Demystifying Your Health 2017

Home Safety

What could be wrong with your castle? “Your home is your castle,” but what happens when your castle is unsafe? When it comes to thinking about home safety, people usually think of one of two things…something is wrong with structure of the house or about feeling safe...

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Car Safety

What could go wrong? When you hear the words car safety, most likely you think of what it takes to be safe while driving a car. While this is definitely important, but what about before you even get in your car? How do you make sure that you’re prepared for any...

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Food Safety

How do you keep your food safe? We have all been there are some point where you are feeling fine and all of a sudden, your stomach isn’t. Whether you need to throw up or run for the bathroom because you have the urgent need to have a bowel movement, the feeling is...

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Rectal Bleeding

Is it serious? You’re going to the bathroom and when you finish, you notice that there is blood on the toilet paper. It isn’t a large amount and its bright red in color. Should you be concerned? Do you need to go to the doctor? Definition Rectal bleeding is any blood...

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Bariatric Surgery

How does it work? You have probably heard the term “Gastric Bypass” or “Lap Band” before, but what do they mean? Are they the same thing? Is it a safe procedure? Who is eligible to have the procedure? Obviously, there are lots of questions and we’ve got the answers!...

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Diarrhea

That sudden urge to go! It doesn’t matter where you are or what you are doing, but when that sudden urge to have a bowel movement hits, you know that you have limited time to find a bathroom before you have a mess in your pants. Diarrhea is definitely not a pleasant...

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Constipation

Why can’t you go? You’re in the bathroom on the toilet and no matter how hard you try, you aren’t able to have a bowel movement. We’ve all been there at some point, but eventually you are able to go and the relief you feel can be quite significant. Why is it so...

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Bowel Obstruction

What happens when you can’t go? You have probably been constipated at some point during your life, but eventually you’re able to go to the bathroom and the relief that provides is more satisfying than many of us would ever admit. What happens though if you are unable...

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Appendix

Why do you have one? We have all seen on television the person being rushed to the operating room in order to have their appendix removed. You probably know that it is in your stomach and that you can live without. So, what is the purpose of the appendix? Why don’t...

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Pancreas

What is its role? Your pancreas is vital to your body’s ability to function. Without out, you wouldn’t be able to survive. Despite this, you probably don’t think about it often. So, what does it do? Why is it so important? Definition The pancreas is located deep next...

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Spleen

Why is it important? Your spleen is a small organ that is important to your body’s ability to function, but do you know what it does? If it is injured, it can cause serious problems. Where is it located in your body? How do you know if it has been injured and what do...

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Gallbladder

What does it do? You’ve probably know that you have a gallbladder but what does it do? Why is it important and why can you live without it if you need to? For a small organ, it can cause a significant amount of problems if something is wrong with it. Definition The...

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Hepatitis

Is it serious? Hepatitis has been all over the media lately, particularly in television commercials advertising new medications to treat it. Also, there has been a push encouraging people to get screen for it. Why is it such a big deal? What can happen if you have it?...

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Cirrhosis

What is wrong with your liver? You’ve probably heard the word “cirrhosis” at some point, especially lately thanks to television commercials. Otherwise, it is usually one of those things that you have a distant relative or a friend of a friend who has it. You might...

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Hernia

What does that bump mean? You sneeze, just like you normally would, but this time you feel something pop out around your groin area. You feel the crease where your thigh meets your hip and notice that there is something protruding under your skin that wasn’t there...

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GERD

How do you stop your reflux? You just finished dinner and are relaxing in your favorite chair when you start to have a burning sensation in your chest and all of sudden you have a sour taste in your mouth. You’ve noticed this has been happening after you eat,...

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IBS

What is wrong with your stomach? You were out with your friends and had a great dinner. Now, that you’re home, you noticed that your feel bloated, your stomach is cramping and you’re passing a lot of gas. As you are dealing with the discomfort, you realize that this...

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Patient Rights

What do you need to know? When seeking medical help, did you know that as a patient you have certain rights that can and should not be infringed upon. Unfortunately, many of us are not aware of these rights and, therefore, do not even realize when a right has been...

