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When a Dry Mouth Is Caused by More Than Just a Lack of Water

July 28, 2017

July 23rd is World Sjögren's Day. It’s named after Dr. Henrik Sjögren (pronounced SHOW-grin), the Swedish ophthalmologist who noticed a connection between patients he was seeing with dry eyes, and patients who suffered from a consistently dry mouth. Further investigation resulted in the discovery that these symptoms where caused by an immune system attack on these patients' moisture-producing glands. Today, approximately 4 million Americans live with this chronic disease, and many more go undiagnosed. Let’s take a quick look at the symptoms, and learn more about this disease that causes more than just the occasional parched mouth.

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What Is Dry Socket? And, How You Can Avoid It.

July 21, 2017

 

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This Independence Day, Be like George

July 3, 2017

Ah, July … barbecues, and summer fairs, fireworks, and cook-offs, and good-ol' Independence day hero, George Washington. In thinking about our country's esteemed first President, you might also get to thinking about his famous teeth - or, rather his lack of teeth. Most of us know about George Washington's famous dentures, but did you know that he also put a lot of effort into trying to care for his teeth? That might seem surprising given that at the time of his inauguration he only had a single natural tooth in his mouth, and that his dentures have achieved a certain legendary status in their own right. So, where did he go wrong?

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Uncovering Kidney Disease: Polycystic Kidney Disease

September 14, 2016

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder passed down from parent to child that has the potential of causing devastating health problems. The National Kidney Foundation states that PKD is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure, projecting that about 600,000 people in the United States have been diagnosed with it.


We at Grassroots Health are passionate about raising awareness of chronic diseases that affect Americans. That being said, we will dedicate weekly material over the next two months for highlighting many types of common kidney diseases and their health risks. Today we begin our series by discussing one of the main causes of kidney disorder: Polycystic Kidney Disease.

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Uncovering Kidney Disease: Congenital Kidney Disorders

September 7, 2016

Congenital Kidney Disorders are caused by genetic mutations in a person’s DNA. This can be passed down from parent to child or it can occur spontaneously. These type of genetic mutations can be life-threatening because of the damage they inflict on kidneys.


We at Grassroots Health are passionate about raising awareness of chronic diseases that affect Americans. That being said, we will dedicate weekly material over the next month for highlighting many types of common kidney diseases and their health risks. Today we continue our series by discussing a common cause of kidney disease: Congenital Kidney Disorders.

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Uncovering Kidney Disease: Glomerulonephritis

August 31, 2016

Glomerulonephritis is a type of kidney disease that can lead to total kidney failure if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. The percentage of our population that has been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease has “more than doubled between 2000 and 2008” in peoples aged 65 and older. (1)


We at Grassroots Health are passionate about raising awareness of chronic diseases that affect Americans. That being said, we will dedicate weekly material over the next two months for highlighting many types of common kidney diseases and their health risks. Today we begin our series by discussing one of the main causes of kidney disorder: Glomerulonephritis.

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Disorders That Cause Kidney Disease: High Blood Pressure

August 24, 2016

“High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure in the United States after diabetes.” (1)

We at Grassroots Health are passionate about raising awareness of chronic diseases that affect Americans. That being said, we will dedicate weekly material over the next two months for highlighting many types of common kidney diseases and their health risks. Today we continue our series by discussing one of the main causes of kidney disorders: High Blood Pressure.

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Disorders That Can Cause Kidney Disease: Diabetes

August 17, 2016

“It has been estimated that more than 20 million American adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD,)” with Diabetes being one of the leading causes. (1)
 
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Knowing Your Liver: Liver Cancer

August 10, 2016

Hepatocellular Carcinoma, the formal name used in referring to types of liver cancer, is most often caused by chronic damage to the liver over time by another type of liver disease. (1) It is estimated that in this year alone over 27,000 men and women will be diagnosed with liver cancer in the United States. Of this number, more than half are not expected to live past the first year. (2)

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Knowing Your Liver: Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

August 3, 2016

Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, also referred to as PSC, is a disease that causes inflammation of bile ducts in the liver. As the inflammation remains, scar tissue begins to develop and blocks the bile ducts over time, prohibiting bile from traveling into the intestine for its role in digestion and eventually causes a buildup of bile in the liver. The scar tissue that develops as a result of the inflammation of PSC and the excess of bile is extremely dangerous to the life of a person’s liver, and can even be deadly. (1)

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