What Is COPD?

The term COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  There are two types of COPD: emphysema and chronic bronchitis.  Patients with COPD have difficulty breathing, and their symptoms may include wheezing or coughing.  Excess mucus is produced and blocks the airways.
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Menopause and Weight Gain

Many women experience weight gain after menopause. While there may seem to be a direct correlation, weight gain at this time of life is usually due to a combination of factors related to aging. Hormonal changes, including lower estrogen levels, may make women more susceptible to weight gain around the abdomen. However, our metabolism naturally slows down as we age. Genetic factors may also play a part in weight gain later in life.
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Recognizing Signs of a Stroke

Stroke is a disease of the blood vessels of the brain.  An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel becomes blocked by a clot.  If a blood vessel ruptures and bleeds, that is a hemorrhagic stroke.  When the brain can no longer get the blood and oxygen it needs, brain cells die.  Subsequently, the parts of the body that are controlled by the affected brain cells do not function properly.  Stroke is a leading cause of disability and death.
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The Truth About Heatstroke

At its most basic, you suffer a heatstroke when your body overheats. This may be a result of too much physical activity in the sun (or other hot environments) or simply being exposed to the heat for a long period of time. When exposed to hot outdoors weather, humid weather can exacerbate your risk of heatstroke, especially if you are exposed to this weather for multiple, consecutive days. While heatstroke caused by strenuous physical activity can occur to anyone, those who are not accustomed to hot weather are at greater risk. Regardless of the direct cause, other exacerbating factors include wearing too much clothing, drinking alcohol, or not properly hydrating your body.

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How to Get in a Good Routine Before School Starts

As the summer draws to a close, a new school year waits on the horizon. Parents of school-age children who face the task of helping their young learners readjust to the regularity of a school schedule and the challenges of academics. Gone will be the days of sleeping in and lounging around the house all morning. Gone will be the days of watching late movies on weeknights or staying up to play video games. For some, this shift in schedules may come as a shock that disrupts their academic performance and causes a difficult start to the school year. But this can be avoided with a few weeks of careful planning and discipline. Follow these tips two weeks before the start of the school year and you can help your children gracefully slide back into a regular school schedule once again.

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Quit Smoking Once and For All

In today’s health-conscious world, it’s increasingly common to see people committing to the difficult but worthwhile task of quitting smoking. While this habit is among the hardest to break, it can definitely be done, and in this post we’re going to give you a couple tips to get you on your way to quitting for good. Let’s start off with an overlooked but important point: You need to have a reason.

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Ways to Help Prevent Arthritis in Women

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 80 million American adults will receive arthritis diagnoses by the year 2040. Women are at higher risk than men, and most adults are diagnosed after the age of 45.

You may show no signs of aching, stiff joints today, but your risk of experiencing pain goes up each year. To give yourself a fighting chance against this life-altering diagnosis, implement these three arthritis prevention strategies today.

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Does gender play a role in mental health?

Mental health is in the news a lot lately, especially with the increased focus on gun violence and everyone from politicians to celebrities weighing in on the state of mental health care in the United States. One issue you don’t hear a lot about is gender and mental health. Does one’s biological sex play a role in predisposition toward various conditions and type of treatment?

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Tips for a healthy pregnancy

Taking good care of yourself during pregnancy is very important. It is a time in your life where you need to pay special attention to your body. Below are some tips that can help to make your pregnancy a breeze.

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Should I Get a Regular Physical Exam?

The body is an incredible machine designed to do hundreds of tasks to maintain life. And like any machine, sometimes parts wear out or need to have maintenance done to them. Oftentimes, people will ignore the signs that they need to seek treatment from a doctor or will skip yearly exams because they “feel” fine. Ironically, they will take their vehicles in every few thousand miles to get their oil changed and their car fluids checked. If a person is willing to be diligent about their cars health, why are they so reluctant to have their own bodies checked to make sure everything is in working order? By not getting a physical checkup at least annually, people put themselves at risk of allowing treatable issues to linger too long and become much more serious, sometimes even fatal. Click here to read more »

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