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Preparing For Oral Surgery

Oral surgery can sometimes prevent an infection from spreading and keep the mouth as healthy as possible by either removing teeth that are infected or damaged or fixing teeth that can be repaired instead of removed. Before you visit a dentist in Wheeling IL, there are a few tips to keep in mind so that you’re comfortable during the procedure and so that the best results are achieved. One of the things that you can do is talk to the dentist about any fears that you might have about the surgery or any concerns that you might have about the recovery.

Try to schedule a time with your dentist before the surgery so that you can ask questions about how the procedure will be performed and what you need to do when you get home. Make notes about your recovery because you might not remember much on the day of the procedure. Most of the time, oral surgery involves some kind of sedation. Make sure you have someone with you who can take you home because you won’t be able to drive. If there isn’t anyone available, you can usually contact a taxi or some kind of public transportation that can take you home safely.

Don’t eat anything before your surgery. It will help to prevent any kind of aspiration that might occur if you do eat or drink anything. Most surgeons will try to get procedures completed in the morning so that you’re not waiting all day to eat anything. When you are able to eat something, it should be soft and easy to swallow instead of a food that you have to chew. Don’t drink out of a straw because the suction could remove a blood clot that has formed.

Wear comfortable clothing on the day of surgery to make it easier for the nurse to put a blood pressure cuff on an arm and for the nurse to start an IV for the medication that will sedate you. Arrive about 15 minutes before the surgery so that you have time to relax and ask any last-minute questions about the surgery.

 

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Posted by - September 8, 2017 at 7:25 am

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What You Need to Know About Ovarian Cancer

Every 23 minutes, a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States. Ovarian
cancer kills 14,000 women a year, and yet, what could you tell me about ovarian cancer? What
does the majority of the population know about ovarian cancer? Not enough. Ovarian cancer is
cancer that begins in the ovaries; it can also spread to other areas of the body. It ranks 5th in
cancer deaths amongst women. Clearly, it’s time that we educated ourselves on the symptoms
of ovarian cancer and the preventative measures that we can take today to protect ourselves
and our loved ones for the future.
Let’s start with the symptoms. Bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full
quickly, feeling the need to urinate more frequently, fatigue, upset stomach, back pain, pain
during sex, constipation, and changes in your menstrual cycle are all common symptoms of
ovarian cancer. Now think back to your last period; how many of these symptoms did you
experience? Only 15% of ovarian cancers are diagnosed at stage 1, in good portion because
many women assume these symptoms are connected to their menstrual cycle. Even if they are
experiencing common menstrual symptoms irregular to their own cycle, they rarely report these
changes to their doctor.
So what can you do to reduce your risk of ovarian cancer?
1. Be conscious of your menstrual cycle and the symptoms that typically accompany your
period every month. If a major change occurs in your menstrual cycle or you start to
experience new symptoms, don’t be afraid to consult your doctor. You know your body
best, and therefore, you are the one who will be able to spot these symptoms earlier.
2. Pregnancy and breastfeeding also reduce your risk of ovarian cancer. Please note,
however, that becoming pregnant in order to reduce your risk of ovarian cancer is not
recommended. Taking oral contraceptive (birth control) actually reduces your risk of
developing ovarian cancer. The longer you take birth control consistently, the less at risk
you will be. Use of oral contraceptives for 5 years or more can reduce your risk by 50%.
Talk to your doctor today about your options for oral contraceptives.
3. Do not use products containing talcum powder on or near your genitals. Studies have
found a link between ovarian cancer and the use of talcum powder that is causing a
great deal of concern. For more information, check out this page on talcum powder and
ovarian cancer.
4. Know your family’s history of both breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Genetic mutations
such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 increase your risk for both cancers. A Pap test does not
detect ovarian cancer, so if you feel that you are likely to develop ovarian cancer due to
your family’s medical history, ask your doctor to test for these genetic mutations.
September 1st marks the beginning of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Make it a priority to
see your doctor if you have concerns about your family’s medical history and the possibility of
developing ovarian cancer. Share this important information with your mother, daughters,
sisters, and friends so that they too will understand the dangers of ovarian cancer and
implement these preventative actions in their lives. Awareness is key in protecting yourself and
loved ones against the dangers of ovarian cancer!

