Can Blood Tests Accurately & Quickly Diagnose Concussions?

Blood Tests To Accurately & Quickly Diagnose Concussions

The brain’s soft, sensitive tissues float in a cushioning fluid, protected inside the hard and sturdy skull. However, a swift blow to the head or violent shaking of the body can over-ride the skull’s protection and lead to the usually mild type of brain injury known as a concussion. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) notes that each year about 1.7 million children and adults in the U.S. suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI) — and the vast majority of these TBIs are concussions. “Although concussions are considered to be a mild brain injury, they need to be taken seriously. They should not be treated as minor injuries that quickly resolve,” Dr. Beth Ansel, an expert on rehabilitation research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said in a media statement. While it is true that with proper care, which consists primarily of rest, most people fully recover after suffering a …


The Risks of Radon: What You Need To Know

The Risks of Radon

What is radon? Radon is a radioactive gas (periodic element Rn) produced naturally by the breakdown of uranium. It is often present in the soil and in water and can seep into any dwelling through cracks and holes in the foundation. It has no smell or color but can have a big impact on the quality of air inside a home. How serious is radon? Behind smoking, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and accounts for roughly 10% of all cases. People with homes that have high radon levels and those who sleep or spend a long time in basements with detectable but moderate levels should consider taking protective measures. A cumulative long-term exposure to radon also increases the danger. Most people move an average of 10 or 11 times over their lifetime, so the risk of developing lung cancer through radon exposure is very low, even …


4 Things That Happen Immediately When You Quit Smoking

Quit Smoking

The fact is smoking causes the majority of lung cancers — both in smokers and in people exposed to secondhand smoke.  The most deadly cancer for both males and females is lung cancer. But did you know that within five years of quitting – your lung cancer death rate is almost half that of someone who still smokes one pack per day! Most smokers would like to quit smoking. However, most people aren’t able to quit on the first try and they give up trying again, thinking “it’s too late anyway.” If you’re struggling with this addiction, it’s important to note that the benefits of quitting are almost immediate, regardless of how long you’ve been smoking. In fact it is never too late to quit smoking!   4 Things That Happen Immediately When You Quit Smoking: Within 20 minutes– your blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal. The temperature of your hands …


Vitamin D: The Dangers in Deficiency

How Much Vitamin D Should You Take

Vitamin D is essential to living a healthy, balanced life. Insufficient levels can lead to a shortened lifespan and an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, but too much can be just as damaging. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble, steroid hormone that controls over 1,000 genes in our bodies. Meaning it’s controlling over 1,000 different physiological processes. It’s naturally produced in our bodies and stored in our tissue. Often referred to as the “sunshine” vitamin, it’s commonly believed that getting 15 minutes of sun exposure, about 3 days a week will provide all the Vitamin D you need. But for most of us, this isn’t accurate. There are many factors that affect our body’s ability to produce and use Vitamin D, including age, skin pigmentation, sunscreen, body fat, and where you live; each of these factors act as a barrier to UVB rays, which are the primary source for Vitamin D production. The CDC estimates that …


Allergies And What It Might Mean For Your Eyes

Allergies and eye infections

Spring is officially here, which means allergies are right around the corner, if they haven’t already kicked up. Georgia Eye Associates explains which allergies may be affecting your eyes and how you can relieve your symptoms. Allergies tend to be associated with a runny nose, scratchy throat, or just an increased level of sneezing, but allergy symptoms come in a lot of different varieties. Unfortunately for many, allergies can cause all types of discomfort for the eyes, ranging from swelling to a persistent itchy feeling. If you find that your eyes are getting red, swollen, and/or itchy, then it is highly possible that it is due to an allergy to pollen, pet dander, dust, freshly cut grass, etc. In order to rid yourself of this frustration you need to figure out what is triggering your reaction and take action to stay ahead of the symptoms. Eye allergies, or “allergic conjunctivitis” …