Author Archives: Rachel Despres

6 Possible Causes of Muscle Cramps

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Muscle cramps, which are often referred to as “charley horses,” are something that most everyone has experienced at one time or another. They most commonly occur in the calf or foot when the muscles involuntarily contract, becoming hard and painful. In most cases, the cause of a muscle cramp is unknown; these are referred to   …Continue Reading


6 Signs and Symptoms of Dissociative Identity Disorder

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Previously known as multiple personality disorder, dissociative identity disorder is a mental illness that often occurs due to exposure to extreme trauma during childhood. According to WebMD, dissociation—“a mental process which produces a lack of connection in a person’s thoughts, memories, feelings, actions, or sense of identity”— is believed to be a mechanism to help   …Continue Reading


5 Things to Know About Postbiotics, Including Benefits and Sources

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The gut contains million of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microscopic living things that are referred to as microbes. Located in an area of the large intestine known as the cecum, many of these microbes are beneficial to the overall health of the body, hence why they are commonly referred to as friendly bacteria. Prebiotics   …Continue Reading


7 Common Types of Inflammatory Arthritis

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Unlike osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis isn’t caused by wear-and-tear of the cartilage in your body’s joints. Instead, it occurs due to autoimmune disorders, in which the body’s immune system attacks its healthy cells, resulting in damaged tissue. These damaged tissues, Arthritis-Health.com says, are what cause the “deformity, instability, and scarring within the joints” that are characteristic   …Continue Reading


8 Early Signs of Dyslexia in Young Children

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Dyslexia is a learning disorder that can cause difficulties with reading, writing and spelling. It is quite common, affecting approximately 1 in 10 people in the United States. Although the cause of dyslexia is unknown, it is considered to be a genetic condition that can be passed from parents to children. While the signs of   …Continue Reading


9 Common Signs and Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis

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Cystic fibrosis is a serious genetic condition that affects the lungs and digestive system. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the defective gene responsible for the disease “causes a thick, sticky buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs.” Over time, as cystic fibrosis progresses, it will limit a person’s ability to breathe.   …Continue Reading


8 Signs and Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy to be Mindful Of

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Cerebral palsy is the term used to describe a group of permanent movement disorders that are caused by the brain’s inability to control the muscles. It is often the result of a brain injury or problem sustained during pregnancy or birth, although in most cases signs are not immediately apparent. As the child grows and   …Continue Reading


6 Signs and Symptoms of Primary Immunodeficiency

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Immunodeficiency disorders—also known as immune disorders—weaken the immune system, which prevents the body from being able to fight against bacteria, viruses, and parasites. There are two types: primary, which a person is born with; and secondary, which is acquired throughout a person’s life. Primary immunodeficiency, on which this article will focus, is a term that   …Continue Reading


6 Early Warning Signs of Huntington’s Disease

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The Alzheimer’s Association defines Huntington’s disease as “a progressive brain disorder caused by a defective gene.” It is an inherited condition that slowly degenerates nerve cells in the central area of the brain that are responsible for movement, mood and cognitive function. While most people with Huntington’s disease develop signs and symptoms in their 30s   …Continue Reading


7 Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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A colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, carbon monoxide is often called “the silent killer” as these properties make it hard to detect. It is produced by the burning of gas, wood, propane, charcoal or other types of fuel via combustion engines, appliances or heating systems. While such sources are not usually a concern, if a car   …Continue Reading