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Lupus

A guide for living with lupus

Living with lupus can be challenging and overwhelming. From trying to explain lupus to others, to managing work or school, and trying to make time for yourself, it all can feel like a lot to juggle.

A guide from the Lupus Foundation of America helps to break down some suggestions that can help to ease some of the extra challenges that come along with living with lupus.

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Arthritis

Help to manage your RA symptoms

Often times, people may wonder if there are additional proactive steps that can be taken with regards to their condition.

A helpful resource from the Arthritis Foundation discusses some ways in which those with rheumatoid arthritis can help to manage their symptoms. These suggestions include:

💙Balancing activity with periods of rest when needed. 💙Exercise, such as low-impact aerobics, muscle strengthening and flexibility. 💙And considering heat and cold therapies.

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Alzheimer's Disease

Make time for self-care

There is so much to consider as a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s. As Alzheimer’s progresses, your role as a caregiver changes as well.

A helpful resource from the Alzheimer’s Association helps to shed some light on the various aspects of care-giving, including making sure to make time for self-care as well.

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Diabetes

Subtle diabetes symptoms in women

A recent article from SHAPE discusses subtle diabetes symptoms in women. The article touches on type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, and pre-diabetes.

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Parkinson's

Billionaire Ken Griffin, Michael J. Fox Foundation stage $10M competition

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is partnering with Ken Griffin to hold a $10 million competition in an effort to spur development of a critical research tool for Parkinson’s disease.

The program is offering a cash incentive for researchers to devise a tracer compound that can bind to a protein in the brain known as alpha-synuclein and illuminate its volume and location on a brain scan.

The majority of the 6 million people living with Parkinson’s worldwide have clumps of alpha-synuclein in their brain, and it is believed to harm cells and result in symptoms of the disease.

The hedge fund manager and the actor, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991, are teaming up to find a cure.

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Lupus

Carrie Ann Inaba Talks About Living with Lupus: 'I Stopped Going in the Sun'

American television personality, dancer, choreographer, actress, and and Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba recently discussed her lupus diagnosis with PeopleMag.

“My doctor didn’t tell me I had lupus,” Carrie Ann Inaba revealed

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Asthma/Allergy

Boy with Severe Peanut Allergy Making Progress on Trial Drug: 'It's Working!' Says Mom

A recent article from People discusses one child’s journey in a clinical trial that is helping him to overcome his severe peanut allergy.

The clinical trial involves consuming a carefully formulated amount of a peanut protein powder each day. It is hoped that after five years of treatment, patients will be able to consume peanut products without concern.

Up for review by the FDA, the treatment has the potential to help more than one million kids and teens

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Heart Health

Does menopause raise the risk for a cardiovascular event?

Recent research shows that women who experience hot flashes and night sweats during menopause may potentially be at higher risk for a cardiovascular event.

Data from over 3,000 women included in the final analysis, with 231 (7.1%) experiencing a cardiovascular event during 22 years of follow-up. The 365 women who reported frequent vasomotor symptoms (at least six episodes of hot flashes or night sweats in the previous 2-week period) had more than twice the risk for a cardiovascular event than those who reported no vasomotor symptoms at baseline.

ortFurther research is needed to establish causality. The findings were recently presented at the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) 2019 Annual Meeting.

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Heart Health

Today is World Heart Day!

Today is World Heart Day! World Heart Day was created to inform people around the world about cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death. Each year, cardiovascular disease claims 17.9 million lives. This day highlights the actions that can be taken to prevent and control cardiovascular disease.

The World Heart Federation suggests a few ways to look after your heart:

❤ Eat well and drink wisely: for example, choose water, fresh fruit and vegetables, and limit processed foods. ❤ Stay active: aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity 5 times a week, or 75 minutes spread throughout the week of vigorous-intensity activity. ❤ Say no to smoking: within 2 years of quitting, the risk of coronary heart disease is significantly reduced, and within 15 years the risk of cardiovascular disease returns to that of a non-smoker.

Share to spread awareness! ❤

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Multiple Sclerosis

The four basic disease courses of MS

MS typically follows four basic disease courses, which are also known as types or phenotypes. These are:

🧠Clinically isolated syndrome 🧠Relapsing remitting 🧠Secondary progressive 🧠Primary progressive

A helpful resource from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society explains the four types and more.

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Epilepsy

Seizure First Aid and Safety

Seizures and epilepsy are among the most common neurological problems affecting children and youth. According to the Epilepsy Foundation of America:

🧠1 out of 10 people worldwide will have a seizure in their lifetime. 🧠 Epilepsy, or recurring seizures, develops in 1 in 26 people during their lifetime.

There are steps that can be taken with regards to seizure first aid and safety. A helpful resource from the Epilepsy Foundation of America helps to explain some steps that can be taken.

Find videos and information about what to do when someone has a seizure.

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Diabetes

Differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes

We frequently receive many questions regarding the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. 🤔💭

A helpful resource from WebMD discusses the different types of diabetes, possible treatments, and more.

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