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108, 2017

Endometriosis: The Silent Condition That Can Be Ignored For Years

By |August 1st, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Endometriosis: The Silent Condition That Can Be Ignored For Years

Endometriosis is a condition that affects women, with an estimated impact on around 176 million lives worldwide. In fact, one in ten women in the US alone have been found to have endometriosis – and the number may be higher, due to the fact it is so often mis-or-undiagnosed.

What Is Endometriosis?

The condition is caused by an overgrowth of the uterine lining. In a normal monthly cycle, the uterine lining will thicken in anticipation of a fertilized egg being implanted. When this sheds, it produces a period.

Endometriosis occurs when the uterine lining – medically known as the endometrium – tends to overdevelop. It can develop not only thickening the uterus, but even attach itself to the surrounding muscles. Endometrium is often found on the bladder, with deposits also common along the bowel.

What Happens?

The condition is best known for its extreme pain. This tends to occur during the menstrual period, but can be felt throughout the month in more severe cases. These pains are not the standard menstrual cramps that many women suffer with. They last for longer and are almost intolerably painful, with some women reporting that passing out from the pain is a regular occurrence.

The other major sign of endometriosis is that periods tend to be extremely heavy, while cycles can be irregular and difficult to predict.

Is It Dangerous?

Endometriosis is not dangerous in terms of threatening life, but it is dangerous in terms of the hazard it poses towards quality of life. For one thing, the pain and discomfort experienced literally takes up three months of every year for a woman with endometriosis. This can cause serious problems with maintaining a job, especially as many women find themselves having to take more time off […]

2507, 2017

Understanding (And Increasing) Your Pain Tolerance

By |July 25th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Understanding (And Increasing) Your Pain Tolerance

“It hurts.”

“It really hurts…”

“I was in so much pain…”

All of the above are fairly common sentiments that we’ll all hear and say throughout life. Pain is one of those things that all of us – barring unusual disorders – can relate to. If someone says they have a headache, we can nod along, because we understand what a headache feels like and the pain and distress that it might cause. If someone is in pain, we get why that might be an issue for them.

The thing is, we all experience pain differently – and it causes a lot of problems. Doctors have no particular way of knowing if someone is truly in horrific pain, or if they just have a low pain threshold.

With kids, they use a scale where children can point to how miserable they feel regarding their pain – but what adult wouldn’t just go for the worst imaginable? After all, you want the doctor to help you and you want them to do it well, so what’s a little over-exaggeration if it’s going to result in the most effective treatment?

Understandable as this attitude is, it’s also inherently problematic. It can lead to you being over-treated in the event of an injury or illness; and it makes doctors as a whole more skeptical when someone describes themselves as being in a lot of pain.

So is there any way you can increase your pain threshold for the sake of your own health?

#1 – Being Accident Prone

The more you experience pain, the better you will be at dealing with it – that just makes sense. It’s like your own kind of exposure therapy. Whether you’re clumsy or just seem to have enough bad […]

2507, 2017

Know The Signs Your Elderly Parent Needs Support

By |July 25th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Know The Signs Your Elderly Parent Needs Support

At a certain point in life, there will be a seismic shift in the relationship that you have with your parents. It will almost be like a role reversal. You will be working and caring for a family that is growing. They will be enjoying retirement, hopefully with no worries in the world if they have saved money correctly. Unfortunately, there may come a time when they need more of your assistance. They could even lose their dependence and need further support. It is crucial that you watch out for the signs that this is happening.

If you don’t, it can lead to a terrible situation where they end up in a nursing home or permanently in hospital. By taking the right steps and recognizing the signs, you should be able to prevent this completely.

Cognitive Decline

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There are often clear signs of cognitive decline, and they are easy to spot. People at risk of dementia begin to live more in the past and less in the present. This happens quite gradually at first. You might notice that they remember things from their childhood more clearly than what happened to them last week. At this point, cognitive decline can still be reduced. You should encourage your parents to engage with brain teasers or little puzzles daily. Don’t let them sit for hours watching TV or sleep through the day. Research has shown that this increases the likelihood of dementia developing. It is also important that you get your parents socializing and interacting as much as possible.

Some parents won’t have the means or transportation to do this themselves, so you will need to provide it for them.

Weaker Physically

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You might notice that your parents aren’t as strong as […]

2507, 2017

Mental Techniques: How To Calm Yourself Before An Operation

By |July 25th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Mental Techniques: How To Calm Yourself Before An Operation

People tend to worry when they know a hospital operation is just on the horizon. It doesn’t matter how many times their families say it will be okay; most people are still going to stress. However, there are lots of tricks and techniques anyone can use to turn the situation around. In most instances, the operation is essential for survival. Otherwise, the surgeon wouldn’t want to mess around inside the person’s body. So, it’s vital people never avoid the operating room if doctors send them there. Those folks just have to ensure they take the correct mental approach to the situation. The advice below should help with that.

