Many people identify with Easter as a day that is filled with egg hunts, candy, and spending time with family. It is also considered a major religious holiday for millions and millions of people. Either way, it is a day that usually filled with the sound of laughter and celebration.
Most people see it as a time of renewal and hope. It is the first major holiday following the winter, and it often signifies the beginning of spring. After all, it is the time of year that the birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and the trees are starting to bud. Even for those who don’t observe the Christian holiday it can signify hope and positivity.
For those who celebrate it has true religious holiday, it begins on Good Friday. This day is observed by Christian based religions as the day Jesus was crucified and died. The bible relates that he died for the sins of the people, and predicted that he would rise again shortly as a miracle from God.
The Sunday directly following Good Friday symbolizes the day Jesus is resurrected. It is a day of hope and wonder. It generally isn’t celebrated on a specific date each year. Some years it is observed in March, other years it is observed in April. This year, it falls on April 20.
The religious overtones aren’t what most children care about, though. They see it as a day filled with searching for colored eggs, treats, and a large dinner. It is a day when families join together around the table to converse and catch up with one another. It is the time of year when they look forward to a bunny bringing them candy to enjoy. All they focus on is the fun they have as they run around and find brightly colored eggs.
The main thing to focus on this weekend is that it is a great way to be around loved ones, whether you celebrate it religiously or not. Planning, making, and eating a special meal with friends and family is something to be treasured, whether or not it is a holiday, and that’s what we need to observe in this increasingly busy world we live in.
There are three main types of eating disorders. They include anorexia, bulimia, and bingeing. Females are more likely than males to be affected by these conditions. The conditions cause a person to be overly concerned with their weight and food. Unfortunately, they can lead to other health risks. Sometimes they can even lead to death. They often start due to stress and/or a distorted view of body image. Adolescent females can be very vulnerable to this type of illness.
Anorexia is characterized by symptoms such as ingesting too little, a distorted body image, dry skin, problems sleeping, pain in the abdominal area and a thin appearance. Other symptoms include constipation, irregular heartbeat, and an unusually low blood pressure. In some cases it can be deadly.
A bulimic person goes through cycles of taking in too much food (bingeing) and then finding ways to remove it from the body – such as through intense physical activity or through vomiting. A person who has this type of illness may also use laxatives as a way to purge their system. Unfortunately, this wreaks havoc on the body. Other symptoms to watch for include a loss of the menstrual cycle, gum and teeth damage, irregular heartbeat, and dehydration.
Bingeing without purging is another health risk. People who do this do not stop eating when they feel full, they typically just keep going. Afterward, they may feel guilty or ill, but they do not try to get rid of the food. Many people who do this are overweight and may often feel depressed. They may feel their symptoms are out of control but also feel too ashamed to get help.
Moderation and education are two important aspects regarding establishing a good diet and healthy habits. Treatment also includes hospitalization, therapy, and medications. People need to overcome self-esteem issues as well as issues with body image. It can be done, but it takes some intensive treatment and can be a slow process. Society can certainly help by being honest and open about the human body instead of celebrating some impossible to maintain ideal seen in the airbrushed photos in glossy magazines.
With all the responsibilities we carry and the stress that we feel, taking some time to relax on a regular basis is extremely important. It seems as if we almost always have something that is grabbing our attention – whether it is at work or at home. The tasks that are piled on us on the job, along with the duties we have to our families makes it extremely difficult to slow down and just take time for ourselves. However, that is exactly what we must do to be the best version of ourselves. It is essential to our bodies (physically, mentally, and emotionally) to simply rest and enjoy life.
During the work week many of us don’t get the sleep we need. We often stay up way too late and then regret it the next morning as we are laying in bed and the alarm goes off. We are busy from the time we get out of bed until the moment our head hits the pillow at night. So why not plan a day to just dedicate to activities that are relaxing – such as sleeping in, eating a leisurely brunch, and taking the time to read a good book? Why not try to do this a few times a month, such as every other Sunday? There’s no shame in planning a day of relaxation to let your mind and body recover.
