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Nocturnal Leg Cramps: Night-time Calf Muscle Pain

Nocturnal leg cramps can lead to a rude awakening: You're suddenly sleepless and in pain in the middle of the night. Symptoms of nocturnal leg cramps include excruciating contractions of the calf muscles [more…]

Looking at Liver Function Bloodwork

When you go for a physical, your healthcare practitioner frequently orders blood tests. Many folks first find out they have hep C after undergoing a routine blood test and finding that one or more of the [more…]

Comparing Formula and Breast Milk

One of the major issues to consider when deciding how to feed your baby is the quality of the food itself. Perhaps you've heard that breastfed babies get hungry sooner than bottle-fed babies. Does that [more…]

Lowering Your Salt Intake

Salt, which is made up of 40 percent sodium and 60 percent chloride, is critical to your life. You can't live without it. Sodium helps to maintain your blood's water content, serves to balance the acids [more…]

Knowing When Not to Massage

As innocuous as massage may seem, there are still times when you should refrain from giving one because it may adversely affect a health condition of the person who receives it. [more…]

Taking Your Blood Pressure Correctly

Your blood pressure can be taken with a mercury blood pressure gauge, an aneroid manometer, or an electronic device for measuring the blood pressure, as long as the device has been recently calibrated [more…]

Understanding the Principles of Feng Shui

Everyone appreciates the benefits of beautiful, comfortable living environments; America's billion-dollar interior decorating industry attests to this fact. However, Feng Shui takes the approach that your [more…]

Pinpointing the Causes of Hypothyroidism

The two most common causes of hypothyroidism are iodine deficiency and chronic thyroiditis. Iodine deficiency is rare in the United States and Europe but very common throughout the rest of the world. Chronic [more…]

Evaluating Your Esophagus

When you're talking about tests, this section is the Big Time for your esophagus. To reach this level of testing, you must exhibit symptoms of GERD which suggest esophageal damage that requires your doctor [more…]

Knowing Which Drugs Raise Blood Pressure

Plenty of drugs are on the market that actually raiseblood pressure on their own or because they block the action of a drug that lowers blood pressure. If you can possibly avoid them, do so. Sometimes, [more…]

Understanding the Dangers and Causes of Hypertension

Hypertension isn't called a killer for nothing. High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for developing coronary artery disease (CAD), the leading cause of death in the United States, and it's [more…]

Assessing the Consequences of Smoking

The physical and medical consequences of smoking are numerous, and the extent and seriousness of smoking-related illness are shocking. More than 450,000 Americans die each year as a result of smoking. [more…]

Noting the Signs and Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism, whether caused by Graves' disease or another condition, produces consistent signs and symptoms that affect every part of your body. The major abnormalities are described in the following [more…]

Identifying Variations on the Migraine Theme

As if migraines aren't big enough mischief-makers as it is, they also like to sing show tunes and take on different personas. So here we turn to migraine variants [more…]

Clearing Up Common Myths about Thyroid Health

Thanks to the Internet, you have access to incredible amounts of information about your thyroid. Unfortunately, much (perhaps most) of it is not accurate. Much of what you read online is based on the experiences [more…]

Looking Into Systemic Conditions that Mimic Alzheimer's Disease

A number of other conditions can mimic the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, including an underactive thyroid, vitamin deficiencies, too much calcium in the blood, and syphilis that's spread to the brain [more…]

Controlling Dust and Dander in Your Home

Allergen avoidance begins at home. Although avoiding or limiting exposure to allergens and irritants outside — as well as at work, school, or other indoor locations — is important, avoidance therapy can [more…]

Possible Causes of Arthritis and Joint Problems

The causes of arthritis are numerous — and some of them are still unknown. Scientists say that the development of joint pain, joint stiffness, and joint swelling can be traced to several contributing factors [more…]

Comparing Breast Implant Options

Saline and silicone implants both have advantages, and both types of implants can and do produce excellent breast augmentation results. Because of current FDA restrictions, for most women having breast [more…]

Chewing Away Cravings with Nicotine Gum

Nicotine gum is a popular nicotine replacement therapy. Available over the counter, it is easy to use and provides regular, measured amounts of nicotine to the bloodstream. The gum is loaded with nicotine [more…]

What Happens to Aging Muscles

As people age, their skeletal muscle mass starts to deteriorate. Your skeletal muscles (also known as lean muscle) are the muscles that attach to your bones and are under voluntary control. [more…]

Seeking Insurance Approval for Your Weight Loss Surgery

One of the happier moments in your weight loss surgery journey is when you get the seal of approval from your insurance company.

Most insurance companies realize the long-term effects and cost savings associated [more…]

Recoiling from Rebound Headaches

A rebound headache is a headache that you end up with just because you go in search of a little relief from the constant pounding in your noggin. You feel bad, so you take a pill — you feel worse, so you [more…]

Massaging Migraines Away

Several types of massage can be helpful in relieving the pain of migraine headaches. But there aren't enough studies to show how effective — or ineffective — these therapies are. Typically, migraine sufferers [more…]

Fighting Arthritic Pain with the Right Foods

The idea that food can cause or relieve arthritis isn't new. More than 200 years ago, English doctors prescribed cod-liver oil to treat gout and rheumatism. More recently, some health writers have insisted [more…]

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