Reviewed By Just below your skin, you have a vast network of lymph vessels that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. These vessels, as part of the lymphatic system, filter fluid through the lymph nodes and then take the cleaned fluid — which now contains infection-fighting white blood cells — throughout your body. Lymphedema is an abnormal buildup of this fluid in any part of the body, but usually in your arms and legs. The main symptom of lymphedema is swelling of your arms or legs. What Are the Stages of Lymphedema? To get started, Aliu says that you need to know what stage of lymphedema you have based on your symptoms. Your doctor will help assess which stage you’re in and tailor medical or surgical options to…
Melissa Owings Wilcox: Breast Cancer
Jackson veterinarian Melissa Owings Wilcox discovered she had breast cancer a few months after she turned 40, with the results of her very first mammogram.
How behavioral health services are helping people be overall healthier
Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S experiences mental illness in a given year. It's a serious issue that costs America $193 billion in lost earnings annually, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
10 Tips for Weight Loss Surgery
10 Tips for Weight Loss Surgery People often see vast improvements both their physical and emotional well-being once ...
Medical Students Learn More Than Anatomy From Donated Bodies
Despite advances in computer simulation, medical schools still widely use cadavers. And one group of students discovers there’s much to learn from the dead beyond anatomy.
» How to Donate
There are several types of donations you can make through Blood Assurance which will make an impact in your community Whole blood donors are the lifeblood of our community! Whole blood donation is the most common form of donating: whole blood is collected from the donor and taken to the laboratory where it is separated into specific components, such as red blood cells, platelets and plasma. Donors can provide a whole blood donation every 56 days (8 weeks). A whole blood donation takes approximately 30 minutes from registration to completion. The requirements for whole blood donation are as follows: Donors must be at least 18 years old (16 & 17 years old with parental consent: consent form-English , consent form-Español ) and weigh at least 110 pounds. When checked by our donor care…
Nutrition Tips for Older Adults
Eating healthy food packed with vitamins and minerals is important at any age. As people get older, however, changes in the body can affect how it processes food. Certain nutrients will become more important for maintaining and promoting good health. Below are some nutrition tips to help you stay healthy as you age. Eat less, … Continued
Breast Milk Storage Tips
How long after you pump should you dump? That’s a question many mothers ask to ensure their breast milk is as fresh as possible for their baby. Lactation consultants from Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children say most breast milk will keep for five to seven days in the refrigerator. As a general rule of thumb, breast milk will stay fresh for the following times when stored: At room temperature (60-85 degrees): 3-4 hours In the typical home freezer (approximately 32 degrees): 3-6 months In a deep freezer (-4 degrees): Up to 12 months
What is the Gaylord Gauntlet?
The Gaylord Gauntlet 5k & Obstacle Run is held the last Sat. in June on the 500 acre campus of Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, CT. Proceeds from this great ...
Drs. Exclusive: Meet the Toddler with the Rare "Hulk"...
In a Doctors’ exclusive, Joni shares how her daughter is dealing with a rare gene mutation, which only affects 200 people worldwide, and has caused...