Are you an addict?

ADDICTION is a compulsive physiological and psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior or activity, accompanied by impaired control over the need despite harm or cravings. An individual with an addiction will seek out that substance, behavior or activity in a persistent and uncontrolled manner despite whether it is maladaptive or counterproductive to the individual. The
On a daily basis, many of us, especially in Western civilization, resort to self-medication for any stress we face in our lives. We feel the urge to medicate ourselves for a myriad of reasons, ranging from body aches, sorrow, and grief, to poor attention span and poor sleep. A number of us tend to live for

Obesity

OBESITY is a condition in which a person has a lot of excess body fat. A formula called Body Mass Index (BMI) is used to calculate its severity based upon weight in kilogram divided by height in meter squared. A BMI between 25–29.9 kg/m² is considered overweight, whereas a BMI greater than 30 is considered obese,

Hairloss

Throughout life, hair follicles undergo normal cycling characterized by periods of growth (anagen), involution (catagen), and rest (telogen). At any given time, 90 percent of hair follicles on the scalp are in the anagen phase. The rate of hair growth and duration of anagen vary with type and location of hair. For example, scalp growth

Elderly Well-Being

Longevity of life, it is important to stay healthy by following the simple rules of life, so to speak. If you are already healthy entering your (chronologically) elderly period, i.e. older than 65 years of age, it is wise to keep your mental and physical well-being going in the right direction by applying the following

Hypertension

Hypertension (HTN) afflicts 29-31 percent of adults in the U.s. and is increasing in incidence as our population ages beyond 65. Approximately 46-51 percent of patients with HTN have blood pressure (BP) under control, i.e. less than 140/90. BP includes two numbers—the top number called Systolic Blood Pressure (SBP) and bottom number Diastolic Blood Pressure
Memory loss commonly affects all of us as we age. Normal cognitive decline associated with aging consists primarily of mild changes in memory and the rate of information processing, which are not progressive and do not affect our daily functions. Memory loss becomes a concern when it is associated with difficulty in one or more
There are multiple causes of chest pain, ranging from benign musculoskeletal etiologies to life-threatening cardiac disease. It is important to be aware of these causes and able to sort out which one is causing your chest pain and whether to seek immediate help before it is too late. Before the advancements of all these technologies

What Causes Pain?

PAIN is one of the most common and debilitating complaints that afflicts about 100 million Americans annually, accounting for 20 percent of doctors’ visits and 12 percent of all prescriptions. It is the most common cause of long-term disability and missed work. There are two categories of pain. Adaptive pain involves a survival mechanism protect-
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