If you have back pain, you share a commonality with many others. At one time or another, back pain affects an estimated 80 percent of Americans. Four out of five people will experience back pain at some point in their life making it the fifth most common reason for seeing a doctor. The pain can range from severe to mild and be located anywhere from the lower, middle or upper back.
Soda sales have taken a nose dive in recent years as people are looking for beverages containing less sugar. It looks like a possible new beverage fad and thirst quencher has arrived ready to take soda’s place– plant waters. These beverages made from extracts of fruits, vegetables, grains, grasses, and various plant parts such as leaves and even rinds, are making a splash in the water world of drinks.
Hypospadias is a birth defect in boys in which the urethra, the tube through which urine travels from the bladder to outside the body, does not develop properly. This condition affects about one in every 250-300 male babies making it one of the more common male birth defects.
A new study published in the journal The Lancet, finds smoking rates continue to be a challenging public health threat as nearly one billion people smoked daily in 2015 – one in four men and one in 20 women worldwide. This is despite decades of tobacco control policies and more than half a century of unequivocal evidence of the harmful effects of tobacco on health.
On a regular basis, each of use a restroom to empty our bladder of urine that accumulates throughout the day. When our urinary system is operating as it should, it will run smoothly with few if any problems. For most of us the act of urinating is a natural and necessary process we generally give little thought to.
If you are one of the estimated 20% of Americans who experience symptoms of regurgitation of gastric acid or sour contents in the mouth, difficult or painful swallowing, chest pain, a chronic cough, bad breath or a feeling like something is stuck in your throat that occurs more than twice a week, there is a good chance it is more than just heartburn. It is likely to be a more serious form of heartburn called gastroesophageal reflux disease or simply known as GERD.
The common skin conditions of eczema and psoriasis are very similar with it sometimes being difficult to tell the difference between the two. But to be able to treat each separate condition effectively, it is important to have the right diagnosis as what treatment works for one may not work for the other.
Surely your friends and family will be supportive cheering you on in your weight loss efforts every step of the way, right? For some people that is true, but for others, these supposedly supportive individuals may actually be doing things sabotaging your weight loss goals. If may not necessarily be intentional, but there are subtle hints that they really kind of like you as already you are. There could be underlying currents of jealously, worry over the fact you may change in personality, or maybe they would like to lose weight themselves but lack motivation to do so wishing you would get off this weight loss kick.
Type in “How to lose weight” and page after page of all sorts of weight loss articles pop up. Some will contain valuable, scientifically-based advice that can provide the information you are looking for. But then there are the rest – the ones providing bad advice on weight loss that is questionable at best and is not based on any actual science.
There is no better time than the present to take charge of your health. You are the one living in your body so you know it best – or do you? In order to live a healthy, fulfilled life free of frequent doctor’s visits, taking medications, or being hospitalized, there are certain health numbers you need to know. Knowing these numbers and what they mean to your health, is when you begin the journey of personal responsibility of leading a healthier, longer life.
Let’s face it – few of us delight in going to the dentist. You never know what they may find and if they do find something, it’s usually not good. Dental appointments may be last on our list of things to do but we need to think of it differently. Taking good care of your teeth and gums is an investment in your health you will need and use for the rest of your life.
The term metabolic syndrome is used a lot within the medical community. But as a patient, what exactly does it mean? Think of metabolic syndrome sort of like a doctor telling you of a condition you have that if you don’t make certain lifestyle changes, than there will be serious health consequences in the future.
Have you ever wondered “what is the fountain of youth?” Is it found in a bottle of skin cream, eating just the right foods or obtaining sufficient sleep each night? Even though all those things can certainly help in the quest for eternal youthfulness, probably one of the best known explanations is staying active throughout our lives.
The spontaneous act of dropping pounds unintentionally may seem like a dream for many but not for those who are not deliberately trying to lose weight. Anytime a person’s weight goes down without trying, it could be a sign of something more serious and should be addressed by a doctor. The sooner a person with unintended weight loss sees their doctor, the quicker they can figure out why weight loss is occurring and then work on getting back to a healthy weight.
Nothing beats an all-day long surplus of energy. Wait a minute, did you say you don’t experience that – ever? Don’t worry – there happens to be a surplus of supplements claiming to fulfill the promise of relieving fatigue and providing a shot of an energy boost. But before you head out the door to go spend good hard-earned money on their supposed guarantee, here’s what you need to know.