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Health Risks Linked to Excess Weight and Obesity

Being overweight or obese can affect a person in lots of different ways, both physical and mental. It is now broadly accepted that excess weight is the leading cause of a number of conditions such as those listed below. Anxiety and Depression Being overweight can make a person unhappy about the way they look. Overweight people may find it difficult to buy clothes that fit, or feel uncomfortable in them. Some individuals can become depressed […]

Risk Factors and Medical Conditions Leading to Obesity

Being overweight means that too much of a person’s body is made up of stored fat. Anyone can become overweight when the energy they put into their body in the form of food and drink is more than the energy they use up in exercise and daily living. This leftover energy is transformed into fat by the body. To become obese, it usually takes years for the fat to build up. A person is defined […]

Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Causes and Treatment

Most people snore some of the time. Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (apnea or apnoea means not breathing) are part of a number of conditions. However, simple snoring is usually not a disease or a serious problem in itself although the noise can disturb others, especially those who are sharing the bed. Many relationships are strained as a result of snoring of one of the partners. Simple snoring can in some cases progress to obstructive […]

Migraine Headaches: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

A migraine is a specific form of recurring headache that can sometimes be very intense. A lot of people get migraine attacks, especially women. They are responsible for about one in six of all headaches and are also one of the commonest causes of children’s headaches. Migraine usually only affects one side of the head and causes constant pain with irregular throbbing or pounding, which is made worse by movement of the head or lifting […]

Venous Leg Ulcers: Risk Factors, Treatment and Prevention

Venous leg ulcers are ulcers that occur on the lower leg. An ulcer is a type of sore on the skin that does not heal on its own in the way a cut usually does. Venous leg ulcers, being the most common type of leg ulcer, are a common problem among older adults. In many people, the veins of the legs become damaged over the time as a result of poor blood circulation and increased […]

Moles: Signs of Melanoma and Removal

Almost everybody has at least a few moles. Moles are made up of a collection of pigment cells and can be both, flat or raised on the skin. They can be found virtually anywhere on the body. Moles are more common in individuals who are exposed to a lot of sunshine but some are also present at birth, while others appear during childhood and adulthood. Some people have a genetic predisposition to develop lots of […]

Rhinoplasty (Nose Job): Basics and Potential Complications

Rhinoplasty (commonly known as a nose job) is an aesthetic surgery to change the form of the nose. It is one of the most challenging procedures in plastic surgery. The surgery may be carried out for a number of reasons such as changing the size or shape of a nose if a person is unhappy with it, repairing a damaged nose, or correcting functional problems. If surgery is only performed on the wall inside the […]

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