Monthly Archives: May 2017

Sleep Apnea: The Basics

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder wherein breathing repeatedly stops and starts while sleeping. It can cause people to snore loudly, and they often feel tired even after a full night of sleep. What are the types of sleep apnea, and how can it be combatted? Types There are three common types of sleep apnea:... Read more »

Understanding Multiple Sclerosis

The brain and spinal cord make up the body’s central nervous system, a vital complex of nerve tissues that controls various activities in the body. When the immune system attacks the protective layers of nerve fibers in the central nervous system, this is a disease called multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (MS) can lead to the... Read more »

Combatting Overactive Bladder

The bladder controls many of our urinary functions, so problems with the bladder can cause problems with urination. One such problem is called overactive bladder, a condition that causes the sudden urge to urinate. The urge is often very difficult to stop, and it can lead to involuntary urine loss (also called urge incontinence). Overactive... Read more »

What are Birthmarks?

Many of us are born with discolored marks on or under the skin called birthmarks. Most of these are noticeable at birth, and they can fade or strengthen over time. Birthmarks can come in a variety of sizes and colors, and while the vast majority are harmless, there are a few cases where they’ll need... Read more »

What is a Colposcopy?

A colposcopy is a procedure in which a doctor is able to examine the cervix, vagina and vulva for signs of disease, and it uses an item called a colposcope with a special magnifying lens. When might this test be right for you, and what types of conditions can it help identify? Here’s a look... Read more »

How to Manage Your Anxiety

For many people, anxiety is a part of daily life. We may have anxiety over work, school, relationships, money or a variety of other concerns. In many cases, anxiety remains at manageable levels and doesn’t interfere with basic everyday tasks. In other cases, though, anxiety can become so overwhelming that it affects sleep, eating habits... Read more »

Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast cancer is the second-most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States second to skin cancer. Men can also develop breast cancer, but it’s much more common in women. As research and support for breast cancer have increased, breast cancer survival rates have increased as well. This is largely due to early detection,... Read more »

What You Need to Know About Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a condition involving an uncontrollable urge to move the legs, usually as a result of general discomfort. These urges typically occur at night while sitting or lying down. RLS can develop at any age and generally gets progressively worse. Luckily, there are also some steps you can take to reduce... Read more »

Depression: Signs, Causes and Help

Also known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, depression is a mood disorder that leads to persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness and/or loss of interest. It affects people of all ages and can impact how you feel, think and behave. Depression can lead to several different emotional and physical problems, including difficulty completing day-to-day... Read more »

Concussions: Signs, Complications and Risk Factors

The brain is a complex organ with many functions, and if it undergoes extreme trauma, those functions can be temporarily or permanently damaged. One example of trauma a brain might experience is a concussion. Signs and Symptoms Concussion symptoms may not show up right away, and in some case they may not show up at... Read more »