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The Complete Guide to Cardiovascular Disease

The Complete Guide to Cardiovascular Disease

by Bevon Findley (SU)
The nation often gets caught up in whatever the newest health scare is on the block: Think Ebola, Zika virus, flesh-eating bacteria, etc. Certainly, all those are worth worrying about. But, that can mean less attention to the ongoing, leading cause of death in the United States: cardiovascular disease. Also known as heart disease, cardiovascular conditions are one of the most lethal killers threatening us today.

Living in Chronic Pain Will Lower Your Lifespan

Living in Chronic Pain Will Lower Your Lifespan

by Stephanie Meadows
Being in pain is quite uncomfortable for just about everybody. Even minor pain, such as a stubbed toe or a paper cut, is unpleasant, but that pain fades relatively quickly. Imagine being in pain that never fades, or that fades only to come back even stronger a few hours later. This is what people with chronic pain have to deal with, often every day.

The Important Role a Rheumatologist Plays in Your HealthCare

The Important Role a Rheumatologist Plays in Your HealthCare

by Stephanie Meadows
Many of us may experience general and acute musculoskeletal pain from time to time that lasts for just a few days, often the result of injury or overexertion. However, when pain in your joints, muscles, and bones becomes more chronic, severe, and persistent for more than a few days, you should see a doctor. In many cases, this is where a rheumatologist and the specialty of rheumatology comes into play.

Pain Management and Opioid Addictions: How to Avoid it

Pain Management and Opioid Addictions: How to Avoid it

by Stephanie Meadows
Have you ever suffered from such bad pain, that you just reach for your medicine cabinet and take whatever will relieve your chronic pain the fastest? Pain medications such as Tylenol and Aleve usually only offer temporary pain relief, meaning they are not going to stop the pain or cure what's causing it.

Regenerative Medicine and Chronic Pain Management

Regenerative Medicine and Chronic Pain Management

by Stephanie Meadows
Chronic pain is a common condition, which affects more than 100 million Americans in the United States. Pain does not discriminate, and it’s something that a lot of us have in common. Although many people think chronic pain is a normal part of aging, it can affect anyone, regardless of age. Chronic pain is persistent, and does not go away. It can have a negative impact and impair your daily functioning. Muscle, tissue, and bone pain are the most common forms of common pain, while many people also experience chronic nerve pain.

Allergies vs Asthma

Allergies vs Asthma

by Bevon Findley (SU)
When it comes to respiratory distress, allergies and asthma are two of the most common culprits. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, researchers have found that about 50 million people in the United States suffer from allergies. Also, asthma is the fifth most common chronic disease affecting all ages. But, you may be wondering what the two have in common? Besides both making you miserable, the two conditions are entirely different from one another. Although, in some cases, people can experience allergy induced asthma. Allergies and asthma have similar symptoms, triggered by things such as:

The Allergy Program

The Allergy Program

by Ahmed Aman (SU)
Ah, summer. It’s that wonderful time of year when the temperature starts to rise and everything is in bloom. So, welcome to the season of allergies. It is those sneezy, itchy-eyed, congested months from early spring to late fall when trees and grasses tend to bombard the air with pollen.

What is Osteoarthritis?

What is Osteoarthritis?

by Stephanie Meadows
The word arthritis means "joint inflammation," and "Osteo" is Greek for “bone.” Arthritis is not a single ailment. In fact, more than 100 different conditions can affect the joints and their adjacent bones, muscles, and tissues. They are classified into various major types of arthritis, depending on whether or not inflammation, infection or bleeding is the major component. All of these types of arthritis are completely different, with different presentations, symptoms and treatment.

Is Exercise Better than Medication for Pain Management?

Is Exercise Better than Medication for Pain Management?

by Bevon Findley (SU)
It is no secret that America is in the midst of a pain med epidemic. At a national level, we have seen a complex, necessary, and controversial topic about addiction to prescription medication. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 40 Americans die every day from painkiller overdoses, which CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden said earlier this year is doctor-driven due to overprescribing. Patients with pain that lasts longer than 90 days: this threshold represents the crossover into “chronic pain” territory, a classification that comes with an increased risk for long-term opiate use and dependence.

The Importance of Proper Pain Management

The Importance of Proper Pain Management

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Pain is an uncomfortable feeling that tells you something may be wrong in your body. Your spinal cord and nerves provide the pathway for messages to travel to and from your brain and the other parts of your body. Pain medicine and non-drug pain treatments block these messages or reduce their effect on your brain. Although pain can protect us by forcing us to rest an injury or to stop doing something, the experience of being in a state of uncontrolled pain is horrible, frightening, and can have a profound effect on our quality of life.

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