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You probably have heard that chest pain is one of the major signs or symptoms indicating a heart attack. While it’s often a very good indication that something’s not right, chest pain isn’t always a sign of a heart condition. If you’re experiencing chest pain or a similar “heart-attack-like” sensation and it is accompanied by difficulty breathing, it could be a sign of pleurisy. What exactly is pleurisy? Is it life-threatening? What causes it? And is there any way to prevent it, or treat it? Keep reading for the answers to all of those questions – and more!
It may be at the top of your to do list: to finally stop smoking. And, while drugs and chemical products may seem like an easy answer, they are not without their side effects. Before you spend hundreds of dollars trying to quit smoking with medications, try the natural approach first.
Wait – Sarco-what? If you don’t have a clue what Sarcoidosis is, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Even doctors and researchers are continually trying to learn more about this mysterious chronic disease. Let’s take a look at what they DO know . . .
Are you a snorer? Perhaps you’ve snored most of your life and have now become accustomed to getting an elbow-jab in the side numerous times a night, or repeated requests to “turn over – you’re snoring!” If this sounds familiar, you may think that your nocturnal noises are a normal part of life – a nuisance to your bed partner at the very most. But what you may not know is that snoring can be an indication of a severe threat to your health!
Have you ever had such a hard time catching your breath that you became dizzy, flushed, and started to perspire? It’s a scary feeling – isn’t it? What you may have experienced is an asthma attack If you’re one of the 20.5 million Americans suffering from asthma, you may be able to lessen your symptoms – or even eliminate them altogether. Let’s take a look . . .
, commonly referred to as “whooping cough
,” can be especially contagious and extremely dangerous. So what can you do during an outbreak, and what can you expect if you are infected?
Brace yourself for some sobering news.
There’s a new study out there urging all films that include smoking cigarettes
to be rated R, due to the effects it can have on children watching. But to automatically remove all notions of smoking for that young “tween” age might be shortsighted; and there’s a polarizing debate inside the film community.
There’s a pretty strong debate going on between my alter egos as well, as I go Point/Counterpoint on this drag deliberation.
Quitting smoking may be the hardest thing you will ever have to do. Conventional approaches to quitting smoking can range from behavioral modification and spoken therapy to nicotine replacement with patches or gum and prescribed medications. These last options certainly can reduce withdrawal effects and cravings for some, but it can also cause unwanted side effects. For some people, conventional treatments might be limited in their short- and long-term effectiveness, or they might be too expensive, inconvenient, or inaccessible. For these individuals, meditation offers either an alternative or complementary approach to improve the odds of success in quitting smoking.
In yet another controversy involving big tobacco companies that have been plagued by a recent string of scandals
, a team of researchers have uncovered evidence among internal tobacco industry documents that reveal a sick truth. Tobacco companies were aware that cigarette smoke contained harmful radioactive particles as early as 1959, yet chose not to inform the public and even fought to keep it a secret.
Hookah, a water pipe used for smoking Shisha, which is an aromatic blend of tobacco, molasses and fruit, has been very popular for many years in Middle Eastern countries. But in recent years it has become the “in” thing in the U.S. for young adults between the ages of 18 to 24. So, why is this becoming a problem?
The FDA recently revealed new graphic warnings for cigarette labels, which are causing rather strong reactions among both smokers and non-smokers alike. It's been more than two decades since any type of new label was released, and these new warnings paint an ugly picture of the negative physical effects of smoking
. They will be required to cover at least 50% of every pack of cigarettes sold in the US by the year 2013.
Want to stop smoking
? A new study showed smokers who are more “self-aware” are much more likely to put down cigarettes for good when anti-smoking messages are tailored to their lifestyle.
So . . . how do you get in on this latest trend? Keep reading to find out.
Right up there with losing weight, for many people one of the top resolutions for the New Year is to finally quit smoking. Unless you’ve just arrived from another planet (in which case, welcome to Earth) you know that cigarette smoke is the leading preventable cause of death. Though for decades tobacco companies marketed a smoke screen around the facts, most every smoker knows that if cigarettes don’t send you to an early grave directly, they will shave quality years from your life.
Asthma and allergies continue to rise in our country and around the world. Not only is this detrimental to the health of the person suffering from the condition, but it is also costing billions of dollars in lost work. So . . . what if there was one simple nutrient that would help prevent those debilitating asthma attacks? New research suggests that there might be.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. You might not expect that this disease would take so many lives each year, but the truth is that COPD is a serious problem. However, new research suggests that Vitamin E supplements may reduce the risk of developing COPD
We’ve all heard of the wonders for our health of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s have been toted for diminishing depression symptoms, aiding in weight loss, heart and cardiovascular health, and many other potential benefits for short term and chronic conditions and diseases. One of the most recent studies on Omega-3s has found that your lungs can also be positively, especially during sporting activities.
March 24 is National "Kick Butts" Day!
Are you thinking about quitting smoking but not sure you're ready to take the plunge? Do you know someone who wants to quit but can't quite seem to make the break? Even though we all know that smoking is "bad" for us, just exactly how bad is it? The number (and the severity) of long-term health problems related to smoking may surprise you.
You know the big three health reasons you should quit smoking – smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease and emphysema. You, however, can’t seem to kick the habit. Keep reading for an additional 25 reasons you may not have considered – or even have known. Now you will. And what excuses for your habit will you be left with then?
Champix varenicline side effects are minor and do not affect everybody. Discuss with your doctor Champix varenicline minor and major side effects in context with your health to realize whether Champix will suit you as a quit smoking aid
Champix varenicline is a prescription only smoking cessation aid by Pfizer pharmaceuticals. This article defines Champix varenicline and offers a list of precautions to take before using Champix varenicline