More commonly referred to as C. diff, Clostridium difficile is a bacterium found in the intestines or colons of certain people. The C. diff bacteria is kept in check by the helpful bacteria in your body – until you need to take an antibiotic, reducing the number of those beneficial bacteria. This can result in … Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Clostridium Difficile”

Those who have rheumatoid arthritis, whether you’ve just been diagnosed or have been dealing with the symptoms for some time, need to be aware of conditions that can develop in the later stages of the disease. Pannus is one of those conditions, but what is the link between rheumatoid arthritis and pannus? What is Rheumatoid … Continue reading “Rheumatoid Arthritis and Pannus”

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is an inflammatory disease that progressively deteriorates your lungs and restricts air flow, causing you to have trouble breathing. Most people with COPD are at an increased risk of developing lung cancer or heart disease without treatment. Symptoms are similar to those of bronchitis and emphysema. Bronchitis is an … Continue reading “New Lung Treatment May Help COPD Patients”

There are some misleading statements about type 2 diabetes that you may have heard during your lifetime: “Diabetes runs in our family.” “If you eat too much sugar you’ll get diabetes.” “Diabetes always skips a generation.” The hormone insulin is involved in diabetes and the illness actually includes a variety of diseases associated with this … Continue reading “The Positive Effects of Weight Loss on Type 2 Diabetes”

Hypercholesterolemia can be inherited, result from lifestyle choices, or both. When the foods you eat cause high cholesterol, you can reverse the effects by changing your diet. Hypercholesterolemia occurs when you have elevated levels of cholesterol in your blood and can lead to an elevated risk of developing coronary artery disease, a form of heart … Continue reading “Good Foods that Help Hypercholesterolemia”

There is nothing like a migraine headache to ruin your day. These painful headaches are brought on by a variety of triggers. Knowing which triggers you are most susceptible to can help you keep them at bay. Catching a migraine before it has a chance to take hold is the best way to eliminate or … Continue reading “Safe Pain Relief Tips for a Migraine”

If you have been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, you are likely wondering about treatment options. You will receive a lot of anecdotal accounts of wonder cures as well as treatments that just don’t work. However, it is always best to get your medical advice from the professionals. There are a number of drugs that patients … Continue reading “Treatment Options for Psoriatic Arthritis”

Obesity continues to escalate in the United States, and with that comes a variety of health problems. Type 2 diabetes is prevalent among them. This silent disease is said to affect more than 29 million adults and over 5, 000 youths under the age of 20. Diabetes ranks in the top ten causes of death … Continue reading “How Does Met form in Help Type 2 Diabetes?”

For decades, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been linked to smoking. The link has been both direct and indirect. In some families the person who did the smoking seemed unaffected with symptoms while those who breathed second-hand smoke but never touched a cigarette themselves fell victim to COPD. Nationally, about 11 million people have … Continue reading “Genetics and COPD”

Around 30% of people who suffer from the skin disease psoriasis also live with an ailment called psoriatic arthritis. While problems with the skin manifest with this autoimmune disease, for people with psoriatic arthritis, it also affects the joints. Itchy, scaly skin along with crumbling nails are what most people think of when they hear … Continue reading “Are bDMARDs the Only Hope for Psoriatic Arthritis?”