Third-graders at public schools serving mostly higher-income families have better access to cavity-preventing dental sealants, according to a new Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) survey. These third-graders also have fewer cavities. Dental sealants are a clear plastic resin that, when applied properly to the chewing surfaces of molar teeth, protect against … [Read more...]
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Parkinson’s disease is a neurologic disease that affects the way a person moves. Brain cells (neurons) are lost or destroyed and, as a result, a messenger chemical called “dopamine” is reduced. When dopamine levels are low, the clinical signs of the disease occur. The condition will worsen over time. It often starts with a mild tremor in a hand. It also progresses to produce … [Read more...]
Alzheimer’s disease — the most common cause of dementia — is a group of brain disorders that cause a loss of intellectual and social skills. “Dementia” is an umbrella term describing multiple diseases and conditions that develop when nerve cells (neurons) in the brain die or are unable to function normally. Alzheimer’s disease can be utterly devastating to families, by … [Read more...]
This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is: “Life with Mental Illness.” For the past 65 years, each May, Mental Health America has provided mental health education to millions of people. Unlike other health conditions, mental illness often begins early in life and by age 14, 50 percent of those later diagnosed have experienced signs and symptoms (National Institute of Mental … [Read more...]
Lyme disease is an illness that is transmitted by deer ticks. Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium by the name of Borrelia burgdorferi. The bacteria can live in the blood of animals and can be spread by tick bites. It is very common in the United States and Europe Not all tick bites will cause Lyme disease. In fact, only a small percentage will. Experts … [Read more...]