Archive for the ‘Conditions and Diseases’ Category

Ninety-five percent of patients who are deficient in folate and B12, have elevated homocysteine levels. According to the authors, a recent survey revealed that 80 to 90 percent of the United States population does not meet the current recommended allowance of four hundred micrograms of folate per day. National averages for folate intake are only two hundred and twenty-four micrograms per day, slightly over half of the RDA.

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Researchers are constantly on the lookout for new risk factors to explain why some people develop cardiovascular diseases and others do not. Smoking, elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure are among the modifiable risk factors that are most commonly associated with cardiovascular disease.

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Screening for stomach cancer

Since the rate of stomach cancer is relatively low in the United States, a mass screening program has not been shown to be useful. However, in higher incidence countries, like Japan, screening has shown to increase the diagnosis of stomach cancer at earlier, more treatable stages, which has decreased the death rate from this disease in that country. Read on »

Q.My wife is embarrassed to go to the doctor with the following medical problem. Recently, when she passes a stool, she also passes some blood. Read on »

Q.Please explain what reflex sympathetic dystrophy is. Also, is this an orthopedic or a neurological problem? Read on »

Homeopathic Educational Services in Berkeley, California, is well-established as an American spokesperson for homeopathy. His latest volume, The Consumer’s Guide to Homeopathy, The Definitive Resource for Understanding Homeopathic Medicine and Making It Work For You, is one of four books he has authored. Read on »

Physical Activity and Cancer

Researchers have found convincing links between the level of weekly physical activity and protection from breast and colon cancers. Notice the term here is physical activity, not exercise. For those adults with active jobs, – nurses, construction workers, landscapers, etc – physical activity is part of an every day routine. For those of us who spend our time at a desk, behind the wheel of a car or bus or somewhere in between, exercise outside our jobs will help keep us healthier. But how did scientists come to this conclusion? Read on »

The diagnosis of a stroke is usually made without much difficulty. Many healthcare providers work together to gather information from the patient, family members or other caregivers. A comprehensive examination, including a detailed neurological evaluation (testing functions of the nervous system), is performed. This will involve testing nerves and reflexes. Read on »

Q: I feel so devastated when my teenage daughter criticizes me. What can I do to make her understand that this hurts?

A: Yes, it does hurt. I know; I’ve been there. I found that telling our daughter exactly how I felt when she criticized me — the lump in my throat, the hidden tears, the inner churnings — really helped cut down on those remarks. Find some private time to do this, but tell your teen calmly, without drama or an emotional outburst. Just describe how you feel, and explain that adults and parents are not immune to having hurt feelings. Read on »

Your spouse may suspect. Your coworkers may wonder: Are you depressed? Surprisingly, even if your doctor thinks as much, she may not ask you the kinds of questions needed to make a diagnosis of this common health problem.

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