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Bruised heels and how to treat them

Bruised heels and how to treat them

A bruised heel happens when an injury crushes blood vessels in the muscles and soft tissue of the heel. Repetitive movements and overuse injuries, such as from jogging in ill-fitting shoes, can cause this bruising. In most cases, elevation, ice, and rest can ease the pain. A bruise to the heel, sometimes called a heel […]

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What causes an abnormal EKG result?

What causes an abnormal EKG result?

An electrocardiogram, or EKG, is a simple test that doctors use to measure the electrical activity of the heart. This helps them look for underlying heart conditions. Sometimes, an abnormal EKG reading is actually just a normal variation in a person’s heart rhythm. In other cases, it may be due to an underlying condition of […]

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What to know about high potassium

What to know about high potassium

Hyperkalemia is a medical term for when a person has higher than normal levels of potassium. Usually, people with hyperkalemia do not have any symptoms, which makes it challenging for a doctor to diagnose. The leading causes of hyperkalemia are chronic kidney disease, uncontrolled diabetes, dehydration, having had severe bleeding, consuming excessive dietary potassium, and […]

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Home remedies for getting rid of hickeys

Home remedies for getting rid of hickeys

Hickeys, or love bites, are harmless. However, some people may find that they need to cover them or reduce their appearance. There are many home remedies a person can try to get rid of hickeys more quickly.A hickey is a temporary mark that can appear after someone sucks on another person’s skin. Hickeys occur when […]

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IBD: New approach to symptom relief looks promising

IBD: New approach to symptom relief looks promising

Treatments that target inflammation directly don’t work for many people with inflammatory bowel disease. Now, new research suggests that blocking a protein involved in blood clotting could be a promising alternative. New research brings hope of a new treatment for people living with IBD. After studying genetic data from lots of people with inflammatory bowel […]

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How to stop gums from bleeding

How to stop gums from bleeding

In most cases, people can treat minor gum bleeding at home. Good oral hygiene and natural remedies can treat and prevent gum bleeding.Gum bleeding is common and is typically not serious. A person may notice some blood after brushing their teeth or flossing, which can irritate sensitive gums. The most common reason a person’s gums […]

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What is an amylase blood test?

What is an amylase blood test?

An amylase blood test measures the amount of amylase in a person’s blood. Abnormal levels of amylase may indicate pancreatitis or another problem with the pancreas. Amylase is a digestive enzyme that helps the body break down carbohydrates. Both the salivary glands and the pancreas produce amylase. Several different medical conditions can affect amylase levels […]

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What are the symptoms of an iron deficiency?

What are the symptoms of an iron deficiency?

Iron deficiency is when there is not enough iron in the blood. It can lead to symptoms such as fatigue and dizziness, among many others. Iron is a mineral that is vital for many bodily functions. It supports the transportation of oxygen in the blood. It is also essential for the correct development and functioning […]

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Pain, bleeding, and discharge in the second trimester

Pain, bleeding, and discharge in the second trimester

Some pain and a small amount of spotting are normal during the second trimester. However, it is essential to know when to see a doctor. For many people, the second trimester marks a moment of calm in pregnancy. The intense symptoms of the first trimester often dissipate, and the exhaustion, muscle pain, and anxiety about […]

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Hypertension: Home-based care may be the future

Hypertension: Home-based care may be the future

Innovators and clinicians have developed and tested a new home-based care-delivery program. The new system helped 81 percent of study participants successfully control their blood pressure. Managing hypertension can be challenging. A new home-based method may be the answer. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the artery walls. Blood pressure rises and […]