Demystifying Your Health 2018

Nosebleed

What's going on with your nose? You’re sitting at home watching your favorite TV show while having a snack when the next thing you know, you feel a warm trickle coming out of your nose running down your face. You go to brush it away with your hand and notice that it...

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Weight Loss

Why is it so hard? We all know that feeling when you go to put on your jeans for the first time of the season and they seem to be snugger than you remember. Your first thought is you must’ve gain weight. So, you decide to go on a diet. It works…you lose a couple of...

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Addiction

Why is it so powerful? When most people hear the word addiction, their first thought is that a person has problems with drugs. This is especially true now more than ever thanks to the opioid epidemic. However, addiction doesn’t just apply to drugs, but can be a number...

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Drug Abuse

How do you know if you have problem? Every time you see the news, there seems to be at least one story about the opioid epidemic. Since this has been going on for a few years and we are making minimal progress towards correcting it, it brings forth many questions. Why...

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Alcohol Abuse

How to recognize the signs? Most people partake in drinking alcohol at some point in their lives. While an occasional drink isn’t a problem, it can become one if your drinking gets out of hand. How do you know if you have a problem related to alcohol use? What can you...

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Food Borne Illness

What is the best way to stay safe? With the holiday season upon us, there is bound to be parties, dinners and get-togethers. What is the main thing that these have in common? Food. No question that it can be very enjoyable to share a nice meal with family and friends....

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Cough

How do you know if it is serious? You wake up in the morning and notice that your throat seems dry and scratchy. The next thing you know you start coughing. After about a minute, your throat clears, the coughing stops and you feel better. What causes this to happen?...

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Sore Throat

How do you make it feel better? You wake up in the morning and notice that your throat is dry and it hurts to swallow. After having your morning cup of coffee, you realize that your throat doesn’t hurt as bad, but still feels irritated. It continues to feel this way...

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Prostate Cancer

Should you be concerned? Due to the numerous commercials advertising medications to help men with prostate issues, most people know that it can cause problems, such as the urge to urinate frequently or making it difficulty to urinate. However, the condition that would...

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Boils

What is causing that bump? When you hear the word ‘boil,’ what is the first thing that comes to mind? Most likely, you are probably thinking of a large, gross-looking red bump that is on your skin. This is a pretty accurate description, but not all boils are large....

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Cellulitis

How serious is it? One day while you are drying off from your shower, you notice that there is swollen, red area on your ankle. It is slightly tender when you touch it, but otherwise isn’t too bad. You go about your day and notice there is a nagging aching in your...

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Cervical Cancer

Why should you be screened? It seems that while cervical cancer is mentioned about a lot, most people don’t really understand it. Very few people know that there is a strong link between the human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. This is why there has been so...

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Menopause

What's going on with your body? For some women, the absence of a monthly cycle when they first start menopause is a relief, but for others, it presents a whole new set of issues for them to deal with. While every woman’s experience is different, all can usually agree...

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Breast Cancer

How to tell if you have it? Most of us know someone whose life has been affected by breast cancer. If it isn’t a relative or friend of ours than it is a relative or friend of someone we know. Thankfully, breast cancer survival rates have increased in recent due to...

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Medical Information

Can you believe what you see on the TV and Internet? If you are looking for medical information, there is no shortage in supply to finding it. When you are watching TV, there is always a new commercial for a recently released medication. If you are feeling sick, you...

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Surgery

What questions should you be asking? The thought of having surgery can be scary and confusing. It is no wonder because there are so many types and one condition can often be treated by more than one type. So, how do you know which type of surgery is best for you? How...

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Doctor Specialties

Why are there so many of them? You are having a problem with your foot, so you go to your doctor and they recommend that you go to a specialist. Should you see a podiatrist, an orthopedist or an orthopedic surgeon? This variety in specialization occurs throughout all...

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Hospitals

How do you stay healthy while in one? If you are sick enough that you need to be admitted to the hospital, then you are in the right place to receive the care that will help you get better. However, since hospitals treat people who are extremely sick, there are plenty...

