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:
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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:
Acute Interstitial Pneumonia (AIP) Overview: Acute interstitial pneumonitis (AIP), also known as Hamman-Rich syndrome is an uncommon type of idiopathic interstitial pneumonia for which researchers have not yet found a cause (idiopathic). Pneumonia results when tissues of the lungs become inflamed in reaction to infection. The inflammation can also extend into the bronchioles, the small airways that branch off into the lungs. Prolonged inflammation causes fibrosis. Over time, scar tissue causes the bronchi and the walls of the bronchi widen, or are destroyed, resulting in the lungs shrinking. The condition usually progresses to respiratory failure and medical treatment is immediately required.
Immunizations & Herd Immunity - How It Works: Our bodies fight against bacteria and viruses everyday thanks to our immune systems. Sometimes, our bodies need a little help to recognize, fight, and protect against certain diseases as well. Check out this infographic to learn how vaccinations help us do just that:
Tick Removal - Four Effective Methods: Unless you’re an entomologist, ticks should have no place in your life, or on your skin. Aside from the general stigma of ticks being “gross bugs,” they are actually very harmful. They survive by latching onto warm-blooded mammals and feed on their blood. Ticks can deliver a deadly payload of disease by burrowing their heads into the skin, a method that introduces their body fluids into their victims. It generally takes at least 12 to 24 hours of feeding before an infected tick can spread disease to its host - but don’t wait. If you see a tick, follow some of the ways mentioned below to remove them safely and avoid tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, or Ehrlichia:
Gestational Diabetes - Risk Factors: Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs in pregnant women who get high blood pressure. This is due to hormonal changes during pregnancy and can cause the baby to grow very large, leading to complications during delivery. Although gestational diabetes usually resolves on its own after giving birth, the baby could still be born with low blood sugar, yellowish skin and eyes (jaundice), or breathing problems. If you are diagnosed with it, your doctor can help you to keep your blood sugar under control throughout your pregnancy. To avoid complications during pregnancy, be sure to know the risk factors involved with gestational diabetes:
A 2009 study conducted by Canada’s Trent University found that UV radiation given off by fluorescent lights may cause migraines, eye strain, and dizziness to people within immediate exposure. The study also concluded that these effects are mitigated by placing fluorescent lights at least 1-2 ft. away.
Water Aerobics - Top 5 Health Benefits: Water aerobics (aquaerobics) is a wonderful water exercise that builds cardiovascular stamina, strength, and flexibility, helps burn body fat, increases circulation, and can help you rehabilitate healing muscles and joints. Many experts agree that water aerobics is a preferred method as opposed to exercise on land. Working out in the water can burn as much body fat and build as much muscle as on-land based exercises, but the process and benefits may be greater for certain individuals. Hopefully this infographic will inspire you to take your workout to the pool:
Starting a Vegan Diet - Six Beginner Tips: The early stages of a vegan diet can be pretty challenging, but that doesn't have to be the case. Research is key! We often avoided vegetables growing up, but learning how to add them to new recipes can make a vegan diet so much easier. There's plenty of foods besides veggies to enjoy. Whole grains, beans, lentils and even tofu are great additions. Below are some tips to make sure you are getting important nutrients while planning a vegan diet:
Four Healthy Reasons to Break a Sweat: One of the most natural ways to keep the body healthy and clean of toxins is through sweating. Working for a sweat through exercise has great health benefits for the body and will help you look and feel great! Below are some reasons to get up, get moving, and sweat it out: