Articles on General Health Topics

COPD Prognosis

COPD Prognosis COPD is the 4th leading cause of death in the United States! Unfortunately, COPD cannot be cured. It can only be treated. Thus, an individual’s COPD prognosis is based on how effectively his disease can be managed. Rates of survival are based on several factors, including an individual’s body mass index (BMI), level… Read more

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: IBD Symptoms

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Introduction Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a hot topic in medicine. Unfortunately, it is exceptionally common. So, what is this disease that devastates so many, and what can you do to control it? IBD is inflammation of the mucosal lining of the intestinal tract. This inflammation leads to ulcers, bleeding, and fluid… Read more

Symptoms of IBD

What Are the Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)? The World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO) indicates the following are general symptoms of IBD that may be associated with inflammatory bowel disease1,2: Fever Loss of appetite Weight loss Fatigue Night sweats Growth retardation Primary amenorrhea The World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO) also indicates the following symptoms may be… Read more

Depression Medications

Depression Medications Several different classes of medications are used to treat depression. An explanation of each class along with examples of medications from each class is as follows: Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) Work to improve mood by increasing the amount of serotonin available in the brain Have relatively few side effects, the most common… Read more

GERD Symptoms

GERD Symptoms Common GERD symptoms include the following: Heartburn Regurgitation Difficulty swallowing Less common GERD symptoms may include the following: Chest pain Sour taste in mouth Coughing, laryngitis Asthma Voice changes Aspiration Even pneumonia Diagnosis The diagnosis of GERD is usually made based on clinical signs and symptoms. Lab tests (measuring the acid levels in… Read more

GERD Medications

GERD Medications There are three major classes of GERD medications for treating gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). They include antacids, H2 receptor blockers, and proton pump inhibitors. Additionally several surgical procedures are available to reduce GERD. 1. Antacids Antacids provide immediate, short-term relief from GERD symptoms by temporarily neutralizing acids in the esophagus. These can be used… Read more

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Introduction GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, is a condition where excess gastric juices (acids) refluxes into the esophagus. This excess gastric juice overwhelms the natural protective mechanisms in the esophagus and causes symptoms of GERD, which typically include heartburn, regurgitation, and difficulty swallowing. It may also cause esophageal inflammation (esophagitis) and/or… Read more

How To Treat Depression

How To Treat Depression A variety of effective treatments are available for individuals with depression. However, treating depression is not as simple as taking a pill and immediately getting better. Treatments must be customized for each individual with depression and must frequently be combined to achieve effective and lasting improvement and hopefully resolution of depressive… Read more

Botox Introduction

BOTOX Introduction1 Why is it that Botox® is so popular? Many people want to be treated with this drug for aesthetic purposes, often with excellent results, as it can be used to prevent development of wrinkles by paralyzing facial muscles. Yet, how many of them really even know what it is, what it does to… Read more

Symptoms of Depression

Symptoms of Depression The initial symptoms of depression are not always the commonly described symptoms of low mood, anhedonia, and other forms of sadness. Frequently, the first symptoms of depression include tiredness, headache, GI issues, and weight loss or gain. People with depression may also become irritable or easily distracted rather than overtly sad. Basically,… Read more