Alcoholism Disease Or Not?

By , March 30, 2018 2:13 am

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Alcoholism can be given a lot of definitions and all of them stress the fact that there is a terrible disease that involves addiction to spirits. Apart from the physical dependence on alcohol, there are other psychological, genetic and social factors that may play a role in the development of alcoholism. Many social, economic and public health problems are determined by this very serious disease.

When alcoholism is concerned, symptoms include craving for alcohol, incapaci…

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Alcoholism can be given a lot of definitions and all of them stress the fact that there is a terrible disease that involves addiction to spirits. Apart from the physical dependence on alcohol, there are other psychological, genetic and social factors that may play a role in the development of alcoholism. Many social, economic and public health problems are determined by this very serious disease.

When alcoholism is concerned, symptoms include craving for alcohol, incapacity to have control over the use of alcohol, a greater tolerance to its effects, and withdrawal symptoms during the periods of abstinence. One should as well know that many alcoholics deny having a problem. In many cases intervention is necessary in order to persuade them to start treatment. Treatment in cases of alcoholism usually includes detoxification, counseling and psychotherapy, as well as treatment of associated medical problems, and different programmes for recovery and support.

Alcoholism involves physical and psychological addiction to the alcohol, and it often gets to a chronic, progressive form. There are situations in which it can become fatal, when alcohol consumption begins to interfere with your health, your social life or your occupational functioning. Alcoholics often continue to consume alcohol in huge quantities despite the multiple negative consequences of the disease. Nowadays, alcoholism is the most serious form of alcohol abuse. Alcoholism can be also defined in terms like “having a problem with drinking”. If one has a problem with drinking, that can result in health or social problems (drunk driving, for instance), but that doesn’t make one yet dependent on alcohol and it doesn’t mean one has fully lost control over using spirits – as in the case of alcoholism.

Cancer Survivors Move Beyond The Cure

By , March 25, 2018 5:50 am

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Doctors have some good news, for a change, about cancer.

Cancer Survivors Move Beyond The Cure

Doctors have some good news, for a change, about cancer. Today, 79 percent of U.S. children diagnosed with cancer survive it. The bad news, however, is that nearly two-thirds will experience physical or psychological problems or learning disabilities as a result of their diagnosis or treatment.

These “late effects” can occur months, even years after cancer has been treated. If survivors don’t know about late effects, they might not associate the problems with the cancer diagnoses and a minor health problem could become a life-threatening issue.

Whatever their child’s health, parents can take a proactive approach. Here are suggestions:

• You are your child’s best advocate. Learn all you can about the diagnosis, treatment protocol and potential complications.

• Maintain a detailed medical journal. From diagnosis on, keep a pen and notepad with you at all times and write everything down. Not only will this assist you during your child’s treatment, it will give you an accessible record for the future.

• Be open and honest with yourself, your family and especially your child. Knowledge about late effects is necessary to help your child lead a full, healthy and productive life.

• Maintain a healthy lifestyle for your family. A good diet during treatment can help minimize side effects. Follow a low-fat, plant-based diet and encourage daily physical activity to increase energy, improve moods, boost self-esteem and stimulate the immune system.

• After treatment, gather necessary information for your child’s continued care.

• Realize that as a result of the cancer or its treatment, your child may have difficulties in school. Meet with administrators and teachers to discuss your child’s needs and health issues. Talk to the teachers about educational late effects and watch for learning problems. If necessary, have your child take a neuropsychological evaluation.

• Be aware that transitioning to “normal life” as treatment ends may cause fear, anxiety and stress.

“It is critical that childhood cancer survivors receive accurate and current information about late effects,” said Stacia Wagner, a National Children’s Cancer Society (N.C.C.S.) survivorship specialist and cancer survivor.

Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism

By , March 20, 2018 8:02 am

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More serious complications of Graves’ Disease are weakened heart muscle that can lead to heart failure, osteoporosis, or possible severe emotional disorders.

