It’s not necessary to invest in expensive methods to humidify your home. One of several methods can help you increase the level of humidity in your home, which will benefit your skin.

Put water in a saucepan and boil it on the stove. It will help humidify a room, depending on the size of your house.

Buy a humidifier. Some are large enough to filter humidity through your entire home while others will humidify only one room in your home.

Fill bowls with water and put them in different rooms of your home. Alert family members and your children so they won’t tip them over.

Hang fresh laundry inside. The dampness adds to the level of humidity inside your home.

Internally, water will benefit your skin. Drinking several 8-ounce glasses or bottles of water a day hydrates your tissues internally and externally. Your skin will develop a healthier glow, so begin drinking more water.

 

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Process addictions, such as those to food, sex and the Internet can have a lasting effect on a person. Internet addiction, for example, can come in a variety of forms and is characterized by scientists as having increased depression and even drug-like withdrawal systems associated with using the Internet. Did you know that the most common types of Internet addictions are to cybersex, online gambling and cyber relationships? All of these affect different parts of the brain and psyche of a person and can have profound impacts on mood, behavior and performance at work. In addition, addictions to food and sex impact daily life for the sufferer and family members as people struggle to find normalcy and a way to beat the addiction away. To learn more about these process addictions so you can help yourself or a family member, take a look at the following infographic. This way you can see how each works on the brain and get an understanding for the effects each has.

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Over half of the people in the United States test positive for one or more food allergen. With the most common food allergies in adults being peanuts, milk, eggs, shellfish and tree nuts, it is important to learn about how to avoid allergens and prevent allergic reactions from happening. The main treatment is dietary avoidance, which may not always work due to accidental contact with ingredients that trigger a reaction. Did you know that in highly allergic people even 1/44,000 of a peanut is enough to prompt an allergic reaction? It is for this reason that doctors advise carrying a syringe of adrenaline (epinephrine) so that it can be self-administered if you come into contact with an allergen. Also, wearing medical jewelry can alert people to your allergies so that they can get you immediate help in the case of an allergy attack. Learn more about allergies and see a breakdown of statistics by reading the infographic below.

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Breast cancer is frequently believed to be something that only women can have, but this is not true. Men have breast tissue as well, which means that they can also get breast cancer. Since many men are not aware that they are at risk for breast cancer, the disease is often not diagnosed until it is more advanced.

What Causes Breast Cancer in Men?

Doctors are not sure why men get breast cancer, but they suspect that genetics may be the cause. Studies have indicated that gene mutations put men at a greater risk of breast and prostate cancers, and these mutations prevent the body from fighting off abnormal cell growth. Breast cancer starts when the cells in the breast tissue begin to grow abnormally and divide at a more rapid rate than the healthy cells. This can cause a tumor to develop, and it may spread to other areas of the body. In many cases, the cancer first grows in the milk ducts, but it may also develop in the milk-producing glands or in the nipple.

Who Is at Risk for Male Breast Cancer?

There are several factors that increase a man’s risk of getting breast cancer. These risks include being over 70 years old, having a family history of breast cancer, taking estrogen-related drugs and having liver disease. Men may also be at risk for breast cancer if they have Klinefelter’s syndrome, are obese or have been exposed to high doses of radiation.

How is Male Breast Cancer Diagnosed?

A man may suspect that he has breast cancer if he feels a lump in his breast, has scaling or redness around the breast or nipple, or has discharge from the nipple. A doctor can then perform a clinical breast exam, which means that he will use his fingertips to check the breast, collarbone and armpits for lumps. He may also order a mammogram or an ultrasound to detect any unusual masses. In some cases, the doctor may perform a biopsy by removing cells from the breast tissue to have them tested for cancer.

How is Male Breast Cancer Treated?

There are several treatment options available for men with breast cancer. A doctor may recommend surgery in order to remove the tumor that is in the breast tissue, and he may suggest that the lymph nodes be removed for testing. Radiation therapy is also effective in killing cancer cells, as is chemotherapy. Some types of breast cancer can be treated using hormone therapy, which will help fight the levels of hormones that cause cancer cells to grow. The doctor will consider the type of breast cancer, how far it has spread and the patient’s overall health before he determines which treatment he will recommend.

