Lyme disease symptoms

There are various Lyme disease symptoms, and many of them are common with other health issues, making the problem very difficult to diagnose and treat. There are no signs immediately after the tick bite. Usually, the early Lyme disease symptoms occur within a week to a month after the bite, and look a lot like rashes or other skin conditions. Continue reading “Lyme disease symptoms” »

Facts About Flu Season

It’s The Flu Season Time Of Year Again… Well, it’s that time of year again. Winter coats and sweaters are dusted off and your flip-flops are packed away until it’s time to hit the beaches again. While the holiday season brings gifts, cheer and family reunions, it also brings flu season with it. Continue reading “Facts About Flu Season” »

Tips For Finding A Care Facility For A Loved One With Parkinson

Even though you or other family members may have been caring for a loved one that has Parkinson’s during the early stages of the disease when that person develops advanced Parkinson’s it might be necessary to find a long term care facility for your loved one where he or she can get the kind of medical care and attention that you and your family members just can’t provide. Continue reading “Tips For Finding A Care Facility For A Loved One With Parkinson” »

Asthma Care

Asthma is one of the diseases that make it difficult for one to breathe if it is not obviated in its early stages. These days people are living their lives in an environment that is unhealthy, polluted and that invites several diseases to enter their body system. Continue reading “Asthma Care” »

Treatment Of Hemorrhoids

The conventional presentation of a person with hemorrhoid is bleeding, usually during bowel movement. The bleeding connected with hemorrhoid smears the stool or the tissue paper, while the feces are negative for blood smudges. Many cases of hemorrhoids are painless, unless there is consequent thrombosis. Continue reading “Treatment Of Hemorrhoids” »

Marfan syndrome: Definition

Being slim, skinny, tall and sexy can attract eyeballs. If your limbs are long and skinny, don”t get flaunted by it. It’s sometimes makes you feel like a scary ghost in the dark room. Well, we are not talking about reel life horror story, but a real life medical ailment that is sending shivers in United States. Continue reading “Marfan syndrome: Definition” »

Spina bifida: causes and effects

Crippled with permanent birth defect can prove to be a shocking experience for any family member. The worst amongst them all is ‘Spina Bifida’. Derived from the Latin words ‘Spina’ and ‘Bifida’ meaning ‘spine’ and ‘split’ respectively.

In simple words, it is a malformation of the spinal cord. It is caused by an incomplete closure of one or more vertebral arches of the spine.

In Canada alone, one in every 1000 live births are born with symptoms of spina bifida. Similarly, in the United States, spina bifida occurs in about seven out of 10000 live births where common symptoms like paralysis in limbs, walking difficulties and muscular co-ordination are quite evident.

CAUSES OF SPINA BIFIDA

Referred to as one of the ‘Neutral tube defects’, it affects the totality of spinal vertebrae leading to permanent deformity and paralysis for life.

Normally, it begins in the mother’s womb, much before she knows that she is pregnant. Here the tissues fold to form a neutral tube, which may or may not be developed completely. This leads to an opening in certain parts of the vertebral arch, which in turn result into the malfunctioning of the central nervous system.

According to medical research studies, it has been proved that expectant mothers with the following health problems have a high chance of their newborn suffering from spina bifida.

  • Folic acid deficiency
  • High sugar levels
  • Obesity
  • Side effects of medicines for treating epilepsy
  • Exposure to high room temperature
  • Family history of neutral tube defects.

EFFECTS OF SPINA BIFIDA

The effects of having spina bifida vary from person to person. It depends upon the level of spina bifida. It could be of the following types:

  • Occulta
  • Meningocele
  • Myelomeningocele
  • Depending upon the type of severity of spina bifida, the following are the common effects:

  • Paralysis and loss of sensation: Paralysis, muscle weakness and loss of sensation are severe effects of spina bifida. There is lack of skin sensation, due to skin tissue breakdown leading to pressure pores.
  • Lack of bladder and bowel control: Since, the nerves that control the bladder and bowel are located in the lumbar spine incontinence are a major effect. With the result, there is a pressure on the kidneys, which may further lead to severe renal disorders.
  • Hydrocephalus: In common parlance, hydrocephalus means ‘water on the brain’. It creates a potential dangerous condition, where accumulation of spinal fluid within the brain is caused by over production of the fluid.
  • Education: Research studies have proved that most children with spina bifida have a normal intelligent quotient. While, most of them suffer from cognitive learning disorders.
  • Independence: Children with spina bifida have slim chances of leading an independent lifestyle.

WHOM TO CONSULT?

It is a gynecologist who could give you first hand pre-natal medical test reports to indicate the signs of spina bifida. Thereafter, after the birth of a newborn, it is neuro-surgeon that is responsible for further treatment and rehabilitation.

Internal Cellular Health Plan

Advanced Health Plan. You are about to discover one of the most important, scientifically validated breakthroughs in the world of health and longevity the advanced health plan. If you or someone you care about is struggling with pain, fatigue, an autoimmune disease, or even a life threatening disease, investigate this information carefully. Continue reading “Internal Cellular Health Plan” »

Antioxidants To The Rescue!

The need to defend, protect and restore your health has never been greater than it is in today’s world. Free radicals cause significant damage to your cells! When the body is unable to produce enough antioxidants to counteract free radicals, the resultant cell damage can cause certain types of cancer, heart disease, premature aging, cataracts, and other serious illnesses. Continue reading “Antioxidants To The Rescue!” »

Osteoporosis as a disease

Osteoporosis is the disease where the bones of the body are fragile and not as strong as they should be. There is loss of bone mass. Because of the loss in bone mass, the body is more prone to fractures or broken bones. Osteoporosis affects over 25 million Americans, and the number grows every day. 1/3 of all women over the age of 75 are osteoporotic. Continue reading “Osteoporosis as a disease” »

What are seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergies are one type of allergic rhinitis. If you recall our chapter on allergic rhinitis you know that it is a type of allergy where breathing in an allergen becomes the source of an inflammatory reaction in the membranes of the nose. With this seasonal allergy, inflammation happens only during a particular period. Continue reading “What are seasonal allergies?” »