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Poor Circulation Is Nothing to Ignore

Poor Circulation Is Nothing to Ignore

Do you feel like your hands or feet are on “pins and needles”? That’s one of the most commonly described symptoms of poor circulation. If you think you’re battling poor circulation, it’s wise to get a diagnosis; it could be a symptom of a much more serious disease—including peripheral artery

Breast Cancer Treatment Options to Consider

Breast Cancer Treatment Options to Consider

Once you’ve received the sobering news that you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, the next step is to discuss a personalized breast cancer treatment plan with your medical team. Your doctor’s recommendations will involve many factors, including your age, medical history, the type, location, and size of the cancer, and

2. Diagnosing Joint Pain

There are more than 100 types of arthritis, so when it comes to diagnosis the first challenge is to determine the cause of the inflammation. The second challenge is to evaluate the extent of tissue involvement and level of disease. For example, is there an acute and self-limiting inflammation of

4. Diseases and Disorders of the Stomach

The stomach, which lies on the upper left side of the abdomen, is where the digestive process begins. The stomach and its walls are made of layers of mucous membrane, connective tissue, and muscle fibers. The average stomach is about a liter in volume when empty (this varies depending on

3. Diseases and Disorders of the Esophagus

After you chew and swallow food, it travels down your esophagus and into the stomach. Most of the time, you don’t even think about the simple, everyday act of chewing and swallowing—after all, you’ve been doing it since you were born. But sometimes, people have trouble chewing their food into

Thinning Hair Can Have Myriad Causes

Thinning Hair Can Have Myriad Causes

Forget using the hair you see in your hairbrush or bathroom sink as a gauge of thinning hair.  It’s normal to lose 50 to 100 strands of hair a day, says the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA). What makes thinning hair diagnosable is evidence of bald patches and sections

What Is Scleroderma?

What Is Scleroderma?

You may have heard the term scleroderma but what does it mean? The first half of the word has roots in the Greek word “skleros,” or “hard.” The second half of the word, “-derma,” means “skin.” According to the American College of Rheumatology, “Scleroderma (or systemic sclerosis) is an autoimmune

Do You Have Trouble Swallowing? You’re Not Alone

Do You Have Trouble Swallowing? You’re Not Alone

If you have trouble swallowing, you have dysphagia. If that trouble swallowing is associated with pain, it’s called odynophagia. These are big words for an annoying—and potentially dangerous—disorder that most of us call “trouble swallowing.”

According to the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders, the number of those who have trouble swallowing

2. The Diagnostic Evaluation of Joint Pain

When it comes to managing arthritis, one size does not fit all. There are more than 100 types of arthritis: So the first challenge is to determine the cause of the inflammation. There is no definitive test for any of the common causes, so diagnosis relies on the detective skills

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