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One of the main causes of hyperthyroidism is Graves’ Disease. Graves’ Disease, an autoimmune disease that sees an individual’s thyroid gland as a foreign object invading the body and produces antibodies to attack the gland. This causes the thyroid gland to produce a greater than normal amount of thyroxine. As a person’s thyroxine level increases, the body’s metabolic rate increases as well. A higher metabolism rate can lead to a number of health problems, including irregular heartbeat and anxiety disorders.

Graves’ Disease occurs mostly in middle-aged women, but it has also been known to occur in children and the elderly. There is said to be a genetic predisposition of the disease, but the cause remains unknown.

Symptoms of Graves’ Disease include a sensitivity to heat, weight loss, brittle hair, restlessness, muscle weakness, increased appetite, tremors, blurred or double vision, nervousness, redness and swelling of the eyes, fatigue, changes in heart beat and sex drive. While Graves’ Disease is an incurable ailment, it is not life threatening and can very well be treated with anti-thyroid drugs, radioactive iodine, or surgery to remove most of the thyroid gland.

While most individuals seem to do well on anti-thyroid medication, surgery may just be the best option in certain situations, such as individuals that have problems where the thyroid gland is interfering with the ability to swallow. Radioactive iodine destroys part or all of the thyroid gland and renders it incapable of overproducing thyroxine. The treatment consists of swallowing a pill containing radioactive iodine. Side effects are minimal and the treatment is relatively painless.

More serious complications of Graves’ Disease are weakened heart muscle that can lead to heart failure, osteoporosis, or possible severe emotional disorders. However, these complications are only likely to appear if Graves’ Disease is prolonged, untreated, or improperly treated. By visiting your doctor for a checkup and discussing your symptoms and treatment options for Graves’ Disease long before your symptoms begin to turn serious, you can safely treat Graves’ Disease and live happier and healthier knowing that although there is no cure for Graves’ Disease, it can be successfully treated.

National Awareness Campaign Bringing Attention To A Rare Lung Disease

By , March 15, 2018 11:14 am

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A new national disease awareness campaign called “Faces of PAH” is bringing attention to a rare, underrecognized lung disease known as pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

National Awareness Campaign Bringing Attention To A Rare Lung Disease

A new national disease awareness campaign called “Faces of PAH” is bringing attention to a rare, underrecognized lung disease known as pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Created by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA), the leading PAH advocacy organization, “Faces of PAH” seeks to raise PAH’s profile in the United States, and provide insight into both the medical and personal aspects of this life-threatening disease.

The initiative focuses on the stories of PAH patients through a series of doctor/patient interviews with national and local media. “Faces of PAH” patient ambassadors will highlight their experience with the disease, while thought-leading PAH doctors will provide an overview of symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.

PAH causes high blood pressure in the lungs due to narrowing and stiffening of the vessels that supply blood to the lungs. As these arteries become increasingly constricted, less blood is able to flow out of the right side of the heart for re-oxygenation in the lungs. The heart must pump harder to overcome the resistance, and this stress causes it to enlarge and lose pumping strength, leading to worsening of symptoms and, ultimately, heart failure.

Symptoms of PAH include:

• Breathlessness or shortness of breath

• Fatigue

• Dizzy spells

• Fainting

Chest pain, especially during physical activity

• Swollen ankles and legs.

PAH afflicts hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, but it is estimated that many of these individuals have not been diagnosed and are not receiving treatment. The disease can affect people of all ages and backgrounds, but primarily occurs in those 20 to 40 years old and is more prevalent in women than men.

“PAH has a history of being overlooked and misunderstood by most Americans,” said Rino Aldrighetti, Pulmonary Hypertension Association President. “‘Faces of PAH’ will share the stories of heroic PAH patients and their families in an effort to increase understanding of this debilitating disease.”

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit membership organization with a mission to seek a cure for pulmonary hypertension and provide hope for the pulmonary hypertension community.

