Inflammation is the body’s natural first defense to an outside threat. Infections, injuries and toxins trip a signal to increase blood flow and send immune cells to danger, but the response is intended to be temporary. The good news is lifestyle changes can reduce chronic inflammation. Here’s how.
Mental illness is one of the most prevalent health problems in this country. Roughly one in five people will struggle with mental illness, but despite its widespread impact, less than half will receive any treatment or counseling. Even though mental illness is among the leading causes of disability and one of the most expensive ailments plaguing our health care system, there remains a great divide between recognizing mental illness and embracing it as a legitimate and potentially serious medical condition.
Mental health is a complicated equation. It’s the product of your emotional, psychological and social wellbeing, and it affects how you think, feel and act. Mental health problems are so common they outnumber most other risks for serious health conditions, but the feeling that “it’s not OK to not be OK” causes many to ignore symptoms.
Nothing says summer like piling into the family mobile and hitting the open road. This year, 100 million Americans will take a vacation, and nearly half will take a road trip. If you’re planning your next adventure, keep these six important health tips in mind:
Millions of Americans are struggling to make sense of difficult and sometimes inexplicable health issues. Increasingly, experts are pointing to inflammation to help answer some of the most pressing health problems – heart disease, Alzheimer’s, sleep apnea, cancer, depression, allergies and other problems can all be linked to an immune system stuck in overdrive.
If you’ve ever given birth, you were probably tested for Group B Streptococcus (GBS), a type of bacteria that can be passed from mother to baby during labor and delivery. Group B Strep is the leading cause of meningitis and bloodstream infections in newborns. There are roughly 2,000 cases and 50 fatalities a year, but antibiotics during delivery can prevent mom from passing GBS on to her new baby. Here’s what pregnant women need to know.