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Arthritis: Not just for the elderly

Even though it is commonly associated with the elderly, two-thirds of all arthritis strikes before age 65. According to the National Arthritis Foundation, most people get arthritis between the ages of 15 and 65. It has been diagnosed in patients as young as six months. The disease affects 46 million diagnosed patients in the United States.

Snoring can signal medical condition

The American Academy of Otolaryngology estimates that 45 percent of normal adults snore from time to time and as many as 25 percent are persistent snorers. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, approximately two to four percent of adults, or an estimated 12 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep apnea. Although the two conditions may be related, they are not the same. It is possible to have one without the other. As Dr. David Brodner, of the American Academy of Otolaryngology stated, “If you snore it does not mean you have sleep apnea, but 99 percent of the people with sleep apnea snore.”

Summer safety

Anemia may not mean iron deficiency

Anemia is a sign of a disease, not a disease itself and its complexities extend far beyond sickle cell and iron deficiency. It is condition resulting from a significantly decreased number of red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body. Anemia often causes fatigue, dizziness, weakness and pale nailbeds.

Depression is treatable, survivable

Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting “On the Threshold of Eternity” is said to symbolize his struggle with depression, a mental disorder that affects around 15 million Americans each year.

Once-lethal Leukemia is now curable

Do you have fever, night sweats, headaches? Bone or joint pain? Fatigue? The isolated symptoms could mean nothing, but for an unlucky few, these are the precursors to leukemia.