Different Types of Eating Disorders

Current popular culture places an extreme emphasis on losing weight and attaining the perfect body. Women’s magazines, models, actors all convey the same message, that thinness is an essential component of attractiveness. These social messages have a deep impact on impressionable adolescents and ultimately play a major role in the development of eating disorders in this vulnerable population.

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Chronic Pancreatitis

What is Pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis is actually swelling in the pancreas, which is a big gland behind the stomach and close to the duodenum – the first part of the small intestine. The pancreas release digestive enzymes through a tube called the pancreatic duct into the duodenum, where these enzymes mix with bile to digest food. The pancreas also releases the insulin and glucagon hormones into the bloodstream, which help the body, control the glucose it takes from food for energy. Usually, digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas do not get dynamic until they reach the small intestine. But when the pancreas is sore, these enzymes attack from the inside and harm the same tissues that create them. Pancreatitis can either be acute or chronic and in either state, it is serious and can lead to difficulties. In extreme cases, the patient will experience infection, bleeding, and permanent damage in the tissues. Men are known to suffer from both kinds of pancreatitis more than women.

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Abdominal Pain, Picture of Abdominal Quadrants with Organs

Abdominal Pain appears in the abdomen and can range in intensity from a mild to severe and acute pain. The pain can be specific or diffused at times, depending upon the reason behind the pain. As many organs are found within the abdominal cavity, usually the cause behind the abdominal pain is found to be digestive system. But that doesn’t rule out the other organs from bang the culprits like the gallbladder or appendix.

The organs that are present in the abdominal cavity and may be the cause behind the abdominal pain are stomach, colon, small intestine, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. Sometimes we nay feel the pain in our abdomen even though the reason may not lie in the abdomen like kidneys, ovaries or the lower lungs.

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Hair Loss – Prevention, Baldness Causes, Treatment and Medications

The hair that grows on our head follows a life cycle, through which it grows and then sheds. This normal cycle may last up to 2 – 3 years on average. Depending upon some atmospheric and health conditions, hair grows around 1 centimeter every month.

Hair goes through 3 growing phases before it finally dies and falls down. The three stages are:

  1. Anagen

    This is the active or continuous growing phase.

  2. Catagen

    This is the phase in which the hairs start to break up. It is sort of a deteriorating phase; it is usually of a short duration.

  3. Telogen

    This is known as the resting phase. This is the last one and it is in this phase in which the hairs shed daily from our head. Hairs do not grow in this phase and are just preparing to fall down.

You can rest assured that 90% of all of your hair account for the ones that are in their growing phase and only 10% are those that have reached the final stage. It is normal for our scalp to lose from 100 – 150 hairs daily.


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