Posts by Judah

COPD: Hypoxia and Hypoxemia

According to the COPD Foundation, approximately 30 million people in United States suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, an umbrella term for a variety of diseases that affect a person’s ability to breathe. The most common forms of COPD are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. When an individual’s airflow is obstructed for an extended period of…

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CDC: Longest Flu Season in a Decade

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that this year’s flu season is the longest in ten years, and one of the longest since recordkeeping began over twenty years ago. Now in Week 21, the season has surpassed the 2014-2015 season, which lasted 20 weeks. And it’s not over yet. What has…

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The Surprising Link between Obesity and our Sense of Smell

In 2016, more than 2 billion adults were diagnosed as overweight, including 650 million who were defined as obese. The World Health Organization noted that global obesity has almost tripled since 1975. Indeed, it is now considered a major health epidemic. The American Medical Association (AMA) designated obesity as a disease in 2013. This designation…

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The Dangers of Polypharmacy

Polypharmacy, defined as the use of five or more medications, is associated with a number of risks, including adverse drug reactions, falls, and poor compliance with medical advice. Polypharmacy is a special risk in seniors, since they comprise just 13% of the population while accounting for 33% of all prescription medications and 40% of the…

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Lung Cancer: Early Detection Is Key

According to the American Cancer Society, the second most common form of cancer — and the leading cause of death due to cancer — is lung cancer. The society estimates that in 2018, there were 234,030 new cases of lung cancer, and 154,050 deaths. Unfortunately, lung cancer rarely displays any symptoms at its early stages.…

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Why Do I Have Night Sweats?

As we age, night sweats become increasingly common. They are generally caused by a hormonal imbalance, particularly a drop in testosterone. Although night sweats and hormonal imbalances are particularly common in women — especially during and after menopause – they affect both men and women. Declining testosterone levels are one of the primary causes of…

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4 Diseases that Strike Women Differently than Men

It’s not news that women are different than men. So it should be no surprise that gender differences apply even when it comes to health and disease. These 4 major diseases affect men and women very differently: Heart Disease Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both women and…

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Know Your Blood Results: Neutrophils

Most of us are used to getting a blood test at least once a year to help provide our doctors with a snapshot of our general health, and to alert them to possible health problems. Some of these tests are quite familiar to us, for example our cholesterol levels, including both HDL, LDL, and triglyceride…

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High Life Expectancy Linked to Diet

According to the most recent official figures, the three countries with the highest life expectancy are Japan, Singapore, and the principality of Monaco. Most experts agree that a major contributor to the high life expectancy experienced in these countries is their diet. It has become fashionable in recent times to declare some foods to be…

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Breakthrough in Treatment of Highly-Resistant Bacteria

Each year in the United States, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are responsible for approximately 2 million illnesses and nearly 25,000 deaths. And the number of drug-resistant bacteria is rising rapidly. The growing health crisis due to drug-resistant bacteria is exacerbated because the population most likely to suffer serious health consequences from them are the most vulnerable: infants,…

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