It is a medical condition that is on the rise throughout globe. Cellular phones are not the only devices that are to blame. Texting thumb as it is commonly known is a type of injury that is also seen with prolonged use of computers, video game controllers and handheld gaming consoles. It is one type of computer-related injury of the hand and can affect any finger or even involve the wrist. However, most of us know it as the thumb pain and often stiffness that arises with hours of texting on a mobile phone or with playing a video game. What needs to be stressed is that it is not so much the device that is at fault as it is the behavior of the user.
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A stroke is the second most common cause of death around the world. In the United States it has fallen to the fourth most common cause of death for Americans. The prevalence of a stroke these days is largely due to an aging population especially in developed nations. Modern medical treatment and management has played a major role in reducing the incidence of death from a stroke. While it is largely preventable in many instances, late diagnosis and a delay in commencing with treatment are some of the main reasons for fatal outcomes.
Gas in the digestive tract is normal. Some of it is expelled orally as a belch. Remaining gas is expelled via the rectum as flatus. Just what quantity constitutes excessive gas is debatable. It is known that most people will pass flatus between 15 to 20 times a day. The number of belches daily varies greatly from one person to another. While the exact quantity cannot be definitively identified, most of us know when we are passing too much gas. Not only is it embarrassing in a social setting, it can also be uncomfortable.
Some 20 million American adults have gallstones and gallstone complications account for as many as 10,000 deaths per year. It is by no means a rare or insignificant disorder but since most people with gallstones are asymptomatic (without symptoms), gallstones often does not get the same attention as other common medical conditions. Many people are not familiar with the symptoms of gallstones as they would be with the symptoms of more common ailments. However, spotting gallstones early and getting medical attention as soon as possible can in some cases even make the difference between life and death.
Hair loss is a common cosmetic problem that is just as much a concern for women as it is for men. However, it primarily affects males. The majority of cases are due to genetic factors, hormonal alterations and changes in the body that are not related to any disease. It is difficult to prevent these types of hair loss although you could possibly slow it down.
Changing your diet and lifestyle could make a difference but only to a limited extent. It is more likely useful for hair loss related to dietary and lifestyle factors. Sometimes hair loss can be a sign of some underlying disease, either of the scalp and hair or affecting the entire body. Treating the underlying disease may stop the hair loss and even allow for regrowth.
Many of us put more value to our sense of vision than to other senses like smell or taste. And the first sign of a visual disturbance triggers anxiety and stress. But vision problems are not uncommon in the modern world. Refractive errors like myopia (shortsightedness) are commonplace these days and can be easily corrected. It is unlikely to lead to serious disturbances in vision even in the long term. However, not every visual disorder is as easily treated. Sometimes blurred vision is an early symptom of a more serious eye disorder that can eventually lead to blindness.
Meningitis is a cause for concern for any parent. It is an infection of the linings around the brain and spinal cord that can result in death. Some types of meningitis are more deadly than others but even if the condition is not life threatening, it is a serious infection with major possible complications. The key is to identify meningitis as early as possible in children – a task that can be difficult as symptoms may not be as typical as it would be in adults. Parents therefore need to be vigilant when a meningitis outbreak is reported among children in a certain area. Even without outbreaks, being able to spot meningitis early can sometimes make the difference between life and death.
Dishpan hands is a problem for any person who regularly washes dirty dishes by hand. It is actually not only a phenomenon with washing dishes. The same type of skin condition can occur when you wash clothes by hand or partake in other daily chores involving prolonged exposure to soap and water. Some people are naturally more sensitive than others and may develop dishpan hands from just washing for a week or so. Others may wash lots of dishes everyday for months or years and not experience a problem. There are number of factors that play a part in dishpan hands eczema and need to be attended to in order to avoid the problem.
Coffee drinking is a norm across the globe, even among nations that are seen as traditionally being tea drinkers. Over 50% of American adults drink coffee daily despite the fact that coffee had been considered to be bad for your health for many decades. The fact is that coffee actually has health benefits and according to experts, these benefits outweigh the health risks. Many of the health risks associated with coffee are unfounded. However, as with any food or drink, too much of coffee can definitely have an adverse impact on your health. A cup or two of coffee daily is well within the safe limits and likely to offer you some of the health benefits associated with this popular drink.
Many infectious diseases are spread through contaminated food and water. But it is not only contracted in restaurants and from street food vendors. Transmission of viruses, bacteria and its toxins as well as other parasites through food and water can occur in the home just as much as in commercial kitchens. The risk is significantly greater when traveling to countries where the hygiene standards are not the same as most developed countries. However, even in the most developed nation the risk of foodborne and waterborne illnesses are always present although to a significantly lesser degree.
So what can you do to ensure that you minimize the chances of feeding your family and yourself contaminated food and water? Just a few simple measures can make a big difference in the home and even prove to be lifesaving when traveling abroad.
A scratchy throat is a common way to describe an inflamed, itchy or irritated throat. Most of us experience throat symptoms like these many times in life. Sometimes it progresses into a full blown sore throat while at other times a scratchy throat remains as just a mild irritation and nothing else. It can last for a few days or persist for longer yet it does not develop further into an intense sore throat as we know it. Eventually it passes on its own. Whatever the case, a scratchy throat can be annoying and affect your ability to talk, eat and sleep peacefully.
As the leading cause of cancer deaths, it is important for every person to known the signs and symptoms of lung cancer. Like with any cancer, early intervention in lung cancer can drastically reduce the chances of death. However, all cancers are largely asymptomatic (without symptoms) or present with mild non-specific symptoms in the early stages. It is therefore important for every person to be aware of the symptoms and constantly bear it in mind should these symptoms arise. While these are some diagnostic investigations that can identify lung cancer, it is not completely foolproof. Depending on the size, nature and location of the malignancy, these tests may miss lung cancer in the early stages.
Every year some 30 million Americans experience one or more migraine. Although it is a common condition, migraines are often confused with other types of headaches. A migraine is a very severe headache that occurs in episodes and are is often accompanied by other symptoms ranging from nausea and vomiting to light sensitivity and extreme fatigue. Not every headache, even a severe headache, can be classified as a migraine. But migraines may not always present in a typical manner and it is therefore sometimes difficult to differentiate a migraine from more common headaches like tension-type and cluster headaches.
It is often a topic of debate but the fact is that breastfeeding is the best nutritional option for your baby. While commercial milk formula is an excellent option for feeding your baby, no product can replace breast milk. As more women choose to breastfeed, the question plaguing every mother’s mind is what they should and should not be doing. You have already taken the first right step by opting to breastfeed if you can and while much of what you need to do should come naturally to you, it never hurts to get advice from a medical doctor, lactation consultation or even other experienced mothers.
Despite affecting some 5 million Americans, fibromyalgia is a poorly understood condition. It is known to be debilitating and can adversely affect a person’s quality of life. As yet there is no cure. Ongoing research is slowly revealing other aspects of fibromyalgia that may eventually open new avenues to treatment options. One of the many hurdles is the misconceptions surrounding fibromyalgia which can compound the work, social and personal implications of the disease. Here are some of the more common myths and facts about fibromyalgia.
Most of us do not give our urine much thought. A quick flush and it is disposed of and the story is over for at least the next few hours. But the urine itself and urinary habits can serve as important signs of kidney and urinary tract problems. In fact, your urine can also tell you a lot about other aspects of your health beyond the genitourinary system. You do not have to spend copious times inspecting your urine and trying to reach a conclusion of where the problem may lie. The important aspect is knowing what is normal and what is not and seeking medical attention is something seems amiss.
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