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What is Psoriasis?

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is much more than just a skin condition. It is actually a life-long disease of the immune system that, in addition to causing skin lesions, is associated with a number of other health issues including arthritis, depression, and an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. Psoriasis affects around 7.5 million Americans, with most ...
What can I do to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes?

What can I do to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes?

Of the 24 million Americans with diabetes currently, fewer than 10% are Type 1 diabetics. The great majority have Type 2 diabetes, the form that typically develops in adulthood and does not require taking insulin. Type 1 diabetes, previously known as “insulin-dependent” diabetes, is an autoimmune disease in which genetics plays an important role in ...
How are growth plate injuries treated?

How are growth plate injuries treated?

Growth plates are narrow sections at either end of children’s long bones where growth in length occurs. Examples of bones in the developing skeleton with growth plates include the femur (thigh bone), the humerus (upper arm bone), the ulna and radius of the forearm, and the tibia and fibula in the lower leg. The growth ...
Is it really bad to overeat during the holiday season?

Is it really bad to overeat during the holiday season?

For many people, the holiday season is the happiest time of the year. But power shopping, visiting relatives and over-eating can also take its toll on the body. During this time of year, food seems to be everywhere. One explanation for how this got started is that in days of old, meals on a day-to-day ...
Is there any truth to medical myths about the holiday season?

Is there any truth to medical myths about the holiday season?

Medicine is not an exact science, but one that repeatedly shoots at a moving target in an attempt to eventually hit the bull’s-eye. During this process, widely held medical “truths”, on further review, may turn out to be inaccurate. Maintaining a certain level of skepticism and continuing to question even the most commonly held “facts” ...
Is dark chocolate healthy?

Is dark chocolate healthy?

In the past, chocolate has been considered an indulgence without benefits beyond pleasing our taste buds. Recent evidence, however, has shown that there may be significant health benefits to eating chocolate. The key to receiving these health benefits appears to be the type and amount of chocolate being consumed. What is the origin of chocolate? ...
What are ways to stay active during the winter?

What are ways to stay active during the winter?

Wintertime does not have to bring your exercise routine to a grinding halt. Getting outside to exercise gives you a chance to breath fresh air and helps burn those excess calories consumed during the holidays. Working out in cold or inclement conditions, however, does require attention to issues that don’t come into play during warmer ...
Why are certain cancers so hard to diagnose?

Why are certain cancers so hard to diagnose?

Medical science has made tremendous strides in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.  Screening tests including mammograms for breast cancer, Pap smears for cervical cancer, and colonoscopies for colon cancer have allowed these cancers to be detected at an earlier stage when treatment is generally more effective. Treatment of several types of cancer including breast, ...

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