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Read about the procedure

Firstly, it’s sensible to learn as much as possible about the procedure. There are going to be lots of articles online that help to explain the process. Doctors can often provide paperwork too! So, patients should always make sure they ask as many questions as they can. Once someone understands what is going to happen to them, it’s much easier to come to terms with the realities. In many instances, operations sound worse than they are. Most procedures undertaken in the US today have impressive success rates. That is something the individual needs to remind themselves of before attending their appointment.

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Research the hospital

Just as some surgeons are better than others; some hospitals offer better care too. So, it makes sense to perform as much research as possible into the establishment the patent plans to attend. If there are ongoing malpractice cases with some of the surgeons, most people will manage to find information online. In that instance, it is acceptable for the individual to request a different professional. So, there is no need […]

2507, 2017

Dealing With Health And Safety Issues To Prevent Work Related Injuries

By |July 25th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Dealing With Health And Safety Issues To Prevent Work Related Injuries

The workplace should be an environment where you feel safe, but still able to exert energy to be physically productive. Injuries that directly burden an employee with pain and anguish, also harm a business’s reputation. No matter what level of employee you are, it’s your right to work in health and safety conscious workspace. Therefore you could help out, by pointing out the potentially harmful hazards you see, thus improving standards for everybody. However, the suggestions you make may incur further costs for employee training and maybe even equipment replacement costing the company money. However, as an individual, it’s far better to be safe than sorry regarding personal health. You can follow a few steps that could make the working environment much safer and prevent work related injuries.

Safety in numbers

If a section is undermanned, the number of tasks each employee has responsibility for, increase. This puts on added pressure, because time constraints become more acute, forcing many people to rush and cut corners. If you see this becoming a safety issue, you can suggest to your manager that there are low staffing levels. Low staffing levels cause physical fatigue as you’re required to do more work and thus, overstretch. You may suffer from exhaustion, and your concentration can slip, which can result in avoidable accidents like tripping or heavy machinery falling or hurting you.

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Inadequate protection

Employers are required to provide the correct protection if you work in an environment that is potentially dangerous like a manufacturing factory or automobile garage. Personal protection is sometimes spontaneously inspected, which you can use as an opportunity to suggest improvements to the design, material and fit of the equipment. Take the time to express your concern for […]

1807, 2017

How To Prevent Sports Injuries

By |July 18th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on How To Prevent Sports Injuries

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Whether you’re an athlete yourself and want to know the different ways you can prevent getting injured while playing sports, or you are curious to know how the professionals do it – then here is all you need to know.

Warm up

Warming up is the biggest way you can reduce your chances of causing yourself an injury. The warm up should last at least five to ten minutes and involve stretching out your muscles and moving them around to ensure the blood has started pumping all around the areas, and the muscle fibers increase in flexibility. This will prepare your body for the strenuous activity that follows. You shouldn’t warm up quickly though – you need to start off slow and gradually build your body up to a more energetic pace.

Protective equipment

Depending on the kind of activity you plan on doing, will determine the protective gear you may need. They are mostly used in sports that involve a lot of physical contact with other players, so equipment like shin pads and head gear may be necessary. These are all designed to protect the most vulnerable areas that can get injured.

It is also very important to wear the appropriate footwear as they are what will be supporting your whole body, via your feet and ankles.

Technique

When starting a sport, it is essential that you understand the correct technique when going into it, because one wrong move could cause some serious injury. This can all be done by practicing and working with the right professionals who will guide you through activities.

Sports medicine

Sports medicine has been specially designed by physicians over many years of extensive research, to prevent you from causing a sports related injury, and treating them if it’s […]

1207, 2017

Discovering The Source Of Personal Stagnation

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Becoming trapped in a seemingly endless cycle of nothingness is a problem that affects millions every year. Sadly, those issues can strangle the optimism out of your life. Worse still, breaking free from those troublesome times can feel virtually impossible. Thankfully finding the source of those disruptions will shine a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.

Ultimately, human nature dictates that we all have a desire to become better people and progress in life. Here’s how you can overcome some of the most common obstacles. In return, being stuck at the crossroads will be a thing of the past.

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Accepting Bodily Changes

As we grow older, our bodies change; that’s just a fact of life. Nonetheless, that doesn’t make it any easier when those evolutions arrive. Going through the menopause, for example, can be a terrifying time in any woman’s life. Preparing for those situations is key to handling them in a healthy fashion. It can reduce the negativity it brings to daily life and long-term ambitions.

All of our bodies face problems as the years roll by. This could mean that you need to acknowledge and treat an injury or condition. Alternatively, you may just need to accept new limitations in your life. Either way, a greater control of your life will inevitably allow you to resume progress in other aspects.

