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High blood sugar levels

High blood sugar levels

Blood sugar, or blood glucose, is essential for overall good health and fitness. The blood sugar level is just that – the level of glucose in the blood and in healthy people this should remain steady at between 4 – 8 millimoles per litre. Blood sugar levels will spike following eating and are generally at [...]

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Why choose a high fiber diet

Why choose a high fiber diet

Recent studies have shown that following a high fiber diet not only leaves individuals feeling fuller for longer but also appears to reduce the risk of premature death from heart disease, respiratory disease and a number of infections. The study revealed that both men and women who were following a high fiber diet appeared to [...]

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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver. There are a number of hepatitis strains caused by specific viruses, with one exception – autoimmune hepatitis is the result of the body’s own immune system mistakenly attacking the liver. At risk groups Hepatitis C is transmitted, and contracted, through infected bodily fluids. [...]

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Hepatitis B – preventable and treatable

Hepatitis B – preventable and treatable

There are many myths surrounding hepatitis B mainly due to widespread ignorance about the condition, its symptoms, transmission and cause. Raising awareness of the disease should enable those who are infected to seek treatment, remove any social stigma attached to the disease and reduce the rate of infection. What is hepatitis? The word hepatitis simply [...]

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Hep c – contracting, treatment and prevention

Hep c – contracting, treatment and prevention

Hep c is the abbreviation given to the serious viral infection hepatitis C. Hepatitis C causes liver damage and, currently, there is no available vaccine to protect against infection. A healthy liver is essential due to life – the liver is responsible for removal of toxins from the bloodstream; aids digestion; fights infection; stores energy, [...]

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Hepatitis B symptoms

Hepatitis B symptoms

Hepatitis B is a viral infection of the liver, in the case of chronic infection this may lead to cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure and result in permanent scarring to the liver. There is some evidence that links hepatitis B with the development of liver cancer. Hepatitis B is usually transmitted from one individual [...]

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Haemorrhoids treatment

Haemorrhoids treatment

Anyone who has ever suffered with haemorrhoids knows that they can be extremely uncomfortable and, on occasion, painful. Haemorrhoids are also something that we often don’t like to discuss – even with our own medical practitioner. There are a number of causes of haemorrhoids – generally they are the result of excessive pressure being placed [...]

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Shoulder Injuries and how to respond to them

Shoulder Injuries and how to respond to them

There are many types of shoulder injuries and surprisingly many of the injuries are not caused by high pressure sports such as tennis. It is quite common for the injury to come about because of run of the mill repetitive actions. For example the shop worker repeatedly stacking high shelves can find themselves with the [...]

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Sciatica and its causes

Sciatica and its causes

Sciatica, or sciatic pain, normally develops from the lower back and can affect the legs, sometimes all the way down to the toes, and the buttocks. The sciatic pain is sometimes called sciatic nerve pain and is normally intense and may cause a sensation of muscle weakness, also known as heavy leg. The trigger may [...]

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Are Shingles Contagious? What You Need To Know

Are Shingles Contagious? What You Need To Know

Timing is everything in life, so they say. Well when the question is, “Is shingles contagious?” then that really is the answer. If you meet someone with shingles when they are at the stage where their blisters are moist or wet then you may be infected with chicken pox or shingles. So perhaps the question [...]

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Selective Mutism and how to overcome its effects

Selective Mutism and how to overcome its effects

Selective mutism is a term used to describe a complex condition which stops children talking under certain conditions. It displays itself in situations where it is to be expected that the child will speak, for example in the classroom. Although selective mutism is said to be under reported within society it is thought that up [...]

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Common Symptoms seen with Shingles

Common Symptoms seen with Shingles

Shingles is one of those illnesses which can be very uncomfortable in adults but mostly is not dangerous. Shingles symptoms can be varied, however most people recognize the rash that appears, usually around the stomach and upper torso. The condition is caused by the herpes zoster virus, that’s the same one responsible for chicken pox. [...]

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Understanding Salmonella Poisoning to help Safeguard your Family

Understanding Salmonella Poisoning to help Safeguard your Family

In the United States around 600 people die of salmonella poisoning every year. Those most likely to die are young children, the elderly and others who have problems with their immune systems. Salmonella poisoning is actually an infection known as salmonellosis and around 40,000 cases are serious enough to be reported in the U.S. annually. [...]

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Scabies – What is it and How do we get rid of it?

Scabies – What is it and How do we get rid of it?

Scabies is caused by an infestation of lice and their eggs. The lice are the variety the feed on human blood and come in 3 sub groups, One variety prefers the scalp region, others like the body and the last group, also known as crab lice choose the pubic hair area of the body to [...]

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What is Sarcoma Cancer and what are the symptoms and prognosis?

What is Sarcoma Cancer and what are the symptoms and prognosis?

Sarcoma cancer is a way of describing any tumor which is cancerous. Sarcoma is a general term used to describe possible tumors. Sarcomas tend to develop in soft tissue and the mesoderm and ectoderm are two layers commonly affected. Whereas carcinomas tend to affect another cell germ layer known as the endoderm. Sarcoma cancer only [...]

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Sciatica and the best exercises to help relieve the pain

Sciatica and the best exercises to help relieve the pain

Anyone who has had sciatica or problems with their sciatic nerve will tell you just how painful it can be. A common description is, ‘the same as the worst toothache in your back which never goes away’. The sciatic nerve is situated in the lower back, just above the bottom, and travels down the legs. [...]

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Heart disease symptoms

Heart disease symptoms

The phrase ‘heart disease’ includes a variety of conditions with a plethora of symptoms; however, there are a number of important heart disease symptoms that everyone should be aware of. Pain or discomfort in the chest Any one of us who experiences any kind of chest pain, no doubt, will be extremely alarmed since, for [...]

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Schizophrenia and common symptoms seen

Schizophrenia and common symptoms seen

Many mental health conditions cause dysfunctional behavior in social interactions as well as functional issues. Schizophrenia, being connected to emotional issues and the thinking process, fits this description well and these features are often displayed as part of the range of schizophrenia symptoms. It is common for all thinking processes to degrade and a form [...]

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What are the Different Diverticulitis Symptoms Out There?

What are the Different Diverticulitis Symptoms Out There?

Millions of people experience a diverticular disease every year, which occurs when small pockets build up along the walls of the colon. Here are some of the diverticulitis symptoms that you should watch out for. 1. Stomach Pain One of the most common diverticulitis symptoms out there would be stomach pain, wherein the patient feels [...]

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Hemorrhoid symptoms – what to look for

Hemorrhoid symptoms – what to look for

Hemorrhoids are the result of veins in the anus swelling and breaking, or bulging, through the anal wall. This may be due to increased pressure on the veins during bowel movements, as a result of chronic diarrhea, or even during pregnancy and labor. During a normal bowel movement the anus tissue becomes filled with blood [...]

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