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Basic Symptoms of Bipolar Spectrum Disorders

Bipolar disorders are much better understood today than they were even a short time ago, with doctors now recognizing that patients who are bipolar typically exhibit more than just manic and depressed states, but also combinations, which can be quite difficult to deal with.

How the Kidneys Work and What Happens When They Don't

The kidneys are an essential part of the body that are not only responsible for controlling waste, but also producing a number of important hormones used to preform such tasks as regulating blood pressure and stimulating bone marrow growth. If the kidneys stop working, it can have a major impact on the lives of the patient and is a very serious health condition.

Breaking Down the Atkins Diet

The Atkins Diet, which was developed by Robert Atkins, is hailed by some as a wonderful way to loose weight, while others feel that it is not a healthy diet. While the effects of the diet are oft debated, a recent study found that when strictly considered weight lost in a six month period, it is as effective as most other mainstream diets, like weight watchers.

Osteoarthritis: A Basic Introduction

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis found in seniors and those over the age of forty. It is a degenerative arthritis, which means that over time, the joint begins to loose its shape and become deformed.

A Diabetes Primer

Diabetes is a disease that can affect people of all ages and interferes with the way the body processes and uses glucose, which is a very important energy source. The problem is tied to insulin, which is a hormone used to process the glucose.

Medications Used to Treat Arthritis

When treating arthritis, most doctors do not prescribe only a single treatment, but instead recommend a regime that includes proper diet and regular exercise. Medications are also often prescribed, with treatment often beginning with over the counter medications.

What Causes Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that affects the process in which glucose is used and broken down by the body. Glucose, which is a sugar, is a very important energy source. The exact causes of diabetes are not known, but scientists have identified several common risk factors of diabetes.

Understanding Arthritis: The Who, What, Where, Why

Arthritis is a disorder that is often thought of as a senior disease, but can actually affect people of all ages. It is important to understand that arthritis is not a single disease, but instead a rather broad term used to describe more than 100 different disorders that most often cause joint problems. Since there are so many types of arthritis, it is often helpful to classify them based off of how they affect the body.

The Effects of Arthritis on the Daily Life of Seniors

Seniors with rheumatoid arthritis often report very severe pain, which greatly limits their everyday activities. However, the pain can also cause other problems, including mental and psychological reactions to the effects of the disease.

Diagnosing and Treating Elderly Onset Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a very serious condition that can affect those of any age, but is more common among seniors, which is called elderly onset rheumatoid arthritis. Diagnosing and Treating elderly onset rheumatoid arthritis can be quite difficult, often more so than treating young onset rheumatoid arthritis.

Spine and Back Pain Resource Center

This is a collection of some of the resources available to better understand back pain and the treatments available to suffers of this type of back trouble.

Understanding the ACR Lupus Criteria

Lupus is a disease that is very difficult to diagnose, as there is no specific test for it, so doctors must instead look for similarities in those with lupus and work from the process of elimination, testing for diseases with similar symptoms.

How Does Weight Loss Surgery Work

Weight loss surgery, like gastric bypass surgery, is becoming much more common, but since it is essentially rewiring the stomach of the patient, it is not a decision that should be taken lightly. There are several common weight loss surgeries, which are described in detail in this article.

Evaluating the Necessity of a Weight Loss Surgery

Recently, surgeries like gastric bypass surgery, which is a weight loss surgery, have become much more common. These surgeries work to make it easier for those who are obese to loose weight, but before offering the surgery, the doctor must evaluate whether or not the surgery is necessary and whether it can be safely preformed.

Alzheimer's and How the Brain Works

Alzheimer's is a disease that has traditionally been looked at as a part of growing older or called senility, to describe its relationship with the elderly. However, it is not natural and is actually a disease that can affect those of all ages.

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