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Lice

What are those white spots on your head? While you are picking your son up from school, he says that his head has been really itchy all day. When you get home, you take a look at his head and notice small, white dots scattered throughout his hair. You take him to the...

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Ringworm

Is there a worm under your skin? You wake up one morning and notice a small area of skin on your arm that is a little red and slightly itchy. You don’t think much of it and get ready for your day. Later in the afternoon, you notice that the area has become even more...

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Kidney Infection

Is it serious? You’ve had some burning when you urinate and been prescribed antibiotics by your doctor for a urinary tract infection. A few days go by and you’re still not feeling better. In fact, your back is starting to hurt worse. You go back to your doctor and...

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Kidney Stones

Why is your back hurting? You’ve been working outside in your yard all day and since it is summer, you probably sweat a lot. You don’t think it’s a big deal because you’ve been hydrating with water. However, later in the evening, you notice that your back is hurting...

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Kidneys

What is their role? Most of the time, as long as it’s doing what it is supposed to, you don’t think about how your body functions. You probably know that your kidneys make urine, but how does it do this? Where does the items that make up your urine come from? Why is...

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Muscular Dsytrohpy

Why are your muscles weak? When we are young, we expect our muscles to be strong and healthy. For most of us, this is the case. However, one day, you notice that your son’s having trouble walking and realize that he has been falling frequently. What does this mean?...

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Lupus

What is it? When you hear the word lupus, what do you think of? Some people might think of dogs or wolves since their scientific name is Canis lupus. Others might think of a beloved children’s series that had a character by a similar sounding name and the capability...

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MS

What is going on with your muscles? MS is something that most of us don’t think about unless it affects ourselves or someone we care about. This means that you probably don’t really know what it is or the cause of it is. What does the treatment involve? Is there a...

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ALS

What is it? If you hear the term ALS, what is the first thing that you think of? For some, it might be Lou Gehrig. Others might think of Stephen Hawking. Still others, might think of the ice bucket challenge. Unless you personally know someone with ALS, most us don’t...

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First Aid

Do you know what to do? You’re at a picnic with family and friends enjoying the nice summer weather. The last thing you are probably thinking about is an injury. Unfortunately, it can happen in the blink of an eye. Your niece falls down and cuts her knee, your father...

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Outdoor Survival

Do you have what it takes? While most of us like spending some time outside, but it is usually on our own terms. When you plan on participating in activities outside, typically, you try to bring everything that you might need. What happens if you find yourself...

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Snake Bites

How can you prevent them? You are in your yard, working when you bend down to pick up a rock to move it out of the way. The next thing you feel is a sharp pain in your forearm. You quickly look down and realize that you have just been bitten by a snake. What should...

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Spider Bites

What do you need to know? With summer just around the corner, it is time to get ready to be outside enjoying the sunny weather. Most of us have specific things we want to do during the summer and being bitten by a spider is definitely not on that list. Unfortunately,...

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Headaches

Why does your head hurt? You've probably had a headache at least once, so you know what it feels like to have your head throb and want to avoid any loud noises. Some people have headaches more frequently than others. Does this mean that something is seriously wrong?...

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STD

What do you need to know? Most of us probably prefer not talking about STDs, but it is something that everyone needs the correct information about in order to be protected. While some STDs are more serious than others, no one wants to have one. This is why protection...

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Jaundice

Why is your skin yellow? When you hear the word “jaundice,” you probably think of a baby that has to spend time under a special light in order to fix it. Most people are surprised to known that adults can become jaundice, too. What causes jaundice to occur? Is it the...

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Anemia

Why don’t you have enough blood? You’ve probably heard the word anemia before and might know that it has something to do with your blood, but what does it actually mean? What causes it? Is it something serious that needs immediate treatment or a chronic condition?...

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Osteoporosis

What is happening to your bones? You’ve probably see in television commercials how elderly people are at increased risk for broken bones if they happen to fall. Typically, this is caused by osteoporosis. What is this? Why does it happen? Can you prevent it? Definition...

