Medical Articles

How Your Immune System Can Help Defeat Hepatitis C

With Hepatitis C affecting millions of people in the United States, many people find themselves wondering just how the virus is able to get past the body’s immune system and develop into a chronic illness. The immune system is supposed to be the body’s line of defense against disease, fighting until the virus or bacteria…

Long-Term Effects From E Coli Poisoning

An episode of moderate to severe E. coli poisoning can leave its victims with increased risk for serious health problems. That’s the message from a new study published in the British Medical Journal. One of the commonest symptoms of an E. coli infection is gastroenteritis, an irritation of the stomach and small intestine which results…

Acid Reflux – Diet and Foods to Avoid

Acid Reflux The muscle lining the lower esophagus (the tube carrying food from the throat to the stomach) opens for passage of food and liquid to stomach and otherwise remains closed so as to prevent stomach acid reflux from reaching the esophagus. When this muscle with such specialized function for some reasons gets weakened, stomach…

Shedding Light on Lupus

Lupus is a disease that attacks thousands of Americans yearly. Most of its victims are women of childbearing age. “Lupus occurs more frequently in women than it does in men, though it isn’t clear why. Four types of lupus exist – systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), discoid lupus erythematosus, drug-induced lupus erythematosus and neonatal lupus. Of…

Stop Fibromyalgia Swelling

If you suffer from fibromyalgia you most likely have one of the most common symptoms, fibromyalgia swelling. Swelling and inflammation very often are the first symptoms a person notices when there is a fibromyalgia diagnosis. Fibromyalgia swelling can sometimes be hard to recognize since it often takes on the appearance of arthritis. The swelling can…

Heart Disease and Poor Dental Hygiene

Could the health of your teeth and gums affect your heart? It seems like it couldn’t be possible, but more and more doctors are convinced that there is a relationship between poor dental hygiene and heart disease. It is suggested that inflamed, bleeding gums allow bacteria in the mouth to enter the bloodstream and cause…

Basic ECG interpretation

Only a real health professional can interpret an electrocardiogram or ECG result. However, enough knowledge on ECG can help you make basic interpretations. Below is how health professionals interpret electrocardiography waves: The first small spike you will see is called the P wave. It represents the contraction of the atria or the upper chambers of…

What Are the Signs of a Heart Attack?

A heart attack, or Myocardial Infarction, occurs when blood supply to a portion of the heart muscle is interrupted and the muscle tissue begins to die, or necrose, because of a lack of oxygen. Blood supply is usually interrupted in a heart attack by a small clot forming in one of the coronary arteries feeding…