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Study: Comorbidities Increase Risk of Pain in MS Patients

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According to a new study, suffering from comorbid diseases may increase the risk of disruptive pain for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Researchers at the University of Manitoba in Canada analyzed data from 949 survey respondents who had been diagnosed with MS. 75 percent of these participants …

Type 2 Diabetes and Walking for Exercise

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Regular exercise is nearly as critical as a healthy diet in keeping the symptoms of type 2 diabetes in check. If you are inactive, speak with your doctor and get exercising as soon as you can. One easy-to-do exercise is walking. All you need is a sidewalk and a little fresh air. Here are 4 …

Eczema and Keeping Your Kid from Scratching

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Eczema makes the skin itchy, really itchy. It can be especially difficult for parents to keep their kids from scratching when they get an eczema flare-up. “The troubled with scratching is that it can actually make the condition worse,” said pediatric dermatologist Dr. Lawrence Eichenfield. “A …

Study Finds that Dietary Fiber May Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

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A large international study has found that eating foods rich in fiber may lower a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The research team tracked over 29,000 Europeans for slightly more than a decade on average. People who ate the most fiber, more than 26 grams per day, had an 18 percent l …

Eczema 101

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The term ‘eczema’ refers to a variety of conditions characterized by inflamed or irritated skin. The most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis. 10 to 20 percent of infants and 3 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from eczema. Most children with eczema see their eczema symptoms disappear …

What’s the Difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?

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How are Type 1 and 2 Diabetes Different? Type 1 diabetes is caused by a total lack of insulin, whereas Type 2 occurs when someone either has too little insulin or is unable to use it properly. The body’s cells need insulin to absorb glucose, which they convert into energy. Type 1 Diabetes: 5 to & …

Eczema Can Persist Long after Childhood, Study Finds

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According to a new study published in JAMA Dermatology, children with eczema are likely to keep experiencing intermittent symptom flare-ups through their 20s and even later. Between 8.7 and 18.1 percent of American children are diagnosed eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis. Generally, eczema fi …

Study Explores Possible Link Between Asthma and Peanut Allergy

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A new study suggests that families may not realize their child suffers from a peanut allergy because its symptoms resemble an asthma attack. The researchers looked at records of over 1,500 children who had visited the pediatric respiratory clinic at the Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. …

Helping Your Teen Take Control of Asthma

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In teenage years, parents can start trusting their teens with more responsibility in controlling their own asthma symptoms. Here are some tips for parents: Form an asthma action plan with your teen: Diligently go over asthma symptoms and warning signs with your teen. Let them know what they should …

Your Choices and Your Asthma Symptoms

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People with asthma need to make a number of changes to their lifestyle to control the worst of their symptoms. If you have asthma, here are some key lifestyle habits that require your attention: Smoking Smoking is the worst thing you can do if you have asthma. It reduces the efficacy of asthma medi …