Palliative Care: Physical Therapy Can Improve Lupus Patients’ Quality Of Life

Palliative care used to be a part of hospice and only for those who were terminally ill. Now it has become a collaborative effort of the entire medical team for any patient with a serious illness which affects their quality of life. For systemic lupus sufferers, physical therapy is a big part of the picture. Why Do Lupus Patients Need Physical Therapy? Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) attacks every system in the body. Read More 

The Benefits Of Retinal Exams

A retinal exam is an extremely useful procedure which can be used to diagnose a variety of ailments affecting the eye. If you visit an optometrist, there is a good chance that you will be asked to undergo a routine retinal exam. However, it is also a good idea to get a retinal exam if you haven't been to an eye doctor for a prolonged period of time. So without further ado, here is what a retinal exam consists of and how it can help you: Read More 

Four Tips For Treating Poison Sumac Rashes

Although lesser known than its irritating cousin poison ivy, poison sumac is quite prevalent in wet forests and grasslands, especially in the southeastern United States. This plant grows as a woody shrub that reaches between 5 and 20 feet in height when mature. It has light green, ovular leaves that come to fine points at their ends. About 10 leaves grow on each stem. Touch poison sumac, and you'll develop a red, inflamed rash. Read More 

3 Tips For Handling End-Of-Life Care Decisions

If your parent has a terminal illness, at some point, you and your family need to make decisions about his or her end-of-life care. The decisions that need to be made are usually not easy, but they are necessary. Here are some tips for making end-of-life decisions for your parent. Communicate With the Family Communication is key during the decision-making process. You and every family member who is going to be involved in deciding what is best for your parent needs to stay in contact with each other. Read More 

Testing Your Child For Food Allergies

Allergies pose a significant threat to many people. Within the US, one in every 13 children, under the age of 18, has a food allergy. An allergic reaction can range from a minor itchy throat to something as significant as anaphylaxis. For this reason, parents of children who have experienced an allergic reaction in the past should consider allergy testing to be an important step to keep their children safe. Read More