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Because my daughter-in-law was just diagnosed with shingles, I was doing some research on this condition.  It is a viral infection that causes a painful rash.  It can occur anywhere on your body, but most often appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or right side of your torso.  My lucky daughter-in-law got it on her head … ON HER HEAD!  She's not an average case though.  She got chicken pox twice when she was young.

I read that there are about 1 million new cases per year in the U.S. and almost one out of every three people will develop shingles at some point in their lifetime.  Approximately 50% of people who develop shingles are age 60 or older.

Most people who develop shingles will have only a single episode, but there are some people who have recurring episodes.

Shingles-RashSymptoms Can Include:  Pain, tender skin, and the rash, fever, chills, nausea, body aches typically on the torso or face.

Early signs:  Itching, burning and/or stinging sensation will precede the appearance of the rash (usually a few days before).

Read the full article posted on Shinges here …


How To Recognize A Stroke – Act FAST!



We all should know how to recognize a stroke when we see the signs.  The earlier a stroke victim receives treatment, the better the chances for more complete recovery.

What Is A Stroke?

A stroke happens when the blood supply to an area of the brain is cut off.  The symptoms vary depending on which region of the brain is affected by the loss of blood supply.

Someone who has had a mild stroke may experience temporary weakness of an arm or leg.  Someone with a more severe stroke may be permanently paralyzed on one side of their body or be unable to speak.  The longer the blood supply is cut off, the more likely it is that the effects may be permanent.

A TIA (transient ischemic attack) is sometimes referred to as a “mini-stroke and the stroke symptoms

Read the full article posted on Strokes here …

StressStress Release Tips – How Do I Reduce the Stress in My LIfe?

Few people I have ever talked to about stress knew that there are illnesses caused by stress. It is generally thought that health problems are the result of bacteria or viruses. What we aren’t taught in health class is that stress can disable the body’s immune system to make you more susceptible to germs in the environment. Stress can play havoc with your body’s ability to fight off microscopic invaders or to operate the way it is supposed to. There are many kinds of illnesses caused by stress involving both the body and the mind. How do I reduce the stress in my life? Let's discuss the problem and then we will give some stress release tips …

Some of the health problems related to stress:

Read the full article posted on Stress Release here …

Healthy-After-50Live Healthy After 50 – Ways to Make It Easier

I am one of those who has battled weight issues most all of my life and I truly understand the temptation to just give up and say, “Eat, play and be happy!” However, there are health and emotional issues that take on a life of their own when we give in and give up, especially giving up on being able to live healthy after 50. With the busy lives we lead and the need to make things simple, it's easy to skip meals, pick up fast food, and plop down in front of the TV after a long day. It is a common belief that eating healthy is too

Read the full article posted on Living Healthy After 50 here …

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