About the author of this post: 

Caitlin Hoff uses her background in Industrial Design and her passion for health and wellness to educate consumers on a great number of health products and topics. As a Health & Safety Investigator for ConsumerSafety.org, Caitlin strives to embolden consumers with the knowledge to make smart decisions affecting their personal health and that of their families.

Posted by - August 3, 2017 at 8:05 am

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What sitting is doing to our health and how to fight it

Many people spend up to 50% of their time awake in a seated position, and this is really bad news because studies say that sitting for longer than 3 hours a day can shave life expectancy by as many as 2 years. Even if sedentary lifestyle doesn’t cut your lifespan, it can still punch a few dents in your medical record and increase risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes type 2, low bone density, and heart disease. The sheer amount of damage all that sitting is doing to our body is enough to send shivers down the spine – and here’s a short list of health problems linked to sedentary lifestyle, and a few easy ways to fight them.

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Sitting stiff is full of aches

They don’t say that sitting is the new smoking without a reason: strained back muscles are only the tip of the sedentary iceberg hazards. Here’s what sitting for hours does to your body.

Spine, back, and neck strain

Sitting puts more pressure on your spine, neck, and back than standing or walking, especially if you have a habit of slouching at your desk. According to certain studies, 40% of people suffering from chronic back pain spend most of their day sitting. Sitting causes spinal disks to lose their natural flexibility, which ups the risk of herniated disks and long-term spine damage.

Reduced muscle strength

Your body is designed for movement, and without regular stretching, walking, and engaging in physical activity, your leg, glute, and abdominal muscles will lose strength and elasticity and start to deteriorate. Sitting for hours on end also affects exchange of nutrients in muscle cells, and malnourished muscle tissue can hamper your mobility even further.

Lower bone density

Staying seated for hours is a shortcut to reduced bone mineral density and joint pains, which can contribute to early onset of age-related bone loss, arthritis, osteoporosis, and osteoporotic fractures. The risk goes up even more if sedentary lifestyle is coupled with improper diet, high intake of sugar, salt, and refined vegetable oils, and failure to follow a well-timed meal agenda.

Higher risk of heart disease

Sitting slows down blood flow, and sluggish circulation is a byword for metabolic rate drops and easier cholesterol buildup in blood vessels. A 2015 research showed that blood flow slowdown caused by excess sitting can result in elevated blood pressure and increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

Increased risk of cancer

Sitting in a slouched position for hours compresses stomach and abdomen contents, which can cause sluggish digestion, camps, bloating, heartburn, constipation, and dysbiosis. But gut glitches don’t stop there: as the pace of transformative processes in the body drops, insulin production goes up, impacting cell growth and upping the risk of cancer development by over 30%.

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Avoid sitting all-day long

The fact that all-day sitting is a part of your job description doesn’t mean you need to renounce all hope of good health over a solid paycheck. There are many ways for you to keep your bones, muscles, and blood vessels strong even with 8+ hours of sitting a day in the mix.

Activate your seating

Dynamic sitting is an easy fix for most health concerns caused by sedentary lifestyle as it prompts the body to move even when seated. To ‘activate’ your sitting sessions, swap your sofa for a rocking chair and replace the office conference chair by its ergonomic counterpart.

Take up yoga or sports

After work hours are over, don’t just plop down in front of the TV and call it a day. Increasing active time by taking up yoga or sports can reduce risk of chronic diseases, prevent muscle and joint pains, and boost the metabolic rate, allowing the body to burn more calories even when inactive.

Built to sit and be fit

If you’re locked to the PC at the office, make sure that your chair and workstation are custom-arranged to minimize the negative effects of sitting. You can replace the chair by a stability ball to keep your muscles engaged, your core active, and your posture in place.