Male breast cancer is not as common as breast cancer in women, but it can occur in men of any age. If the diagnosis is made early enough, it is likely that the cancer can be treated, which is why it is important that men routinely check for lumps and abnormalities in their breast tissue.

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Yassin researches and writes about new medical technologies. Medical scanning software is important because it saves lives. He works for Brit Systems Inc.

There are various factors that can result in a fall. Loss of footing or traction is one of the most common reasons for this accident to occur. For instance, you fell because your feet slipped on a wet or slippery floor. Or you tripped and fell because of the uneven surface, such as the floor or sidewalk.

Falls can result in devastating consequences for any individual. Breaking a bone or suffering from a sprain after a fall is more possible as a person ages. Most of us know someone who has slipped, tripped, and fell resulting to a broken bone. During the healing process, the injury will limit the individual’s activities and sometimes, the injury might require surgery. For this reason, if the slip and fall accident which caused the broken bone or sprain happened within the premises of a business establishment or another person’s property, the slip and fall victim can seek compensation. But before that, you should first learn the first aid treatment for such injuries.

First Aid For A Suspected Broken Bone

  • If the injury involves the neck or back, do not move the injured individual unless he is in danger. Keep in mind that improper movement can result in more serious nerve damage.
  • Immediately call emergency medical help.
  • If the bone protrudes from the person’s skin and there is heavy bleeding, you should apply pressure on the affected area using a sanitary gauze pad or a clean piece of cloth. Do not wash the injury or push back the bone that is sticking out.
  • If the injured person needs to be moved, you should apply splints around the injured area. The splints can be made with boards, brooms, or anything that is firm enough.
  • Apply ice or ice packs on the injured area.

This type of injury takes a few weeks to heal. In worst injuries, surgery may be required, and at times, the doctor will recommend physical therapy so that the patient will regain the full use of his injured body part. The injury attorney at http://schlapprizzipc.com/ suggests seeking damages for the injuries sustained after a slip and fall. The monetary compensation can help in paying for the medical, surgery, and therapy bills that the patient might incur.

First Aid For A Suspected Sprain

It might be quite difficult to determine whether the person has a sprain or a break. If you are doubtful, it is best to wait for the emergency medical team to arrive or take the injured person to the nearest hospital. Get an x-ray to determine whether the bone is broken.

  • If it is a sprain, the injured person should rest the affected area.
  • Apply ice packs or cold compress for 10-15 minutes every few hours for the first two days. This will prevent swelling.
  • The injured individual should also wear an elastic compression bandage for at least two days.
  • Keep the injured area elevated as much as possible.
  • The doctor may recommend taking pain reliever, such as ibuprofen.

Prevention Of Slip And Falls

  1. The elderly should use their walker or cane when walking in nasty weather. This will provide added stability.
  2. Use warm boots with rubber soles. This will provide added traction.
  3. Be careful when walking around public buildings. There are many floors that are made with highly polished marble which can be very slippery.
  4. Be careful at curbs. Check their height before stepping up or down. The incline may cause you to slip and fall.
  5. Use stairwells that are properly lit. The stairwells should also have handrails on both sides.
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Kris Hopkins is a registered nurse who aims to raise awareness regarding the possible consequences of slip and fall accidents.

Most people take generic precautions to ensure their home is safe. Dealing with a home in which a person with Alzheimer’s, asthma, autism, or epilepsy lives, greater precautions need to be taken. A big step in keeping the home safe guarded is to make sure the loved one has a medical ID. In case of a fire or other type of emergency, medical ID’s are essential in getting help as soon as possible. There are also several precautions you can take around the home. If your loved one is dealing with Alzheimer’s, take the time to remove tripping hazards and putting medications into a safe place.

If you can take advantage of automatically shutting off appliances, tools, and electronics, then this is a huge advantage. It is best if a thorough walk through is completed to implement these new safety changes. As the walk through is completed, pretend as though you are the person dealing with one of these medical challenges. This will truly help you prepare for any major changes that need completed. Take a look at the following infographic for even more information on this topic.

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Alcohol has as many proponents as it does detractors. Recently, proponents got another boost when results were released from a promising new study. According to an exciting study by researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, the anti-inflammatory properties known to be present in any type of alcohol (wine, beer, spirits) can potentially reduce an individual’s risk for contracting MS (Multiple Sclerosis). While researchers are cautious about making assumptions at this stage, they are also optimistic about pursuing this research.

