Health & Wellness

What is Celiac Disease and how do you know if you have it?

We’re all familiar with the ever so popular gluten-free trend. In fact, the trend is so popular that an estimated 22 percent of adults are trying to avoid eating gluten, according to research firm Mintel. But what may be a fad for some people, is a medical necessity for others. We’re talking about people with Celiac disease, and it is estimated that they make up approximately .5% to 1% of the population. And according to the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research, that number is growing, especially among the elderly.READ MORE

What is Gout and What Causes it?

According to the Arthritis Foundation, gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that develops in some people who have high levels of uric acid in the blood. OK, so now that we know what it is, how did it get such a weird name? According to historians who study this sort of thing, the term “Gout” is derived from the Latin word gutta, meaning “a drop” (as in a drop of liquid – a reference to the belief that it was caused by a drop-by-drop accumulation of humors in the joints). It is a condition that has existed for centuries.READ MORE

Rhinitis Symptoms

What is Rhinitis?

Although the name sounds somewhat threatening, Rhinitis is simply irritation and inflammation of the mucous membrane inside of the nose (“rhin” refers to the nose in medical terminology). The condition is usually accompanied by a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing and post-nasal drip. READ MORE

Migraine Headache

What is a Migraine and How are They Treated?

For those of you who have experienced migraine headaches, you know how painful they can be. People often confuse migraines with regular headaches, so it’s important to know the symptoms and the differences as treatment options will vary.

Regular headaches can range from mild to severe and are generally caused by factors like dehydration, stress, anxiety, sinus problems or muscle strain. Other more serious headaches may be the result of other medical problems. READ MORE

What Causes Bone Spurs?

Before we get into the specific causes of bone spurs, let’s first take a look at what bone spurs are. Bone spurs are outgrowths of bone which are most often found in and around joints. A bone spur is essentially “extra bone” growth which has formed on top of normal bone. Bone spurs typically occur in areas of the body such as the knees, feet, hips, spine, shoulders and hands.READ MORE

Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is estimated that approximately 1.3 million Americans suffer from this condition. People are often surprised to learn that Rheumatoid arthritis is actually is caused by the body’s own immune system attacking healthy joint tissue, resulting in chronic inflammation of numerous joints throughout the body. READ MORE

What is a Pacemaker?

A pacemaker is a small medical device which gets placed into the chest or abdomen of people with abnormal heart rhythms. The pacemaker uses electrical pulses to help control the heart rate, allowing the heart to beat with more regularly and pump blood throughout the body. Pacemakers are generally placed under the skin in the chest, just under the collarbone, and are hooked up to the heart with tiny wires. Pacemakers run on batteries and are designed to work only when needed (heartbeat is too slow, too fast or irregular). Each battery should last five to eight years or longer. READ MORE