices such as drinking too much, smoking or eating unhealthily (as we looked at in Part 1). Let’s take a look at some more preventative measures you can take: Watch out for HPV – Infections of the high ri .......

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What is Sarcoidosis?

Written by Courteney

Posted on April 5, 2017 at 11:21 pm

April is Sarcoidosis Awareness Month, so we wanted to take a closer look at this widely unknown condition. Sarcoidosis is a multisystem condition whereby tiny granulomas (abnormal inflammatory tissues) grow in different parts of the body, most often affecting the lungs, eyes, skin and lymph nodes. Let’s check out some more facts: The root of the condition is not yet fully understood, but medical research seems to suggest it stems from a problem with an over-reactive immune system. Common symp .......

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7 Tips To Help Ease IBS Symptoms

Written by Courteney

Posted on April 5, 2017 at 1:08 am

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common and troublesome gastrointestinal condition afflicting between 25 and 45 million Americans. IBS can cause a whole host of frustrating digestive symptoms such as chronic constipation, diarrhea, gas, distension or cramping. Even though it isn’t life-threatening and doesn’t increase your risk of more serious stomach problems, IBS can negatively impact quality of life. So, what can be done? Aside from working with your doctor to find medical treatment th .......

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A Guide to Coping With a Newly Diagnosed Chronic Illness (Part 3)

Written by Courteney

Posted on March 29, 2017 at 9:31 pm

It can be very tough to receive a new diagnosis, especially if it is something that may last a lifetime like lupus or diabetes, but there are things you can do to make your journey ahead easier. Let’s take a look at a few more tips for readying yourself to deal with a new chronic diagnosis: Strive to Stay Positive It is important when dealing with a chronic illness that you don’t sink into a comorbid depression. This can cloud your judgement when it comes to taking medications routinely or .......

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Know The Signs of Encephalitis

Written by Courteney

Posted on March 28, 2017 at 11:16 pm

Encephalitis is a medical term meaning inflammation of the brain. While some cases are mild and quickly resolved, it can be a very serious condition, especially in children. There are many causes of encephalitis, but the most common causes are viral infections. Let’s take a look at some of the other causes, symptoms to look out for, complications and treatment: Symptoms of Encephalitis Some cases of encephalitis are asymptomatic, but others may exhibit a variety of symptoms such as cold-like .......

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A Guide to Coping With a Newly Diagnosed Chronic Illness (Part 2)

Written by Courteney

Posted on March 25, 2017 at 1:18 am

It can be both overwhelming and scary to receive a new diagnosis, especially if it is something that may last a lifetime like lupus or diabetes, but there are many things you can do to make your journey ahead easier. In our last post, we looked a the first few tips for coping with a chronic diagnosis, now for some more helpful hints to set you down a positive path: Be Fair To Yourself We can all be a little hard on ourselves sometimes, but there’s a special kind of frustration that comes with .......

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A Guide to Coping With a Newly Diagnosed Chronic Illness (Part 1)

Written by Courteney

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 1:26 am

It can be daunting to receive a new diagnosis, especially if it is of the chronic variety. If you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic illness, it means you have a disease or condition that lasts for a long time (sometimes the rest of your life). Chronic illnesses are usually incurable, but treatable. Let’s take a look at a few helpful hints for coping with a new chronic diagnosis: Accept What You Can’t Change As with any serious bump in the road, the first step to dealing with a tricky diagn .......

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The Dangers of a Fatty Liver

Written by Courteney

Posted on March 19, 2017 at 4:14 pm

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and alcoholic fatty liver disease are two subtypes of a dangerous condition whereby a person’s liver is comprised of over 5-10% fat. While fatty liver disease is generally a reversible condition, if it is left unchecked, it can be fatal in its later stages. What Are the Symptoms of Fatty Liver Disease? Fatty liver disease can be asymptomatic initially, or it may cause such symptoms as: fatigue, weight loss or loss of appetite, nausea, weakness, confusion or poo .......

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Multiple Sclerosis Fast Facts

Written by Courteney

Posted on March 17, 2017 at 3:12 pm

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, progressive disease of the nervous system that can cause severe, and sometimes debilitating, symptoms. Let’s take a look at some of the key facts to help gain a better understanding of this mysterious and devastating disease: MS causes damage to the protective myelin sheaths surrounding the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord. This causes interruptions in the nerve signals. MS is classified as an autoimmune disease, because it is understood that the .......

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Are The Mumps Making a Comeback?

Written by Courteney

Posted on March 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Do you remember seeing the pockets of hockey players becoming infected with the long-unheard-of mumps in the news recently? It’s true – according to the CDC, the mumps is making a vehement comeback, reaching a 10-year high. It is highly contagious and can spread through saliva or respiratory droplets. But if you were vaccinated against the mumps as a child, you have nothing to worry about, right? Not necessarily. Did you know the vaccine wears off after about 15 years? Therefor, it is im .......

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