Category Archives: Health

Depression: How common is it?

Depression is not always a topic that people are willing to openly discuss, even if they feel they may be suffering symptoms of the disorder. However, despite people’s hesitancy to talk, depression is one of the most common mood disorders in the world, affecting approximately 7%, or 15.7 million, of all adults, according to The Solace Center website.

Major depression or clinical depression is defined as a mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest. Depression can occur to any individual at any age, including children and the elderly. The symptoms of depression are extensive, but can be hard to identify. Signs include anxiety, reduced appetite or weight loss, loss of pleasure in activities, fatigue, and irritability. These symptoms can escalate and cause individuals to inflict self-harm or have thoughts of suicide, making treatment for depression vital.

Clinical depression is often treated with medication and therapy, or a combination of both. With treatment, depression is very manageable and most individuals can lead normal and happy lives even with the disorder. After a diagnosis, a doctor or psychotherapist will determine the best course of treatment based on the severity of the disorder and persistence of symptoms. Regardless of what type of treatment is best, individuals can significantly improve their quality of life even if they suffer from major depression. While clinical depression is a serious disorder, it does not have to control an individual’s life. If you believe that you may be experiencing signs of depression, talk to your doctor or a therapist as soon as possible.

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Treat Acne Safely with the Power of IPL

One of the latest and known to be safest treatment for acne and acne scars is the IPL or Intense Pulsed Light treatment. IPL acne treatments work by targeting the blocked pores inflamed by the built-up sebum and bacteria, killing the bacteria and clearing the pores. It helps prevent further acne breakouts by tightening the pores to avoid sebum and bacteria build-up. IPL also helps even out the skin tone, especially after acne caused dark spots on the skin.

IPL treatments in any med spa are pretty much the same, and results will depend on the skin type and severity of the acne. It is necessary to first consult with your doctor to help determine your skin type and check how many treatments you might need. Your doctor, or dermatologist, should also be able to advise you whether IPL acne treatment is for you or you are better off looking for other treatment alternatives.

If you are considering IPL acne treatment, there are some things that you need to know. First, know that there will be some slight discomfort during treatment, which can be alleviated with application of a cooling gel on the area to make the treatment more comfortable. Additionally, there might be some redness on the treated area, along with skin peeling and swelling. It is important to avoid direct sun exposure, or limit the time being under the sun. It helps to put on sun block even on cloudy days.

Make sure that the person who administers the IPL treatment is skilled and hare the necessary training to perform the procedure. Those who are not qualified can only damage or burn your skin and leave uneven skin patches, particularly people with a darker skin tone. Find a med spa that is medically capable and licensed to perform the treatment, with qualified aestheticians or dermatologists and a doctor to oversee the whole operation.

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Ways to Take Fosamax

Fosamax is a brand name for alendronate, a group of bisphosphonates used to help in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. Fosamax, being a bisphosphonates, works by preventing the breakage of bones while increasing bone density. It is doctor-prescribed, and should be taken as directed by the doctor to lower the chances of developing side effects or complications.

There are certain procedures or instructions that should be followed when taking Fosamax. First, Fosamax should be taken as directed by your doctor; your doctor can prescribed Fosamax to be taken either daily or once a week, thus it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions. If the instructions are to take it once a week, make sure to take it on the same days of the week, and it should always be taken first thing in the morning.

Because Fosamax can interact with foods and other medications and alter its effectiveness, doctors usually advise patients to take it after they have woken up, and to keep upright (whether walking, standing or sitting up) for at least 30 minutes to avoid damaging the stomach or esophagus. Fosamax can be a strong medication that can cause ulcers or irritation in these areas.

Patients should swallow the pill whole, with full glass of plain water: it should never be sucked, crushed, or chewed. After your Fosamax intake, be sure to not eat or drink anything (although plain water is permitted) and wait at least 30 minutes or preferably 1-2 hours to eat foods or drink any other medications. In order to ensure that Fosamax is completely absorbed by the body and avoid dangerous drug interactions, try taking other medications on other times of the day, or talk with your doctor about doses.

Most doctors advise their patient to stop taking Fosamax after 5 years, as continuing bisphosphonate intake can have adverse effects on the health, especially if they are prescribed to treat osteoporosis. Because of the many complications connected with Fosamax and other bisphosphonates, it is highly urged to have a yearly check-up of bone density to make sure that they are in good shape and far from any other dangers.

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Measles Outbreak

A measles outbreak at Eagle Mountain International Church in Texas has infected 21 people. The church previously urged members to “first seek the wisdom of God [and then] appropriate medical attention from a professional,” but is now running vaccination clinics since the outbreak began on August 14th. The church pastor is encouraging members who have not been vaccinated yet to do so now. The outbreak occurred after a visitor traveled to Indonesia and spread the infection to unvaccinated members of the church. Reports say that 11 of the 16 infected people in the county where the church is located were not vaccinated, and none of the five people infected in a nearby county had been vaccinated.

Measles is highly contagious, and choosing not to be vaccinated can pose a serious risk of infection. Before a vaccine was available, there were about 3-4 million measles cases within the United States, and 500-1000 deaths. The symptoms of measles include a fever, cough, blotchy rash, conjunctivitis, runny nose, and possibly bluish-white spots inside the mouth. A typical case starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and a sore throat, and then progresses to include the white spots inside the mouth, and finally the rash.

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