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Differences In Attitudes About Diabetes Based On Age

Differences In Attitudes About Diabetes Based On Age
US announced today the findings of a new survey that reveals striking differences in opinion among various age groups about diabetes and available treatment options. In particular, the generation known as "millennials" (those aged 18 to 34) shows an uneasy mix of fear and ability to handle managing their diabetes, which is being diagnosed at a rate of 1.7 million new cases every year. Millennials rate themselves having better knowledge of diabetes than do Americans ages 35 and older, with 72 percent of millennials indicating they are well versed about the condition versus the 64 percent of non-millennials who expressed some knowledge about diabetes. Despite this self-reported understanding, millennials are less likely than older populations to think that diabetes is a serious health condition; overall, 74 percent of millennials think it is serious compared with 84 percent of the older survey respondents. An estimated 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of...
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Diet Affects Mix of Intestinal Bacteria and the Risk of Inflammatory Bone Disease

Diet Affects Mix of Intestinal Bacteria and the Risk of Inflammatory Bone Disease
Diet-induced changes in the gut's bacterial ecosystem can alter susceptibility to an autoinflammatory bone disease by modifying the immune response, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists reported. The findings appeared in an advanced online publication of the scientific journal Nature.   The research provides insight into how the thousands of bacteria and other microorganisms that live in the intestines affect health. The microbes make up the intestinal microbiome, a diverse evolving ecosystem that aids digestion and helps to educate the immune cells that guard against infection. Growing evidence suggests that changes in the microbiome composition may contribute to development of diseases ranging from cancer to chronic inflammatory disorders such as multiple sclerosis. The mechanisms involved, however, were poorly understood. "These results are exciting because they help to explain how environmental factors like diet can influence susceptibility to autoinflammatory diseases," said the study's corresponding author Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti, PhD, a member of the St....
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Risk of Lyme Disease in Humans and Pets

Risk of Lyme Disease in Humans and Pets
Even during the last weeks of summer, it's important to remember children and pets are at greater risk of being infected with Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases such as anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Because people and their pets often spend time in the same environments where Lyme and other disease-transmitting ticks are found, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are working together to offer advice to households with children and pets. According to the AVMA and the AAP, people whose animals have been diagnosed with Lyme disease should consult their physician about their own risk. Likewise, people who have been diagnosed with Lyme disease should consult their veterinarian to assess their pet's risk based on the animal's lifestyle and possible environmental exposures. Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacterium known as Borrelia burgdorfori . It is spread by the...
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What is Osteoporosis?

What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis: Risk Factors, Vertebral Compression Fractures, and Prevention About 52 million Americans 1 have osteoporosis and low bone mass. Osteoporosis, which means porous bone, is a serious disease that causes you to lose too much bone, make too little bone, or both. As your bones lose density, they become weaker and more likely to break. If you are 50 and older and have broken a bone, you should talk to your doctor who will most likely recommend a bone density test. Although osteoporosis affects both women and men, studies suggest that approximately one in two women — as compared to up to one in four men age 50 and older — will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Twenty percent of senior citizens who break a hip will die within one year from problems related to the broken bone itself or surgery to repair it. Many of those who survive need long-term...
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Corrective Chiropractic: An End to Pain and Disease

Corrective Chiropractic: An End to Pain and Disease
With more and more people working long hours behind their computers, it’s no surprise that each year millions of Americans turn to their chiropractors, medical doctors, massage therapists, and acupuncturists to help alleviate their nagging neck and back problems. Unfortunately however, those seeking medical intervention, massage therapy, or acupuncture as the means to eliminate their pain will only achieve temporary relief, leaving the root cause of the problem unaddressed. Spinal misalignment as a result of poor posture, accidents, injuries, or even birth trauma put unnecessary, excessive, and often dangerous pressure on the delicate nerves flowing out of the spine. Without proper realignment of the spine, the same nerve interference responsible for back or neck pain will also cause vital organs to dysfunction and go into a state of disease. That’s why most people with back and neck problems, report having other health conditions such as fatigue, headaches, migraines, allergies, indigestion /...
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Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease

Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is mainly caused by the effects of aging on your spine and specifically on your intervertebral discs. It can also be associated with an injury to the back, but even in that scenario, your discs have usually become weak because of wear and tear on your spine. "Wear and tear" can be considered another way of saying "the effects of aging and daily life on your spine." Before you can feel the result of degenerative disc disease—pain and other symptoms—your discs and other spine structures are changing. This is simply the natural result of the stress and strain each of us puts our backs through every day. Causes of degenerative disc disease You age, your discs change, your bones can be affected, and you can have pain. It helps to think of DDD as a cause and effect process or cascade: One anatomical change occurs, which leads...
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