Think about your version of the perfect day. Would you go to the movies with your family? Dig around the garden? What about some of your favorite hobbies – hiking, going for a motorcycle ride, puttering around the garage, baking a decadent dish in the kitchen – the possibilities are endless. Complete relaxation is the goal – how you get there is up to you. The point is to have fun and just chill out instead of feeling overwhelmed with all of the things that you normally deal with on a regular basis.
If you are feeling stressed out and frazzled, don’t be afraid to speak up and do something about it. You owe it to yourself to take some time to regroup and recharge your batteries. If not, you run the risk of making yourself sick – and that certainly isn’t doing anyone any good.
Inner knee pain is often due to a problem with the medial collateral ligament. It is an injury that can happen during sports, such as a tackle during football. It can also happen following a car accident or any type of blunt force side impact. It can be extremely painful and takes time to heal based on the severity of the injury.
The MCL helps keep the knee joint and the shin bone stable. It connects the femur and the tibia. Usually the injury is due to an impact on the outside of the knee, which stretches or tears the ligaments and soft tissue around the joint. This type is classified as an inversion injury, which means the knee is pushed inward, toward the center of the body in a way that is often very uncomfortable.
Diagnosis of an MCL injury can be made through a physical exam but your doctor may want a visual imaging test done such as an x-ray or an MRI. These tests can help them see the extent of the damage and will help determine the best way to treat it. Luckily, surgery generally isn’t needed for this type of injury. You might be told to wear a special brace and to avoid putting weight on it.
This injury can put added stress on the surrounding tendons and muscles. The quadriceps and the calves might also feel very sore and need some extra treatment to help strengthen them. It is important that you get rest and avoid physical activity during the recovery and healing phase, as it is very easy to re- injure this area due to its weakened state.
Doctors often recommend physical therapy during the recovery process, as it will help strengthen the body. PT will most likely be conservative at first but as time passes it will become more aggressive. This is to allow the body time to adjust so that the muscles and tendons surrounding the affected area can do their part to help it heal.
An injury to the MCL often cannot be prevented. It is usually an accident that happens without any warning. Sometimes the incident also leads to damage of other joints and ligaments, which can lead to more invasive treatments. The best thing to do is to get the right diagnosis and listen to your body as it heals.
Ascites is a condition in which fluid accumulates in the peritoneal, or abdominal, cavity, most commonly as a result of cirrhosis or advanced liver disease. Other factors that contribute to its development can include congestive heart failure and advanced kidney failure. Researchers have theorized that the imbalance is caused by variations in pressure between the circulatory system and the abdominal cavity is responsible. Increased pressure can also occur as a result of a mass or blood clot developing in the portal vein.
Alcohol abuse, hepatitis B and hepatitis C are some of the most common risk factors. However, you may also be at greater risk if you have kidney disease, congestive heart failure, type 2 diabetes or obesity.
Milder cases may have few or no noticeable symptoms. However, as swelling increases, you may notice a dramatic increase in the size of the abdomen. Bloating, discomfort and shortness of breath may occur. As the ascites worsens, the abdominal girth will increase, and an umbilical hernia may appear. The swelling can be severe and quite uncomfortable.
Testing and Treatment
A calculation that measures the serum-ascites albumin gradient may be used to identify the cause of the swelling. Your doctor may recommend treating the underlying cause while focusing on reducing your symptoms. You may need to alter lifestyle and avoid alcohol, eat a diet low in salt and limit your fluid intake. Diuretics may be prescribed to reduce water retention, and antivirals or antibiotics may be needed to treat underlying conditions. In some cases, a paracentesis, or procedure to remove fluid, may be performed. A shunt may also be placed to improve blood flow to the liver.
This is a serious condition, so you may need to visit your doctor regularly to keep your health on track. If you develop a fever, abdominal pain, blood in your stool or vomit, swelling in your extremities, yellowing of the skin or eyes, or breathing problems, call your doctor right away.
