A year ago, I was walking my two dogs at the beach when one lurched in one direction and other decided to swing around behind me to catch up to the other. The result was one heck of a sore shoulder! For nearly 2 weeks I had trouble moving my shoulder without pain and I had many people telling me I had torn the rotator cuff and I was doomed for surgery.
Unlike myself, I let it sit and I took time off and then went back to doing yoga and activities that I normally do and just favored it, when it would speak to me. A year later, I found myself suffering elbow pain when I would massage my clients and physical weakening to the point I gave up many poses in yoga due to no strength and continued limited range of motion. Finally, a month ago I was looking at my shoulders in a mirror and I could see a structural change to my left shoulder, which is my dominant arm. Movement had become so impinged that I was compensating in ways that were not healthy lo...
There are a number of skin problems associated with diabetes , especially type 2 diabetes. For some people, skin problems are the first sign of diabetes. Most of these conditions are easily treatable, especially when caught and treated early. Keeping your glucose stable and proper skin care are the best ways to prevent skin problems.
Anyone can get bacterial infections of the skin, however, those with diabetes are more prone to these types of infections. The most common cause of bacterial infections is the Staphylococcus bacteria. They include:
Infections of hair follicles
Infections of the nails
Areas of infections are red, swollen and may be warm to the touch. They are usually painful.
Fungal infections cause rashes that may have small blisters and be scaly. They often are itchy. Fungal infections are most often found in moist folds of the skin, such as between toes and fingers, in the armpit and groin, under t...
We have now officially entered the holiday season. During this season, travel across the country (and the world) will increase significantly. This presents another opportunity for the exchange of warm affections, gifts, and microbes!
During the last few weeks, H1N1 activity has decreased with the peak noted around October 26. Our Emergency Department at Children's National Medical Center has noted a decrease in visits for the virus as well, with fewer hospitalizations of acutely ill children. As a result of the fall outbreak and subsequent immunization with the H1N1 vaccine we have learned a great deal about the H1N1 virus and the vaccine. The CDC has indicated that the lethality of the H1N1 virus is primarily due to the fact that the H1N1 virus appears to attack in the lower airways , increasing the risk of pneumonia and subsequent infection with a bacterial disease such as pneumococcal pneumonia. Indeed, this is the premise for the advice given via the media: if you have nearl...
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