September is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness month. Also known as A-fib, it is the most common sustained heart arrhythmia and affects around 3.4 million individuals in the United States. The symptoms and medical issues caused by atrial fibrillation and the treatment options vary significantly between individuals.
Expert care wiped out cancer and kept a little girl smiling
At 9 years old, Eliza Downs lights up a room. She’s been doing so ever since she was a baby, even through a dark time when she was undergoing cancer treatment. Eliza was just 6 months old when she spent time in Kosair Children’s Hospital’s cancer unit. Even then, she was a light on the unit.
Who knew W.C. Fields possessed such healing knowledge?
“The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep,” the old-time comedian famously quipped.
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in individuals age 60 and older. I first heard about it in the late 1980s when I learned my grandmother had been diagnosed with it. At first, Grandma could still read with the help of a magnifying glass, and for many years she continued to enjoy watching “Jeopardy!” and other TV shows. But as time passed, her vision slipped away, and by the time she died in 1996 she was blind.
One of my greatest worries is that someday my mom will call to tell me that my dad has had a heart attack. My fear of losing him without warning or seeing him seriously ill is one reason why I encourage my dad and my husband to live healthy lives. You can encourage the men in your life to lead healthy lifestyles too. Here are some guidelines.
Artistic expression can open up communication with children
Each year in the United States, suicide claims three times more lives than homicide. It is one of the most devastating occurrences a family can experience, and it is happening in younger children. In youth ages 10 to 14, suicide is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and among the most preventable.
The news is full of stories about enterovirus D68. This virus falls into a class of very common viruses that cause 10 to 15 million infections each year in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most people infected by enteroviruses do not even get sick. If they do, they may think they just have a cold. But sometimes, the virus causes respiratory illness that can become quite severe, especially in infants, children and teenagers.
Did you know that more than 1 million adults in the United States are living with a blood cancer? Blood cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths.
Leukemia and lymphoma are two types of blood cancers. According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 52,380 people are expected to be diagnosed with leukemia and 79,990 new cases of lymphoma are expected to be diagnosed in 2014.
Every family knows the importance of being active. Exercise helps keep the heart, bones and muscles healthy and also helps with children’s brain development. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children and adolescents have at least one hour of physical activity each day. It can be hard to think of new, interesting activities to do as a family. Here are 10 fun ways for your family to be active together to help burn calories and stay in shape:
Just reading this may make you shudder, wince and involuntarily start to itch.
Well, toughen up, Buttercup, as they say in the parenthood trenches. There’s no room for wimps when there’s a threat of head lice.