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Health Warning: Dangers of Psoriatic Arthritis

Debra Murray

  Psoriatic arthritis (PA) is a form of arthritis that occurs with the chronic skin condition psoriasis. Symptoms may vary in individuals, and may affect any joint. PA generally affects the skin first, but the symptoms of arthritis may develop before the red and silver scaly patches that generally characterize psoriasis.     What Is Psoriatic Arthritis?    Psoriasis is caused when the body starts attacking its own cells, in this case skin cells. In about 30 percent of all cases of psoriasis, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation, the body's immune system does not stop with attacking skin cells, but...

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Why Is High Blood Pressure Called The Silent Killer?

Debra Murray

    High blood pressure, or hypertension, got its nickname “the silent killer” because it manifests no physical symptoms; high blood pressure is a significant condition that increases the chances of heart failure, heart disease and stroke. It is estimated that about one out of three adults suffer from varying degrees of high blood pressure.    The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that high blood pressure contributes to about 326,000 deaths a year; this makes high blood pressure one of the most widespread life-threatening diseases. High blood pressure is a concern for both men and women. Caucasians, Hispanics and African-Americans have the...

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Breaking Health News About Achilles Tendinitis

Debra Murray

  Achilles tendinitis is an injury resulting from overusing the tendon, which is the band of tissue connecting the calf muscles running along the back part of the lower leg to that of the heel bone. It commonly occurs in those who are runners that have suddenly increased the duration or intensity of their runs. It’s also increased in those who are middle-aged individuals who play in sports, such as basketball or tennis.    Most cases of Achilles tendinitis are easily treated with simple, at-home care. Self-care strategies are imperative at preventing any recurring episodes of the condition. Some of the...

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Health Warning: Pain Medications Can Increase Blood Pressure

Debra Murray

New warnings about the dangers of prescription and over the counter medications for pain are serious enough to make anyone pause before reaching in their medicine cabinet. Common medications, including ibuprofen and other NSAID pain relievers, are linked to an increased risk for developing high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.    If you need to take medications to control the pain and inflammation of a chronic disease such as arthritis, adding a natural supplement to support a healthy blood pressure is one step toward preventing serious side effects of your regular medications.    Switching to a Natural Cure  Natural...

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What Happens to Your Body When You are Sleep Deprived

Debra Murray

It is easy to stay up way past bedtime when you have a lot on your plate, but cutting back on getting a good night's rest each night is detrimental to your health. Read on to find out more about what happens to your body when you become sleep deprived. Higher Risk for Heart Disease  When a person gets far less than eight hours of sleep at night, it has an impact on their heart and arteries, which can lead to an increase in blood pressure and heart rate that lasts well into the next day. If the sleep deprivation goes on for too...

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Health Tips for Restless Legs

Debra Murray

Restless leg syndrome causes an extreme urge for those affected to move their legs, especially at night. This often leads to difficulty in sleeping and daytime drowsiness. However, lack of sleep may not be the worst of the effects caused by this condition. Research is showing that those who suffer from restless leg syndrome have an increased risk of developing heart disease, as well as an increased risk of early death.   A study by Mayo Clinic found that those with more severe cases of restless leg syndrome, meaning that the legs twitch more than 35 times per hour, were...

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