Author Archives: Rachel Despres

8 Foods That Are Valuable Sources of Prebiotics

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Over the past few years, the lengthy list of benefits associated with probiotics have become common knowledge, and many people work hard to get a beneficial amount of them into their diet—whether through food or supplements. Prebiotics, however, are far less popular. In fact, many people have never heard of them, let alone what their   …Continue Reading


7 Common Risk Factors for GERD

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition where stomach acid flows back from the stomach into the esophagus, causing problems like heartburn. It is a surprisingly common condition, affecting approximately 25 to 35 percent of people in the United States. But what exactly causes the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to relax and allow this backflow   …Continue Reading


6 Things to Know About Osteogenesis Imperfecta

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Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI)—also referred to as brittle bone disease—is a disorder where a person’s bones are very fragile, causing them to break easily, oftentimes without cause. It is relatively rare, affecting approximately 1 in 20,000 people, and “occurs with equal frequency among males and females and among racial and ethnic groups,” says the National Human   …Continue Reading


6 Common Symptoms of Schizoid Personality Disorder

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Schizoid personality disorder, as defined by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, is “a mental condition in which a person has a lifelong pattern of indifference to others and social isolation.” It is considered to be fairly uncommon, although the exact number of people affected by the condition is unknown, as they rarely seek treatment.   …Continue Reading


What to Expect During the 4 Stages of COPD

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Being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can raise a great deal of questions and uncertainties. As there is currently no cure and the lung disease is progressive in nature, it is helpful to know what to expect over time. This is where the GOLD grading system comes in. Developed by the Global Initiative   …Continue Reading


5 Things to Know About Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

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According to the Alzheimer’s Association, normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) is “a brain disorder in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain’s ventricle,” causing dementia and other symptoms. It is a fairly rare condition, affecting approximately 700,000 people in the United States, most of whom are over the age of 60. Although, many more people   …Continue Reading


7 Common Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis

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Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the tissue in the skin and joints, most commonly occurs in people who already have psoriasis—a condition that causes red, scaly patches of skin on various areas of the body. This isn’t always the case, however, as Arthritic Research UK says “some people develop the arthritic symptoms   …Continue Reading


Crohn’s Disease Diet: 7 Foods to Avoid

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Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the small intestine, which WebMD says can make it “hard to digest and absorb key nutrients from food,” often leading to issues such as malnutrition, diarrhea and lack of appetite. Unfortunately, there is no specific dietary plan that has proven beneficial for everyone with   …Continue Reading


Asthma vs COPD: 6 Ways to Tell the Difference

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Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are often mistaken for one another. It’s easy to understand why, as they’re both respiratory conditions that can cause symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. But asthma and COPD are actually very different diseases, and understanding what distinguishes one from the other is crucial to   …Continue Reading


9 Common Causes of Bladder Stones

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Bladder stones, which are also referred to as vesical calculus or cystoliths, most often occur when the bladder isn’t completely emptied, and the minerals in the remaining urine—known as concentrated urine—crystallize into hard masses. There are a variety of factors that may cause this to happen, which we’ll soon explore, but struggling with emptying the   …Continue Reading