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Most people now accept the idea that addiction is a disease, but what does that really mean? The medical community is leaning more and more towards the concept of addiction as a physical diagnosis and even a serious brain disease, and understanding the change in brain chemistry suffered by addicts in their different stages - heavy using, withdrawal, and continuing recovery - is essential to treating them. A
Old age comes with its share of new challenges, both for an elderly person and associated family members. Fortunately, assisted living facilities are an appealing alternative to the stress of changing abilities and the potential for getting into a dangerous situation. Keep reading to learn about four frequent errors that family members make when thinking about transferring a loved one into a specialized facility, so you can avoid them.
When bad things happen in your life, you may at times have a hard time coping, grieving, and continuing to live a “normal” life. However, many of us are strong enough to work through the trauma, and even though you may never be the same, you can come to terms with the event and go on to lead a happy, productive life. Some individuals, however, are at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when dealing with tragic life events. What exactly is PTSD? And what help is available if you’re suffering? Keep reading for more information on PTSD.
Feeling that "you can make it through" adversity gives you a serious edge in your physical health and boosts the likely success and health of your relationships.
Even if you smoke, you have
to know that smoking can be responsible for horrible physical health effects
– from something as cosmetic as yellow teeth, to something as deadly as lung cancer. If you aren’t aware of this, you could be in denial, or you just don’t care.
Do you know much about meningitis? Perhaps you’ve seen or heard about recent the outbreaks of meningitis – they usually makes the national news, especially in fatal cases. Meningitis is not anything to mess around with and a great deal of caution usually surrounds any instances of the illness. Let’s take a closer look at this potentially life-threatening illness.
Have you ever suffered a heart attack or been diagnosed with heart trouble? Maybe your doctor has warned you of the possibility of heart disease in your future, or perhaps heart disease runs in your family. If so, then one thing you should definitely be aware of is the indication that something is not quite right with your ticker. One of those signs is angina. Let’s learn more about this critical red flag.
You may have read some of our articles on ADHD and alternative methods to the typical prescription drugs used to address the condition. Apparently people are taking notice, because the use of these drugs for treating ADHD and related conditions has decreased. Unfortunately, however, certain prescription drugs (like Adderall) are still being prescribed for other uses . . . namely weight loss. In fact a recent news article reported that celebrity Lindsay Lohan regularly uses Adderall to stay slim (perhaps too slim). Keep reading for a perfect example of how drug companies manage to keep afloat with little or no regard to your health.
It may sound stranger then fiction but it’s true: the bacteria in your digestive tract
may largely determine brain development and adult behavior. Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the Genome Institute of Singapore (led by renowned scientist, Sven Pettersson) reported that the normal bacteria found in your intestines could very well have a huge impact on your thoughts and actions.
Did your mother would tell you not to sit so close to the television because it would make you nearsighted? Such close-up activities have long been believed to cause myopia, but new research indicates that the true culprit is not the TV, playing computer games, or reading in low light. Myopia could be the results of a sunlight deficiency
Smokers who finally manage to kick the habit
are quick to tell you the first days are marked with nervous jitters, anxiety, and a strong craving for a nicotine fix. What you don’t hear so much about is the great feelings of lingering sadness
that some experience without their cigarettes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, trichomoniasis is the most common curable type of sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Currently about 3 million people are infected, and some experts say that there are as many as 8 million new cases per year. Trichomoniasis is most common in women, although anyone who is sexually active is at risk. The prevalence of this infection in today’s culture might lead you to believe that people are well aware of their potential for getting it, and know how to stay protected, but that assumption is unfortunately incorrect.
If you aren't aware of the number of serious illnesses and medical conditions that can be detected and even prevented with blood testing, you're not alone. According to Life Extension Magazine, the vast majority of doctors did not understand the importance of screening the blood before the mid-1990s. So blood tests and the awareness of what protein markers, hormones, or other abnormalities to look for are relatively new phenomena, at least in how the medical community uses them today. New technology combined with a steady rise in heart disease and diabetes in the United States mean that early detection with blood tests is more important than ever. Which ones should you have? There are a number of beneficial options.
Even though we are well into spring, some of us may still be experiencing the winter blues, while for others, fighting off depression remains an uphill battle.
Not having the right information before "getting intimate" can lead to a heck of a surprise. Below we take a look at 10 facts about contraception and sexual health that you may not have known. We’ll start with a few for the guys, as information about male contraception is not as widely spread.
Did you know that you are literally rusting as you grow older? That's right – many of the physical and even mental changes associated with aging can be attributed to the chemical process known as oxidation – the same process that causes metal to change color and deteriorate when left unprotected and exposed to air and water. So what exactly is oxidation? And how can you prevent it? Keep reading for answers to those questions and more.
You’ve probably heard all the facts about how getting 30 minutes or more of exercise per day is ideal for your physical health. But did you know that getting exercise can also improve your mental health? Studies have shown time and again that people who are more physically fit have a lower risk of developing depression and experience improved emotional well being. As little as 20 minutes per week can keep your mind healthy and your memory active! Let’s take a closer look at one important study . . .
Are you a breakfast eater? Not everyone is, and for different reasons. Unfortunately, there’s no getting around it: breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day! And, even if you are on the breakfast wagon, it can be challenging to feed a diverse group of tastes and interests first thing in the morning. How can you make sure everyone in your family is getting the nutrients they need? Keep reading for some healthy breakfast suggestions.
Years ago on April 1, ABC aired a special which featured the issue of aging. The question was raised – is it possible to live to 150 years old? Really - living to 150? Was it some sort of April Fool’s Day special? It’s no joke. The latest research points to the possibility of humans living longer, healthier and ultimately happier lives – perhaps even to the ripe young age of 150.
Are you at risk for a stroke? It seems like a simple enough question – but the answer may elude you! If you have already suffered from a stroke, whether mild or severe, you are definitely not alone. Over 700,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. About 500,000 are first strokes and about 200,000 are recurrent attacks. Could you be one of that statistic this year? How do you know? What happens when you have a stroke? Keep reading for the answers to all of those questions – and more!