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Karen Lee Richards

Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide

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Co-Founder of the National Fibromyalgia Assn.

208 New Pain-Related Laws Across U.S.

As most chronic pain patients are well aware, both federal and state governments across the U.S. are looking for ways to curb prescription drug abuse. While their motives may be noble, sometimes their actions have unintended consequences. Too often laws intended to make it more difficult for abusers to gain access to narcotics end up also making... Read moreChevron
posted 07/30/2014, comments (0)|
Eileen Bailey

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Freelance health writer

Pseudodysphagia: The Fear of Choking

Pseudodysphagia is the fear of choking. Those with this phobia are often afraid of swallowing, but not because of the process of swallowing. Instead, they are afraid that swallowing will lead to choking. The fear of swallowing, phagophobia, is different. Pseudodysphagia can become so severe that it causes malnutrition and malnourishment,... Read moreChevron
posted 07/29/2014, comments (0)|
My Bariatric Life

My Bariatric Life, Health Guide

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I grew from fit to fat and became a processed food junkie and couch potato with diabetes, celiac disease, depression, acid reflux, asthma, and hypertension. I was in my 30s, morbidly obese and on ~10 prescription medications. Since 2003 I've maintained massive weight loss from gastric bypass surgery and remain free from 9 of the 10 prescriptions. Then in 2013 I underwent body contouring plastic surgeries to remove the last traces of my former obesity. Nowadays I am committed to supporting the online patient community with outstanding resources and by sharing my long-term success in defeating obesity and obesity-related illnesses. Today, I'm a size small (down from a size 24W) and living larger than ever!

Maintaining Weight May Relieve Depression in Black Women

Research shows that women are twice as likey as men to suffer from depression and that more than one in seven African American women suffer from major depression. Black women who have depression are also less likely to receive treatment than are white women at a ratio of 39.7 percent vs. 54 percent. Those African American women who do seek... Read moreChevron
posted 07/28/2014, comments (0)|
Lene  Andersen

Lene Andersen, Health Guide

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Writer, Advocate, Photographer

Medication Side Effect or Heart Attack? I Go to the ER to Find Out

Pressure in the middle of my chest. Lightheaded. I feel like I can’t breathe in all the way. My left arm feels funny. My back hurts. My heart is beating really fast.     This was me last Sunday. I spent some time lost in feeling crappy, but then my brain finally kicked in. In February, I wrote a post about women and heart... Read moreChevron
Jay Motola

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Urologist

How to Clean an Intermittent Catheter

For a variety of different reasons, many people are unable to empty their bladders by voluntarily urinating. A large number of conditions can be associated with the inability to empty, including diabetes and spinal cord problems, such as tumors or multiple sclerosis. These patients have either a complete inability to empty their bladder, and no... Read moreChevron
posted 06/29/2014, comments (0)|

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