No matter where you live, one of the things that you would need to do to ensure that you stay in the best of health at all times is to seek out the right medical personnel in your area so that you can get yourself treated if you find the symptoms of any disease or health concern developing suddenly. Finding the right medical clinic in your area and maintaining a regular relationship with it is something that can help you during those times of need when you have to get something treated fast and without any delays. Having competent medical help is one of the most important ingredients of staying healthy and fit, and this is what you need to ensure, not only for your own self, but also fo Continue reading
Infertility is a problem for many women around the world. For women who reach the age of 40 years old, only two out of every five will be able to conceive on their own. Younger women also have issues conceiving. The best ages for women to get pregnant, biologically, is between 20 and 24. Women who are between 29 and 33 can have a chance of becoming pregnant during any given month of between 20 and 25%. When women go to any of the fertility centers around the country, the in vitro fertilization (IVF) steps are often the same. For example the following is a pretty standard IVF timeline that you will go through when you are undergoing the IVF treatment process:
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Substance abuse is a problem around the world. In the United States, when you remove tobacco products, you are left with more than 20 million people with a problem with some substance or another. In 2011, drugs sent over five million people to emergency rooms around the country. At least 2.6 million people who suffer from an addiction use both illicit substances and alcohol. More and more of these people are turning to ibogaine treatment to help them deal with their substance abuse. If you are planning a trip to an ibogaine treatment center, there are things you can do to make the most of the experience.
- Before you go, start eating better. One issue that often accompanies alcohol and drug abuse is poor nutrition. Many people who abuse drugs and/or alcohol do not eat well. Some do not even eat at a Continue reading
Have you participated in an addiction treatment program before? Did it have the desired or expected results? If not, then you may want to consider another type of addiction treatment called ibogaine. This treatment option is available at an ibogaine treatment center, and has been shown to have effective results.
You may be aware that in addition to illicitly-obtained drugs, many Americans are addicted to prescription pain medications, opiates in particular. For the past ten-plus years, there has been a steady rise in opiate usage to treat pain. As a result, many individuals become addicted to these medications and believe they still need them when they no longer do.
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We all look forward to going to sleep every night, but have you ever wondered what exactly goes on in your body when you head to bed? Here are some interesting facts about sleep to daydream about.
Most of the time, you aren’t sleeping deeply
You go through different sleep cycles from the minute your head hits the pillow. When you first doze off, you are in a light sleep mode, then go deeper into non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep. The deepest of NREM sleep happens when we are dreaming and creates especially vivid dreams. However, the entire seven-cycle sleep process only takes between 90 and 120 minutes, and then it starts all over again.
Your brain takes out the garbage of the day
Even though your brain is busy while you sleep, it uses your sleep time to refresh itself. Many scientists believe that when a person dreams, the brain is processing the information from the previous day and filtering it out, which is why we dream in order to distract ourselves from everything that is going on. Not only that, but your brain is busy cementing new memories when you are sleeping, which may be the reason why we dream about recent things that have happened in our lives.
You cannot move
Surprisingly enough, when you are in the deepest stages of REM sleep, you are paralyzed and cannot move a muscle, besides your eyes. This is the body’s defense mechanism against acting out your weirdest dreams and can last for up to 20 minutes.
Your sleep can betray you
Sleep apnea, which is when a person stops breathing during the night, can be especially dangerous. In fact, during the average night’s sleep, those with obstructive sleep apnea may experience up to 60 apneas per hour. Once tested with a home sleep test, one of the most effective treatments is to sleep with a nasal CPAP mask that uses pressurized air to open up your airways so you can breathe normally. CPAP machines are prescribed by your doctor and must be worn every day.
Who knew sleeping could be so interesting? Here is some food for thought the next time your head hits the pillow!
It happens to the best of us — that nagging cold you can’t quite get over, a cut that is a bit too big for a Band-Aid, or some other medical issue that isn’t quite enough to merit a trip to the emergency room, but is too big an issue for your doctor’s office to handle. Most of us have to make an appointment to see our primary care provider, and there are some problems that need to be seen as quickly as possible. For that matter, many of us don’t want to sit in our doctor’s office, spending half the day waiting to be seen. Waiting is a problem at the emergency room, too. Unless your problem is a high priority emergency, you’ll probably have to wait to be seen, and be presented with a huge bill when you’re done. This has many people considering Continue reading
Not many people enjoy having any sort of medical test done, but in this day and age, they are absolutely necessary to ensure your health. Getting an MRI is one of the most common forms of medical imaging, with 30 million MRI scans performed in the U.S. each year. These scans can test for head injuries, tumors, and abnormal growths among other things. Of the 30 million MRI scans performed in the United States each year, 6.6 million — or 22% — are head scans. MRI scans can last from 30 minutes to two hours, and during this time, two to six different series of images are collected. With today’s medical technology, the MRI machine can also be used to produce 3-D images that may be viewed from many different angles. This enables medical professionals to isolate and diagnose the problem.
Before you go in for a medical imaging procedure such as an MRI, there are a number of important things to keep in mind. First, remember to lie completely still as the machine takes the series of images. Generally you won’t be given an MRI scan if you are pregnant, particularly during the first 3 months, but it can be done if absolutely necessary. Finally, when you schedule your MRI, you will get detailed instructions about how to prepare. You may need to avoid eating for two or more hours before the test, but usually you will not need to make any special preparations.
One of the most common causes for having an MRI scan is for the early detection of breast cancer in both men and women. About one in eight U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and a man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about one in 1,000.
Medical imaging is crucial to early detection. Without it, illnesses may continue to go undetected until it’s too late.
Medical imaging is an extremely versatile and effective way to diagnose a number of different conditions without being too invasive. Try to stay aware of your body, and if something feels off, don’t be afraid to take action – there’s no harm in scheduling a routine checkup with your doctor.
Over the past few years, more and more attention has been given to the impact that mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have on children. One area that has been looked at recently has been what harm is done to the mental health of children who suffer these injuries.
At least 500,000 children visit emergency rooms every year and are diagnosed with concussions. This seems to be on the increase. Between 2001 and 2009, the rates for children being diagnosed with a concussion or mild TBI went up by 57% for kids who were 19 years old or younger. Now researchers are looking at the impact these injuries are having on the mental health needs of these children, according to Reuters Healthandnbsp;and as published on Medscape.
If you’ve received a cancer diagnosis, you’re likely wondering about the treatment options available to you. Chemotherapy is often recommended, but it can also cause significant damage in the body. When it comes to cancer treatment therapy options, proton radiation therapy has emerged as a promising alternative. But like any other cancer treatment, it has its advantages and disadvantages.