Epilepsy - Seizure First Aid: A seizure is an electrical disturbance in the brain that can cause confusion, muscle jerking, and loss of memory. A person who suffers more than one seizure is said to have epilepsy. Poorly controlled seizures can lead to injuries, limitations at school or work, and an inability to drive. If you are with someone who has a seizure, it is important to have a general idea of what to do, and what things to avoid. Also, be aware of things to look for that would require calling emergency medical services.
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Living with epilepsy means learning about the condition, getting support from others, being prepared for seizures and making your environment as safe as possible.
American Diabetes Month: Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases, which are characterized by the body’s inability to produce insulin properly. With roughly 29 million Americans living with the disease, the diabetes is currently the 7th leading cause of death.
Health Benefits of Air Purifiers: We all may feel like we are protected from our environment’s pollution when are inside the comfort of our homes but that is not the case. Our homes trap odors, dust, pollen, and harmful particles that float around in our personal space. Vacuuming is not enough and has no affect on air controlling the air quality. Air purifiers are appliances designed to clean the air we breathe, tackle allergens, and reduce concentrations of pollutants and other particles that are harmful to our bodies. If you smoke in your home and/or are a pet owner, it is highly advised to purify the air in your home. Pets drag in germs and dander into homes and passive cigarette smoke inhalation can cause lung cancer in non-smokers. We should not be breathing in air that is tampered because it can also tamper with our health! Try out air purifiers in your home to notice the following changes:
8 Easy Stretches to Relieve Back Pain: Back pain is one of the most excruciating sensations one can experience. Pain can be caused by a chronic condition such as ankylosing spondilitis or scoliosis, a sudden accident, lack of activity, or constant strain. It causes us to slow down and even quit some tasks that used to be manageable. If back pain gets bad enough, it may even leave some bed ridden. Medicine or hot/cold patches may provide temporary relief, but eventually the pain will return. Stretching helps the muscles activate and build strength to support the spine - leading to reduced frequency and intensity of pain. Below are some simple exercises that can have you back on your feet in no time:
Micronutrients - Eat the Rainbow: In order for our bodies to function properly, we require certain vitamins and minerals known as micronutrients. The most popular micronutrients you may recognize are Vitamins A, C, and E, calcium, potassium, zinc, and magnesium. While only needed in minor amounts, micronutrients play crucial roles in optimizing our physical and mental performance. Lacking them can lead to inhibited growth and higher risk for diseases. To ensure your body has enough micronutrients, the easiest way is to consume healthy and diversified foods, or “eating the rainbow.” This essentially means that by consuming a variety of colorful fruits and veggies, meeting daily micro nutritional needs is no hassle!
Autoimmune Polyglandular Syndromes (APS) - Types 1 & 2: APSs include a wide variety of autoimmune disorders that are divided into a very rare juvenile type 1, and a relatively common adult form type 2. There is also a third type that does not affect the adrenal glands. APS type 1 typically occurs in early childhood, while type 2 most often occurs in one's 30s or 40s. Type 1 is caused by mutations of the autoimmune regulatory (AIRE) gene on chromosome 21. It is inherited in a autosomal recessive manner, meaning both parents must be carriers and pass on the faulty gene in order for their child to be affected. The mutation results in the production of defective proteins which cause the autoimmune destruction of target organs. Type 1 can be diagnosed via genetic testing, but not type 2 since it is caused by complex genetic interactions. Check out this infographic to learn more about autoimmune polyglandular syndromes types 1 & 2:
Osteoporosis Overview: Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that causes them to weaken and become fragile - increasing the likelihood of a fracture. It is sometimes referred to as a "invisible disability" because it can exist for years without symptoms. There is no cure for osteoporosis, though there are many treatment options. Check out this infographic to learn more about osteoporosis, including risk factors, lifestyle changes, and some important statistics:
Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) Pulmonary Infections: NTM are a type of bacteria that occur naturally in the environment (water and soil) which do not cause tuberculosis or leprosy. NTM do cause pulmonary infections that resemble tuberculosis, however. Human disease from NTM is believed to be caused by environmental exposure. There is no evidence that NTM-related infections can be contracted by animal-to-human or human-to-human contact. Check out this infographic to learn more about notuberculous mycobacteria, who is at risk for infection, symptoms, and treatment:
Family Caregiver Burnout - 10 Warning Signs: Being the caregiver for a loved one undergoing treatment for a chronic condition such as cancer can be a very challenging task. Burnout is a common phenomenon, but it can be prevented. Here are some things to watch out for: