What are purines and how do they affect people who suffer from gout? Foods that are high in purines raise uric acid levels, which negatively affects those with this condition.
Women need to be aware of the top issues affecting their health. With the medical technology and information available today, it is totally possible to avert these health problems and live longer.
A secret language, dark jokes, and grueling membership dues. A folklorist's look at the culture of cancer survivors.
Those who suffer from auto-immune diseases, such as lupus, may find it challenging to feel gratitude. Here are a few things we may not think of expressing gratitude for, but should.
I'd never heard of a silent heart attack until the doctors told me I'd probably had one. This is the tale of how I found out about my heart attack—and what I am doing to prevent another.
I suffered from toenail fungus for years before I decided to take real action. After trying many snake oil cures, I finally used Lamisil to cure my toenail fungus forever.
Having the flu is no picnic. However, there are things you can do to speed up your recovery and shorten your downtime.
How do you forgive the person that bears the title of spouse—who has infected you with the HIV virus? How do you overcome those feelings of condemning shame and worthlessness for doing so?
Disease burden varies widely depending on location, wealth, gender, age, and race. This article looks at the top 5 causes of death in high-income countries, and how you can prevent these illnesses.
Sneezing is a common but often annoying and embarrassing occurrence. Many myths have developed about the process, which still seems somewhat mysterious today.
A hunched posture not only looks bad—it is also a bad sign. If your posture looks hunched, that means your spine is hunched, as well. Learn what causes a hunched back and how to correct it.
All my life, I have been told I must have "big brains to hold all that smartness in." Little did I know this was actually true.
TMD (Temporomandibular joint disorder) is a problem that takes place in the jaw region. TMD sufferers experience a lot of pain and discomfort, such as headaches, difficulty chewing, or a stiff feeling in their jaw. The severity of TMD varies, and different ways can be used to reduce the pain, such as exercises and possibly surgery.
I have come to learn that I will never be the person I was before my condition worsened, and I have accepted this fact. However, this does not mean I'm not allowed to be angry.
In this article, I will share my journey with Efudix skin treatment. I've included photos to show how my skin changed and notes about how I felt throughout the process. I hope that reading about my experience will help anyone undergoing the same treatment.
Whether having pets as an infant causes or prevents childhood asthma has long been debated. Some research has shown that owning pets early on can reduce sensitivity to allergens, but experts have not reached a consensus.
What to expect when your child has a sleep study. This is our personal experience with pediatric sleep apnea.
What is a CPAP? How to determine if you need one, types of masks and sizes available, and how to find the perfect-fitting mask. Advice from my own experience.
With over 8 million people working shift work, the mental and physical effects are astounding. Whether this is you, or someone you know, there are important things you need to know.
Considering the pros and cons of sharing the diagnosis and updates about chronic illnesses such as cancer on social media
How are migraines and seizures similar in terms of their symptoms and triggers? How can you tell the difference between these two types of neurological disorders?
How does having a urinary tract infection affect your ability to run? What precautions should you take, and when should you see a doctor?
I have diabetes. I eat low carb meals and exercise. I take all my medications every day and at the same time everyday. Yet, my diabetic medications are not working.
I've gotten quite a few eye rolls from waiters when I ask if something has gluten in it. I know it's often a fad diet, but Celiac disease runs in my family and gluten has severe consequences for me.
My family has dealt with scabies twice, and I want to share what I've learned. In one case we struggled with these mites for over 3 months until completely getting rid of them within 2 days.
Angelman syndrome is a genetic disorder of the 15th chromosome. This is what I've learned as a mom to two Angels.
For nearly fourteen years I struggled with chronic iron deficiency anemia. Today, I am happy to say I am no longer anemic!
Lumbosacral neuritis is a term that is used to describe the irritation of the several nerves that line the vertebrae or spinal column, particularly in the lower back of the person being diagnosed.
Though awareness is spreading, fibromyalgia is still considered to be a “controversial” diagnosis. This poses a problem for those of us who have it.
Treponema pallidum pertenue is a spirochete bacterium that causes yaws. The disease has made a comback after being almost eradicated. In its most serious form it can cause deformities and disabilities.
Overtly religious condolences offered to non-believers during times of grief may feel fake, meaningless, or even rude. Learn how to deal with those feelings and understand what those sentiments mean.
"A chronic illness is a constant and sometimes overwhelming companion. Only the power of a warm heart can alleviate the deep chill." - Robert K. Massie
Oftentimes, we parents forget that we need just as much support as the child(ren) we raise. If your child also has a health issue, you may completely forget to look after yourself.
Not all cultures see death as negative or frightening; it is, after all, a natural process we all go through at some stage after our birth. Let's investigate the dying process.
Even when you've tried and failed to find the right doctor with the answers to your unexplained symptoms, don't give up. Keep trying! The doctor you seek may be the very next one you see.
What I thought was a little bump on my nose turned out to be basal cell carcinoma. In this article, I discuss what causes it, how to recognize it, and what you can do to prevent it.
CPAP use is not common in children, and it can be hard to find practical advice for helping children adjust to this therapy. A basic guide for starting CPAP therapy in children with sleep apnea.
Beyond the physical disabilities, multiple sclerosis can also affect memory. For me, I mourn lost childhood memories.
Although you may think you already know about all of the common sense methods to treat insomnia, they are worth going over again. That's because they really work.
When we are under pressure; for example, when we are living with a chronic illness, it's then that God shows us lasting treasures!
A helpful article about preventing colds—and how to treat your symptoms should you happen to become stricken.
This article discusses the staging of cancer and the various complications that arise during treatment.
In July of 2004 my mother called us three kids together for a family meeting. Immediately, my gut told me something was wrong.
After treatment for a brain tumor, I thought our family had been through the worst. Unfortunately, I was wrong. This is the journey of our family through pain, depression—and back out to the light.
This article discusses current medical treatment for IBS by examining a case study of a 47-year-old female patient. Diagnosis and disease management is covered.
An injection of epinephrine in anyone suffering from a severe allergic reaction or severe asthma attack can be lifesaving, but many people do not use it when needed or do not use it properly.
Tips on how to relieve a trigger finger. These are the techniques that are helping me with the stiffness in my finger.
A lifelong journey that serendipitously finds a cure for keratosis pilaris, a skin condition causing red bumps. Read a personal story of suffering, the easy cure, and the resulting freedom.
Symptoms of advanced cancer are so cruel. My mother-in-law, the doting grandma to my children, was taken away from us after 25 days in the hospital and 5 days at home. I miss her—my other mom.
Is a person more likely to develop multiple sclerosis if he or she has a family member with the condition? Recent developments have shed some light on the matter.
This article explains an allergic reaction to minocycline, which is part of the tetracycline family. Puffiness and redness around the eyes are potential symptoms.
My wife was astonished by the migraine fore-warnings. Here are explanations for the physiological symptoms of migraine based on her reports. Confusion over symptoms can cause much anxiety.
Sleep architecture is the amount of time spent in each sleep cycle. Abnormal architecture may be caused by sleep-disordered breathing, periodic leg movements, or other sleep disorders.
I was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. I am here to share how this condition affects my day-to-day life, including my love life.
Assessing a patient's spiritual needs is an important component of the holistic approach to effective management of pain. It provides an insight into how the patient and the family are likely to cope.
Chicken pox is much less common in adults than it is in children, but it can have some nasty symptoms. I recently went through this unfortunate experience. This is what you should look out for.
Sever's disease is a horrible name that makes parents and gymnasts cringe. Despite its name, Sever's disease is a common gymnastics injury, and it can be easily managed.
Did you know that up to 80% of Americans have a magnesium deficiency? Coincidentally, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes are reaching epidemic levels in the United States. Is there a correlation between magnesium deficiency and diabetes?
My life was not ruined by having a cleft lip and palate, although it could have been. From my own experience, I'll share those difficulties and successes that can help others thrive.
Every day, 43 kids hear those dreaded few words, spoken usually to their parents: "Your child has cancer." On July 16th, 2015, I was one of those children.
Gynecomastia affects up to 50% of males, yet few have heard of this condition. The author interviewed specialist Dr Hassan Nurein to learn more about causes and treatments for this condition.
Throughout my journey, I discovered the incredible resilience required of the creative mind in overcoming serious adversity. The journey fosters growth and helps me find new meaning.
A ketogenic diet is high in fat and low in carbohydrate. The diet can be very helpful for some people with epilepsy, though it may not be a cure.
Appendicitis can be deadly, and what makes it scary is that it isn't always obvious that you have it. I didn't exhibit the usual signs of this condition—and I almost didn't get treatment in time.
Did that 3D movie just turn your stomach? Learn more about "3D motion sickness," what causes it, and how widespread it really is.
Accutane is a powerful drug with some serious side effects. It is mainly used in the treatment of severe cases of acne. The article summarises everything you need to know about Accutane and acne.
Do you know your partner's HIV/AIDS status? Do you know how to tell if they're at risk of having the Human Immunodeficiency Virus?
Ambien has been a great prescription sleep medication for some, but others need something extra to help them sleep. Is it really safe to take melatonin while using Ambien?
People with phantosmia have an illusory sense of smell; they smell things that simply are not there. Read more about this uncommon smell disorder.
Stress is one of the most common causes of adult acne today. In this article, we'll see how stress causes acne, how it worsens your acne, how you can manage your stress-acne, and other triggering factors.
For me, the grief of losing my husband felt like the panic you feel just before you fall. This is my advice to people who are trying to comfort a friend or loved one who is grieving a loss.
Corn allergies and intolerances mean avoiding all sources of corn derivatives. But what happens when you get sick? How do you find safe medication? What do you eat? A guide to all this and more.
This hub explores the seven leading causes of lung cancer, including a section outlining more specific information about the onset of mesothelioma.
Cruciferous vegetables contain glucosinolates, which produce indole-3-carbinol in our digestive tract. The latter chemical is thought to decrease the risk of colon cancer. New research may explain how this process works.