Osteogenesis imperfecta is a genetic disorder that affects between 20,000 and 50,00 people in the United States today. It causes bones to become brittle and break easily at the slightest impact and, in some cases, for no known reason. The condition is classified according to its severity. OI type 1 is the most common type. It interferes with the production of collagen, a connective tissue protein, and patients may have too little or poor quality collagen. Although the condition can be diagnosed based on its symptoms, biochemical tests may be needed to confirm the diagnosis.
Patients with OI tend to suffer from frequent fractures and other injuries, and this often happens before puberty. This is generally the first sign of a problem. Joints may be loose and muscles may be abnormally weak. The spine may be curved, and the face may be triangular in shape. Stature is either normal or close to normal. In some cases, the patient may also have brittle teeth, discolored sclera and hearing loss.
There is no cure for this potentially serious condition. However, treatments are available and can help control the symptoms. The goal of treatment is to promote healthy bone development, strong muscles and independent mobility. Mobility aids may be recommended to protect the extremities of patients with more severe conditions. Fractures are painful, so patients who are especially prone to them may need to undergo a surgical technique called rodding, which can help reduce the risk of injury. Several medications are currently being evaluated for their effectiveness.
Managing your osteogenesis imperfecta can also require lifestyle changes. Eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight can help patients stay strong and limber. Avoid bone-damaging habits, including tobacco use and excess alcohol or caffeine consumption. Exercise can help keep muscles and bones strong, but patients should discuss the most appropriate physical therapy regimen with their doctors.
OI can be difficult for the children, teens and adults who have it, but they can still lead healthy, active, engaged lives.
The ear drum is a small flap of skin that separates the inner and outer ears. When this small flap of skin tears, it can be an extremely painful situation for some people. Yet in others, there are no symptoms or the symptoms can be very mild. There are many reasons for the injury. An infection is the most common contribution. The fluid build-up within the ear can cause the small flap of skin to weaken and tear. Unfortunately, it can also lead to hearing loss and balance problems for some people, especially if it is a regular occurrence.
The skin that separates the different parts of the ear does more than just drown out sound – it also helps to keep bacteria from entering the area. If you suddenly realize that your ear doesn’t feel right or your hearing is being affected, it is a good idea to go to the doctor to get the right diagnosis. Successful treatment after a ruptured drum is important and can help prevent future issues. In some cases, surgery is needed to repair the damage, but it is often used as a last resort. During surgery, a small graft of skin is used to replace the damaged drum. Your doctor may graph or chart your progress as well as ask you questions about the initial injury so that you can avoid future issues.
Many people notice they may have some equilibrium or balance issues as the ear heals. Also, be sure to keep the area dry – put cotton balls in the ear while showering or wear a shower cap. The water can lead to an infection which can make the problem worse. Avoid swimming, too. Never stick anything in your ear, as that can be dangerous. Also supervise children while they are cleaning their ears. Some doctors recommend using an earwax kit for build-up instead of cotton tipped swabs, so ask your doctor their recommendation.
Keep in mind that the healing process for a ruptured ear drum takes time. Also keep in mind that it isn’t always something physical that causes damage (such as a slap to the face or a hit to the side of the head, etc.). Sometimes injury occurs from pressure changes while flying, scuba diving, even loud music. The important thing is to get the damage contained before it becomes permanent.
Recent studies have shown that obesity early in life is often a predictor of the future. Kids that are overweight often turn into adults who are overweight. Obesity doesn’t discriminate against age or gender – it can happen to kids as young as toddlers. Unfortunately, that extra weight can easily lead to health complications later in life. Examples include diabetes and knee osteoarthritis pain. It can also lead to heart problems and sleep apnea. Weighing too much can lead to a serious underlying medical condition and if left untreated can lead to permanent damage and even death. However, it is also a preventable (and reversible) condition.
One of the best ways to prevent too much weight gain in children is through education. This often falls on the parents – meaning that it is up to them to read labels and make healthy choices for their children. It also means leading by example. Parents who take their fitness seriously often have children who do the same. Eating healthy is just one aspect – kids also need regular exercise. This means regular activity almost every day, whether it is taking a walk, running around the playground or going for bike rides.
