Your Face, Your Health pt. 1

It’s been said that your eyes are the window to the soul. Your face is also a window. Sometimes looking into the mirror may show something surprising. This blog post is designed to cover some of the many health symptoms that can show up on your face.

Yellow Skin, Yellow Eyes

Jaundice can indicate a viral infection like mononucleosis or hepatitis. If the infection is short-term, it is usually accompanied by other signs like fever, chills, and other flu-like symptoms. Jaundice can also signal problems with your pancreas, gallbladder, or liver. These include gallstones and pancreatitis. It may also be a sign of alcohol abuse.

Moles

Moles are spots or raised bumps of pigment on your skin. They are usually harmless, but unusual moles can indicate skin cancer. Remember ABCDE?

  • Asymmetrical: Is the shape irregular when comparing one side to the other? If you drew a line down the center, do both sides match? If not, it could be cause for concern.
  • Are the edges jagged or do they seem to “bleed” into the surrounding skin?
  • Color: Does the mole have a variety of colors, rather than just one? Cancers can present as various colors, including tan, brown, black, white, red, or even blue.
  • Diameter: Is the diameter of the mole bigger than the tip of a pencil eraser? Larger moles may be cancer.
  • Evolving: Does the spot evolve or change over time? Changes may include color, shape, size, or when a bump begins to crust, itch, or bleed.

Cold Sores

Sometimes a sore is just a sore. But if its around the lips and mouth it could be a cold sore, which is caused by the herpes type 1 virus. Cold sores are very common.

Symptoms of oral herpes are usually mild. However for anyone whose immune system is weak, the symptoms can be more severe and can come on more frequently. There is currently no cure for cold sores.

Cracked Lips

Cracked and chapped lips are common under certain conditions. A cold winter can bring them on, as can a dry environments.  Sometimes cracked lips indicate dehydration, which can cause dizziness, fatigue, and in extreme cases unconsciousness and even death. Cracked lips can also indicate an allergic reaction to medication. If you also have red, inflamed sores in the corners of your mouth as well, your chapped lips could be telling you that you have a condition called  cheilitis, which can be caused by an infection. At other times it may be a sign of eczema, particularly for those who wear dentures.

Butterfly Rash

A butterfly rash is something totally different. Butterfly rashes cover both cheeks, forming the shape of a butterfly. If you spot a rash like this in the mirror, you may have lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease. It causes the immune system to attack healthy body tissue. People with lupus often experience stiff and achy joints, fever, and fingers that turn blue when it’s cold.

Where Did That Hair Come From!

It’s not unusual to find hair in strange places as we get older. Older men  find new hair growing in and around their ears, nose, and eyebrows. Aging women may find their facial hair growing coarser, particularly around the lips and on the chin. This hair growth is considered normal. When a young woman begins to develop facial hair, it can sometimes be a sign of a larger problem. Sometimes new facial hair growth is a sign of polycystic ovaries. A condition that affects about 20% of women. Makes pregnancy more difficult and has been linked with a higher risk for high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.

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Wrongfully convicted Men! Speak criminal justice and race Pt. 1

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“We know the truth,” said Morgan, speaking Saturday evening (May 27, 2018) as part of a panel on mass incarceration and stereotyping. “We’re trying to present the truth to our community because we’re eager to serve. To whom much is given, much is owed.” Jerome Morgan puts it, “I went into prison at 17 and came out at 37.” He knew he was innocent the whole time, and it took 20 years before he was able to leave the penitentiary as a free and exonerated man .

Morgan’s 1993 murder case, in which the then 19-year-old New Orleanian was convicted of shooting dead a fellow teenager at a Sweet 16 party. Now freed, Morgan has joined with two other wrongfully and overly convicted men to preach the pitfalls of overzealous prosecution and how the image of black men as criminals worsens social, economic and racial marginalization.    Reflecting on his experience, Jones, 44, told the roughly 100 attendees in the church about his decades at Angola – which he, likewise, called “a slave plantation” – stemming from a conviction related to a 1992 French Quarter crime spree that culminated in murder and landed him a life sentence. Like Morgan, Jones enlisted Innocence Project New Orleans to assist in convincing judges decades later that he had been wrongfully convicted, citing lack of evidence. Jones was released in January 2018 on his 44th birthday. Daniel Rideau, who was 19-years old at the time, was handed a life sentence in the 1994 shooting death of a man . He was released in 2003 after his conviction was dropped. The judge in Rideau’s appeal ruled prosecutors withheld information that could have helped his defense at trial back in 1995. “They don’t care if you’re innocent,” Rideau said. “They want that conviction.” “Being bitter holds you back,” said Jones, who endured the longest prison stint at 23 years. “I hold onto the positive things in my life. Hold onto the truth.” The trio opened a barbershop at the beginning of this year, called Real Gentlemen Barbershop. Since its opening, the shop has become more than just a place to get a good haircut: it’s emerge as a hub for positive youth mentorship and anti-mass incarceration activism in a city with a high incarceration rate. The barber shop serves as the meeting grounds for the nonprofit Free-Dem Foundations, which Morgan, Jones and Rideau co-founded earlier this year. Their aim is to show how young black man can contribute in positive ways to their community, despite hardships and mistakes. “I’m obligated to try to make a difference,” Rideau said. “It’s an everyday struggle.” What these three men all faced in the justice system did not persuade them to lose hope or stop a drive to improve their communities.    Pt. 1

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Short Takes: Tips for a good night sleep

unable to sleep in bed because of snoring partner

Insomnia:

Insomnia is a condition characterized by difficulty falling or staying asleep. There is no set definition of insomnia in terms of hours of sleep, and insomnia can have many forms. Some people with insomnia may have no trouble falling asleep but wake up too soon. Other people may have the opposite problem

Sleep Tip #1 Keep the room pleasant, comfortable, and get rid of clutter and distractions. Be sure to select the right bed and mattress for your needs.

Sleep Tip #2 Avoid use of the bed for TV, working, eating, or any other activities; use the bed only for sleeping and sex.

Sleep Tip #3 “Reconditioning” recommended as part of the treatment plan for insomnia. This means that you are “reconditioned” to associate the bed with sleep. If you are not able to sleep at all, get out of bed and move to another room, so that you do not associate the bed with wakefulness.

Sleep Tip #4 Naps in the afternoon should be limited and short (around 20 minutes).

Sleep Tip #5 Limit your consumption of caffeine in the afternoon and evening. Don’t forget that chocolate, hot cocoa, and colas also are sources of caffeine.

Sleep Tip #6 Don’t drink any alcoholic beverages in the few hours prior to going to bed. Cigarette smoking can also worsen insomnia.

Sleep Tip #7 Avoid strenuous exercise right before bedtime. Exercise 4-5 hours before bed is preferred.

Sleep Tip #8 Heavy eating in the evening or eating just prior to bedtime can disrupt your sleep.

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