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Why Are My Feet Swollen?

Swelling in the feet and legs might be caused by something as simple as standing for too long, or by a serious health condition. The medical term for swelling caused by fluid retention is edema. Other symptoms of edema include: Discomfort in the swollen area Reduced mobility of the swollen area Skin that appears shiny…

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5 Tips for Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects the body from head to toe, but diabetics should be aware that those toes — and the rest of their feet — are at special risk. If you are diabetic, you know that proper foot care, including washing, drying, and inspecting your feet is crucial. But you also need to be aware that…

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The Family Medical History: A Crucial Part of Good Health Care

One part of a consultation with a new healthcare provider is giving them a detailed family medical history. It’s not small talk; the family medical history contains important clues to your health, now and down the line. Why is a family medical history important? Many diseases, including arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and…

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ADLs and IADLs 

They may sound similar, but knowing the difference between an ADL and an IADL can affect the type of care your loved one can get — and whether it’s covered by your insurance. ADLs ADL stands for Activities of Daily Living. There are six basic ADLs, which relate to the tasks a person’s must be…

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What is Allergic Asthma?

Allergic asthma refers to asthma that is brought on by specific triggers, for example pets or peanuts. In many cases, allergic asthma can be life-threatening, especially if the allergen causes anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a condition in which the immune system’s allergic response leads to the release of chemicals that cause blood pressure to drop suddenly…

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The 4 Most Common Complications of Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that affects the blood, but its complications are not limited to blood-related issues, such as hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Since the blood nourishes every cell of the body, diabetes can disrupt the proper functioning of virtually every organ. Here are the four most common complications associated with this disease. Heart disease…

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What is a FEV1 Test?

Forced expiratory volume (FEV1) is a pulmonary function test that calculates the amount of air that a person can force out of their lungs in one second. FEV1 measurements can help doctors diagnose chronic lung diseases such as COPD. It can also help them determine the severity the disorder. COPD is a general term used…

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New Hope in the Fight against Antibiotic-Resistance

In the ninety years since antibiotics were first discovered, they have saved innumerable live. Unfortunately, they have also given rise to new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The issue of antibiotic resistance is so serious that the World Health Organization (WHO) has called it “one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.”…

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6 Tips for Better Living with COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung condition that causes diminished or obstructed airflow. Typical symptoms of COPD include breathing difficulty, chronic coughing, chronic production of mucus, and wheezing. COPD is a progressive disease which not only interferes with an individual’s quality of life but increases risk of heart disease, lung cancer,…

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Heart Rate vs Blood Pressure

Heart rate and blood pressure are two of four “vital signs” that help assess a person’s general health and give clues to possible diseases. The other two are body temperature and respiratory rate. We are familiar with body temperature, since we often measure it at home to check for infection. Respiratory rate refers to the…

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