Conditions

When Is a Headache Serious?

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A headache is pain or discomfort in the head, scalp or neck. Headaches can be minor annoyances or cause debilitating pain, and in rare cases they can indicate the onset of a dangerous condition such as stroke or aneurysm.
 
Serious causes of headaches are rare, however. Most headaches respond to lifestyle changes, learning ways to relax and occasional over-the-counter medicines.
 
What do your headache symptoms indicate and when should you seek medical care?

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Common Dementia Behavior Triggers

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Everyday life can be a stressful ordeal for a person with a dementia-related disorder. As the disease progresses, behaviors can occur that are not always easily understood by family or caregivers.
 
Although it can be hard to understand why people with dementia act the way they do, it is important to remember that your loved one may not be acting out of ill will. It may be symptom of the disease and a changing brain.
 

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East Meets West: Medical Acupuncture in the U.S.

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People who suffer from chronic back pain might consult with an orthopaedic specialist, take pain medications and even undergo surgery.
 
Cancer patients with chemotherapy-induced nausea may take multiple powerful medications before and after each treatment to prevent and manage their symptoms.
 
People who quit smoking or other substances are often confronted with insomnia, anxiety and irritability in addition to their cravings.
 

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The 7 Stages of Dementia

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), worldwide, around 47 million people have dementia, with nearly 10 million new cases every year.
 
In most cases, dementia is incurable and irreversible, but with an early diagnosis and proper care, some forms of dementia can be managed and in some cases slowed.
 
Knowing the stages of dementia not only allows physicians to determine the best treatment approach, but it also helps caregivers know what to expect as the disease progresses.

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Sharp Heel Pain? You Could Have Plantar Fasciitis.

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If you've ever had plantar fasciitis, you're not likely to forget how much it hurt.

Depending on its severity, this common condition can make it hard to even walk.

What causes this sharp pain in the heel of your foot? An inflammation of the plantar fascia—the tissue connecting your heel to your toes. It can be caused by an injury or too much stress on the foot.

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