Rethink the desktop

Another simple trick to reduce risk of sitting-related health problems, the desktop should be organized in view of promoting a healthy posture. Height-adjustable sit-to-stand workstations are also a good idea as they encourage movement essential to seamless long-term health.

Loosen it up or lose it

If you can’t cut your seated sessions any shorter, you can at least loosen up after all-day sitting’s done. Neck manipulation, massage, and professional chiropractic services boost blood flow to the brain, alleviate chronic back and neck pain, and enhance natural spinal alignment and healthy posture.

Posted by Sophia Smith - July 22, 2016 at 12:19 pm

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The Underlying Connection Between Childhood Trauma and Addiction

Childhood is generally a time of discovery, innocence and happiness. Despite these typical experiences, a growing individual’s life can be instantly shattered by a traumatic event and fall victim to lasting psychological damage. In some cases, survivors of trauma may turn to drug or alcohol use in order to cope with the pain.

The toll of trauma

Experiencing trauma at any age can cause complex consequences to a person’s thoughts, emotions and behaviors, but childhood is an especially sensitive period. When a child witnesses or is victimized by a traumatic event, the incident can have extensive and lifelong impacts on the developing brain. Potential effects can be emotional, relational or physical, including:

  • Increased anxiety
  • Feelings of helplessness, powerlessness and hopelessness
  • Sadness and grief
  • Feelings of self blame, guilt and shame
  • An inability to trust others
  • Lower self-esteem
  • An increased risk of chronic health conditions including fibromyalgia, diabetes, headaches, cardiovascular disease, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • A higher likelihood of co-occurring mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and self-harming behaviors

How trauma leads to addiction

Recent studies have shown that a neurological connection may exist between childhood trauma and substance abuse. The amygdala, the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex are all involved in the body’s response to trauma. These three areas of the brain control threat perception (amygdala), processing memories (hippocampus) and executive control (prefrontal cortex).

When these areas of the brain are overactive, such as following a traumatic experience, an individual can become extremely overwhelmed with everyday life and societal challenges. Furthermore, a person may desire to escape these negative feelings and begin self-medicating through drugs and alcohol as they grow older. 

Tips for handling trauma triggers

A trauma survivor may develop a number of triggers that can lead to abusive and addictive behaviors. In order to prevent this from happening, experts recommend the following strategies: 

  • Surround yourself with support when overwhelming memories begin entering your thoughts
  • Engage in exercise, volunteering and positive activities that release soothing endorphins and other mood lifting chemicals within the body
  • Work with a therapist to accept what elements of life you cannot control or predict
  • Learn how to systematically dial down the intensity of your emotions through breathing and other meditative exercises
  • Begin picking apart your negative feelings and actions. Trace these responses to the thoughts that cause them and address their irrationalities

In the case of dealing with trauma, both treatment and recovery are possible. When treating an addicted individual who is also a survivor of childhood trauma, it is very important to follow a holistic approach where the addiction and anxiety are confronted equally. While detoxification programs address more immediate concerns, these services are not be equipped to handle the lasting mental health needs that result from serious trauma.

On the other hand, specialized residential treatment centers can handle these psychological needs as well as the side effects of drug or alcohol withdrawal. Survivors and their support systems must look for behavioral health care providers that offer detox and continuing care services for managing trauma-related illnesses.

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Posted by JamesJones - March 23, 2016 at 12:36 pm

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How to be Healthy Without Much Dieting?

Dieting is something that will really help you in losing weight. But people really have a lot of options for weight loss. There is one more thing that you can do and that is taking up some physical activities. When it comes to weight loss you really have to understand that weight loss can take you to the way of good health. Weight loss is something that will really help you in keeping your metabolism in the best condition. If you are the one who truly deserves to stay healthy then there are many ways and means to do that. Some people who are obese can have issue that also causes a decrease in SHBG

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Stay creative in your health concerns

If you really are creative then you will think of many health concerns. You should understand that in life there would be many health challenges that would come in your way. But you should first set the priority as to how you will keep up with the challenges in life. If you want quick weight loss then all you have to do is just search for the options like the cosmetic stuff. If you have been looking for gradual weight loss then you can just take up the normal course of exercise and diet. Thus it is completely your decision that whether you really wish to move ahead with the quick way or you are okay with the gradual pace.

