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Difference Between Acute Pain and Chronic Pain

Pain is the standard reaction of the nervous system in most animals, including humans, to stimuli that may cause actual or perceived harm to the body. When a person feels pain, it is an indicator that something is wrong and corrective action should be taken at the earliest possible opportunity. Everyone experiences pain at some…

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Severe Allergies: Why You Should Consider Carrying 2 EpiPens

If you suffer from a serious allergy, you know how traumatizing anaphylactic shock can be. It’s very frightening to develop itchy hives on your body because you know what’s coming soon. Your throat will begin to swell and your blood pressure will drop. Then, you’ll have difficulty breathing. At that point, there’s only one course…

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How Does the Blood Clot?

Simply put, a blood clot is what keeps you from continuing to bleed – and lose blood – if you happen to suffer a cut by providing a buffer between the blood vessels and the outside world. However, clots can also be formed inside of the body, and these have the potential to cause serious…

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Can Spiriva Reduce Flare-ups In Asthma Patients?

Spiriva might be a good solution for asthmatics. The question is, how safe is it? In 2010, the drug Spiriva was used in a study for asthmatic patients, for a period of 14 weeks. The patients who were chosen had been unable to experience relief from inhaled steroids alone. This population of patients needed something…

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Don’t Fall Prey to Autumn Allergies!

People with spring and summer allergies breathe sighs of relief as the seasons change, but fall brings misery to others. After flowers and sunshine are replaced with falling leaves, annoying bouts of sneezing, coughing, runny nose and watery, itchy eyes plague fall allergy sufferers. Fortunately, if you’re aware of common fall allergens, and learn…

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How to Reduce Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

The vast majority of American diabetics — according to some figures, as many as 95 percent — have type 2 diabetes. However, a combination of medical misinformation and dietary trends makes it difficult for most people to truly understand their risks, let alone reduce them. What is type 2 diabetes, and what causes it? Diabetes is a…

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Protect Your Breasts – Men Get Breast Cancer Too!

Although breast cancer is frequently thought of as a woman’s issue, it can also affect men. Breast cancer is a unique type of cancer that begins in the breast tissue. Since men, just like women have breast tissue, they too are susceptible to the disease. Know the Risks One of the most alarming factors about breast cancer…

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How to Recognize the Signs of a Heart Attack

Heart attacks are among the most serious medical emergencies a person can expect to experience in their lifetime. Also known as a myocardial infarction, a heart attack occurs when a coronary artery supplying oxygenated blood to the heart muscle itself becomes suddenly blocked. These coronary blockages are typically caused by blood clots formed in response…

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A Lump Could Save Your Life: Breast Self-Examination

A lump could save your life, but it can only do so if it’s found. Enter the breast self-examination: By acquainting yourself with your breasts through a regular BSE, you get a feel for what’s supposed to be there and what isn’t. In fact, when it comes to breast cancer, over 20% of the…

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Psoriasis: Catch the Signs Red-Handed

Psoriasis, a condition that causes skin cells to grow and accumulate faster than they can be shed, affects over 7.5 million people in the U.S. Normally, it takes a month for skin cells to grow, move to the skin’s outermost surface and become sloughed away. In people with psoriasis, the process of growth and rising…

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