How Alcohol May Reduce Risk of MS It is in examining MS that the potential beneficial cause-and-effect relationship between alcohol and MS risk is discovered. Alcohol is an anti-inflammatory. MS is a disease characterized by inflammation. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society defines the disease as follows: “Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision.” It is in the Relapsing-Remitting MS, an initial diagnostic stage which 85 of sufferers endure, that the most inflammation is found.

Research Results Link to Moderate Alcohol Consumption Only The Swedish research team looked at three levels of alcohol consumption in 745 MS patients and 1,761 non-sufferers: abstention, moderate drinking, and heavy drinking. Only research participants (both men and women) who were in the “moderate drinking” category showed a reduced risk of developing MS. Moderate alcohol consumption for the average woman is approximately 4oz (about 2.5 shots or a conservative serving of wine) of any type of alcohol per week. Moderate consumption for the average man is approximately 6oz (four shots or a big glass of wine) per week. With moderate alcohol consumption comes a risk reduction of 50 percent for men and 40 percent for women.

The Link Between Alcohol and Immune Response Alcohol is an anti-inflammatory that can act to suppress the immune response. Conversely, MS is a disease in which the immune system goes berserk, attacking the body’s nervous system. While the precise link to how alcohol can potentially suppress immune system response has not yet been determined, initial research shows that there is a link, and that that link can be beneficial for individuals who are at risk of later developing MS.

Alcohol May Reduce Risk of Other Immune Response Disease as Well The reason the Swedish study is so exciting relates not just to alleviating risk for developing MS, but also because there is the potential to realize a similar beneficial effect in individuals at risk for developing like-spectrum immune response diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism, and others.

Alcohol Does Not Help With Existing Symptoms It is also important to note that a link has not yet been found between alcohol consumption and a reduction in symptoms for current MS patients. This study relates to reduction in risk only. However, the study still holds out great hope for identifying yet another way those at risk for MS can reduce the likelihood of contracting MS.

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Kate Wilson work as a blogger for MS Living Symptom Free. She enjoys blogging about different MS research and offering advice for living a symptom free life.

Concussions have been making their way into the media spotlight more and more these days especially concerning pro football. This past August, the NFL and ex-players agreed to a $765M settlement in a lawsuit concerning concussion-related brain injuries. President Obama was quoted recently saying, “I would not let my son play pro football.” If you want to know what exactly this so-called concussion that’s causing so much fuss is, what makes them so dangerous, and how can you catch the warning signs. You aren’t alone. Luckily this guide covers all of that and more.

What is a Concussion?

With over 100 billion nerve cells, the complex human brain controls all of the bodies functions. This critical, yet very soft organ is protected by your hard skull and spinal fluid which acts as a cushion preventing it from banging into your skull. When you experience some sort of trauma that causes the brain to hit the side of the skull or bounce around, balances in neurochemicals change and the brain can endure a temporary alteration of function. This is called a concussion. It can result in bruising, swelling, tearing of blood vessels and injury to nerve endings.

What are the Symptoms?

The symptoms of a concussion include:

Confusion Amnesia Headache Nausea/Vomiting Poor Balance Unequal Pupil Size Slurred Speech Sensitivity to Light/Noise Loss of Consciousness

Why are Concussions So Dangerous?

Concussions are dangerous because depending on the severity and frequency of occurrence, can cause permanent brain damage. Abnormal brain activity can persist for years and deteriorate motor paths permanently. Extensive studies are still in their early stages and many of the long term effects are still unknown making them even more dangerous.

In the lawsuit against the NFL, 4,000 former players claimed that the NFL did not protect or warn them against the negative effects of concussions. Many of the older players now face medical issues such as Parkinson’s, attention deficit, memory loss, and damage to the same part of the brain that Alzheimer’s effects.

The biggest problem with concussions is that it is incredibly difficult to tell when a person has completely recovered. Even though none of the symptoms persist, a full recovery may not have occurred. Nothing is more dangerous than starting up physical activity too soon after a concussion. Many athletes begin playing too soon and if they incur another concussion damage can be severe and irreversible.

What Now?

So what does this mean for you and your family? Deciding which sports you or your children play shouldn’t be taken lightly. While football may be a popular sport in America now, the health risks are clear and can outweigh the benefits of the past time. Even the president would think twice about letting his own son play. In any case, be aware and informed about the dangers and proper precautions when dealing with concussions and never rush a recovery.

