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Is ADHD a Learning Disability?

Many people consider ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) a learning disability, but it is not one. It does, however, affect learning.

Why the Confusion?

Up to 50 percent of children with ADHD also have a learning disability, this according to the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Both conditions combined make learning harder.

The typical symptoms of ADHD – inattention and behavioral problems – are also signs of a possible learning disability.

While ADHD is not a learning disability, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), considers it as such, so children with ADHD are eligible for special education services. IDEA is a United States law that ensures students with disabilities are provided free educational services tailored to their needs, so they have the same opportunities as children without disabilities.

An ADHD diagnosis may not be made until a child has been in school for a few years, leaving gaps in basic math and reading skills. Moreover, even if a child with ADHD does not have a learning disability, he or she will still need educational intervention to get caught up.

How Does the ADHD Brain Work?

Interestingly, studies have shown that people with ADHD have higher than average intelligence. Further, researchers have long tried to figure how exactly the ADHD brain works.

Most of us prioritize tasks based on what is most important, and we work and motivate ourselves based on our schedules and what we must get done in a certain amount of time.

People with ADHD have a harder time determining priority, and that makes it difficult for them to start and complete tasks. However, it does not mean they lack intelligence or are incapable of completing projects; it simply means their brains process things differently.

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What Is Kidney Cancer Metastasis?

Kidney cancer can spread from one mass of cancerous cells to other parts of the body. The process is called metastasis.

How Does the Cancer Spread?

When kidney tumors are left untreated, they will spread to the tissues around the tumor in your kidney. After that, it may move from your kidney into the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system is a network of organs and tissues that help the body rid itself of toxins, waste and other undesirable materials.

The other way kidney cancer cells metastasize is by entering the bloodstream. Once cancer cells enter the bloodstream, they are carried away and deposited into distant organs and tissues.

Stage IV Metastatic Kidney Cancer

Metastatic kidney cancer is also referred to as stage IV – the most advanced stage of cancer. At this point, cancer has invaded the lymphatic system and/or other organs, such as the brain, bones, or liver.

Unfortunately, most types of kidney cancer are not recognized during the early stages when the tumor is small and confined to the kidney. Symptoms are mild and nonspecific until the cancer is far advanced.

Up to 25 percent of people who are diagnosed with kidney cancer have cancer that has already metastasized, this according to one report from the Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology. According to the American Cancer Society, the survival rate for Stage IV kidney cancer is 8 percent.

People who survive stage IV kidney cancer more than five years do so because their metastases are isolated to one area and can be surgically removed. In general, metastatic cancer cannot be cured, but survival chances improve if the cancer is removable from the kidney and other organs.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet Tips

Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet Rules to Follow

There is no medication and no alternative remedy that can cure rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, taking medications as prescribed and following the advice of your doctor can decrease inflammation. Likewise, eating right foods can help you to manage symptoms.

The best diet for people with RA – or anyone who wants to eat healthy – is a one that is well-balanced.

What is a Healthy and Well-Balanced Diet?

A healthy and balanced diet gives your body all the vital nutrients it needs to function well.

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a healthy and balanced diet consists of:

  • A variety of vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Whole Grains
  • Fat-free and low-fat dairy
  • A variety of proteins, including seafood, lean meats, soy products, nuts, and seeds.

Two-thirds of your diet should consist of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The other one-third should come from low-fat dairy and lean proteins.

People with RA should always try to eat real food and avoid processed foods that contain huge amounts of preservatives, extra sugars, and saturated fats. The more you work on controlling eating habits, the less RA pain and symptoms you will experience.

Connection Between RA and a Healthy Diet

There aren’t enough studies to confirm a definitive link between RA and diet, but studies have shown inflammation is connected to certain foods. And foods considered anti-inflammatory, including fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids, may improve RA symptoms and possibly reduce the number of disease flare-ups.

Two studies, presented at the 2015 American College of Rheumatology annual meeting suggest a connection between the development of RA and diet.

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10 Simple Ways to Raise Ovarian Cancer Awareness With Swag

According to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, 1 in 75 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer during their lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be over 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer this year and at least 14,000 women will die from ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

The good news is rates of women being diagnosed with ovarian cancer over the past 20 years have been decreasing, and a lot of this is attributable to awareness.

The five-year ovarian cancer survival rate is more than 90 percent if diagnosed early. Awareness campaigns emphasize early knowledge of signs and symptoms and having early conversations with your doctor.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and promotes opportunities to advance the fight against ovarian cancer. Teal is the color assigned to ovarian cancer and associated with many awareness promotional items.

Ovarian Cancer Swag

“No One Fights Alone” and “Choose Hope” are two famous universal cancer slogans. There are also a variety of others for different non-profit profit organizations working to bring about awareness, education and monetary donations for ovarian cancer research.

You can support a friend or loved the one with ovarian cancer and educate others with trademark slogans on teal wristbands and bracelets, necklaces, t-shirts, ribbons, magnets and more.

Wristbands

The “No One Fight Alone” wrist brands in teal is a great way to offer support to a loved one going through the cancer journey or if you are a cancer patient yourself.

