Maintaining Nutrition When You Have Multiple Myeloma
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by Shanelle Rein
3w ago
When you’re dealing with multiple myeloma, nutrition can be an important part of your journey. Eating a well-balanced diet during and after treatment can help you feel better, maintain your strength, and speed your recovery.[1] Multiple myeloma is a cancer of a person’s white plasma cells, the cells that fight infection and disease, and it can permanently weaken bones and damage organs. It’s a rare and incurable disease that often returns after successful treatment.[2] When you have multiple myeloma, sometimes eating is the last thing you want to do. The symptoms of this illness and the effect ..read more
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Life After Multiple Myeloma
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by Shanelle Rein
3w ago
Life after multiple myeloma often means returning to some familiar things—and making new choices for patients who have battled the disease. Multiple myeloma is a cancer of a person’s white plasma cells, the cells that fight infection and disease, and it can permanently weaken bones and damage organs. It’s a rare and incurable disease that often returns after successful treatment.[1] For some people with multiple myeloma, treatment can remove or destroy the cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. For others, the cancer might never go away completely, and you might get regular treatmen ..read more
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What Does Your BMI Say? What Black Women Should Know
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by Claudia Lopez
3w ago
USING BMI AS A HEALTH TOOL Developed over a century ago, Body mass index (BMI) is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight. It doesn’t measure body fat directly, but instead uses an equation to make an approximation. However, BMI can help determine whether a person is at an unhealthy or healthy weight. Often, a high BMI can be a sign of too much fat on the body, while a low BMI can be a sign of too little fat on the body. The higher a person’s BMI, the greater their chances of developing certain serious conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. A very low ..read more
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What Does Your BMI Say? What Black Women Should Know
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by Claudia Lopez
1M ago
Developed over a century ago, Body mass index (BMI) is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight. It doesn’t measure body fat directly, but instead uses an equation to make an approximation. However, BMI can help determine whether a person is at an unhealthy or healthy weight. Often, a high BMI can be a sign of too much fat on the body, while a low BMI can be a sign of too little fat on the body. The higher a person’s BMI, the greater their chances of developing certain serious conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. A very low BMI can also cause health p ..read more
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5 Common Misconceptions About RSV, the Leading Cause of Hospitalization in Babies Under 1
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by Shanelle Rein
1M ago
When your baby starts sneezing or coughing, it’s tempting to write it off as the common cold. Many parents don’t realize, though, that these symptoms can also be signs of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), an infection that can lead to more severe respiratory illnesses like bronchiolitis and pneumonia. Even if parents are aware of RSV, many don’t have a complete understanding of what it is—or that it’s the leading cause of hospitalization for babies under 1. Board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and mother-of-three Nicole Sparks, MD, experienced this firsthand when her son contracted the v ..read more
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5 Common Symptoms of RSV—And When To Call The Doctor
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by Shanelle Rein
1M ago
Despite our best efforts to keep our little ones healthy, it’s not always easy to prevent babies from falling sick. Trying to evaluate symptoms can be particularly tricky in babies under the age of 1, often before they’re able to communicate what they’re feeling. Surprisingly, the leading cause of hospitalization in babies under age 1 is Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). When it comes to RSV, knowing what to look for is half the battle since it is often confused for the common cold. According to a National Coalition for Infant Health survey, 70% of healthcare providers responded tha ..read more
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7 Things You Didn’t Know About RSV
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by Shanelle Rein
1M ago
While we may have reached a certain comfort level with some viruses in our lives, there is one virus that poses a particular danger to young children across the country: Respiratory Syncytial Virus. RSV infects two out of three babies by their first birthday. Many babies can recover from the viral infection with no complications, but for some, it can spread to the lungs and cause a more severe infection. In fact, RSV is the leading cause of hospitalization in babies under age 1. There is no preventative treatment for RSV yet (scientists are working on it!), but it helps to learn more about thi ..read more
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The Virus That Causes Shingles Is Likely Already Inside You. Here’s What You Need to Know About It
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by Shanelle Rein
1M ago
99% of people 50 years and older already have the virus that causes shingles inside them, and 1 out of 3 people will get shingles in their lifetime. Shingles and chickenpox are caused by the same virus. When a person has had chickenpox, the virus remains inactive in the body. As we age, our immune system naturally weakens, making it possible for the virus to reactivate, causing shingles. Even healthy and active people can get shingles. Symptoms Shingles is a painful, blistering rash that usually develops on one side of the face or body and usually clears up within 2 to 4 weeks. Shingles pain ..read more
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Don’t Let Shingles Affect Your Life—Learn More Including How to Prevent It
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by Shanelle Rein
1M ago
When a disease shows up unexpectedly, it can affect your day-to-day plans, especially if those symptoms keep you from your daily activities. This is what people with shingles often experience. Shingles usually affects people 50 years or older, and in the United States 1 in 3 people will get shingles in their lifetime. But before knowing how you can prevent shingles, let’s learn what it is. What is shingles? Shingles is a painful, blistering rash that typically appears on one side of the face or body and usually clears up within 2 to 4 weeks. What causes shingles? Shingles is caused by the sam ..read more
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New Year, New You! 11 Simple Tips to Make Your Diet Healthier
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by Black Health Matters
1M ago
It’s always good idea to take charge of your health, but there’s no time like the New Year. To help you get started, several dietitians and health experts are offering up fresh approaches to keeping those resolutions. “You’ve had time to think about who you want to be or what you want to accomplish and to plan for that change,” said Claudia Zapata, a registered dietitian, nutritionist and author of the blog Claudia Zapata Celebrating Health. “The first days of the year serves as the ideal springboard for putting your plan into action.” Advice from Zapata and numerous other experts ar ..read more
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