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Are Immunization Exclusion Days Fair?

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Immunizations have become somewhat controversial ever since a small (but vocal) group of people declared them dangerous to children. As a result, school districts and states across the country have had to create “exclusion days” to protect the rest of their student body. Are these exclusion days fair or exclusionary? What Are Exclusion Days? Exclusion days are deadlines that schools set for children to receive immunization. While they aren’t present in every state, those that do have them require that children be up-to-date with all their immunization shots. Read More»

Spot The Differences: Type 1 And Type 2 Diabetes

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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, it is imperative to understand the distinctions between type 1 and type 2 diabetes in order to understand what is entailed to manage the condition effectively. There are numerous similarities that the two types share, but there are also some notable differences.    Diabetes Defined Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder of the endocrine system in which the pancreas either does not produce adequate levels of insulin or the body is unable to utilize the insulin produced, resulting in high levels of glucose in the blood. Read More»

Moody, Anxious, And Depressed? How To Recognize And Treat Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

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Whether you get it a little or a lot, you’ve definitely felt the effects of premenstrual syndrome – or PMS, for short. But there’s a small subset of the female population – about 3 to 8%, as opposed to the 75% who suffer from PMS – for whom PMS has evolved into something a little more serious: premenstrual dysphoric disorder, also referred to as PMDD. But what are the signs and symptoms of PMDD, and how do you know how to treat it, if you’ve got it? Read More»