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MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)
Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease. [MORE]
Excess weight is clearly an epidemic in the United States (Read Dr. Mazansky’s article on the Child Obesity Epidemic). When it comes to nutrition, it’s easy to spend a lot of time worrying about what to eat. But how much you eat puts as much of a stamp on your long-term health as picking the right kind of fat or choosing the right mix of vitamins. How much you weigh (in relation to your height), your waist size, and how much weight you’ve gained since your mid-20s strongly influence your chances of:
- dying early,
- having, or dying from, a heart attack, stroke, or other type of cardiovascular disease,
- developing diabetes,
- developing cancer of the colon, kidney, breast, or endometrium,
- having arthritis,
- developing gallstones,
- being infertile,
- developing asthma as an adult,
- snoring or suffering from sleep apnea,
- developing cataracts, or
- having a poorer quality of life.
- [CLICK HERE FOR A LOT MORE USEFUL INFORMATION ON OBESITY AND THE BENEFITS OF AND TIPS TO ACHIEVE A HEALTHY WEIGHT]
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system, meaning symptoms get worse over time. Its symptoms — tremors (often starting in one hand), slowed movement, rigidity — are caused when nerve cells in the brain that produce a chemical called dopamine start to break down and die. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, or messenger, that sends messages to the parts of the brain that control movement. Parkinson’s disease affects men and women equally, usually after age 60 [MORE].
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PMS (PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME)