7 Tips on How to Choose an Orthopedic Pillow

swedish-pillowBy Dan Delaney

A good night’s sleep is indeed very important for everyone to have. It can dictate to a large extent the way your next day will unfold. Whether you will be productive or not, energetic or fatigued, is primarily determined by the amount and quality of sleep that you get. This is why many people are now buying orthopedic pillows to help them get the kind of sleep that allows them to greet the following day with a smile. Of course, you’ll have to make sure that the orthopedic pillow you choose is perfect for your needs. Here are seven tips on how you can choose the perfect orthopedic pillow:

1. Choose a pillow according to your favorite sleeping position

There are orthopedic pillows especially designed for back sleepers, side sleepers, and stomach sleepers. You need to determine what position you sleep in for most of the night in order to choose the right orthopedic pillow. That is because each position requires a different type and level of support.

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Bladder cancer – The Bladder and Cancer

bladder-cancerBy Ian Gould

The Bladder is a term used to refer to the urinary bladder in the body. The urinary bladder stores urine until it is removed to the outside of the body. The urine from the kidney is collected in the bladder which is muscular and elastic in nature. Sometimes, the cells in the lining of the bladder begin to behave abnormally. The cells develop into tumors which may be cancerous in nature. When a cancer develops in the bladder it is referred to as the bladder cancer. This is a malignant type of tumor which can spread in the entire body and can even prove to be fatal.

Cancers of all types occur due uncontrolled cell division activity in some cells of the body. The activity of cell division is strongly controlled by the oncogene. Now, most cells have a specific cell life. After certain duration of time cells die and new cells are formed. But, in a mutated condition and due to environmental factors, oncogenic cells can lead to repeated division. In other words, cells which are supposed to die may not expire but to the contrary may continue to divide and form new cells such uncontrolled behavior leads to cancers. This behavior which is caused by the activation of oncogenes can occur for various reasons like viral infection.

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The Importance of Diagnosis

Woman in doctor's office frowningSelf-treatment sometimes get a bad rap, because, on those occasions when it does go wrong, it can go very wrong. The main cause of these instances of alternative treatments gone amiss is misdiagnosis. Self-treatment can and does work, but one must know first understand what it is that they are treating to succeed.

Things aren’t always what they seem

Nonspecific symptoms like runny nose, sore throat, headache and fatigue could mean that one has a cold or the flu, but they could also be signs of something else, something potentially life-threatening. Ailments most commonly mistaken for cold and flu, in the early stages include…

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Is Cellulite My Fault?

formation_of_celluliteBy Ben Aspland

A question as old as cellulite itself. Many women, and some men, feel that their cellulite is a direct result of some action or in-action on their part but is this really the case? I will attempt to explain what cellulite is, how it occurs and in the process hopefully alleviate some of the guilt a few of you may be feeling.

So what is cellulite?

It is a change in the skin that occurs in most females and appears as dimpling or a ‘cottage cheese’ look in areas generally from the stomach down. The look of the skin is altered due to structural changes occurring under the surface, namely fat deposits collecting there. These fat deposits are contained within chambers and separated by collagen fibers underneath the skin. These chambers increase in size for a number of reasons including:

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That Unquenchable Thirst … and Other Signs of Sodium Deficiency

salty waterThe most definitive symptom of abnormally low sodium levels, a condition called hyponatremia, is an unquenchable thirst. There’s no feeling like it. No matter how much water one drinks, the thirst cannot be sated; within five minutes of imbibing water, regardless of amount, the thirst will have returned.

Other Symptoms of Sodium Deficiency

  • Headache
  • Muscle weakness and/or cramps
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Hallucinations

If not treated in a timely manner sodium deficiency can lead to coma and death.

The Importance of Sodium

Our bodies cannot function without sodium, our most important electrolyte. Electrolytes are minerals that carry an electric charge, like microscopic batteries, and these “batteries” affect the amount of fluid in the body, blood pH, muscle function (including the heart), neural impulses and more. Sodium, and other electrolytes, are responsible for life functions at the cellular level and beyond. Without sufficient amounts of sodium in the blood and intracellular fluids, the body will fail and we will die. Sodium is literally a matter of life and death; so, how much we consume (or don’t) is the difference between healthiness and illness, a sense of well-being and cognitive decline.

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The Number 1 Killer in the United States and How You Can Beat It

heart in handsBy Anthony Muzonzini

Do you know what the number one killer in much of the developed world and especially the United States is? The answer is heart disease. With all the junk food that is available nowadays heart disease has turned in to the biggest killer today. So how can we beat this serial killer and add a few more years to our lives you ask? The answer is simple. We just need to eat healthier and the risk or contracting any sort of heart problem is greatly reduced. In fact you can add about 15 years to your life by just changing a few things in your diet.

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Children’s Heart Health

babyWithHeartDefectHeart screenings for children and adolescents should be mandatory and a routine part of yearly physicals, unfortunately, the American medical community generally considers such exams unnecessary. This erroneous belief and the fact that most pediatricians do not recommend regular heart screenings to parents, makes events like CHD (Congenital Heart Defect) Awareness Week (February 7-14) a necessity.

Early heart screenings can and do save lives. One example is the case of, then sixth grader, Madelinne d’Aversa who was born with a hole in her heart. If her grandmother had not volunteered her to have a heart exam as part of the Houston Early Age Risk Testing and Screening (aka HEARTS) she may not be alive today. Madelinne showed no outward signs of a heart condition, so, without that scan, her heart defect may have gone undetected until an autopsy revealed it as the cause of her passing, some day in the future. Instead, Madelinne had surgery and was back to “normal”, dancing and playing volleyball at school, only four months later.

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