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The Many Facets of Anemia

Written by Courteney

Posted on March 3, 2017 at 11:50 pm

Anemia is a medical condition that occurs when your red blood cell (RBC) count drops too low, causing an insufficient amount of hemoglobin to be delivered to your tissues. Anemia has a variety of causes and can cause various symptoms and complications. Let’s take a closer look at some of the facts: According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), anemia is the most common blood disorder, afflicting over 3 million Americans. Symptoms of anemia include: weakness, dizziness, pe .......

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Toxic Shock Syndrome – Not Always Caused by Tampons

Written by Courteney

Posted on March 3, 2017 at 12:37 am

Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a serious, and in rare cases fatal, bacterial infection. It occurs when the staphylococcus aureus or streptococcus pyogenes bacteria enter the body and infect the blood. The condition is very rare, some years afflicting only tens of Americans, but it can largely be prevented. For that reason, it is important to be aware of the condition and to be able to sort through myths. Is TSS Only Caused By Tampons? No. Even though TSS is primarily associated with tampons in th .......

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Fast Facts About Eating Disorders

Written by Courteney

Posted on March 1, 2017 at 2:07 am

Eating disorders are prevalent in America. They are very serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions. It is so important to be able to recognize the signs of eating disorders so you can help someone who may be struggling with one, or recognize early signs in yourself to help prevent full onset. Let’s take a look at some of the facts: Eating disorders are often a result of a severely impaired self image (body dysmorphia), as well as other influencing factors. Those with anorexia have an in .......

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Is White Coat Hypertension Causing You Undue Worry?

Written by Courteney

Posted on February 19, 2017 at 1:22 am

Over one third of Americans suffer hypertension: the silent killer. We took a look at masked hypertension (when someone experiences higher ambulatory blood pressure readings than those in the doctor’s office) in our last post, and up next, we’d like to check out its opposite phenomena: white coat hypertension. White Coat Syndrome White coat syndrome (or effect) refers to a fairly common type of nervousness or anxiety people experience when visiting doctors. The term ‘white coat’ derives .......

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Could You Have Masked Hypertension?

Written by Courteney

Posted on February 18, 2017 at 12:30 am

Approximately a third of American adults suffer from hypertension (a whopping 75 million people). Some may not even be aware they have the condition. Just because your blood pressure readings are okay at the doctor’s office doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. There are two phenomena that result in inaccurate blood pressure readings at the doctor’s office: one is called ‘masked hypertension’, and its opposite is called ‘white coat hypertension’. Today we’re going to investigate ma .......

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Could It Be ‘Walking Pneumonia’?

Written by Courteney

Posted on February 12, 2017 at 10:49 pm

Walking pneumonia (also called atypical pneumonia) is a sub-type of pneumonia, a contagious condition marked by pus and inflammation that clog up the airways making it difficult to breathe. Pneumonia can be life-threatening (especially for the immunocompromised), but walking pneumonia is rarely serious and doesn’t usually require hospitalization. It may, however, require antibiotics or other medication to clear up. What Causes Walking Pneumonia? Walking pneumonia can be caused by a bacterial, .......

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8 Things You Can do To Help Prevent a Stroke

Written by Courteney

Posted on February 9, 2017 at 3:40 am

According to the CDC, stoke is the fifth leading cause of death in America, claiming over 130,000 lives annually. While there is no sure-fire way to ensure you will never have a stroke, there are several things you can do to decrease your modifiable risk factors for stroke, drastically lessening your chance of experiencing one. Things like age, ethnicity and genetics cannot be changed, but let’s take a look at the things that are within your control to change in order to help lower your risk o .......

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7 Surprising Symptoms of Testicular Cancer

Written by Courteney

Posted on February 8, 2017 at 2:05 am

Approximately 8,850 American men will develop testicular cancer this year. Males of any age can develop testicular cancer, but it is most common among young men (the average age of diagnosis is 33). If it is caught in the earlier stages, it is highly treatable. Let’s take a look at 7 potential signs of testicular cancer: Gynecomastia is a condition whereby males develop excess breast tissue and/or swelling of the breasts. It can be harmless, or can be linked with such conditions as Klinefelte .......

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Tips for Managing Asthma in Winter

Written by Courteney

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 2:08 am

Winter can be a tumultuous time for asthmatics. Between the cold air, Christmas trees and backed-up dust, many asthmatics experience a noticeable spike in symptoms this time of year. So, what can be done? Have Your Puffer Handy This one sounds obvious, but many moderate-to-severe asthmatics let themselves become a little forgetful sometimes about medications and that is not ideal. Asthma can be a life-threatening condition, claiming over 4,000 American lives annually, so the condition is not one .......

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Lymphoma Fast Facts

Written by Courteney

Posted on January 31, 2017 at 2:19 am

Lymphoma is a form of blood cancer that targets the immune system. There are two main types of lymphoma: Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s. Lymphoma is a relatively common type of cancer; there were more than 81,000 new cases of lymphoma diagnosed in the United States in 2016 alone. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key facts about lymphoma: Luckily, in many cases, lymphoma is a relatively curable type of cancer, with the survival rate nearly doubling for both types since the 1960’s. H .......

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