Traveling with back pain and sciatica is a challenge. I would like to share some useful tips from my personal experience, as well as guidance from others, that will make it easier for you.
Selenium is one of the most overlooked nutrients. It can boost your mood and prevent and slow the progression of cancer.
Obesity is a complex and serious condition that is becoming increasingly common. Evidence that specific gut bacteria cause or contribute to obesity is growing.
The relationship between massive electrolyte losses, generalized weakness, muscle movement, and diarrhea. The physiology, work-up, and management are briefly explained.
Personal account of the discovery of basal cell skin cancer, the dangers of ignoring it, and the surgery that could have been avoided.
Some people don't believe fibromyalgia exists, but patients with this painful condition certainly do. Learn about why it is so hard to diagnose, symptoms, and the current treatment options.
Many different bacteria live on our skin and in its upper layer. Most are harmless. Some may be helpful. A few become harmful under certain conditions.
This is my personal story of polio. I also discuss symptoms, causes, and a brief history of the disease in the United States.
When you are diagnosed with diabetes, you need to develop a basic care plan. Take control of your health, so that it doesn't control you.
Losing a loved one is the hardest thing we ever have to deal with. Coming to terms with them no longer being present on this planet is hard to swallow. Let's celebrate life and remember them forever!
Swollen ankles in the summertime not only look unsightly but can be very uncomfortable, too. Read on to find the cause and how to avoid swelling.
Here are a few simple, easy-to-remember tips for providing the support your loved one needs as they learn to manage their diabetes.
If there's any one thing that will mess with your circadian rhythm—and your sleep in general—it's Daylight Saving Time.
When we lose a loved one, sometimes we get stuck blaming ourselves for things that were not our fault.
Nasal irrigation, with a Neti pot or bulb syringe, can relieve nasal stuffiness as well as flush out excess mucous secretions related to allergies, rhinitis, sinusitis, and sinus infection.
Getting a diagnosis for a medical condition can be devastating and leave you with more questions than answers. Here are a few ideas to help you cope with the unexpected news.
Measles and rubella (German measles) are viral diseases. They both produce a red body rash and can cause complications, but there are important differences between them.
This paper explores a study on the use of yoga to improve the quality of life for female patients with breast cancer.
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is an invisible disease that affects various autonomic functions of the body. It results in low blood pressure, high heart rate, and fainting.
Unless you’re having unusual chest pains, you probably don’t have pericarditis—but I wanted to share my experience because of how quickly I was broadsided by this condition.
What I've learned about living with diabetes. Diabetes education is vital. Living with diabetes does not have to be a lifelong prison sentence.
Sleep paralysis can be a scary experience. Understanding the phenomenon can help you to be less afraid, and avoid future sleep paralysis attacks.
When you book extra hitchhikers into your jail! Learn about ways to treat your inmates and prevent the lice from spreading.
Mycobacterium leprae is the bacterium that causes leprosy. It damages nerves, perhaps by reprogramming Schwann cells or by hijacking macrophages in the immune system.
How to distinguish between allergies, the common cold, and influenza, and when to seek medical intervention.
Our son tested positive for dengue with his platelet count dropping to 15000/cumm. We had no choice but to go for blood transfusion. Thankfully, the transfusion worked, and he recovered.
Urinary tract infections can be extremely painful. If not treated properly, they can cause serious damage to your body. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments.
The experience of losing a loved one can take a huge toll on your life, as well as on the lives of those around you. Allowing God into my life helped me heal from the pain.
Oral mucositis, a common complication of chemotherapy, can be very painful and difficult to live with. This article will give you some advice on how to eat and cope when you have this condition.
When children experience grief during their early developmental stages, their emotional health is compromised. Our actions as adults can help them work through their grief and learn to trust again.
The only grief we can speak to is that which we've personally experienced. No two experiences are the same.
The story of a young U.S. military academy grad's struggle to become an Army Ranger while battling a life-changing diagnosis.
How to make taking insulin less painful and more convenient. These tips are based on my personal experience.
Here are some thoughtful gift ideas for a friend or family member who has just had back surgery, knee surgery, or hip surgery.
There are more people out there with MS than you probably imagine. This is what the progression of the disease has been like for me.
Your illness symptoms may be caused by your sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. Learn what electromagnetic field sensitivity is and how you can live with this affliction.
For those of us who do hard physical labor, whether it's for a living or just fixing up your home, back pain is inevitable. It's just part of the deal. I've found some things to make it heal faster.
My whole family came together to care for my terminally ill father. We actively chose to forge a new experience with him that was satisfying and fulfilling, without any lingering guilt or regret.
The lack of sense of smell is called anosmia. Learn what having no sense of smell is like for one anosmic and how it affects the sense of taste.
A look at the most common myths, false beliefs and recognized truths about the causes of cancer . This article also includes tips on how to tell the difference between fake and truthful news about these causes.
If you're reading this, chances are you have Burning Mouth Syndrome, or I've perked your interest. It is a syndrome that has no exact answers.
How to prevent, manage, and treat cystitis, urinary bladder inflammation, and urinary tract infection (UTI). The author shares what she's learned from personal experience.