Eating healthy is a challenge in our fast paced world and even more so if we are sick! There is a wealth of information available about nutrition and you will find tons of advice on your diet on the Internet. When you have the added pressure of dealing with Parkinson’s disease it becomes more complex. Continue reading “The Role Of Nutrition In Parkinson” »
There are many questions to be answered when you have been diagnosed with an illness there is no cure for, and progressively will worsen over time. When patients are first diagnosed they experience disbelief, anger, fear and depression. Continue reading “Adapting To A Life With Parkinson” »
Dental disease rears it’s ugly head at any age but especially during the teen years when many teens are indulging in adult foods as well as party goodies and junk foods. The busy lifestyle of the teen often means less time for brushing and flossing which creates a lethal combination and one that the teen of today needs to be on a constant vigil against. Continue reading “Teens Take Up Your Tools And Fight Dental Disease” »
When the body is injured, a complex series of events takes place in the blood to stop any bleeding that occurs. Through the interaction of coagulation proteins, blood vessels and platelets, a stable clot is produced. The process continues after blood vessels heal and the blood clot is dissolved. Continue reading “Blood Vessels, Platelets, Thrombin and Fibrin Work Together” »
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive form of dementia that gradually robs people of their memory, cognitive ability, and ability to care for themselves. Memory loss is one of the characteristic Alzheimer’s symptoms, but simply forgetting things does not indicate a person has Alzheimer’s, or indeed any type of dementia. Continue reading “Alzheimer’s Symptoms: Beyond the Normal Signs of Aging” »
Mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma is an increasingly common type of lung cancer brought on by exposure to asbestos. When inhaled, asbestos fibers become embedded in the pleura, or outer lining of the lungs, leaving behind scarring and lesions. Continue reading “Mesothelioma, Asbestos, and Lung Cancer” »
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” »
The Relationship Between Cardiovascular Disease and Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids. Over 50 million Americans have cardiovascular problems, and most other Western countries face high and increasing rates of cardiovascular disease. It is the number 1 cause of death and disability in the United States and most European countries. Continue reading “Omega-3 is a Preventative Of Cardiovascular Disease” »
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” »
Acting on reports of sudden death in children and adults taking ADHD drugs, the FDA and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality have initiated the largest study in history to analyze the effects of the medications on cardiac health. Continue reading “Sudden Deaths Spur Largest ADHD Drug Study in History” »
The Standard American Diet (SAD) consists of processed foods, red meat, refined carbohydrates, food additives, soft drinks, and fried foods making Natural Supplements a necessity. Continue reading “Natural Supplements: When “5 A Day” is just not possible” »
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” »
Parkinson’s can fell the giant, can silent the most eloquent speaker and make a dancer stumble. The sufferer becomes frustrated with the inability to move, speak or swallow and they become as a prisoner in a body that fails to respond to the commands of the brain. Continue reading “The Attack Of The Nervous System” »
Joyful Joints – Put Out the Pain of Osteoarthritis! You may experience it during summer because of rain and humidity, or in wintertime due to the cold. Others may notice it when they exercise too hard or sit too long. The pain of osteoarthritis may interrupt your joy of watching seasonal colors change or getting a good workout. Continue reading “How is osteoarthritis different from rheumatoid arthritis?” »
Cystic fibrosis symptoms are caused by heavy, thick, mucus. They include frequent coughing that brings up thick discolored mucus and frequent bouts of chest congestion and frequent pneumonia. The skin may taste salty to when the child is kissed and dehydration. Continue reading “Medical Problems Caused By Cystic Fibrosis” »
Parkinson’s disease is a physical condition that most characterized often by involuntary movements of the muscles. It is a result of damage done to nerve cells. Continue reading “Diagnosis, Symptoms, Cause, And Treatments Of Parkinson’s Disease” »
It can be a very devastating day, the day you or a loved one hears the news that they or you have Parkinson’s disease. It is a chronic disease, a disease with no cure, or reprieve. The sentence is final and not reversible. You or your loved one has a disease that will rob the individual of physical and emotional abilities from the person with the disease. Continue reading “How Do You And Your Loved One Cope With Parkinson” »
No one likes to think of having surgery, but it is necessary at certain points of our lives if there are no other alternatives. Drugs are another necessity when we are faced with diseases that prevent us from being mobile or from having normal bodily functions. Continue reading “Surgery And Drugs Of Choice To Treat Parkinson” »
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” »
In internal hemorrhoids, the symptoms are not usually seen or felt. If you are bearing with hemorrhoids, then it is clear that you are also probably looking for a secure and effective method to cure the problem. To treat hemorrhoids, one possible solution you should consider is taking medications. Continue reading “Medications For Internal Hemorrhoids” »
Hemorrhoids are generally enlarged or inflamed blood vessels in the posterior rectal region. The most usual symptoms of hemorrhoids are rectal bleeding, blistering, pain and itchiness. Continue reading “All About Hemorhoids” »
There’s really no known cure for eczema. An eczema treatment can only do as much as lessening the symptoms of the skin disease. What are these symptoms? Constant itching, redness, swelling, scaling and thickening of the affected skin areas are the most common. Continue reading “Eczema Treatment Corticosteroids And The Side Effects” »
Hemorrhoids are generally defined as swollen veins in the rectal and anal canal. This usual health problem is painful, but not fatal. Veins can be swollen in the interior of the anal canal to form internal bleeding or hemorrhoids. Continue reading “Signs and Symptoms 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” »
Every day, the digestive system is always being used due to regular food and liquid intake. When food and drinks are induced, it goes through a passage called the esophagus that helps breakdown the food. When food reaches its destination or the stomach, acid and pepsin is released to help aid in the process of digestion. Continue reading “Be Aware Of Acid Reflux By Learning Its Symptoms” »
