Posts Tagged ‘pulmonary program Bayshore Community Hospital’

The Risks of Shingles in the Elderly

Chickenpox may be a childhood disease, but it has an older — and more dangerous — form, known as shingles. Both chickenpox and shingles are caused by the varicella-zoster virus. However, they have very different effects. Chickenpox is characterized by in itchy, blistering rash that can occur on any part of the body; shingles first…

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A Health Issue Everyone Should Discuss at Their Annual Exam

Whether you’re 20 or 80, healthy or sick, you need to discuss your plans for Advance Care with your doctor. Advance Care Planning involves thinking about what types of medical decisions you will want made for you if you are in a situation where you cannot state them yourself. Sound depressing? It doesn’t have to…

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New Hope for Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a condition marked by a faulty protein that causes the cells and glands that make mucus and sweat to malfunction. A person affected with CF typically finds that thickened mucus builds up in particular organs. This thickened mucus commonly causes infections, which can be severe, and even life-threatening. The damage also…

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Hypertension: Just the FAQs 

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is the most common chronic medical condition in adults ages sixty-five and older. In fact, just over half of older adults — 58 percent — are currently being treated for hypertension in the US. Many more have undiagnosed hypertension. What Is Hypertension? In hypertension, bloods flows through the…

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3 Tips for Avoiding Senior Dehydration  

Summertime, and the living is easy… But the pleasures of summer also increase the danger of dehydration, particularly in the senior population. In fact, according to the Health Care Financing Administration, dehydration is one of the ten most frequent causes of hospitalization for Medicare recipients. Why are seniors more susceptible to dehydration? They don’t feel…

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The Effects of TV-Watching on Health

Numerous studies have linked a sedentary lifestyle with a wide range of health disorders. Cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, depression and cancer are just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, it is been suggested that a sedentary lifestyle can negatively impact almost every aspect of a person’s health. Sitting for long periods of time…

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What Is a Blood Gas Test?

When someone is brought to the emergency room with difficulty breathing, medical personnel have only moments to determine the cause. Difficulty breathing can be caused by a wide variety of conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure, and even chemical poisoning. In order to determine the cause, a number of tests will be ordered. One…

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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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