Diabetes and hypertension: What is the relationship?

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, often affects people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association reports that from 2000 to 2012, 71 percent of adults with diabetes had a blood pressure of greater or equal to 140/90 or were taking medications to help normalize blood pressure. Contents of this... Continue Reading →


Practical Tips for Parenting with Depression

Parenting with depression is often a lonely and overwhelming experience, whether you are doing it alone or with the help of a partner. Drawing from her own experience, health writer Lana Barhum shares her advice on how to be the best parent possible, in spite of depression. I AM NO STRANGER TO DEPRESSION. I HAVE... Continue Reading →

How Atrial Fibrillation Affects Pregnancy

Coping With AFib and Pregnancy Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a heart rhythm disorder, causing an arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat). AFib generally goes undiagnosed until something goes wrong. Pregnant women living with AFib must pay special attention to their heart rates in order ensure a healthy pregnancy. Essentially, you need to make sure your heart rate... Continue Reading →

ADHD – Medication options for children with ADHD

ADHD Medication for Children If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), you probably have many questions about the medication options available. Finding the right medication isn’t easy and what best works for your child will require some time to figure out. What is ADHD? ADHD in children manifests in signs... Continue Reading →

Readers Sound Off on Fibromyalgia Drugs

In my previous column, “Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella: Do They Work?” I shared research studies and my own experience with the three medications approved for use in treating fibromyalgia. Clinical studies on all three drugs don’t seem to offer enough creditable evidence that they are effective in managing fibromyalgia symptoms.  Moreover, they carry very harsh... Continue Reading →

Foods to Avoid With Psoriasis

Avoid These Foods to Stay Flare-Free When you are living with a chronic condition like psoriasis, you can often find yourself powerless. Taking charge of your diet is one way to take back control of your life and fight back against psoriasis. There is no specific diet people with psoriasis should follow and researchers say... Continue Reading →

Diet tips for gastritis and stomach ulcers

Indigestion is a common condition for many people, especially considering the types of diets many Americans have. However, if someone experiences burning sensations in the stomach along with ongoing pain and nausea, they may have gastritis. Gastritis is a digestive condition resulting from inflammation of the lining of the stomach. If the stomach lining wears... Continue Reading →

Maintaining Independence With COPD

5 Ways to Maintain Your Independence With COPD Having low energy levels during the day and sleepless nights due to breathing difficulties can take its toll. If you are not careful, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may limit your independence. Your COPD may get worse with time and even lead to lung damage. But if... Continue Reading →

Can a gluten-free diet help with psoriasis?

Psoriasis is chronic skin disease where patches of red skin and thick silvery scales cover any part of the skin. This condition is an autoimmune skin disease, where the immune system attacks healthy tissues because it mistakes them for unhealthy ones. Symptoms of psoriasis, include skin rashes, dryness, flakiness, peeling, small bumps, skin thickness, and... Continue Reading →

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