Raynaud's disease (also known as Raynaud's phenomenon, Raynaud's syndrome or simply Raynaud's) is a blood vessel disorder that causes the vessels in the body's extremities to constrict more than necessary when experiencing stress or cold temperatures. The constricted vessels prevent blood from reaching the surface of the skin. This causes the affected areas, typically fingers and toes, to turn white, blue, then red, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. About 5% of the U.S. population and 3 to 5% of people worldwide have Raynaud's, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The disorder was first detailed by Maurice Raynaud, a French physician, in 1862, according to a 2016 article published in the journal JAMA Dermatology. Raynaud described a group of 25 patients, 20 of whom were female, who experienced color changes in their hands and feet when exposed to cold or stress. Types, causes and diagnosis There are two variations of Raynaud's: primary and … [Read more...] about Raynaud’s Disease: Types, Symptoms and Treatment
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Since 1960, the percentage of physical activity at work has decreased by about 30 percent, largely due to the increase in office jobs that require sedentary work. We know that sitting is linked to health complications such as weight gain and increased risk of heart disease. In fact, one study even purports that people who exhibit sedentary behavior are more likely to die early. If you work in an office, chances are you spend more time there than you do at home, if you don't count sleep. If you don't optimize the place you spend 40-plus hours each week, you can't really expect healthy habits to spill over into the rest of your life. And if you work from home, it's even more critical to set up a workspace that's conducive to healthy workplace habits, because an at-home workspace presents a unique set of challenges (like your couch calling your name just a few feet away). Here are five ways to stay healthy and comfortable at work. Protect your eyesIf you're like the average office worker, … [Read more...] about Your desk job wreaks havoc on your body, here’s how to fix it
The hardest thing Lorraine Cox has ever had to do was sit down and tell her children she doesn’t know how long she has left to live. It shook the worlds of her daughter Saorcha who is 10, and of her two sons, Ethan, 13, and Lewis, six. Since she was diagnosed with terminal motor neurone disease (MND) last year, all the 39-year-old wants to do is make the most of her precious time left with them.But the Northern Irish woman says this is being overshadowed by her fight for disability benefits and worries over money. The single mother says she can’t feed, dress or wash herself.Yet an assessor who came to visit her over her Personal Independent Payment (PIP) claim recorded that she could hold a pencil when she was unable to, Lorraine claims.The report was full of complete inaccuracies.“I’ve completely lost my ability to grip anything in my left hand and I couldn’t hold that pencil.“My children help me get washed and dressed and cook as I can’t … [Read more...] about Dying single mother, 39, with motor neurone disease whose children have to dress her refused disability benefits
A Virginia woman died of rabies after being bitten by a dog infected with the virus in India, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed. It happened last spring, after the 65-year-old returned home from an extended stay in India for a yoga retreat. She's the ninth U.S. resident to die of rabies after being exposed to the disease while traveling abroad since 2008, according to the CDC.In a case study published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), doctors said the woman first began experiencing symptoms on May 3, 2017. She reported pain and a tingling sensation in her right arm while gardening. Three days later she went to an urgent care facility where she was misdiagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome.The next day, her symptoms worsened and she was hospitalized with shortness of breath, anxiety, insomnia, and difficulty swallowing water. Her test results appeared normal and doctors treated her for a presumed panic attack. She was … [Read more...] about Virginia woman dies from rabies after dog bite in India
When a Virginia woman went to the emergency room with shortness of breath, anxiety, sleeping troubles and difficulty swallowing water, doctors thought she was having a panic attack. But her symptoms were actually due to something much rarer: she had a rabies infection — one that would prove fatal — which she contracted from a dog bite while on a yoga retreat in India, according to a new report. The case marks only the ninth time in the past decade that a person has died from rabies in the U.S. from an infection acquired abroad, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The tragic case highlights the need for travelers to be aware of the risks of rabies when visiting certain countries and to receive "preexposure" rabies vaccines before travel when recommended, the report said. [The 9 Deadliest Viruses on Earth] The report is published in the Jan. 4 issue of the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The 65-year-old … [Read more...] about Doctors Thought a Woman Was Having a Panic Attack. She Actually Had Rabies.