These are available in different colors to help bring out awareness for other cancers as well. They are even available for sale in bulk for awareness events or fundraisers.

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What You Need to Know About Liver Cancer Surgery

The best possibility of a cure for liver cancer is with surgery, but surgery is only possible if the cancer is caught early enough.

Surgery Considerations

The goal of surgery is to remove the part of the liver containing the cancerous tumor. Surgery is best suited for tumors which have not grown into the blood vessels.

In cases where the liver cancer has not metastasized, surgery is an option if the liver is functioning well. If liver cancer has metastasized, it means it has spread from the liver to other parts of the body.

People with liver cirrhosis are not candidates for surgery because there may not be enough viable liver tissue.

Localized tumors are resectable and can be removed by surgery. Unfortunately, only a small number of people with liver cancer have resectable tumors.

Some localized tumors are unresectable even though cancer has not spread to lymph nodes or distant organs and tissues. They are considered unrespectable because:

  • The liver may not be healthy
  • Has spread all through the liver
  • The tumor is too close to vital arteries, veins and bile ducts.

Advanced stage liver cancer that has spread through to organs, tissues and lymph nodes cannot be treated with surgery.

Surgical Options

If liver cirrhosis and cancer do not damage your liver or has not spread beyond your liver, your doctor will recommend surgical treatment.

Partial Hepatectomy

Because you need your liver, it is impossible to remove it completely. Your doctor will, therefore, removal of part of your liver, with a surgical procedure called a partial hepatectomy.

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Enlarged uterus: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

A women’s uterus is the size of a clenched fist but can grow as big as a soccer ball or larger during pregnancy. In addition to pregnancy, there are many other reasons why a woman’s uterus may become enlarged.

An enlarged uterus can be the result of a medical condition that not only causes it to grow but also to bleed and become painful. A condition that results in an enlarged uterus may require treatment.

Contents of this article:

  1. Causes and risk factors
  2. Symptoms
  3. Treatment

Causes and risk factors

A woman can be unaware that she has an enlarged uterus. Most often, women discover they have a problem during a pelvic exam.

It is possible a woman may notice a bloated belly or that clothes seem too tight, but for most, a diagnosis of an enlarged uterus is unexpected.

There are multiple reasons why the uterus may become enlarged. An enlarged uterus may be more common in menopausal women, but women in their childbearing years can develop this condition too.

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Liver Cirrhosis Causes and Links to Liver Cancer

Cirrhosis and Liver Cancer

Liver cirrhosis is a serious condition which causes scar tissue to replace healthy liver tissue.

Sometimes cirrhosis is the result of damage caused by alcoholism or chronic hepatitis infections.

What is Liver Cirrhosis?

The scarring process of cirrhosis is gradual, but once scar tissue replaces your liver cells, the process is irreversible.

The scarred liver tissue affects the liver’s natural structure and also affects its future regrowth. Eventually, liver cells die.

Your liver will eventually lose its ability to function well. Blood flow also becomes obstructed, forcing blood back into the liver, a condition called portal hypertension.

Symptoms

In its early stages, cirrhosis has no symptoms. At least 40 percent of people do not experience symptoms, according to a 2006 report in American Family Physician.

Once the liver damage is extensive, you will start to notice symptoms.

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Gold injections: Can they treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Gold treatments were one of the earliest treatments for rheumatoid arthritis going back at least 75 years.

There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Medications can slow down the disease, while complementary therapies can help people cope with the joint pain and stiffness, chronic fatigue, and other symptoms, such as low-grade fevers and dry skin and eyes.

While gold injections were once praised for their high rates of remission, their use has declined. This is due to potentially severe side effects and the development of stronger and better-tolerated RA medicines.

What are gold injections?

Gold injections are made from a compound called sodium aurothiomalate, which contains gold. Sodium aurothiomalate belongs to a class of drugs called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, or DMARDs.

DMARDs are known for their inflammation-blocking qualities. If inflammation in the body is not blocked, it can cause the joints and tissues to wear down to the point of disability in just a few years.

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Is Liver Cancer Fatal?

Understanding the Complications of Liver Cancer

Receiving a liver cancer diagnosis can be frightening, and you probably have many questions. Perhaps, there is one you are afraid to ask.

You want to know if liver cancer is fatal and how much time do you have left. Both are questions that don’t have exact answers, but your likely outcome will depend on how advanced your cancer is.

Are You Ready?

The information on liver cancer survival rates may be difficult to process and is not something you should read up on if you are not ready for this information.

An important thing to consider is the survival statistics for liver cancer are general and do not necessarily apply to your unique case. No two cases are exactly alike, and the response to treatment varies from person to person.

Lastly, no one can tell you how long you will live with liver cancer or if you will be cured.

The decision to talk to your doctor about your prognosis is personal, and it is up to you to decide how much you want to know. Some people feel that it makes it easier to cope if they know what they are up against and others find survival statistics to be scary and confusing.

Your cancer doctor is the most familiar with your health and can discuss your prognosis and explain what the statistics mean for you. It is important to note and understand that your prognosis can change and cancer treatment outcomes are hard to forecast with precise accuracy.

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