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Chronic Illness

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Scientists Discover New Bacteria That Causes Lyme Disease

Scientists have discovered a new Lyme disease-causing bacteria in the United States, and it may bring even worse symptoms than its more familiar predecessor. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vectorborne illness in the United States, affecting more than 300,000 Americans each year. Until now, only one species of bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, was thought … Continue reading

Maternal Mortality Rates Drop Worldwide, Except In The United States

While maternal mortality rates across the world have fallen by nearly 50% over the last 25 years, rates in the United States have risen during that same time period, according to a new global survey published Thursday by the United Nations and World Bank. Maternal mortality is defined as the death of a woman during … Continue reading

Shocking Number Of Americans Have Diabetes Or Pre-Diabetes

About half of American adults have either diabetes or prediabetes, a new study finds, highlighting the growing burden of chronic disease in the U.S. population. The research, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that up to 14 percent of adults had type 2 diabetes in 2011-2012, and about 38 percent … Continue reading

Chronic Pain: The Invisible Epidemic Affecting Millions Of Americans

Living with chronic pain — from lower back problems to fibromyalgia, arthritis or migraines — is a daily struggle, made even more difficult when sufferers feel misunderstood by the people around them. And sadly, chronic pain is incredibly common. Twenty-five million U.S. adults suffer from pain on a daily basis, according to an August report … Continue reading

Long-Term Effects Of Bullying Can Be Deadly, Study Finds

Being bullied as a child has effects on the body that last for decades and can even shorten a person’s life, according to new research published in the journal Psychological Medicine. The study, conducted by researchers at King’s College London, found a significantly increased risk of obesity and stress-induced chronic inflammation in middle-aged men and … Continue reading

Leading Physicians’ Group: Give LGBT People Full Rights

The nation’s second-largest physicians’ group has come out strongly in support of LGBT equality, criticizing discriminatory laws and calling for inclusive policies that will improve the health of the LGBT population. In a position paper published earlier this week, the American College of Physicians decried the entrenched disparities faced by LGBT individuals and recommended specific … Continue reading

Making The Public Health Case For Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage cases that will determine whether individuals of all sexual orientations have the constitutional right to be married in their own states and to have those marriages recognized by other states. As of now, same-sex marriage is legal in 36 states. … Continue reading

Everything You Need To Know About Tick-Borne Diseases

For much of the country, spring has finally made it’s long-awaited arrival. With warmer temperatures and longer days, many of us will take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy our favorite outdoor activities. But be wary — humans aren’t the only creatures that like to get out and about at this time of year… Singer … Continue reading

Scientists Identify Neural Network Responsible For Chronic Pain

Scientists from the University of Berne in Switzerland have identified a mechanism in the brain they believe is responsible for chronic pain — a discovery they hope will lead toward new treatments for chronic pain. The findings from the research are published in the journal Neuron. “The constant perception of pain severely influences the quality … Continue reading

12 Commonly Misdiagnosed Illnesses

When you feel sick, achy, or exhausted, you want to know why. You want to know now. But it’s not always easy to find the right diagnosis, especially when your symptoms are vague or common. And unfortunately, some of the time the experts come up with a misdiagnosis. While we hear a lot of news … Continue reading

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