Articles for category: Diseases & Conditions

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Hate Allergy Shots? Think Sublingual Allergy Immunotherapy

I hurt people to make them feel better. Such is the life of an allergy nurse. Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (SCIT), more commonly known as allergy shots, has been the gold standard for relief from allergy misery for years, but hopefully, relief from needles, too, may be on the horizon for select patients. SCIT involves injecting the ...

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Battling Ulcerative Colitis from My Teens to My Thirties

I have decided to tackle a subject here that can be hard for many to talk about,ulcerative colitis. This effects many Americans and can actually cause many lives to just stand still. The effects of ulcerative colitis can be embarrassing, and can keep many from doing everyday things. Ulcerative colitis is important to be diagnosed, ...

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Facts About Your Flu-Like Symptoms, Chills/Night Sweats

Last up in our CFS Symptoms Series is the discussion on the flu-like symptoms, chills and night sweats, headaches and sore throat. Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum notes in his book From Fatigued to Fantastic that: …the most notorious pattern seen in severe chronic fatigue states is one in which a person who is feeling fine suddenly ...

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Causes of Drainage from the Ears

Having fluid draining from your ear is certainly not something people are accustomed to experiencing. Medically this drainage is known as otorrhea, and it has many potential causes. In order to diagnose the cause of the drainage, it is important to know how long it has been happening, how severe it is, and exactly under ...

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Anatomical Positions of the Human Body

Introduction into Anatomy and Physiology briefly explaining standard terminology regarding positions of the body in reference to structures. When studying anatomy and physiology it is necessary to use standard, uniform terminology. Uniformity in terms of anatomy makes it possible for everyone to know exactly what you are referring to when speaking of the systems of ...

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What is Polycythemia?

Polycythemia is a medical condition which results in an increased amount of red blood cells (RBC) in the bloodstream. People with Polycythemia have a higher than normal levels of hemoglobin and hematocrit. Polycythemia is suspected when the hematocrit is more than 52 percent in men and 48 percent in women. Polycythemia may be divided into ...

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Coping with a Parent with Dementia

It is incredibly difficult to watch your parents age, especially when they begin to have health issues. Physical problems are, of course, quite common among senior citizens-many suffer from various forms of arthritis or other conditions that cause some degree of daily pain, for example. It is also not uncommon for seniors to develop other ...

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Twitching Calf Muscle: When to Worry

Is a twitching calf muscle keeping you up all night with anxiety over the worst possible scenario: ALS? Have you been closely monitoring the twitching in your calf muscle, counting the number of “fasciculations” per minute, watching the muscle move as it twitches, and even going as far as repeatedly testing out the strength of ...

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That Pain in Your Jaw May Be TMJ

Do you have pain in your jaw? Does your cheeks and jaw area swell? Does your jaw pop when you chew or talk? Do you realize that you may have TMJ? What is TMJ? TMJ is referred to as Temporomandibular joint disease or disorders. What is your temporomandibular joint? It is the joint that connects ...