If you are a Baby Boomer, you’ve surely heard of shingles— a painful rash that often presents with blisters, fatigue, muscle weakness, and fever. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one in every three Americans will get shingles during their lifetime. Shingles is caused by a virus — the varicella-zoster virus — which also
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This has to be one of the coldest, dreariest, and snowiest winters on record. Spring isn’t shaping up any better with snow and rain storms heralding its arrival. Everywhere you turn, people appear depressed, lethargic and moody. If the weather and season have got you down and there is no other reason to feel this
Have you ever wondered why there are days you feel like a couch potato and are too tired to move and when you step onto the bathroom scale, your weight seems to be ballooning out of control and you can’t figure out why? Inactivity, illness, depression and/or age might all be factors, but a thorough
At one time or another, we all suffer from bouts of sadness brought on by something such as a career disappointment, physical illness, relationship woes or financial strains. Sadness is a normal emotion. For most, this is transient often disappearing after a short while. However, when unrelenting stresses continue they can signal serious risks to
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Monday, 26 February 2018 by Rose-Marie Brandwein
Wearable technology is more than just a fashion or techie fad. Just under 50 million wearable devices were shipped in 2015 and over 125 million units are expected to ship in 2019 (Forbes, 2016). These wearables are used for everything from tracking calories and evaluating exercise regimens to monitoring the progression of more substantial illnesses.
Thursday, 15 February 2018 by Rose-Marie Brandwein
Osteoporosis which means “porous bone” is a bone disease of middle and old age affecting more women than men. A healthy bone resembles a honeycomb but an osteoporotic bone is less dense and replete with abnormal tissue, spaces and holes. It’s a “silent” disease that patients don’t know they have until a bone weakens and
You know that uncomfortable feeling—when you’re bloated or gassy and there is nowhere to run or hide. Thoughts flit through your mind as you try to figure out what caused this recent flare-up while racing to the nearest bathroom. For those who suffer with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), coping with a chronic malady like IBS
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a lifesaver in more ways than one. We’ve all read countless articles on how AI is being used to analyze data with pinpoint accuracy as to whether a brain scan may indicate a patient’s likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s or find the minutest evidence of a cancerous tumor in a blood test.
Come flu season, everyone rushes out to buy over-the-counter pain relievers like Advil or Motrin—the brand names for Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is part of a class of drugs known as NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). NSAIDs are excellent for relieving headaches, reducing joint pain and fevers. However, they do have significant adverse side effects such as stomach
You see it all the time; people glued to their smartphones walking into traffic oblivious to the world around them. We’ve always suspected that being too dependent on our smartphones might have an adverse effect on our well-being. Now, we know there is some truth to it. At the annual meeting of the Radiological Society