Exercise and Asthma

Exercise or other physical activity can trigger asthma-related symptoms. Symptoms usually occur during or right after physical activity. However, if asthma is under control, exercise should not cause problems. In fact, asthmatic people can enjoy any physical activity without developing symptoms, if they follow a few ground rules. Exercise-Induced Asthma Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) is airflow obstruction caused by physical activity […]

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Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Treatment and Prevention

Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Treatment If you suspect that you may have developed a DVT, you should immediately contact your physician or go to an emergency room. Be sure to mention that you have recently completed a long journey, as that information may aid in making the correct diagnosis. Different procedures will be used to check for the presence of a […]

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Asthma Attacks

Asthma is a condition that affects the bronchial tubes or the airways.  In normal breathing, air travels through the nose or mouth to the windpipe or trachea and from there to the airways and lungs, and then finally back. In people with asthma, breathing is not always that easy, as they have inflamed airways which produce thick mucus. Inflamed airways […]

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Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system that affects balance, movement and vision. Multiple sclerosis is an example of a demyelinating disease, where the protective coating called myelin that surrounds nerve fibres becomes damaged. Myelin protects and insulates nerve fibres, increasing electrical resistance and enhancing nerve signal conduction. Destruction of the myelin disrupts the messages being […]

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What Causes Fibromyalgia?

The exact cause of fibromyalgia syndrome is unknown, however, several factors have been associated with this condition and this has led to several hypotheses and theories relating to the condition and its cause. Some of the possible causes include:- In a large majority of patients there is no explainable cause of the condition and it develops on its own. Physical […]

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Schizophrenia Causes

The exact cause of schizophrenia is not currently known, and it is thought to occur as a result of various genetic, physical, psychological and environmental risk factors. In this way, some people are more likely to be affected by the condition due to genetic and physical susceptibility but a particular life event, usually stressful or emotional in nature, triggers the […]

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Storing Breast Milk

Handling breast milk is important for mothers who use the breast pump to feed their babies. It is vital that complete hygiene is maintained. Simple measures like washing hands before expressing and keeping the instruments and bottles and nipples clean goes a long way in making the practice a success. Collection of breast milk Breast milk is collected by pumping […]

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Breastfeeding and Diet

A healthy diet is as important for a breastfeeding mother as it is for a pregnant mother. However, no special diet is needed for lactating or breastfeeding mothers. Most women do not need to “eat for two” as they did during their pregnancy believing extra calorie intake would be good for their unborn baby. Most recommendations state that women who […]

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Breast Anatomy

Understanding the anatomy of the breast is important in understanding how it makes milk. Making breast milk involves both the brain as well as the breast. Several hormones are responsible for making and continuing to make breast milk. The breast is a modification of a cluster of glands. There are several parts of a normal breast:- Glandular tissue This is […]

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Breastfeeding Twins or Multiples

Feeding twins, triplets or more is special but may be a challenge. It is vital that the mother is educated regarding the benefits of breastfeeding her babies. Twins and triplets may often be preterm and low birth weight. They may have had a difficult delivery as well. This makes breast milk more beneficial for them to catch up on their […]

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