North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

Health

Health
  • Disorder that affects facial nerve named for Scottish surgeon Each week, we try to write our articles about something of interest to the community.

    A couple of weeks ago I got a call from a customer asking us to write about a relatively common, but somewhat unusual, condition called Bell’s Palsy.

    August 26, 2009

  • You’ve seen and heard about ‘probiotics,’ but what do they do? You can’t turn the television on today and not see a commercial for probiotics.

    Probiotics, which means, “for life,” have been used for centuries as natural components in health-promoting foods. Experiments into the benefits of probiotic therapies suggest a range of potentially beneficial medicinal uses.

    August 19, 2009

  • August designation underscores importance of immunizations for all age groups The month of August is recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month.

    The goal of this month is to increase awareness about immunizations across the ages, from infants to the elderly. August is the perfect time to remind family, friends, co-workers, and those in the community to make sure to get their vaccinations.

    August 12, 2009

  • Family members may be first to notice signs of dementia Dementia can be described as the loss of mental skills that can affect your daily life. Usually it is progressive and develops over time.

    Dementia is not a disease itself, but a compilation of symptoms including changes in mood, behavior, thinking ability and personality.

    June 24, 2009

  • Diabetics should take extra precautions when it comes to the foot Diabetes is a very manageable disease with proper drug therapy and lifestyle modifications.

    Foot care should be an integral part of your care. As diabetes progresses, one can lose proper blood flow and feeling to the lower extremities if blood sugar is not sufficiently managed.

    June 17, 2009

  • Diabetics at much greater risk of suffering a stroke People with diabetes have a two-to-five times greater risk of having a stroke, and having diabetes also puts you at higher risk of dying from stroke.

    That’s the bad news. The good news is that you can take steps to reduce your likelihood of heart disease and stroke, by knowing and controlling your ABCs — your A1c, blood pressure and cholesterol.

    May 6, 2009

  • Swine flu: What you and Old McDonald should know You’ve read about in the paper and heard about it on the news.

    With images of people walking around with white masks covering their noses and mouths, the media is really putting the spin on swine flu.

    The scare has even hit Mt. Olive, as I am getting e-mails from customers asking me if I have Tamiflu in stock.

    April 29, 2009

  • How to properly dispose of unused medications Cleaning out your medicine cabinet once a year is a good idea, and if you are anything like me, you have a medicine cabinet full of old prescription and over-the-counter medications.

    April 22, 2009

  • Sunlight and certain medications can be a dangerous mixture There are a number of drugs and skin care products that can increase your sensitivity to the sun.

    Not taking adequate precautions will put you at risk for an increased risk of sunburn.

    Sunburn can be a serious matter. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays is a documented risk factor for skin cancer.

    April 15, 2009

  • Warrior optometrist installs new tool in fight against AMD A Warrior optometrist has a new tool in the fight against age-related macular degeneration.

    Dr. Faye Andrews of Warrior Eye Care recently installed a diagnostic device called the Foresee PHP that can provide early detection of the disease, according to a press release.

    April 15, 2009