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Athlete’s Foot

Why is your foot itching? You notice that there is a small rash between your toes as you put your socks in the morning as you get ready to go to work. You don’t really think too much of it until later when you get home, remove your shoes and all of a sudden you start...

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Sciatica

Why does your back hurt? You wake up, get out of bed and all of a sudden you have sharp pain in your lower back that goes through your butt and down one of your legs. Your leg feels numb and has a tingling sensation. When you try to walk, your leg doesn’t seem like it...

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Skin Cancer

What does that spot mean? You’re taking a shower and notice that you have a spot on your skin that looks like a mole but it doesn’t like quite right. Most of us don’t think that much about our skin unless we have a cut or sunburn. Since small changes can signify a...

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Heat Stroke

Yes, it is an emergency! When summer is here, it’s great to be outside enjoying the weather. However, the heat that comes with summer is something that you should be mindful of. How it affects your body can be unexpected. Your body’s response to being overheated can...

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Heat Exhaustion

Why is your body so hot? As much as you might love being outside in summer, heat is something that you should be conscious of. It can affect your body in ways that are unexpected. Your body’s response to being overheated can range from mild to moderate to severe. We...

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Heat Cramps

How bad can they be? Who doesn’t love being outside enjoying summer weather! However, one thing most people don’t think about when it is hot are the affects that can have on your body. Your body’s response to being overheated can range from mild to moderate to severe....

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Ticks

Where are they hiding? You’re out hiking in the woods or maybe you’re in your backyard playing with your kids, the last thing that you’re thinking of is whether you need to be worried about a tick getting on you. Unfortunately, you should be! How do you avoid ticks?...

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Water Safety

Are you ready? Summer is here and after being cooped up all winter, it is time to lather up the sunscreen and cool off in the water. As inviting as this sounds, the importance of water safety is not the first thing you usually think about when getting ready for...

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Grief & Children

How to help them cope! While experiencing grief yourself is unpleasant, having to explain your child that a loved one is no longer present is quite challenging. Children have the same emotional response to losing a loved one as adults do, but how they express it is...

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Grief

Is what you're feeling "normal"? If you have ended a relationship, been diagnosed with a terminal illness or had someone (person or pet) close to you die, you’ve most likely experienced grief. As you are going through it, you experience a variety of emotions and...

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Finding the Right Doctor

Who is the best fit for you? When it comes time to pick out a doctor, the task can seem overwhelming and anxiety-inducing. Most of the time when we first meet someone, it doesn’t involve having to get unclothed within the first 10-15 minutes while sharing personal,...

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Over-the-Counter Medicine

What do you need to know? You’re at the pharmacy because you aren’t feeling well and need medicine. There are aisles and aisles of medicine, but how do you know which one you should get in order to feel better? Depending on your symptoms, you might need a couple of...

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Supplements

Vitamins, minerals, herbals: What do you really need? Supplements are in the news everywhere you turn: Try this vitamin, it’ll help you see better. Take this mineral because it will improve your bone density. This herbal will make you feel less tired. So, how do you...

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Diabetic Retinopathy

How does diabetes effect your eyes? You probably know that diabetes effects your blood sugar levels, but did you know that it can impact your eyes. What exactly happens that leads to eye damage? What is the treatment? Can you do anything to prevent it from occurring?...

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Diabetic Neuropathy

How does diabetes effect your nerves? You notice that lately your legs and feet have been numb and tingling intermittently. Occasionally, you also have been having a cramping sensation in your feet. At first, you don’t think much of it, but you notice that it is...

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Dialysis

What purpose does it serve? When you are out running errands, you have probably seen signage for dialysis centers. Unless you know someone who receives dialysis, you probably aren’t aware of what goes on in these centers. What is dialysis? Why do some people need it?...

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Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Why is your blood sugar so high? If you have diabetes, you are monitoring your blood sugar frequently. Obviously, if it gets too low, it is a significant problem. It is also a problem if it gets too high. What symptoms do you have if your blood sugar is too high? What...

