What's Going Around?

RMLonline is proud to provide you with information on current issues regarding health. What's Going Around is not about news, it is about you. News headlines are meant to be catchy to bring the audience in. You can hear stories on the radio, see segments on television or even read about it in the paper; but you don't always get the information that is practical. RMLonline can provide you with unbiased practical information about current health topics that you would normally not be exposed to.

Vitamin D

There has been much talk about the importance of Vitamin D levels over the last few years. Vitamin D is important because it helps the body maintain normal levels of calcium and phosphorous circulating in your blood. Vitamin D also aids in the absorption of calcium, providing a basis to produce healthy and strong bones. Vitamin D also helps regulate your immune and neuromuscular system, as well as other cellular functions. Click here to continue with article.

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that affects the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems. There are approximately 30,000 people in the United States with CF, 3,000 in Canada and 30,000 in other areas of the world. In the U.S., there are approximately 2,500 new cases diagnosed each year. Click here to continue with article.

When Antibiotics Work

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified antibiotic resistance as one of the world’s most pressing public health problems. Over the last decade, pathogenic bacteria have become less responsive to antibiotic treatment when it is indicated. Americans of all ages can lower this risk by learning about appropriate antibiotic use and taking antibiotics only when they are needed. Click here to continue on with the article.

Celiac Disease

"What is it"... You might ask? For those of you who have it or know of someone with it, you probably know all too well about Celiac Disease. It is a digestive disease that causes damage to the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from the food we eat. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley, and possibly oats. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the tiny fingerlike protrusions, called intestinal villi, on the lining of the small intestines. Click here to continue on with the article.

West Nile Virus

We have all heard about it in the news, but have we heard everything? Stories about the dreaded mosquito with the tainted bite have made sensational news articles. However, the truth is over the next decade most of the population should develop immunity to the virus. The percentage of the population that will actually contract the disease and display symptoms of fever, is only around 20% (200 out of 1,000). The good news is less than 5% (10 out of 200) of these symptomatic cases will develop disease of the central nervous system (CNS). Then, only 10% (1 out of 10) of those patients that experience CNS disease will die. The other 80% (800 out of 1,000) that were exposed to the virus will not have any symptoms at all. More good news is that non symptomatic people and all the other patients who were symptomatic and who have not died, should develop antibodies to the virus and have immunity. Ironically the deaths caused each year by other more common viral diseases such as Influenza, HIV and Hepatitis C, that are passed by contact with infected individuals, is staggering in comparison to the West Nile Virus. It is only the method of transmission of the West Nile Virus, via mosquito, that makes it sensational to the media. Click here to continue on with the article.