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Asthma Explained

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As the summer weather settles in, many people take to the outdoors to exercise and be more active. For some, this increase in physical activity means more than just sweating, losing weight, and having fun. It means more coughing, more choking, and more wheezing as well. You see, exercise is a trigger for the symptoms of asthma, a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs. The most common symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Many people with asthma experience a worsening of their symptoms when they exercise, but to understand why, we should look closer at what asthma is and what it does. What is asthma? As mentioned above, asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs. More specifically, asthma affects the air passageways of the lungs. If you have asthma, your air passageways become enlarged and inflamed, squeezing and sometimes blocking the flow of air through your lungs. This makes it difficult for you to breathe, especia ...

Is There a Link Between Gaming and Diabetes?

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For many people, video games represent one of the few ways that you can take your mind off of everyday stress in today's world. It is unquestionable why they have become part of our culture: they are convenient, engaging, cathartic, often relaxing, and fun. Whether you are focused on making your way through an intricate maze, or laughing with some friends as you camp an enemy's spawn, gaming represents an increasingly popular leisurely activity. In fact, gaming has become more than just a pastime, it has evolved into a career choice for many people. However, as we spend more and more time indoors, on the couch, or in our computer chairs, the related increase in health issues is hard not to spot. An Increase in Obesity You have undoubtedly heard by now that obesity has become an epidemic of astronomical proportions in recent years, and that it is only getting worse. Could this have something to do with us spending more time indoors, on said couch, or in said computer chairs? What we ...

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