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UHN Blog: What Is Nutrition? Our Practical Diet Guide Explains

UHN Blog: What Is Nutrition? Our Practical Diet Guide Explains

The term “nutrition” has a variety of definitions, some more scientific than others. For the purposes of this blog, my answer to “What is nutrition?” is simple: the foods and beverages you consume to keep your body healthy and functioning. The nutrients in those foods and beverages are what provide you

Is Your Kidney Stone Pain a Single Episode… or Chronic?

Is Your Kidney Stone Pain a Single Episode… or Chronic?

It started as a pain in the mid-back, disassociated from any kind of spinal or muscle soreness that sometimes accompanies strenuous activity. It was a dull ache, off to one side, and it persisted into a dark and rainy night…. I’d heard about kidney stones and thought I might be

UHN Blog: What’s the Right Blood Pressure for You? It Depends

UHN Blog: What’s the Right Blood Pressure for You? It Depends

Aside from the occasional aches, pains, and sleeping troubles, my 82-year-old mother is in very good health for her age. But like many other older adults, she takes a medication to help control high blood pressure symptoms. And like plenty of older individuals, she relies on her doctor to let

The Myth of Non-Drowsy Antihistamines and Allergy Medicine

The Myth of Non-Drowsy Antihistamines and Allergy Medicine

Allergy sufferers have long faced a no-win situation with traditional antihistamine medications: sneeze and itch your way through seasonal allergies or take antihistamines and live in a fog instead. Antihistamines stop allergy symptoms by reducing or blocking histamines, chemicals the body releases in response to an allergic trigger. Histamines cause

UHN Blog: What’s Ailing You? We’re All Ears

UHN Blog: What’s Ailing You? We’re All Ears

At University Health News, we believe sound health information can empower people and even relieve symptoms—if knowledge leads to reduced stress and anxiety. Knowing more just makes us feel better. When you read about, ask about, and understand what’s ailing you, you may be helping yourself more than you know.

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5. Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease that often starts in childhood but can occur for the first time in adulthood, even later in life. In the United States, about 19 million adults and seven million children have asthma.
People with asthma have inflammation in their airways. This inflammation causes episodes of coughing,

UHN Blog: Antibiotics Are Over-Prescribed

UHN Blog: Antibiotics Are Over-Prescribed

If your physician prescribes antibiotics, question it. And do some research on your own before taking them. Some doctors are a little too quick with the prescription pad, and some patients (myself included) a little too trusting.

Truth is we’ve been over-prescribing antibiotics in this country for quite some time. It’s

UHN Blog: How to Relieve Lower Back Pain

UHN Blog: How to Relieve Lower Back Pain

When I first started writing about health issues, I would casually mention how some people find their sleep disturbed by pain, but I didn’t really think much about it, or what the effects can be. Today I find myself in that category due to a lifelong problem that used to

UHN Blog: Emergency! Coping with a Broken Ankle Overseas

UHN Blog: Emergency! Coping with a Broken Ankle Overseas

UHN’s Editor-in-Chief recounts the surreal story of an emergency situation in a foreign land. Along the way, he describes what to expect when that international trip is interrupted by a serious injury, a hospital stay, a battery of transoceanic doctor consults, and a precarious trip home.

UHN Blog: A Crusade Against Cancerous Moles

UHN Blog: A Crusade Against Cancerous Moles

The mirror never lies, no matter how much I’d like it to. The mirror is a timepiece, with each new gray hair marking another minute, and each wrinkle above my brow representing another day behind me on my life’s continuum. I see less hair where I want it, and more

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