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Cataracts

Are they a normal part of aging? You are trying to read the latest book and notice that it is difficult because it feels like you are looking through a fogged-up window. You also realize that it is becoming increasingly challenging to see when you are driving at...

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Glaucoma

Is it an emergency? Recently, you’ve noticed that there seems to be certain places in your field of vision that you can’t see something if it’s in a particular spot. Other than that, your vision seems to be fine. So, what is going on? Why can’t you see in these areas?...

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Vision Changes

When should you be concerned? You probably know at least one person who as they got older, needed glasses in order to be able to see. How often should you have your vision checked? Vision changes are a normal part of aging, right? Yes, some vision changes are, but not...

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Tendinitis

What is going on with your body? You might have heard of tennis elbow, swimmer’s shoulder or jumper’s knee, but did you know that they are all caused by same thing—inflammation of a tendon. What is a tendon? How does it become inflamed? What can you do to prevent any...

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Carpal Tunnel

Why does your wrist hurt? You’re at home typing away on your computer and you notice that your wrist hurts and your fingers are slightly numb. So, you take a break and the symptoms go away. A few days later, you’re at work and notice the same thing, but it takes...

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Strain vs Sprain

What is the difference? You’re running into your house to get out of a rain storm that suddenly popped up and the next thing you know you have a sharp pain in your ankle as you step down wrong and end up on the floor. The next day, your ankle is swollen and you cannot...

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Allergies

Annoying or life-threatening? When you hear the word allergies, you probably think of sneezing, runny nose, itching eyes. Every year during Spring a large number of people have this type of allergic reaction to pollen and other tiny particles floating in the air. For...

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Vaping vs Smoking

Is there a difference? You’ve heard the term vaping before and know that it’s something similar to cigarettes but don’t really know the difference. Also, you know smoking cigarettes is bad for you, but what about vaping? What is in the vapor? Definition Cigarette...

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Aneurysm

How life-threatening is it? Aneurysms aren’t something that we can see just by looking at ourselves in a mirror. Usually, you don’t have any symptoms until something goes catastrophically wrong that threatens your life. So, what is an aneurysm? How does it form? What...

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Peripheral Artery Disease

Why are your legs swollen? One day you are at the grocery store and notice that your legs are hurting as you walk around. In addition, they appear swollen and discolored. Unfortunately, over the next several days, your symptoms don’t improve. Why is this happening?...

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Angina

Why is your chest hurting? You’re walking up the flight of stairs in your house just like you’ve done multiple times a day, every day for the past 20 years, when all of a sudden, your chest starts hurting. You stop on the stairs and after a moment the pain is gone and...

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High Cholesterol

How high is too high? You have just gotten the results back from your latest blood work and it shows that your HDL is high and your LDL is low. What does this mean? Is it a good thing? Your doctor says that it is a measurement of your cholesterol. You’ve heard on the...

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Obesity

It's not just how you look! Obesity…everywhere you turn, it’s in the news. With the issue of “body shaming” ever present in our very image-centered culture, it seems that many celebrities have an opinion of what people should or shouldn’t be doing. While it is not ok...

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Seizures

What is going on inside your head? You are sitting at your dining room table eating dinner when the next thing you know, you wake up on the floor with the taste of blood in your mouth and your pants are wet. Your family is around you asking if you are ok. When you ask...

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Dizziness

What is going on with your head? At some point or another, you have probably felt dizzy. This sensation of the room spinning or feeling unsteady can be unnerving. Often it is a hard feeling to describe. What causes it to occur? How do you make it go away? Can you do...

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Fibromyalgia

What is going on with your body? One day you wake up and notice that body is hurting all over and can’t figure out why. Since you have stuff to do, you get up and go about your day. The next day, it’s the same. After a while, you realize that you have been having this...

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Depression

Why don't you care anymore? Everyone feels unhappy at some point or another, but what happens when those feelings of sadness won’t go away? All of a sudden you are no longer interested in your normal activities. You have trouble doing day-to-day things. It can even...

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