Expert Health Articles

  • Kawasaki Disease
    Kawasaki disease is a self-limiting, acute febrile illness associated with generalized vasculitis, which is defined as the inflammation of the small and medium-sized blood vessels, causing thickening and obstruction of coronary arteries. This most commonly occurs in children and can lead to a number of health problems, such as coronary artery aneurysms, myocardial infarction and sudden death. While the etiology of Kawasaki disease in western countries is still unknown, diagnostic criteria and treatment procedures have been defined.
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  • Colorectal Cancer
    Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women in the United States. Although thousands of new cases of colorectal cancer are expected to develop this year, there are prevention methods that can be used to reduce modifiable risk factors such as losing weight or limiting red and processed meat intake. Additionally, preventing colorectal cancer by removing polyps significantly lowers risk. Men and women of average risk should begin receiving colonoscopies at age 50 to remove potentially cancerous polyps as soon as possible. Start lowering your risk factors, getting screened and decreasing your chances of developing colorectal cancer.
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  • Pain Associated with Endometriosis
    Endometriosis is a common disease affecting an estimated 1 in 10 women of reproductive age, equating to approximately 5 million women in the United States alone. This disease involves the lining of the uterus growing outside the uterus, leading to severe pain that worsens during menstruation. Unfortunately, many women with endometriosis avoid telling their health care providers about the pain they experience due to lack of awareness, feeling as if they are exaggerating their pain or avoiding the subject out of embarrassment. Awareness of endometriosis can help provide women with a variety of treatment options and prevent them from missing out on work and activities due to pain.
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  • Preparing for Spring
    Many people tend to prepare for spring by cleaning indoors. Keeping your surroundings fresh and clean gives you a calm and accomplished mentality, which is good for your health. During the winter, take advantage of not wanting to leave your home by completing inside cleaning projects. Start small, such as organizing your kitchen drawers and cabinets. Donate duplicate items and sort through your kitchen supplies. Then think bigger: De-clutter all closets, scrub marks off cabinets and doors or clean your carpets and furniture. Spring cleaning helps you feel mentally and physically better, so start today.
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  • Massage Therapy and Your Immune System
    Massage has been known to reduce pain, depression, anxiety and stress along with boosting the immune system. Stress can cause a number of health problems, and massage therapy can help decrease the stress we encounter in our everyday lives. Research has shown that receiving regular massage therapy can also increase the activity of white blood cells, which help our body fight diseases and boosts our immune system. If you feel stressed on a regular basis, massage therapy may be a way for you to avoid health problems that may result. Ask your health care provider if massage therapy is right for you.
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  • The Composition of a Fad Diet
    Fad diets are diet plans that claim unrealistic or unhealthy outcomes. These types of diets are commonly found in magazines or internet advertisements and promise some sort of implausible outcome. These outcomes may sound appealing, but a closer look reveals they are unreasonable to keep up. Learn to spot the red flags of these fad diets to help ensure you will not fall for their empty promises. Instead of fad diets, consider making small dietary changes and exercising to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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  • The Dangers of Dr. Google
    Anyone can collect essentially any type of information from the internet. This can become dangerous when overconfidence in that information tricks us into thinking we know more about a subject than the experts of that field. When people research medical problems online, they often receive non-reputable sources. Placing trust in our health care providers rather than these sites will help patients receive better care.
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  • Advanced Directives and Code Status
    As a patient, you may face many difficult decisions regarding your healthcare options. Little conversation or education within the healthcare community regarding wills and code statuses may contribute to the difficulty of these decisions. By learning the difference between a living will, legal will and healthcare power of attorney form, you can be more informed as you create them and thus fully understand your choices. Furthermore, knowing the different types of code statuses, such as “do not resuscitate” versus “do not resuscitate/comfort care,” you will be able to decide which code status is right for you.
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  • Apps for Health Goals
    People often make resolutions relating to health and fitness. However, within a couple months of the New Year, most people often fall off track and fail to meet their goals. By incorporating technology into our resolutions, we have the option to use apps that help keep us accountable for our goals. This article highlights a list of nutrition and exercise tracking, stress management and healthy recipe apps that can help us stay strong and succeed in our resolutions.
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