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Hearing Loss

What is wrong with your hearing? While the stereotypical image of elderly people is that they are hard of hearing, this isn’t always the case. Most of us take the ability to hear for granted until we have difficulty hearing. How common is hearing loss as you age? Is...

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Hair Loss

Is it normal? One day you’re in the bathroom getting ready to go to work and notice that your hair is starting to thin in some spots. For some people, the loss of hair can be quite upsetting. What does this mean? Is it permanent or temporary? Can anything be done to...

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Anxiety

How come you’re so worried? It is normal to feel anxious over certain things throughout your life…like passing an important test in school, getting married or applying for a new job. This type of anxiety goes away once the event that is causing it has passed. What...

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Down Syndrome

What is the cause? With the new Gerber baby being a cute little boy who has Down Syndrome, it has probably caused many more people to think about what is it? What challenges does it present? Are those affected by it able to live a good quality life? Definition Down...

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Autism

Why is it so different for each person? Due to the rise in the number of children born with autism in recent years, more and more people are interacting with individuals who have some form of cognitive challenges. Given the broad range of symptoms that fall into the...

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ADHD

What is going on with your child? Almost all children are inattentive, hyperactive or impulsive at some point. When this behavior is constant to the degree that it interferes with their ability to do well at school, affects their capability to maintain friendships or...

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Parkinson’s

What is causing the tremors? When you hear the word Parkinson’s, you probably think of one of two things, either someone who experiences tremors or Michael J. Fox because he has been a spokesperson for the disease for a long time. While you may know that Parkinson’s...

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Alzheimer’s

What happens to your brain? Everyone forgets things once in a while, such as where you placed your keys, why you were going in a room to do something, and so forth. As you age, this is no different. The difference for the people with Alzheimer’s is that this happens...

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Coronary Artery Disease

Why should you be concerned? Your coronary arteries are not something that you think about often. Most of us never think of them until something is wrong with them. Unfortunately, this is usually too late to prevent damage to not only to them, but other areas of your...

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Sepsis

What is your body doing? You’re sick and it doesn’t seem too bad at first, but all of sudden, it seems that your body isn’t fighting the infection as well as it normally does. What is going on? Why isn’t your body doing its job of fighting off the illness? Should you...

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Pulmonary Embolism

Why aren’t your lungs working? You’ve just come back from an awesome vacation, you’re at the grocery store getting what you need to restock your kitchen when you bend over to pick something up off the bottom shelf and you suddenly feel short of breath and have chest...

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Deep Vein Thrombosis

Why is your leg swelling? You’ve been sitting in the car on a long journey, when you get out of the car to go to the bathroom at the rest stop, you notice that your right calf is hurting. You don’t pay much attention to it, figuring it is stiff from being in the car....

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Atrial Fibrillation

What is that funny feeling in your chest mean? You are going about your day when you notice that your chest fells weird and your heart feels like it is racing. This lasts for a few minutes, but then it goes away. What is going on? Will that odd sensation come back?...

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Shingles

What is going on? One day, you start having this pain on one of your sides and it is just below your rib cage starting in your back and wraps around to the front. It is very painful but you don’t notice anything wrong in the area, so you put up with the pain and go...

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Arthritis

Why are your joints hurting? If you haven’t experienced it yourself, you probably know someone who experiences pain in their joints on a daily basis. It’s just arthritis, it’s not a big deal…it’s a normal part of aging is often what is implied. Basically, it seems...

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Thyroid

Why is it important? You might have heard the word thyroid before, especially in relation to having hypothyroidism. There are commercials on television advertising medication to help combat this. So, what is your thyroid and why is it important? What happens when it...

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Surroundings Safety

Do you pay attention? Our society today has so many distractions that we typically not aware of our surroundings. This can be problematic and lead to a host of issues, such as injuries while at work at a bare minimum. Unfortunately, it can have much dire consequences...

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