The “Faces of PAH” campaign is made possible by an unrestricted grant from Encysive Pharmaceuticals.

Fight Back Against Joint And Muscle Pain

By , March 10, 2018 2:24 pm

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You can conquer pain. When the strains of physical activity or disease start to affect your joints, there are some effective ways you can fight back, without the sometimes serious side effects of many drugs.

Fight Back Against Joint And Muscle Pain

You can conquer pain. When the strains of physical activity or disease start to affect your joints, there are some effective ways you can fight back, without the sometimes serious side effects of many drugs.

• One of the latest therapies being used by health professionals is a natural compound composed of special fatty acids, available in supplement form. In clinical studies conducted at the University of Connecticut and published in the Journal of Rheumatology, the compound, called Celadrin, was shown to alleviate pain and increase range of motion, with no reported side effects.

Actor Dick Van Patten, an avid tennis player, was temporarily sidelined with severe shoulder pain. Facing painful cortizone shots or surgery, he tried a cream containing the compound.

“In a couple of days, the pain started to subside, and soon I was back to playing the game I love.”

Research has shown that the special fatty acids in Celadrin inhibit inflammation in endothelial cells that line the inside of various body cavities, and decrease the pro-inflammatory effects of arachidonic and other fatty acids. In addition, they may help to lubricate an affected joint, resulting in pain relief and increased mobility.

Here are some additional things you can do to help fight joint and muscle pain naturally:

• Touch can be comforting, particularly from a partner or a pet.

• Maintain your ideal body weight and exercise regularly.

However, not just any type of exercise will do. Exercise programs should be individualized, because people have different needs.

• Applying heat to the affected area can help relax muscles and joints and thus prevent painful spasms. Use a heating pad for 20 to 30 minutes at a time-going longer can lead to burns.

• Counterintuitively, cold can have the same effect as heat. In addition, the numbing properties of an ice pack-wrapped in something; never apply ice directly to the skin-can dull the pain, making it easier to go about your day.

New Hope For Psoriasis Sufferers

By , March 5, 2018 5:44 pm

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Warm weather normally means a return to shorts and T-shirts and relaxing trips to the beach, but for the millions of Americans with psoriasis, it can be a more stressful time of the year. There is no cure for psoriasis, but there is a variety of therapies available to improve and reduce its symptoms.

New Hope For Psoriasis Sufferers

Warm weather normally means a return to shorts and T-shirts and relaxing trips to the beach, but for the millions of Americans with psoriasis, it can be a more stressful time of the year.

Psoriasis is a noncontagious disease of the immune system that causes red, scaly patches to develop on some or all areas of the skin. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, close to five million adults in the U.S. have psoriasis, and up to 260,000 are diagnosed every year. The disease can be painful and disabling, both physically and emotionally.

There is no cure for psoriasis, but there is a variety of therapies available to improve and reduce its symptoms. Treatment approaches include creams or ointments for the skin, exposing the skin to light therapy, and oral and injectable treatments. Research indicates that more than 70 percent of patients are not completely satisfied with their current treatment.

A new therapy called Taclonex?(calcipotriene 0.005% and betamethasone dipropionate 0.064%) may offer new hope to psoriasis patients. Most people are candidates for topical therapies that are applied to the skin. These are usually the first line of defense in managing the disease. Taclonex?is an ointment that combines two widely used ingredients for slowing down excessive skin-cell growth, and for reducing the inflammation and redness associated with psoriasis. The treatment only needs to be applied once a day, and was found in clinical studies to be more effective and tolerable than its individual ingredients alone.

“Taclonex is a very promising new treatment option for people with psoriasis,” said Mark Lebwohl, MD, Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “It is rapidly effective, with most patients experiencing improvement within the first week of use,” said Dr. Lebwohl.

The most common side effect experienced with Taclonex?involved irritation of the skin.

If you have psoriasis or are experiencing symptoms of psoriasis, seek the advice of a dermatologist who can recommend appropriate therapy.

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