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An inside look at how the body ages (and how to slow the process!)

September 10, 2020

When we think of aging, changes in appearance are usually the first thing that comes to mind. Beyond wrinkles and graying hair, the entire body goes through remarkable evolutions as we get older. While modern culture inundates us with anti-aging products and strategies for remaining youthful, aging doesn’t have to be a negative experience. Let’s take a look at how the body ages and what you can do to slow the process! The Inner Workings of Aging Aging is a result of certain biological changes within the body. These biological changes can be categorized into nine processes: Telomere shortening...Continue Reading

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Are Cataracts Making Your Vision Cloudy?

August 20, 2020

Even when the rain is gone, can you still not see clearly? If so, you may be experiencing symptoms of cataracts. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States and are typically associated with aging; the good news is that they are treatable. The lens of the eye is normally clear. If the lens becomes cloudy, the condition is known as a cataract. Cataracts develop slowly and painlessly, and vision in the affected eye or eyes slowly gets worse. Most people develop clouding of the lens after age 60. About 50 percent of people aged 65-74 and about 70 percent of those 75 and...Continue Reading

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The Basics of Psoriasis

August 18, 2020

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to form on the skin. It is the most common autoimmune disease in the United States, affecting over 7 million Americans. Many people tend to confuse psoriasis for eczema due to their similar appearance but there are many differences between the two. One symptom that distinguishes psoriasis is the border which is well-defined, compared to eczema which tends to be flatter and have undefined edges. Location also helps when trying to tell the difference. Psoriasis typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees, or scalp—...Continue Reading

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Take These Actions Today to Prevent Traumatic Injuries

August 13, 2020

Most of us have experienced an injury in our lifetime. From a scraped knee to a bruise from bumping into a bedpost, minor injuries are a part of life that typically cause us only minor inconveniences. However, there’s a special classification of injuries called traumatic injuries that are much more serious, require medical attention, and sometimes lead to fatalities. In the U.S., traumatic injuries, including those that result from homicide and suicide, are the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 44, according to the Centers for Disease Control . Fortunately, many traumatic injuries...Continue Reading

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How Humor Can Improve Healing

August 11, 2020

Most of us are familiar with the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” While laughter isn’t a cure-all, there is scientific proof that laughter can have a positive effect on a person’s health. For instance, a study conducted in 2016 by the Parkinson’s Foundation and Northwestern Memorial Hospital followed Parkinson’s patients through a 12-week study where they participated in improv comedy classes. The results of the study showed patient improvement in mood, stress levels, and focus. Whether you’re dealing with a serious diagnosis or just trying to be healthier, there’s a benefit to...Continue Reading

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What is CREST Syndrome?

August 6, 2020

Scleroderma is a rare disease, affecting an estimated 300,000 Americans—less than .1% of the country's population. CREST Syndrome, a subcategory of the disease, is rarer still. As a result, it is even more deserving of some time in the spotlight. The more we can raise awareness, the more accurately the condition can be diagnosed. And while it is a chronic disease with no known cure, it can be made more manageable with treatment. What is Scleroderma? Scleroderma is a term used to describe a rare group of autoimmune diseases . Like most autoimmune diseases, your body is unable to properly...Continue Reading

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5 Ways to Support a Person with Autism

August 4, 2020

Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder, and according to the latest Center for Disease Control research, 1 in 59 children in the United States (a 15% increase) are diagnosed with autism. Autism is also four times more common in boys than girls. It's challenging to acquire exact statistics about autism in children because many adults not diagnosed with autism in early childhood go undiagnosed into adulthood. It's estimated that there are about 3.5 million Americans living with a type of autism, but all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups worldwide are impacted. Given these...Continue Reading

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An Honest Conversation about Hepatitis

July 29, 2020

There are few viral infections with more misconceptions centered around them than the strains of viral hepatitis. This can largely be credited to the similarities in the three names. Today, we wanted to shed some light on the key differences between the three strains of viral hepatitis: A, B, and C. It's important to note that hepatitis on its own is the term to used to describe inflammation of the liver—and that can be caused by non-viral means as well. For the purposes of this post, we will only be looking at the viral strains of hepatitis. First, let us explore what they share in common...Continue Reading

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What Are the Facts About Vaping?

July 24, 2020

This relatively new industry is worth billions and deserves a second look into what it means for your health. Are these products safe to use? Are they better than cigarettes? Let’s take a look at some of the myths and facts. It’s just a harmless vapor False. Vaping might sound a lot like water vapor, but the similarity stops there. Vape pens, e-cigarettes, Juuls, and other similar products typically still contain nicotine along with other flavors and additives. E-cigarettes heat a liquid mix of flavorings and nicotine into an aerosol form for the user to inhale. It may not be smoke, but that...Continue Reading

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The Often Overlooked Warning Signs of Thyroid Cancer

July 22, 2020

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2020, approximately 52,890 new cases of thyroid cancer will be diagnosed and that there will be approximately 2,180 deaths from thyroid cancer. While most thyroid cancer is found by accident, there are warning signs you should be aware of for a better chance of early detection. Pay Attention to the Signs Thyroid cancer is commonly diagnosed at a younger age than most other adult cancers. Women are three times more likely to develop thyroid cancer than men. Below are several overlooked signs of thyroid cancer. Lump in the neck: About 90 percent of...Continue Reading