Author Archives: Rachel Despres

Identifying the 5 Major Types of Pneumonia by Cause

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Pneumonia is when one or both of the lungs become infected, causing inflammation in the air sacs of the lungs, known as the alveoli. When these alveoli are infected, they can fill with pus or fluid, which makes it difficult to breathe. Pneumonia isn’t one single condition, however; there are a variety of different types   …Continue Reading


GERD Diet: 8 Worst Foods for Acid Reflux

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive condition that is characterized by severe, persistent acid reflux (often referred to as heartburn). It affects approximately one in five Americans and is commonly caused by factors such as obesity, leaky gut syndrome, and high stress levels. While there are medications available to help treat GERD, long-term use   …Continue Reading


GERD Diet: 7 Foods to Help With Acid Reflux

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease, referred to as GERD for short, is a digestive disorder where the stomach acid backflows into the esophagus. According to Healthline.com, this occurs when a valve known as the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is weakened or damaged. It is quite a common condition, affecting approximately seven million people in the United States   …Continue Reading


11 Common Risk Factors for Bladder Cancer

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Bladder cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in American men, with over 60,000 new diagnoses in 2017 alone. The disease is much less common in women, but there were still approximately 18,000 new cases this year. While anyone can get bladder cancer, there are a variety of different risk factors that can   …Continue Reading


5 Common Signs and Symptoms of Bladder Cancer

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Bladder cancer is among the most common types of cancer, with approximately 79,000 new diagnoses in the United States each year—the vast majority of which are in males. According to the American Cancer Society, this accounts for “about 5% of all new cancers in the US.” Despite how common it is, bladder cancer is challenging   …Continue Reading


6 Common Risk Factors for COPD

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the term used to describe a group of lung conditions—most commonly emphysema and chronic bronchitis—that cause increasing breathlessness over time. COPD affects approximately 30 million people in the United States alone, and is the third leading cause of death. As there is currently no known cure for the disease,   …Continue Reading


6 Things to Know About Diabetic Neuropathy

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Diabetic neuropathy is a nerve disorder that can occur in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. It is commonly caused by blood sugar levels being too high over a prolonged period of time, resulting in nerve damage throughout the body, most frequently in the legs and feet. The National Institute of Diabetes and   …Continue Reading


6 Risk Factors for Developing Prostate Cancer

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After skin cancers, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in America. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, approximately 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with the disease during their life. But not all men have the same risk of developing prostate cancer. There are many different factors that can contribute to their   …Continue Reading


7 Common Risk Factors for Epilepsy

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Epilepsy is a brain disorder that is characterized by recurrent, spontaneous seizures. It is the fourth most common neurological disorder and is prevalent around the world, affecting approximately 65 million people. In the United States alone 3.4 million people have epilepsy, and 1 in 26 will develop it during their lifetime. Unfortunately, there is a   …Continue Reading


6 Things to Know About Diabetic Retinopathy

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For those with diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, there is a risk of developing an eye condition called diabetic retinopathy. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is caused “by damage to the blood vessels of the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye (retina).” The likelihood of developing diabetic retinopathy increases the   …Continue Reading