Even if you’re not a football fan, you probably heard about Damar Hamlin, the 24-year-old player who went into cardiac arrest during a game recently. He was “dead” when he hit the turf and was resuscitated by medical staff on the scene. Today, he’s well on his way to a complete recovery and undergoing rehabilitation.
In order to best understand what a detached retina actually is, and to be aware that it’s a medical emergency, we’ll start today’s lesson with an explanation of how our eyes work.
If you find yourself blinking a lot, don’t be surprised. Also, if you are a visual learner, there’s an animated graphic that you can see if you keyword “retina” at the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s website: aao.org.
A landmark study in 2020 in Sweden concluded that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine dramatically reduces the number of women who develop cervical cancer. How dramatically? To the tune of a 90 percent reduction in cervical cancer incidence compared to incidence of those unvaccinated during the 11-year study of nearly 1.7 million women.
While reading a whole bunch of articles about how to have a safe holiday season, I came across a headline that caught my attention. It said, “Is it safe to eat snow?” Now, there’s a subject I’ve never even considered writing about.
It reminded me of a movie I watched many years ago about a couple stranded on some remote mountain, ill-prepared for the blizzard-like conditions. They bundled up to walk to safety. I remember little about the film except that the wife was pregnant and kept eating snow. The husband didn’t, and he survived.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that staying in your car is most often the safest choice when faced with inclement weather. They say not to eat snow because it will lower your body temperature, potentially causing hypothermia.
On November 10, the first death from influenza in Idaho was reported in Boise. As of October 29, only 26 percent of adults living in Idaho had obtained a flu shot. However, if you talk to people around town, it seems everyone has come down with what appears to be the flu. So, maybe it’s time you stopped making excuses and headed out to one of the pharmacies offering free shots.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a common chronic disorder involving the stomach and intestines, aka the gastrointestinal tract. The most common symptoms are abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. Only a small number of people with IBS suffer severe symptoms, but severity aside, the symptoms can be very uncomfortable.
Whether you’re hosting or attending a Thanksgiving feast tomorrow, there are a slew of safety measures to be taken. Even if you plan to stay home alone, there are some tips here that can be useful. For instance, if you didn’t change the batteries in your smoke alarms when we changed the clocks, you should do so today.
About 80 percent of lung cancer deaths are attributed to smoking tobacco. The longer and more packs a day you smoke puts you at higher risk. The American Cancer Society says that cigar and pipe smoking are almost as likely to cause lung cancer and smoking low-tar or “light” cigarettes doesn’t reduce the risk.
Diabetes is a group of health conditions that impairs how your body processes sugar for energy.
They include Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes. If left untreated, diabetes can result in a multitude of complications, so it’s crucial that we all know the warning signs.
The symptoms we hear about most often are sometimes called the three polys of diabetes. They are polyuria which is frequent urination; polydipsia which is increased thirst, and polyphagia which is an increased appetite due to loss of glucose and fluids because of increased urination.
High on the list of terrifying healthcare issues is sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). It's described as the unexplained death of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old, usually during sleep. It's often called "crib death" because that’s where the child dies.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society says that every three minutes, one person in the United States is diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma. Blood cancers make up around ten percent of new cancer diagnoses.
Jack was a seemingly normal kind of guy. He was a college grad. He owned and managed a shop that sold novelty items. He rode a motorcycle without a helmet. He was involved in a minor crash. He developed a traumatic brain injury. He suffers severe seizures, double vision, and vertigo.
I can’t recommend hospice enough.
My mother’s team was in a different state. Still, since then, I’ve personally had two experiences with Bonner General Health Community Hospice, and, even though I’m a wordsmith, I can’t find enough superlatives for their services.