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Carbon Monoxide Silent Killer - How to Save a Life With Home Protection

2015-11-09 11:21
Carbon Monoxide Alarm

It’s that time of year again. Temperatures are dropping and we’re turning up the heat. One danger is carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning which has been called the “silent killer” for good reason. But, did you know there are many other sources of CO that can kill you - including tobacco smoke?

The CDC estimates that approximately 500 people die from unintentional CO exposure in the United States every year and estimates that 8,000 to 15,000 people each year are treated for CO poisoning.

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5 most important keys to a healthy heart

2015-11-04 22:06
heart health

Heart disease is often referred to as a silent killer because it seems to pop up out of nowhere and destroys seemingly healthy individuals. Although you cannot completely eliminate the risk of heart disease, there are some practical and simple ways to decrease your chances of having complications. The following ideas are important for maintaining heart health.

1. Avoid smoking or using tobacco

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6 things your feet can tell you about your health

2015-11-04 21:17

Although it may sound strange, your feet are excellent indicators of your health. If you know what to look for, then you can make certain deductions about your health that range from signs of diabetes to nutritional deficiencies.

All it takes is a single good peek at your feet. However, ignoring these indicators can lead to dire consequences. Here are just a few of the many things your feet can tell you.

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What Illnesses Can Checking Your Temperature and pH Help Identify Before They Become Problems

2015-11-04 11:38

As a parent I dread putting lips or hand to a feverish forehead and wondering what the next few days will bring. But, as a nurse and mother of two children with auto-immune diseases I learned that a sub-normal temperature (less than 98.6) is much worse because it means the innate system our bodies use to fight infection – be it viral, bacterial, fungal, or even parasitic is not intact.

In ICU I dreaded the temperature under 98.6 F. It meant I had a patient who could not fight off infection, whose metabolic activity was compromised and whose enzyme activity was decreased.

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What to do about malocclusion to reverse the negative effects

2015-10-31 16:57

Malocclusion involves more than being afraid to smile in front of the camera. Crowded and crooked teeth can also cause serious oral health complications that will require extensive procedures to fix. This is why it is important to fix the problems early through braces, or you can try invisalign treatments that can give you a straight smile without the hassle of wire braces. If you want to learn more about malocclusion and the negative health effects, then continue reading.

Malocclusion defined

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Anticholinergics, Such as Excedrin PM and Tylenol PM, #7 on the List of Top 10 Most Dangerous Drugs

2015-10-26 13:39

Plants of the Solanaceae family contain various anticholinergic tropane alkaloids such as scopolamine, atropine, and hyoscyamine that have been used in both prescription and over the counter drugs. Anticholinergic drugs block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter that is involved in memory and learning. Older adults commonly use over-the-counter drugs with anticholinergic effects as sleep aids and to relieve bladder leakage. This class of drugs is frequently prescribed for many chronic diseases including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Research published in JAMA [2] has found that anticholinergic medicines like Benedryl can lead to cognitive impairment and even potentially irreversible dementia when taken continuously for as few

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Treatment Participation, Access to Emergency Services and Choice of Plans All Part of Patient Rights

2015-10-12 18:15
Doctor and Patient Care

You have the right to accurate and easily-understood information about your health plan, health care professionals, health care facilities and treatments. However the entire process can be daunting. If you speak another language, have a physical or mental disability, or just don’t understand something, help should be given to clarify, help you understand and make well informed health care decisions. So, what are your rights?

Choice of providers and plans

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The Top 3 Bad Habits of Contact Lens Wearers

2015-08-21 03:44
Contact Lens Wearer Habits

As part of the second annual Contact Lens Health Week that runs Aug. 24 through 28, the CDC recently revealed the top 3 bad habits of contact lens wearers.

Eye infections are too often the result of poor hygiene and bad habits that contact wearers adopt when they become too lax about how they handle their eyewear.

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How to pick the right doctor

2015-02-16 17:18

We live in an era of “choices” in every aspect of our lives and they feel infinite. We are flooded with technology that will help us choose the right gadgets or houses to buy, select a restaurant for the weekend or pick the right mate and so on. But when it comes to choosing your health care giver, we usually go with the flow and find ourselves in a doctor’s office chosen (referred) by another doctor. That’s mostly alright, but if you want to be more involved, you should probably start with a directory of doctors that your insurance carrier will provide.

You might be on your own to find the right doctor among that long list.

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Excessive sweating study searches for connection to antidepressants

2015-02-09 21:36

A new study is searching for a connection between excessive sweating and antidepressants. Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia are conducting a clinical trial and testing the use of glycopyrrolate as a treatment. Excessive sweating can be an embarrassing condition that limits some people’s social interactions.

Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis may be caused by several medical conditions, but there are instances of people suffering from this problem without any other health issues.

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