In the event that you experience any type of head trauma that causes a “dazed” feeling, go to the hospital immediately for an MRI. Ignoring the symptoms can cause more damage and prolong the healing period. You may want to consider contacting a personal injury attorney if the concussion was caused on the job, due to the negligence of others, or assault. The consequences of concussions are serious. Make sure you get the care and justice you deserve.

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This article was written by Kassie Berger. Kassie is a content creator for Heil-Law which is an attorney office out of Orlando, FL that deals with brain injuries among other areas of practice.

Hematology/Oncology- On Leukemia and Lymphoma

Hematology is a growing medical specialty. Specialists in the field of hematology (sometimes spelled haemotology) concern themselves primarily with their specific sub-specialty, as it is very involved and not very understood.

So, a FAQ for those of you who are considering a specialty in hematology, as well as those of you who may be patients preparing to see a medical professional working in that field – for instance, those currently battling leukemia or lymphoma, two common types of cancer.

What is hematology?

Hematology is the study of blood. Not just blood as a liquid, but also the blood forming organs (bone marrow, thymus, spleen, lymph nodes, and liver), and diseases of the blood. The whole purpose of hematological studies is essentially to study, diagnose, and combat blood diseases.

Hematology often overlaps with oncology – the branch of medicine that deals with cancer – particularly where leukemia and lymphoma are concerned. Regarding those specific types of cancer, it is important to note that they are not singular diseases. More on that later.

Who specializes in hematology?

Hematologists, of course. However, to go into more detail, these are the people who care for patients with blood diseases such as anemia, thalassemia, hemophilia, or deep vein thrombosis. They are required to have a deeper understanding of blood, circulatory systems, lymphatic systems, and the way blood and blood vessels interact. These physicians will be board certified after extensive training in that subspecialty of either Internal Medicine or Pediatrics.

Hematologists may not always care for patients directly. Many do their work in a laboratory, focusing on blood processing, diagnoses and treatments, or even research and development, or education. They may also specialize in transfusions, blood banks, or specific bleeding disorders.

Diagnoses, Prognoses, Treatment Options

Lymphoma:Lymphoma is actually many different diseases, split into two primary branches: Hodgkin’s and Non Hodgin’s. They have similar symptoms, and the tests for them are likewise similar, but they are distinct medically. It is after a biopsy to diagnose lymphoma or leukemia that a hematologist can be called in to determine which stage the cancer is in, and how far it has progressed.

Hematologists can diagnose lymphoma, leukemia, and other diseases using a variety of laboratory tests. This can involve using hematology stains to detect parasites or conditions, as well as checking hemoglobin and hematocrit, or the complete blood count.

Primary treatment options for lymphoma include:

  • Chemotherapy.
  • Targeted radiation.
  • Stem cell transplants or therapies.

With treatment, survivability of lymphoma is extremely high. Over eighty percent of primary treatments are successful.

Leukemia: Leukemia is typically found in the bone marrow as well as the blood. Abnormal white blood cells quickly form, leaving the body unable to combat infections. Hematologists are heavily involved in the diagnosis and treatment of both chronic and acute leukemia types, because of its presence in the bone marrow where blood is made.

The cause of leukemia is currently unknown – as such, there is no certain cure or treatment. Clinical trials are held regularly to attempt new and experimental therapies. The best weapon in the fight against leukemia – and all cancers – is early detection.

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The effects of stroke can be far reaching these can lead to memory loss, attention span, user perception and communication these can be caused by the effect stroke has on the brain. Although not instantly noticeable the affects can have a serious effect on user’s life.

The physical effects of stroke include weakness and fatigue and also problems walking. Physiotherapy plays a big part in recovery but understanding the basic effects can be beneficial to someone providing full time care or anybody looking after a loved one who has suffered one.

These affects can lead to depression due to their debilitating nature.

The effects from a mild stroke can be quite slight it’s rare for a sufferer to pass away from their first attack. Strokes can be mild and frequent or a sufferer may experience multiple ones over a period of time.

Because of this by spotting the signs and changing lifestyle can avoid the risk of permanent injury.

Anne is a full time carer and health writer with a deep understaning helping care for victims of stroke