Low Self-Esteem

When you put your mind to something, it’s possible to achieve amazing things. However, that feels very difficult when you’re bereft confidence. A lack of self-esteem could stand in your way of progress in love, work, and various other life goals. As such, fixing this problem should be considered a major priority.

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You may have an underlying mental health condition that requires […]

1207, 2017

Natural Remedies for Summer’s Problems

By |July 12th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Natural Remedies for Summer’s Problems

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Summer is the best time of the year for many people, but all of those picnics, barbecues and vacation days don’t come without their own problems. From sunburn to bug bites, summer isn’t also sunshine and roses, so here are some natural remedies to help you deal with summer’s most common problems:

Soothe Your Sunburn with Vinegar

Spent too much time tanning? Look more like a lobster than the bronzed beauty you’d hoped for? Skin feel like it’s being pricked by a million needles at once? Don’t worry! Head to the kitchen and find the white vinegar. Soak some paper towels with it, and the acetic acid it contains will soothe your sunburn and make you feel a million times better.

Use Baking Soda on Your Heat Rash

Baking soda really is a miracle substance. It can do everything from getting rid of stains to soothing an uncomfortable heat rash. So, if you’re feeling that hot itch that’s a tell-tale sign you’ve developed heat rash, apply a little baking soda directly to the effective area, rinsing and repeating every few hours, for some blessed relief.

Banish Bug Bites with Peppermint

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If you’ve been enjoying some fun in the sun, but those blasted bugs have decided to dine out on you, then all you need is a couple of drops pf peppermint oil and a cotton swab. Apply the oil to the bite, and it will not only cool it down, but it will help to speed the process of healing up too. If you’ve been bitter by chigger bugs, rather than the usual suspects, these remedies might prove to be more soothing. Of course, determining what you’ve been bitten by isn’t always easy!

Beat Blisters with Aloe Vera

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1207, 2017

Major Risk Factors For Mental Health Issues

By |July 12th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Major Risk Factors For Mental Health Issues

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Mental health problems can be serious and debilitating. While they’re often classed as ‘invisible illnesses’ since you can’t see how a person is feeling just by looking at them, they can be just as problematic (sometimes more so) than physical illness. Depression, anxiety, OCD, schizophrenia, eating disorders and much more are afflictions that can completely rule an individual’s life. Here are some of the risk factors for mental health disorders to be aware of.

Genetics

Genetics generally play a role when it comes to mental health issues, as our genetics predispose us to certain afflictions. This means we have the potential to develop some illnesses inside us already, but often they have to be ‘set off’ by a stressor in the environment. Some people are just a little predisposed meaning that it takes a lot for their symptoms to start (and many can avoid getting mentally ill completely). For others, it will only take something small to trigger it. Since none of us knows for sure how we’re likely to be affected, it’s important to live well and trying to reduce the following:

Chronic Stress

Most of us deal with stress at one time or another. Driving tests, exams, competitions- they’re all likely to make us feel nervous and anxious. However in most people, when the stressors have been sorted, and things go back to normal, your mood does too. However, if you live a very stressful lifestyle, perhaps you have a high-pressure job, you’re caring for a sick loved one or you live in poverty, you might find yourself in a constant state of stress. Not only is this terribly bad for your physical health, but can also cause the onset of mental health issues too.

Traumatic Life Events

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1207, 2017

4 Ways To Care For Your Teeth (Without Using A Toothbrush)

By |July 12th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on 4 Ways To Care For Your Teeth (Without Using A Toothbrush)

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If we asked you for the best ways to care for your teeth, you would probably come up with some of the more common methods, such as brushing your teeth regularly, using mouthwash, and visiting the dentist. However, there are other ways you can care for your teeth, and some of them might not have ever crossed your mind.

Eat foods containing magnesium

Many of us believe calcium is the main factor in strengthening our teeth in the fight against decay, and that is why we usually drink more milk. However, it is magnesium that provides the hard enamel our teeth need to prevent decay.

So, while eating foods rich in calcium will help your teeth, don’t disregard anything containing magnesium, such as green, leafy vegetables and cereal grains. Alternatively, supplements will also help, such as Caruso’s magnesium tablets. You still need to brush your teeth and floss after eating any food, no matter how good they are for your teeth, but you don’t want to miss out on the vital nutrients healthier foods offer.

Use a chewstick

Chew sticks don’t require toothpaste, and studies have suggested they are a worthy alternative to the traditional toothbrush. Also known as teeth cleaning twigs, they are naturally sourced from a range of medicinal trees and bushes, and are common across many African and Asian cultures.

Chew sticks have become a proven way to prevent tooth decay, cavities and gum disease while keeping your breath smelling fresh. Of course, many of us don’t have access to the trees that source the sticks, but they are easily available online. By chewing the roots of the stick, you are also strengthening the roots of your teeth. They can also be used to brush your teeth as […]