Why is it Important to be Aware of Muscular Dystrophy?

August 22nd, 2014

Muscular dystrophy, also known as MD, is a set of diseases that kill the muscle cells and muscle tissue in the body. MD can target the heart, gastrointestinal and nervous systems, endocrine glands, skin, eyes and the brain.

Muscular Dystrophy is a progressive disease that affects all ages and ethnic groups. Almost all forms of MD are inherited and called X-linked disorders (with the mother being a genetic carrier but they are unaffected themselves by the disease).

What are the Sub-types of Multiple Sclerosis?

August 20th, 2014

The disease is not fatal but it has been observed that the life expectancy of a MS patient is 5-10 years lower than the average population.

How Multiple Sclerosis Works:

The name multiple sclerosis actually refers to multiple scars (sclerosis) that are developed inside the brain. These scars are spread wide apart from each other and the exact cause is unknown. However, it is an auto-immune disorder.

This means that the nervous system is attacked by the body’s own immune system. This attack leads to damage to the myelin sheaths which surround the axons in the brain.

What are the Top 6 Common Health Concerns?

August 18th, 2014

Some very common diseases that could affect our health adversely are:

1) Heart diseases – The topmost ranking health concern is related to the heart. Deaths caused due to heart attacks and strokes are very common among those suffering from high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.

Incorporating a healthy diet and being physically active can reduce heart diseases.

2) Diabetes – Diabetes is a medical condition that develops when there is limited or no production of insulin necessary for the transportation of glucose in your body to provide energy and growth.

What is the Average Age a Women enters Menopause?

August 16th, 2014

Some common questions women that are getting closer to menopause ask are:

What age does menopause start?

What is the exact age of menopause?

At what age does menopause commence?

A lot of them have heard much about menopause with many thinking it’s an abnormality, hence the need for the above questions to really ascertain the age of onset of menopause. This article will tend to answer the question and give reasons why menopause starts at a certain age.

What is the Difference between Emergency Care and Urgent Care?

August 14th, 2014

Many parents mistakenly assume that the emergency room is the only place to take their child when an injury or illness arises. Actually, an emergency room should only be considered when an injury or illness appears life threatening.

Examples of life threatening injuries/symptoms that would warrant an immediate visit to the emergency room include: compound fractures, seizures, major head injuries, severe pains, ingestion of poisons, snake bites, severe burns, chest pains, etc.

As a general rule of thumb, emergency care will usually be warranted anytime:

What is the Difference between Meningitis and Sepsis?

August 12th, 2014

Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, or linings of the brain. The damage to the meninges can be due to a infection or an inflammatory condition.

Infections can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or fungi. Viruses are the most common cause. If left untreated meningitis can be fatal.

The infection can arise from an infection of the blood, or from an adjacent infection (ear infection, sinusitis, nasal infection).

Symptoms

Fever and chills, confusion, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light (photophobia), severe headache, stiff neck (meningismus).

Tests

Why is Having High Blood Pressure so Dangerous?

August 10th, 2014

Everyone knows that high blood pressure is considered serious by doctors. But for most of us, we do not know why.

High blood pressure, left unchecked, can have serious consequences. The dangers can range from vision problems to ulcers to an outright stroke and death.

The higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk of heart disease and stroke. How does this impact your heart? When the heart is forced to overwork for an extended period of time, it tends to enlarge. A slightly enlarged heart can function well, but a significantly enlarged heart cannot.

How Do You deal with or Respond to a Medical Emergency?

August 8th, 2014

It may be a situation that happens without any warning or it might be a terminal illness that has finally run its course and ended the life of a loved one.

In either case, you get the call. Someone needs emergency surgery. Complications have set in and the phone rings in the middle of the night and you hear, you better come to the hospital, he/she has taken a turn for the worse.

At this point, you enter a somewhat state of shock. What do you do? Grab your keys and run? Is there something to do before leaving, like check on the kids, the dog, or look to see what you are wearing? Do I have to take anything with me?

How Does Hepatitis Affect the Liver?

August 6th, 2014

In order to find the best hepatitis treatment it is important to mention that different viruses affect the liver in different ways. To understand how the virus is transmitted we have to mention first how the liver works.

The liver is the largest organ in the body that weighs about 3 pounds. It is the central area for many body functions. It is located in the upper right side of the abdomen under the cover of the ribs and is made up of many structures called liver lobules.

The liver produces the bile that breaks down fat in foods.

What are the Most Common Issues of Heart Disease?

August 4th, 2014

The frequency of heart diseases among the global citizens has increased in an alarming rate. It is more disturbing that even a lot of young people are falling prey to this disease. What is most dangerous about a heart attack is that it can be a cause of instant death. The rate of death due to heart problems is increasing with every passing day.

By heart problems, a large number of related diseases are referred to. It is kind of an umbrella term. However, certain problems are more common than the others are. The list includes, heart attacks, arterial fibrillation, arrhythmias, artery diseases and disease affecting the heart valves.

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