Do suffer from arthritis? Are you tired of the aches, pains, difficulty moving, and trouble sleeping? Your physician will recommend pain reliever and exercise. Yes, these do help, but you may want to try something new. If and when you reach that point, turn to apple cider vinegar. Continue reading “Seek Arthritis Relief With Apple Cider Vinegar” »
Problems in the digestive system should not be neglected. There are different possible digestive system disorders or diseases that are most often neglected by many people. The most common digestive problem is the acid reflux or gastro-esophageal reflux disease, mostly known as heartburn. Continue reading “The Foods To Avoid That Causes Acid Reflux” »
If you have not heard of the five a day rule before, that is about to change. The five a day rule refers to the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Health experts recommend that every eat – yes you guessed it – five a day. Continue reading “The Five A Day Rule And Healthier Eating” »
Since the last few decades, we have heard news reports of well-known stars, bureaucrats and celebrities succumbing to different form of tumors. Deaths arising due to tumors of the vital organs are increasing at alarming rate. Continue reading “Tuberous sclerosis: causes, symptoms and cure” »
Twisting and turning your body while carrying out your daily activities can prove to be an aching task? It is the fact an estimation of over 3,00,000 North Americans is suffering from these strange body movements. Continue reading “Dystonia: causes and symptoms” »
Do you know that when you are young, you are already showing signs of ageing? Sound strange, isn’t? Well, this is a very rare symptom known as ‘Progeria’, that is common amongst American children. This syndrome is highly disseminated in American serials, talk shows and documentaries enacted by affected child artistes. Continue reading “Progeria: history, causes and symptoms” »
MEANING. Skin ailments can give you hell of your time. It worsens when you suffer from perplexing kind of boils and acnes. Well, chances are you might be suffering from chronic skin disease called as ‘Hidradenitis Suppurativa’. Continue reading “Hidradenitis suppurativa: causes, symptoms and treatment” »
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” »
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
- 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:
- 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.
Depending upon the type of severity of spina bifida, the following are the common effects:
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.
MEANING. The digestive system of a man sometimes functions in a ridiculous manner. It may or may not absorb all the nutrients. But, funnily, our digestive system loves to absorb fatty fast and junk foods thoroughly, which is the major cause for digestive disorders and obesity. Continue reading “Celiac disease: gluten free diet” »
Did you know that your red blood cells are prone to vulnerability if there is lack of oxygen? In some cases, it may result into severe injury or death. Well, if you show symptoms of high level of fatigue, incurable jaundice, dark urine, enlarged spleen or poor growth of abnormal facial bones chances are you might be suffering from ‘Thalassemia’. Continue reading “Thalassemia: symptoms and prevention” »
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired from Lupus symptoms such as: Achy painful or swollen joints, Muscle pain, Unexplained fever, Extreme fatigue, Red rashes on various parts of your body, Chest pains upon deep breathing, Unusual loss of hair Continue reading “Alternative to Traditional Lupus Treatment” »
If YOU or a loved one suffers from AIDS, you are about to read THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION you’ll come across to date. Worldwide, a staggering 40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS Continue reading “Glyconutrients Offer Real Hope for HIV and AIDS” »
Asthma Sufferers Find Relief with New Discovery. Learn how you can reduce and stop taking toxic prescription medications, while giving your body what it needs to help correct, heal and repair your body while building a strong healthy immune system. Continue reading “Natural Alternative to Drug Treatments for Asthma” »
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” »
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!” »
Various forms of cancer, such as breast cancer, prostate cancer have been around as long as mankind, but only in the second half of the 20th century did the number of breast cancer and other cancer cases explode. Continue reading “Cancer – Alternative to Traditional Cancer Treatment” »
The Adrenal glands are located above the kidneys. The right adrenal gland is triangular shaped and the left is described as crescent shaped. They play an important role in the body as they regulate the flow of hormones in response to stress. They also have an influence on the functioning of the kidneys. Continue reading “What ages you – your adrenal glands and aging” »
The prostate gland is an important part of the male reproductive system that secretes most of the liquid portion of semen. Prostatitis is when the prostate gland is inflamed due to bacteria and it can either be acute or chronic. Continue reading “What is Prostatitis?” »
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” »
Over 17 million Americans have diabetes with another million being diagnosed every year! If you find those numbers alarming, you’re in good company. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) attributes the growing numbers to obesity and lack of physical activity especially among people in their 30s. Continue reading “Diabetes – The Silent Killer” »
Jessica just finished her third can of diet soda. Because of work pressure, she also consumes not less than three cups of coffee per day. But nothing to worry, she tells herself, as she consumes everything that’s sugar free. As a diet-conscious career woman, she relies on diet coke, artificial sugar sweeteners like Equal and other diet crackers and gums. Continue reading “Aspartame causes memory loss, death” »
As we go about our daily lives, we tend to forget things like names of people whom we’ve met at one point in our lives, the location of a restaurant or our car keys or that certain word that is at the tip of our tongues. This is considered to be normal since our brain cannot accommodate all the information that it is fed. Continue reading “What causes “memory loss?”” »
The first step in preventing contact with an individual’s allergens, the substances to which the person is allergic, is to figure out what they are. According to some experts, there are times that common sense will tell a person what is causing his or her allergies. Continue reading “Some Known Contributors to 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?” »