If you have a child who is overweight but has been unable to lose weight, it might be time for specialized medical care. Early treatment is extremely important. A medical care provider can help educate both children and parents about making healthy choices. And keep in mind that there is no “miracle cure” for weight loss. It is simply a matter of eating foods that are good for you and burning calories through regular physical activity.
The best ways to get kids involved in fitness is through an exercise program or sports. And the earlier you take action, the better the outcome will be. Don’t wait for the weight gain to contribute to serious underlying medical condition or become a threat to your child’s health. Be proactive and help them so that they will enjoy a long and healthy life. And keep in mind that sports and exercises programs are also great social outlets. They will probably make bedtime easier as well – regular exercise leads to better sleeping patterns. And that’s great for the whole household!
Car accidents are often considered just another part of life, but they are often highly preventable. Drivers can minimize their risk of suffering car crashes by following the rules of the road. Most accidents are linked to excessive speed, driving too fast for conditions, ignoring traffic signals, texting while driving or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Unfortunately, even if you obey the law and drive safely, you may still suffer as a result of another driver’s actions. Wear your seatbelt properly every time you are in a vehicle. The lap belt should be across your hips and below your stomach while the shoulder belt should be off the neck, over the collarbone and across the chest. Adjust your seat or use extenders if your seatbelt does not fit appropriately. Wearing your seatbelt properly also ensures that your airbag will protect you properly. The bags deploy with considerable force that can actually cause injuries if you are not correctly restrained.
If you are driving with young children, ensure that each one is in an appropriate safety seat or booster seat. Since these seats can be easy to install and use improperly, contact your local fire department or police department to have the seat inspected. If necessary, the staff can help you install and use the seat properly for greater safety. When children are in car seats, they should never wear a coat, which can compress during an accident and leave the child vulnerable to ejection.
Finally, watch the weather. Be prepared for bad road conditions. Winter weather such as ice and snow or storms that include heavy rain or hail can be dangerous. You may need to drive more slowly than usual or take extra precautions. In some cases, staying put until the weather has passed may be necessary.
If a collision or crash does occur, get immediate medical care for anyone who appears to be injured. Your body, such as your knees, hips, shoulders, neck and back may not register pain or other symptoms right away, so go the a medical center and get yourself checked out as a precaution. Move off the roads if you can do so safely, and contact law enforcement and your insurance company immediately. Visit an auto body shop for an estimate, and stay in contact with your insurance company. Remember that keeping your life low stress can promote healing, and give yourself extra time to recover if necessary.
Halitosis, also known as bad breath, can be caused by many different factors. It can be unpleasant and embarrassing, but it can be helped through lifestyle modifications and changes in diet. Finding the initial cause of the issue and treating it is important and much better to do in the long run rather than masking it with mints or gum. Those are just very temporary fixes that actually can make the problem worse.
One of the main causes of mouth odor is food, especially garlic. Coffee is another culprit, as are cigarettes. Both of those also stain your teeth, so brushing after smoking or after that espresso is always a good idea. Bacteria in the mouth is also a source of bad odor. Simple hygiene can help reduce the issue. This means brushing and flossing multiple times a day, particularly after a meal. Certain medical conditions can also cause bad breath, such as a stomach ulcer. So can infections of the mouth, the common cold, or even a respiratory infection. The list of what affects your breath is very long and some of the items may surprise you.
The medications that you use can also contribute to the problem. Some common ones include anti-depressants and even over the counter medications – such as that aspirin you took for your headache. Some may cause dry mouth (which often results in halitosis because saliva is a natural cleanser), others may cause a chemical reaction within the body that is emitted through breathing. One way to fix the problem is to talk to your doctor about what you’re taking and how it affects the health of your mouth.
If you believe you have halitosis, don’t try to avoid the problem by chewing gum or having a stash of mints handy. Be proactive and go straight to the source. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Avoid tobacco products. Also keep in mind that alcohol dries your mouth out, therefore resulting in unpleasant smelling breath for those around you. By making a few simple lifestyle modifications you can improve the problem and make it go away completely.