Every living person has a liver, and it plays a vital role keeping the person alive and healthy. The liver helps people digest their food and it filters the blood to get rid of toxic substances. When a person in Texas has a problem with their liver, they might not even know it at first because in many cases, the early stages of liver damage do not cause any recognizable symptoms. On the other hand, as they progress, liver problems can lead to other debilitating conditions.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States die of cancer. Moreover, according to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone. Although breakthroughs in treatment have allowed many people to beat cancer, it still remains a horrible disease for which there is no known definitive cure.
Heart disease is a rampant and costly problem that affects people all throughout the United States, including far too many in the Houston area. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease kills roughly 610,000 people per year in the U.S. That figure means that heart disease causes about 25 percent of the country's deaths each year.
During the difficult economic times that Texans experienced a few years ago, many people in the Houston area probably had fears about losing their job and not having an income. Even today, job security can be a scary subject for hard-working people in a variety of different industries. Just like losing a job, suffering a debilitating illness can prevent a person from earning the income that they received prior to the illness.
Most people are well aware of the risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes, including heart disease, smoking and, of course, obesity. However, a recently published study in the European Journal of Endocrinology suggests that another risk factor might soon be added to this list.
Receiving a diagnosis from a doctor is considered a double-edged sword by a lot of people. While most people are relieved to know what is ailing them, hearing that you have an incurable and potentially fatal condition can be downright disheartening. Such is the case for people living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Often times, people with disabilities here in Texas learn about new or existing impairments by hearing stories out of other states across the nation. A recent story out of New York this month is teaching people across the country about the difficulties people with severe allergies face everyday and how they are dealing with their serious disability.