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Shingles / Herpes Zoster Virus

By Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN The shingles vaccine, sometimes referred to as the ‘shingles shot’ is often seen advertised in pharmacies and Doctors’ offices, leading patients to wonder if they should get the vaccine and what is it for. Shingles is the layman’s term for the Herpes Zoster Virus and the vaccine is used prevent the shingles from occurring. WHAT IS THE HERPES ZOSTER VIRUS? Herpes Zoster is the same virus that causes chicken pox, the varicella-zoster [...]

October 6th, 2016|health and disease, vaccination|Comments Off on Shingles / Herpes Zoster Virus

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and affects 836,000 to 2.5 Million Americans (Institute of Medicine report) or about 2.8% of adults. These numbers may actually be higher because between 84-91% of the cases go unreported or undiagnosed. It is more common in women than men with the average age of diagnosis of 33 years of age. A minimum of 25% of people who have CFS are [...]

October 5th, 2016|Chronic Diseases, health and disease|Comments Off on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Body Fat and the Fat Inside your Bones affect Skeletal Health

Dr. L. Claudia Pop, MD Osteoporosis and obesity represent increasing health burdens worldwide. Bone fragility and increased risk of fracture, resulting from bone loss and microscopic damage of the skeleton, constitute the hallmark of osteoporosis.1 BONE ACCRUAL The major predictor for osteoporosis risk later in life is peak bone mass achieved during second decade of life. In adolescents and young adults, genes (~75% of an individual’s peak bone mass is genetically pre-determined), hormonal milieu and environmental factors interact [...]

October 5th, 2016|health and disease, obesity, Osteoporosis|Comments Off on Body Fat and the Fat Inside your Bones affect Skeletal Health

Tuberculosis: Age – Old Disease, Modern – Day Threat

 Hamsa Al-Aqaad What is Tuberculosis? Tuberculosis, or TB, is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis [1,2]. It typically affects the lungs, and in this case it is called pulmonary TB. Sometimes, other parts of the body can be infected; these include the brain and nerves, lymph nodes, bones and joints, digestive system, bladder and kidneys, and the reproductive system. Such a case would be known as extrapulmonary TB. Figure 2. Progressive formation of pulmonary cavities and [...]

December 21st, 2015|Diseases, health and disease, third world diseases|Comments Off on Tuberculosis: Age – Old Disease, Modern – Day Threat