Early Signs of a Stroke and What to Expect During Recovery

With May being National Stroke Awareness Month, now is a good time to start learning more about this serious health condition. Strokes are actually the third leading cause of death in America, which means it’s especially important to detect the early signs. To help, let’s take a look at the most common symptoms of a stroke and what to expect during recovery.

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

The earliest stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. It occurs because of bacteria building up on the gum line. Gingivitis can be reversed through good oral hygiene, but without treatment, recurrent gingivitis can lead to deeper infections that spread through the gums and into the jawbone. The preventative dental treatments that are required to prevent gingivitis from developing into more dangerous forms of periodontal disease are not covered and can be quite costly. Fortunately, we’ve found some tips to help you save money on dental care.

Metastatic Breast Cancer: Understanding the Advanced Stages

For many women with breast cancer, the road to recovery is never over. It’s estimated that 155,000 people in the United States are living with metastatic breast cancer, which means that their breast cancer has spread from their chest to another area in their body. Unfortunately, unlike some other types of breast cancer, the survival rate for metastatic breast cancer is typically around three years. In a culture that’s intensely focused on survival and treatment, it’s important to understand what happens to our bodies in the more advanced stages of breast cancer. That way, even if we aren’t the ones who have been diagnosed, we can more effectively support those that have.

Lung Cancer: Understanding the Advanced Stages

When a cancer moves from its place of origin to a new location in the body, it’s known as metastatic cancer. For a patient or family whose loved one has just received this diagnosis, it can be devastating and hard to understand. At the most basic level, cancer develops when cells grow in an uncontrolled, abnormal way. They don’t function like normal cells. Rather, they interfere with the normal functioning of the body. Cancer develops as a result of a mutation in a person’s DNA. Often, the mutation is a result of the normal process of aging, but it can also be due to unhealthy habits like smoking or exposure to harmful fumes or gases. A cancer typically metastasizes, or grows into a different location, in the later stages of the disease.

B-12 Deficient? Here are the Signs and Symptoms

Vitamin B-12 deficiency is uncommon in most healthy adults, but as we get older it can be harder for our bodies to absorb, so we become deficient. This deficiency is often spotted in adults who drink heavily, have recently had gastric bypass surgery, or have been using acid-reducing medication for a long period of time. This simple vitamin deficiency can have troubling symptoms and even more serious consequences.

The Best Treatment Options for the Signs and Symptoms of Menopause

When women reach their 40s or 50s, big changes start happening. As menopause begins, your hormone levels naturally decrease, leaving Read More

What Does the Color of My Phlegm Mean?

Though self-analysis of one’s own phlegm is an insufficient substitute for a visit to your family physician, there’s no harm in learning. Today, we’re going to break down what the color of your phlegm can tell you about your health, when you’re in the clear, and when it’s time to visit a professional. Sound simple? Great! It’s time to shine a light on the color of your phlegm.