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 Diabetes and hypertension: What is the relationship?

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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 Practical Tips for Parenting with Depression

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 How Atrial Fibrillation Affects Pregnancy

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 ADHD – Medication options for children with ADHD

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 Readers Sound Off on Fibromyalgia Drugs

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 Diet tips for gastritis and stomach ulcers