Health Matters

  • 8 tips for staying heart-healthy at any age

    August 20, 2019

    Nearly half of all adults in the United States have some type of heart disease, which can build slowly over time to cause health issues or lead to a cardiac event. Heart attacks and strokes, occurring as a result of cardiovascular disease, limit blood supply to the heart or brain.

    Cardiovascular disease is not an “old person’s problem”—the disease and the conditions that lead to it can start at any age.1 Half of us have at least one of its top-three risk factors: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking.1

    Whether you have these heart disease risk factors

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  • What to do about your osteoarthritis

    April 2, 2019

    Arthritis, also known as osteoarthritis, is an extremely painful degenerative disease that affects the joints and incapacitates those who suffer from it.

    In the face of this disease, major advances are being promoted by governments and institutions of different countries through research of diagnosis and treatment of osteoarthritis symptoms. However, the approach to the disease has changed considerably.

    According to some experts, the concept of osteoarthritis as a disease has seen a transformation from being a disease that affected only the cartilage tissue to a chronic diseas

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  • Get a second opinion before you have an irreversible surgery

    Orthopedic conditions like arthritis, joint issues, back pain, and chronic pain affect an estimated 126.6 million Americans, twice the number of Americans living with chronic heart or lung conditions.1

    Why are orthopedic conditions on the rise?

    With the advancements being made in healthcare technology, it’s surprising that the results of surgeries for orthopedic issues aren’t improving. Often, after surgery, the pain comes back or potentially worsens. This is due to several factors including the weight of the patient, where the issue resides, and what the X-ray shows versu

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  • AIDS and HIV

    March 7, 2019

    Basic causes and prevention

    Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), which is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), has had a profound effect on global thinking about health and disease since it was first identified in the 1980s.

    HIV attacks the immune system, causing gradual damage that can lead to serious infections and cancers that a healthy immune system would fight off.1 An HIV test is the only way to know if you are HIV-positive and susceptible to AIDS.

    Current treatment for HIV works by reducing the amount of the virus in the body, enabling the imm

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  • Malignant neoplasms in the prostate

    Very common, but with high survival rates

    There were 1.3 million new prostate cancer cases in 2018,1 but the slow growth rate of the tumors (or “malignant neoplasms”) makes it a highly manageable illness.

    A malignant neoplasm is a cancerous tumor that grows in the prostate gland, a walnut-shaped male reproductive gland just below the bladder that controls the flow of semen. With early diagnosis, most men with this type of cancer can live for years with no problems.

    Prostate cancer is often a slow-growing disease. Because of this, you are more likely to die from othe

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  • Acquired deformities

    Not as common as they used to be

    An acquired deformity is a change in the normal size or shape of a body part as a result of an injury, infection, arthritis, or tumor.

    Common other causes of acquired deformities1 include:

    misaligned broken bones
    flattening of foot arches over time
    osteoarthritis (a disease that causes the joints to degenerate)
    conditions that cause tumors, goiters, or other masses to form, such as cancer or thyroid disease

    Some acquired deformities may be visible, but many are not. Nonvisible symptoms depend on the cause of the

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  • Easily misdiagnosed, MS occurs more often in women

    An unpredictable disease attacks the central nervous system

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an often disabling and unpredictable autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (CNS) that hinders the flow of information inside the brain and between the brain and the nerves of the body.

    Most diagnoses of MS occur in people between the ages of 20 and 50, with women being diagnosed with the disease two to three times more often than men.1

    MS is a common illness that affects many people in different ways, varying in its severity and course. It’s caused by white blood cells at

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  • Alzheimer’s & dementia: Two conditions, equally challenging to diagnose

    Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are common and preventable, but there is a great deal that is not known about them, making them very challenging to diagnose and treat.

    Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are often considered the same thing, when in fact there is a significant distinction between the two that can lead to confusion on the part of patients, families, and caregivers.1

    Dementia is a brain disorder that affects communication and performance of daily activities, while Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that specifically affects parts of the

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  • Avoiding colds and flu

    March 4, 2019

    The best prevention tactics are the simplest

    Many of the best tactics for avoiding colds and flu are very simple and easy to do, but also very easy to forget. But with a little diligence, you can coast through the cold and flu season without finding yourself ill or bedridden.

    One of the most basic preventative methods is the flu shot. Medical professionals insist that it is the single best way to prevent the flu.1

    Vigorous, frequent hand-washing with soap and water is another great way to avoid the viruses that cause colds and flu. The rule of thumb is to scrub hard for

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