Some health conditions are easy to detect, but others are subtle enough to quietly develop over time and only reveal themselves when a cure is no longer possible. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is one such condition. Unfortunately, COPD becomes even more dangerous if it continues undiagnosed and untreated for many years. Use this quick guide to familiarize yourself with the initial warning signs of COPD so you can seek preventative care and avoid the serious complications associated with this disease. What Are the Signs of COPD? COPD is an umbrella term for a collection of progressive lung diseases like chronic [...]
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There are many complicated and expensive things that you can do to improve your health, but getting the right vaccinations is simple and affordable. Contrary to popular belief, vaccinations aren’t just for babies and toddlers. There are a number of vaccinations that all adults should receive to prevent unnecessary illness and maintain the best quality of life. If you haven’t seen a doctor recently to receive the following three vaccinations, call to schedule your appointment soon. The Flu Shot This is by far the most common vaccination for adults. Since the flu shot contains an inactivated form of the influenza virus, [...]
47847021 - nurses pushing seniors in wheelchair thru nursing home Americans are living longer than ever before, which is placing a newfound emphasis on the best and most effective medical care for the elderly. Just like pediatricians specialize in caring for children, geriatricians focus on the health and wellness of older adults. Since the elderly are far more likely to suffer from complex medical conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, and heart disease, the expertise of a geriatrician can prove very valuable for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management. The Main Elements of Geriatrics The body experiences significant physiological changes [...]
Most people don’t equate summertime with sickness, but unfortunately data shows that more and more people are becoming infected with a nasty bug called cryptosporidiosis from an unexpected source: the swimming pool. Commonly known as crypto, this diarrhea-causing parasitic infection survives for days at a time in chlorinated pool water and makes it all too easy for children and adults to become ill for up two or three weeks. Basics Facts About Cryptosporidiosis According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, crypto is the most common cause of diarrhea illness. It spreads when people come in contact [...]