So far, 2013 has been a difficult year for those who suffer from sneezing and wheezing. The pollen, mold, poor air quality, and up and down weather patterns have stoked the flames of respiratory inflammation for millions of adults and children across America. Almost every day in my office someone asks, “Is there something about this year that’s making me sicker?”
Currently many regions in the U.S. are experiencing very warm and humid weather. Mold spores thrive in such weather conditions. Visits to hospitals have been reported to increase in direct proportion to certain mold counts, such as Alternaria.
Air-conditioning keeps humidity levels lower than the surrounding outdoor environment but not low enough to keep dust mites, located in pillows, mattresses, carpets and sofas from thriving. Yes, these tiny creatures that live to eat, poop and multiply escalate in numbers during the warm summer months, despite air conditioning. When it gets cooler (...
So you've got a big project at work or a paper to do for school, and you're at your wit's end. If you're depressed, it's really hard to get things done, since there are some characteristics of depression in particular that make doing a big project seem as likely as climbing Mt. Everest. For one thing, your brain and thought processes are probably a bit foggier than usual. A lot of people aren't aware of this, but mild or moderate cognitive impairment often accompanies depression.
Then there's the general feeling of everything being overwhelming. After all, when you're depressed, picking your outfit for the day can be difficult. Writing your dissertation or heading a big project at work? Ha, ha (hollow laugh), yeah, that's going to happen!
Well, it just so happens that this past spring I went through a business process analysis to improve the process we used to perform my job. The volume of work has almost doubled since I had started two years before, and some problems th...
The middle joint of the toe is bent. The end part of the toe bends down into a claw-like deformity. At first, you may be able to move and straighten the toe. Over time, you will no longer be able to move the toe.
A corn often forms on the top of the toe. A callus is found on the sole of the foot.
Walking or wearing shoes can be painful.
Signs and tests
A physical examination of the foot confirms that you have hammer toe. The health care provider may find decreased and painful movement in the toes.
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