Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease is a neurological disease characterized by the deterioration of a number of brain functions. Its progress is usually slow but constant. In fact, it may progress over a period of 3 to 20 years, and last an average of 8 to 12 y...

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Alzheimer's Disease: Progression

To better understand the progression of the disease, it is often divided in three stages: early (or mild), mid (or moderate), and severe (or late).

 At the early stage, certain symptoms start to appear cunningly, despite the fact that ...

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Alzheimer's Disease: Treatment

To this day, there is no treatment to cure Alzheimer’s disease. Available treatments slow down the progression of the disease but do not cure it. They help afflicted individuals preserve their mental and physical abilities, thus prolonging thei...

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Arteriosclerosis

The main cause of arterial obstructions, arteriosclerosis is characterized by the formation of fat deposits called artheroma or arteriosclerotic plaques on the inner walls of arteries. The thin layer of cells that cover the inner walls of the arterie...

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Cold and Flu

Since most people don’t know the difference between the common cold and the flu, this article will discuss the subject. Common cold: benign respiratory tract infection caused by a virus (over 200 different types) Symptoms: runny nose, sore th...

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Gastro

Nausea and vomiting Nausea is described as the urge to vomit, while vomiting is the forced expulsion of the stomach’s content. Many causes are possible (ex: pregnancy, medication’s side effect, motion sickness) but with the gasto, vira...

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Diarrhea

Diarrhea Nine litres or liquid pass through the intestine every day. This liquid comes from food and various bodily secretions. In normal conditions, about 1,7% (or 150ml) of this liquid is eliminated in the stools. The remainder is recuperated. ...

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Influenza A(H1N1)

Is the influenza A(H1N1) virus the same as the A(H1N1) virus that normally circulates? No. The new influenza A(H1N1) virus, which appeared in late April, is antigenically very different from the A(H1N1) viruses that circulate every year during the fl...

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haemorrhoids

First of all, haemorrhoids are a group of veins located in the anus, directly under the mucosa that covers the lower portion of the rectum and anus. They act just like a rubber washer would in a water tap to allow the evacuation of stools. Haemorrho...

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Haemorrhoids: prevention

Here are a few recommendations in order to prevent the recurrence of existing haemorrhoids: A) Bathe or take a shower every day. Cleanse the skin around the anus delicately with water. Soap is not necessary and may actually increase irritation. ...

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Headlice

Here is a phrase that I hear a lot around back to school time: “I am so ashamed, my child has lice!”. First of all, let me clarify one important fact: head lice infestation is not a sign of poor personal hygiene. Actually, outbreak of ...

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Heat or Ice

You just sprained or strained a muscle. What should you do? You know that some people use heat or ice to decrease the pain but you don’t know which one, or how or when to use it? ICE: When an injury occurs, swelling develops almost immedia...

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Insect repellents

This article will discuss a topic that will probably help you pass a better summer: insect repellents (and God knows how common they are around here). First of all, most insect repellents repel insects, although some actually kill them. Insect re...

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis defines a group of illnesses of a number of origins that are characterized by a decrease of the amount of calcium in the bones. The bones become more fragile and fracture more easily; they cannot play their supporting role anymore. Fra...

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Premenstrual syndrom

Most women can tell when their period s about to start. Prior to the onset of their menstruation, they experience a variety of symptoms including breast tenderness, mild weight gain or a bloating sensation, headaches and an increased sensitivity. B...

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Sun protection

It is important to remember the essentials about the facts concerning good sun protection. Did you know that... - Repeated exposures to UV radiation destroys the skin’s elastic fibers and lead to wrinkles, sagging skin and injury to small b...

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Vitamins and Minerals

NAME FUNCTIONS FONCTIONS Vitamin A Teeth, skin and bone health; eyesight Sant...

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West Nile Virus

Considering the hieghtened concern of West Nile Virus(WNV), I’ve decided to focus this month article on that subject. First of all, the WNV wast identified in 1937 when isolated in the blood of a patient from the West Nile province in Ouganda...

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Wounds and Bandages

When treating small cuts, scrapes and superficial skin injuries, a bandage serves to improve healing conditions and prevent infection. General measures for optimizing healing: 1) If you are bleeding, position the wound above heart level and apply ...

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