 

Don’t get depressed

Most of the people suffer from issue that also causes a decrease in SHBG and thus they would feel bad. In order to get ahead and get out of these issues it would really be better to first find out that what would actually help you and how would you get your target achieved. For people who really wish to lose weight they should set a target and they should follow the same. If you do not have a specific target then things would really not be under your control. Read more…

Posted by - June 1, 2015 at 9:30 am

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Who Else Wants Better Health?

The secret to living life with better quality these days relies on the ability of each individual to address their personal concerns and become well aware of each part of their life including their health.

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And luckily what is exceptional these days is being able to have many different options to look into to be able to attain the kind of life that is both enjoyable and healthy without having to sacrifice too much off from the usual and being able to continue with regular daily living.

 

Taking Time Out

Living out a healthy life gets resolved only thru the best balance between its different aspects, from work or school, to having a few more invested time and effort for family, friends and most especially for self-enjoyment and improvements.

 

Learning to manage our time not just to invest on the different challenges in life but also to the levels of comfort, relaxation and enjoyment are essential parts that create an elaborate equity between every aspect of an individual’s life, which are some of the eventual factors as well that keep and make it healthier and much more pleasant.

 

Looking after Input

Health in itself has a number of different significant conditions that create the entire system of a human being to get to work specifically well in all areas that make it holistic, and presumably an important leading indicator to this kind of wellness is the chance to bring in considerable amount of input in the form of food and nutrients. Read more…

Posted by - March 16, 2015 at 12:17 pm

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Global Health And Economy

ID-100216632Economy and health are intertwined and entangled to each other. As the phrase goes “health is wealth”, the economy of and individual as well as that of a nation and of the whole world itself is to a large extent dependent on health. And many a times political and economic concerns have often guided global health interventions and investment on health generally depends on political will. For example the control of yellow fever, was directly related to completion of Panama Canal, because of economic burden of yellow fever, the disease was tried to control (if the Panama Canal was not constructed yellow fever control might have taken much longer time if ever tried to control).

Some economists and demographers argue that economic development is the key to improving the health status of a nation or a region, but many others argue that that ill health is the main barrier to economic development in poor countries. May be the view which combines both these arguments is the correct view and improvement of health status as well as economic development are equally important. But investment in health care, especially by controlling communicable diseases in poor countries can lead to increased productivity and consequently economic development. But many countries and economists are unable to find the necessary resources to start the predicted “virtuous cycle”. Read more…

Posted by - January 20, 2014 at 1:26 pm

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When You Should Get Help For Mental Health Issues

ID-10076342Many people who have mental health issues don’t realize that they do or are in denial. As a result, they do not get the help they need. They settle for a lesser quality of life—not feeling happy, not having good relationships, not enjoying life. This is unfortunate because no one has to live that way.

If you suspect you might have a mental health issue, care about yourself enough to seek help. It might feel scary, but getting help is the key to helping you become healthy.

Some signs you might want to seek help include:

·  Feeling like you are on an emotional roller coaster

·  Use of recreational drugs or alcohol to assuage your troubles

·  Having suicidal thoughts or feeling hopeless

·  Feeling anxious or worrying all the time

·  Having trouble going to sleep or staying asleep

·  Feeling depressed

·  A change in appetite, or rapid weight loss or gain

·  Being overly emotional or experiencing big mood swings

·  Having difficulty concentrating

You can also complete an anonymous online survey here to screen yourself for potential disorders. Your friends or family, people who love and care about you, may have suggested that you get some help. If these are people you trust you should consider their concerns and that something may be wrong. Read more…

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Posted by - April 18, 2013 at 11:48 am

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