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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Tracing Spread of Zika Virus in the Americas

Zika
By: Dr. Francis CollinsA couple of summers ago, the threat of mosquito-borne Zika virus disease in tropical areas of the Americas caused major concern, and altered the travel plans of many. The concern was driven by reports of Zika-infected women giving birth to babies with...

Interventional Pain Management for Lower Back Pain

lower back pain
By: Melissa BradyLower back pain, or lumbar pain, is one of the most common pain conditions that people experience. Because of it being, “invisible,” lower back pain is sometimes difficult to diagnose and treat.In this day and age where opioids are so readily prescribed,...

What Can I Expect When I Visit a Chiropractor?

chiropractor for back pain
Have you experienced back pain? If so, you are not alone. According to the American Chiropractic Association, 80 percent of Americans experience back pain at some point during their lifetime.If you are experiencing back pain, there are many treatments and specialists that you can see,...

National Senior Health and Fitness Day Exercises

National Senior Health and Fitness Day
Exercise is important no matter how old you are. From a toddler making his first steps to a grandmother enjoying her retirement, staying healthy and fit should be a priority for everyone. Since today, May 30th, is National Senior Health and Fitness Day, we...

Foot and Ankle Surgery: How to Choose the Right Surgeon

Our feet help carry our bodies to wherever we wish to go. When we suffer from feet and heel ailments, it becomes very uncomfortable to move about and conduct our daily chores.Due to the big connection that the feet have to the upper body,...

Ginger Mint Lemonade Recipe

ginger mint lemonade
Ginger Mint Lemonade 1/2 cup (packed) fresh mint leaves (chopped)1/3 cup fresh ginger (chopped)1/3 cup honey2 cups water (boiling)1/3 cup fresh lemon juice1 1/2 cups cold waterice cubesfresh mint leaveslemon slices Combine chopped mint, ginger, and honey in medium bowl.Add boiling water. Let...

Coconut-Blueberry Smoothie

Coconut Blueberry Smoothie
 Coconut Blueberry Smoothie 8 oz coconut water or coconut milk1 banana peeled1 cup blueberries frozen or fresh1 tsp pure vanilla extract2 cups fresh baby spinach Mix everything in your blender and enjoy!

NIH-Supported Team Confirms New Genetic Mutation Link to ALS

ALS Research
Chip Rose | 301-496-1752 | nianews3@mail.nih.govBreakdowns in KIF5A gene highlight new research pathKinesin family member 5A (KIF5A), a gene previously linked to two rare neurodegenerative disorders, has been definitively connected to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by an international team from several of the world’s top...

What is Depression?

What is depression
Depression OverviewDepression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be...

Advanced Preventive Migraine Treatment Gets FDA Approval

migraine treatment
If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic or episodic migraines, a new Federal Drug Administration approved drug may be for you.Aimovig is a monthly injectable drug that is used to prevent the onset of migraine headaches. The drug...

How to Prepare for a Doctor’s Appointment

prepare for doctors appt
A basic plan can help you make the most of your appointment whether you are starting with a new doctor or continuing with the doctor you've seen for years. The following tips will make it easier for you and your doctor to cover everything...

What is Diabetes?

What is Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to...

Soothing Quinoa Cereal

soothing quinoa cereal
 Soothing Quinoa Cereal 1 cup unsweetened almond or rice milk1/3 cup quinoa flakes1/4 cup pomegranate seeds1 pinch sea saltmaple syrup or raw honey (optional, to sweeten)toasted walnuts, almonds, granola or berries (optional)  In a small or medium saucepan set to medium-high heat, bring the...

Next Generation LED to Improve Sleep Cycles

light and sleep
On those nights when you just can’t seem to fall asleep, here’s something to think about: Are you getting enough of the right light during the day and too much at night?Scientists have discovered that light is as essential to optimal health and development...

Overall Cancer Mortality on Decline, Prostate Cancer Mortality Stabilized

cancer rates decline
The latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer finds that overall cancer death rates continue to decline in men, women, and children in the United States in all major racial and ethnic groups. Overall cancer incidence, or rates of new...

How Your Diet Impacts Pain Levels

foods that affect pain
Wouldn’t it be great to pop some apple slices into your mouth instead of pills to get rid of pain?This idea might not be too far from reality.Of course, this isn’t to say you can simply dismiss your doctor and stop taking your prescribed...

International Study Suggests Combination Therapy May Prevent Stroke

medications to prevent stroke
NIH-funded trial finds lower rate of secondary stroke but small risk of bleeding   Results from an international clinical trial of more than 4880 participants, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, show that combining clopidogrel and aspirin following a small stroke or experiencing...

Women with Gestational Diabetes May be at Risk for Kidney Disease

pregnant woman
Gestational diabetes may predispose women to early-stage kidney damage, a precursor to chronic kidney disease, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. The study appears in Diabetes Care.Gestational diabetes occurs only in pregnancy and results when the level...

How to Plan Your Type 2 Diabetes Diet

diabetes diet
Picture this:Lisa Parker is 37, and she has recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.Since she was in college, Lisa started developing a taste for fast food places located close to campus, and the stress of exams led her to binge on high sugar...

Mediterranean diet may slow development of Alzheimer’s disease

At a GlanceResearchers found that eating a Mediterranean diet slows some changes in the brain that may indicate early Alzheimer’s disease. The results point to a lifestyle change that could help reduce the risk of this type of age-related dementia.Alzheimer’s disease is the...

Mental Health Awareness Month: What you should know

mental health awareness month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month – but what does that mean? The goal of the month is to raise awareness about mental health issues while reducing the stigma. In fact, there are several things that you should know about the prevalence of mental...

Healthy Caribbean Casserole

Caribbean Casserole
This tropical-inspired dish is gently spiced for a rich flavor. Eating healthy foods enhances your overall wellness.Recipe Source: Deliciously Healthy DinnersHealthy Caribbean Casserole 1 medium onion (chopped)1/2 green bell pepper (rinsed and diced)1 Tbsp canola oil1 can (14 1/2 oz) stewed tomatoes1 can...

Coping With Familial Mental Illness in Stressful Times

“NIH/NIMH lifer” Shares His Asian American Family’s Story of ResilienceFormer NIMH Deputy Director and Scientific Director, Dr. Richard Nakamura, recently revealed how his family successfully coped with discrimination compounded by bipolar disorder during trying times for Japanese Americans. In a video interview marking National...

My Story: Life with Two Chronic Illnesses

living with two chronic illnesses
Hello all, my name is Bethany. I am 19 years old, I reside in London and I live with chronic pain. I started Blogging as Young, Sick and Invisible when I was diagnosed with two chronic illnesses in the space of a year. My aim...