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Treating your high blood pressure

What is blood pressure? Blood pressure refers to the force that your blood puts on the walls of your arteries. When your distance is too high, it can damage the walls of our arteries, heart and kidneys. What is the main cause of high blood pressure? Despite its name,...

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Choosing care for the end of life

This blog will discuss end of life care and give insight into what each option entails. How do you take care of someone at end of life? Choosing how to care for someone at the end of their life is an issue that doesn’t often get discussed, and as a result many people...

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Deciding about lung cancer screening

Who should be screened for lung cancer? If you have a heavy smoking history, have smoked within the last 15 years, and are age 55 and older, your risk for lung cancer is increased. If you meet these criteria, your doctor might recommend a low-dose CT scan to screen...

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Manage your morning sickness

"Morning sickness is often the toughest part of pregnancy during the first trimester. Whether you are suffering from nausea, vomiting, or both, there are some things you can try to manage your morning sickness and get some relief. One reliable tip is to take ginger or...

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Does menopause cause dizziness?

Women are more likely to experience dizziness during menopause, possibly due to the aging process and changes in hormone levels.
What causes dizziness during menopause?
Here are some possible explanations: Hormonal changes Menopause symptoms appear during perimenopause, the transition to menopause.
These hormones also play a role in the activity of other organs, including the brain, the heart, and the pancreas.
When the body’s estrogen levels drop, cells throughout the body may not receive enough glucose.
Aging The aging process can cause the inner ear and other body systems to stop working as well as they used to.
Indirect causes Dizziness is sometimes a symptom of a menopause-related condition, rather than a direct symptom of menopause.
Regular exercise, healthful eating, and hydration can also improve sleep.
Talk therapy and avoiding triggers of stress may also help.
Hormone therapy Hormone replacement therapy can help relieve perimenopause symptoms, including dizziness.

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Are you at risk for colon cancer?

If you are over the age of 50, it is important to understand that colon cancer is an increasing risk. Colon cancer rates in America have increased by 25% since 1990, which equates to about 2/3 of all cases. This significant number also corresponds with an increase in...

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Get a Pap test!

"In this article, you will learn how to get a pap test and what it means for your health. What's a Pap test? There are many types of medical care that can help keep women healthy. One of these is getting a pap test. A pap test is also called a pelvic exam, pelvic...

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Coping with irritable bowel syndrome

IBS causes abdominal discomfort, gas, and changes in the patterns of your bowel movements, as well as diarrhea or constipation.
Fiber Increasing your fiber intake may help to improve your symptoms of constipation caused by IBS.
Reducing your FODMAP intake may improve these symptoms.
Foods should only be restricted if they contribute to your IBS symptoms.
Increase physical activity Increasing your exercise levels may provide some relief from IBS.
You may find that you experience symptom relief and improved well-being by incorporating relaxation techniques into your day.
Using deep relaxation techniques such as abdominal breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualization is associated with many health benefits, including: improved memory and concentration increased productivity and energy levels improved sleep reduced muscle tension Practicing relaxation techniques will help you to take positive steps to address your IBS symptoms and prepare you to deal with any further stress that may come your way in the future.
Try IBS medications It is not clear what causes irritable bowel syndrome, so treatments aim to relieve symptoms to allow you to live as normally as possible.
Medications have also been approved that have been shown to be effective in treating multiple symptoms of IBS.
But by trying different combinations of diet, exercise, stress management, medications, and psychological therapies, you should be on your way to reduced discomfort from the symptoms of IBS.

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How long does digestion take? Tips for better digestion

Digestion is a process where the body breaks down food into smaller particles to absorb them into the bloodstream.
Complete digestion of food takes anywhere between 24 to 72 hours and depends on several factors, including the type of food eaten and the presence of digestive issues.
In many cases, the food moves through the stomach and small intestine within 6 to 8 hours.
People with these conditions should always work with their doctor to manage their symptoms and reduce digestive distress.
To enjoy optimal digestion, eat a balanced, high-fiber diet, engage in regular exercise, reduce stress, and manage any digestive conditions that may be present.

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Itchy gums: Causes, relief, and prevention

What are the possible causes, and are itchy gums an early warning sign that can help prevent other health problems?
Less common causes of itchy gums include: teething in younger children teething in adults between the ages of 17 and 21 when the wisdom teeth usually come through tooth abscesses Poor dental hygiene is the underlying reason for many cases of itchy gums because the teeth and gums are not kept clean enough, and plaque builds up.
Options for treatment and relief There are a few simple things that people can do at home straight away to relieve gum itching and irritation: brushing teeth, flossing, and using an antibacterial mouthwash rinsing the mouth with a saltwater solution taking an over-the-counter antihistamine if itching has been caused by an allergy A person should see their dentist if itching persists or if other symptoms are present.
When to see a doctor or dentist It is important to see a dentist if symptoms persist, as the first stage of gum disease or gingivitis can usually be controlled and treated easily.
If mouth injuries or bruxism cause itchy gums, wearing a customized mouth guard that prevents teeth grinding is likely to be the best option for preventing further damage to the teeth and gums.
Prevention The most important way to prevent itchy gums, and the problems that can be associated with them, is to keep teeth and gums clean.
Smoking can negatively affect oral health, including staining teeth or slowing down the healing process.
Hormonal changes, new medication, or an allergic reaction can cause itchy gums.
If someone is concerned or has symptoms that last more than a few days after treatment at home, they should consult a dentist.
Teeth often get more attention than gums, but looking after gums by brushing and flossing regularly and keeping an eye on any changes or irritation, is key to good overall oral health.

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Nephroptosis: Causes, diagnosis, and treatment

In some cases, nephroptosis can cause severe symptoms, including flank pain and blood in the urine.
For a long time, the treatment method of choice was to use surgery to attach the floating kidney to the abdominal wall.
Today, some surgeons will still perform this procedure if someone shows long-lasting symptoms of nephroptosis.
Doctors will often test the blood and urine. At this time, a doctor may order imaging studies.
The test should be done when the person is laying down and when they are standing up.
If symptoms do not improve with these treatment options, doctors may consider surgery.

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