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Hemophilia is a very rare disorder, where a lack proteins called ‘clotting factors’, prevents excessive bleeding in those afflicted. Even minor cuts and bruises have the potential for heavy blood loss. This genetic disorder is passed down through a family's genes and occurs almost exclusively in men.
The most disconcerting problem for people with hemophilia is internal bleeding, especially bleeding into joints like the knees, elbows, and ankles. When bleeding happens inside the joint, it becomes very swollen and painful. Repeated bleeding into a joint can lead to severe arthritis. Internal bleeding in vital areas such as the brain, throat, and abdomen can be life-threatening.
A person with mild hemophilia may only experience problems with bleeding during surgery, major dental work, or injury. A person with moderate hemophilia will have those problems plus bleeding problems with more minor injuries such as a hard bump to the knee. A person with severe hemophilia can have what are called spontaneous bleeds, where bleeding starts inside the body for no known reason. Continue reading
Seizures are disorganized, electrical discharges of the brain and can have multiple causes. Anyone who has watched another person suffer through a seizure can explain the flurry of emotions that flood onlookers. Despite most people knowing what a seizure looks like, few know how to respond. Whether a friend, coworker, family member, or stranger—knowing a little seizure first aid may greatly help someone having a seizure, and may even save a life. A seizure can be a scary experience for everyone, however, knowing what to do can help the seizure victim avoid injuring themselves. Continue reading
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, products ranging from running shoes to fruit snacks are all turning pink, and with good reason. BreastCancer.org states that every 1 in 8 women are at risk for developing invasive breast cancer during her lifetime, which is up from every 1 in 22 women developing the disease in the 1940’s. But does buying a product with the pink ribbon really help save lives? The answer is, some do much more than others. Companies are allowed to print the pink ribbon on their products without even having to donate to find a cure. Businesses are very much aware of the fact that “the pink ribbon is arguably the most successful marketing symbol of our time,” says Karuna Jaggar, the executive director of Breast Cancer Action.
How do you avoid the scams? Research is key. Before picking up a product with a pink ribbon, make sure that your money is actually being used to benefit breast cancer research and not to simply support a marketing tactic which leaves the company with a greater profit than the foundation. For more information on this topic visit www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org.
Even though epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological disorder, affecting an estimated 1 in 26 people at some point in their lifetime, there’s still a great deal about seizures that many people don’t know. One of the first questions many people have is: what are triggers for seizures? While for more than half the people with epilepsy have no identifiable causes of the condition, for the other half the condition can be traced to a variety of factors.
Identifying and understanding the triggers, symptoms, risk factors and preventative measures for seizures are vitally important for helping to minimize their occurrence and potential complications. Some people find that seizures are more likely to occur in certain situations and keeping track of those factors that may precipitate a seizure can help you recognize when a seizure might be coming and what triggers you should try to avoid. Common triggers for seizures can include: Continue reading
Companion dogs can play an important role in providing emotional and physical support to their owners, as well as offering tremendous comfort and reassuring company. The relationship that a dog can provide is special and unique as it is loving and deep, yet uncomplicated, consistent and safe from the possibility of rejection. There is extensive research and studies showing the tremendously important impact a companion dog can have. There are also many different reasons that someone might need a companion dog, and much to know before selecting the dog that is right for someone. Here we offer a guide for everything you need to know about companion dogs. Continue reading