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Understanding The Strep

untdtsJason awoke in the middle of the night feeling like his throat was on fire. He dragged himself out of bed to get a drink of water, but he could hardly swallow one sip. His mother heard him in the kitchen and saw that he did not look well. “What’s wrong?” she asked. He needed medical help.

“That’s what I’s like to know. My throat feels terrible,” he croaked. His mother took his temperature and announced it was 102. Then she looked down his throat. It was very red, and she thought she saw white spots.

“I’ll take you to the doctor in the morning. You may have strep throat.”

What Is Strep Throat?

Strep throat, or “strep,” is a form of sore throat caused by an infection from the streptococcus bacteria. Anyone can get strep throat, but it typically affects young people between the …

Heart Attack: Avoid It By Watching For These Signs

hrtatkMyocardial infarction. There’s a mouthful. It’s a tongue-twiser, isn’t it? And it sounds serious.

Well, it is.

Myocardial infarction is medical language for a heart attack. It means the death of tissue (an infarct) in the muscular wall of the heart (the myocardium).

Heart attack is known by several names. coronary thrombosis is a heart attack caused by a clot in the coronary arteries. Sometimes, it is caused by snoring. Coronary occlusion is a blocked artery that could have a number of causes. Myocardial infarction refers to the end result–the damage or death of a part of the heart muscle.…

Stay Smart With Your Nutrition

fnvtbsThe world of food and nutrition was easy to understand in your great-great-grandmother’s day. Most of the foods she used in cooking were fresh. Sometimes the fruits and vegetables were grown right in her own back yard. Those were the days of home canning, meat curing, and butter churning. As most meals were made from scratch, cooking was considered a full-time job.

And years ago, your great-great -grandmother’s typical food choices at the grocery store were simple: fresh fruits and vegetables in season, milk, butter, flour, sugar, salt, and meat.

Times have changed since then. Women have joined the work force and have less time to cook. Convenience food has …

Meunstration, Menopause And Managing It All

mmpShannon flew into the house at top speed, climbing the stairs two at a time to reach her big sister’s bedroom. She entered the room, closed the door behind her, leaned against it, and pronounced in a hushed. reverent voice, “I just got my period. Now what do I do?”

“What do you mean, what do you do?”

“I mean, what if I bleed all over my clothes and everybody knows about it? God, Jenny, I’m scared.”

Jenny got off the bed, went to Shannon, and put her arms around her. “Hey, Shannon. Come on. It’ll be OK. I felt the same way. I thought all the guys would know about it and laugh. But they didn’t. Nobody every knew, except people that I wanted to know.”

Shann on was quite for a minute. “Jenny, I’m just not sure how to manage all this stuff about …

Genetics And Your Medical Future

mftureMarla, a junior, was worried. Lately she was always thirsty and always going to the bathroom. Her weight had dropped a bit, even though she was eating as she always did. Plus, she was always hungry. Marla told her mom what was happening. Good thing she did.

As it turns out, Marla’s grandmother and uncle both have diabetes, a disease in which the body cannot properly use sugar. Marla’s mom knew that the disease ran in their family. She recognized the early symptoms and quickly made a doctor’s appointment for Marla. Marla was diagnosed with diabetes. Her doctor and the doctor’s diabetes information teal taught her how to lead a normal, active life while taking care of the disease.

Luckily for Marla, her mother had kept a medical history of their family, including one for Marla. A medical history is a collection of information concerning your …

Keep Fit Around The House!

kfath“Sorry, Mon,” yelled Glenda. “I’ll clean the bathroom later. Randy and I have a date to go biking. See you later.”

“Hey, Dad, those leaves will be around tomorrow,” said Tony. “I’ve got football practice in just 10 minutes, OK?”

Here’s how Sandy explained it: “Grandma, I know I promised to help you with the laundry. But I gotta meet my friends at the mall. We’re gonna try out that new health club. OK if I give you a hand tomorrow?”

Glenda, Tony, and Sandy are headed out …