November 27th, 2014
Sciatica, sciatic neuritis, sciatic neuralgia or lumbar radiculopathy is a set of symptoms including pain caused by general compression or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots of each sciatic nerve or by compression or irritation of the left or right or both sciatic nerves.
Symptoms include lower back pain, buttock pain, and numbness, pain or weakness in various parts of the leg and foot. Other symptoms include a “pins and needles” sensation, or tingling and difficulty moving or controlling the leg. Typically, symptoms only manifest on one side of the body. The pain may radiate above the knee, but does not always.
November 26th, 2014
Adults can be affected by a virus that causes millions of individuals to develop chicken pox. Even after you have had Chickenpox, the virus may lie dormant for many years and the virus can return.
Many factors, such as age, stress and poor physical health can lower your immune system’s ability to contain the shingles virus completely. If it returns, it will target your body with a painful and debilitating disease known as.
Herpes zoster is caused by a virus. The virus attacks the nerve endings and this is what causes such intense pain for people who develop this disease.
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Do You Know that Shingles (Herpes Zoster) is the Adult Version of Chickenpox?
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November 25th, 2014
Cystic fibrosis (CF), also known as mucoviscidosis, is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder that affects most critically the lungs, and also the pancreas, liver, and intestine.
It is characterized by abnormal transport of chloride and sodium across an epithelium, leading to thick, viscous secretions.
The name cystic fibrosis refers to the characteristic scarring (fibrosis) and cyst formation within the pancreas. Difficulty breathing is the most serious symptom and results from frequent lung infections that are treated with antibiotics and other medications.
Other symptoms include: sinus infections, poor growth and infertility.
November 24th, 2014
It’s going to take a sea change in our mentality about sexual health in order to reverse our current take on Sexually transmitted diseases screening.
At present, it’s not even a “necessary evil” to most people, it is more like unnecessary work. Yet America (and the globe) faces epidemic infection rates with many of the major Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and sexually active adults go right on making themselves miserable by refusing to take action and seek Sexually Transmitted Diseases screening.
How to combat this?
Education! You, the reader, can inform yourself, and you can spread this useful knowledge to your family and friends.
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What are the the ABC’s of Sexually Transmitted Diseases?
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November 23rd, 2014
The simplest way to define hemorrhoids is that they are a real pain in the ass.
Hemorrhoids are vascular structures in the anal canal which help with stool control. They become pathological or piles when swollen or inflamed. In their normal state, they act as a cushion composed of arterio-venous channels and connective tissue.
The symptoms of pathological hemorrhoids depend on the type present. Internal hemorrhoids usually present with painless rectal bleeding while external hemorrhoids may produce few symptoms or if thrombosed significant pain and swelling in the area of the anus. Many people incorrectly refer to any symptom occurring around the anal-rectal area as “hemorrhoids” and serious causes of the symptoms should be ruled out.
November 22nd, 2014
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a life-altering disorder. It can affect every aspect of a individual’s life.
This can include: their physical and psychological well being, mental state, personal relationships, their job or how they make a living can all be dramatically affected.
Though most people associate PTSD with military combat, there are many causes for this disorder.
Some of the other causes include: serious or fatal auto accidents, domestic abuse, sexual abuse and any other type of situation that places a person’s life in serious danger.
November 21st, 2014
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder with various causes. The term motor neurone disease (MND) is sometimes used interchangeably with ALS, while others use it to refers to a group of similar conditions that include ALS.
ALS is characterised by muscle spasticity, rapidly progressive weakness due to muscle wasting. This results in difficulty speaking, swallowing, and breathing. The disease usually starts around the age of 60, except in cases that are directly inherited when the usual age of onset is around 50.
November 20th, 2014
The three cardinal signs of Parkinson’s disease are resting tremor, rigidity and bradykinesia. Of these, two are essential for diagnosis.
Postural instability is the fourth cardinal sign, but it occurs late, usually after 8 years of disease evolution.
– In 70% of cases, uncontrollable rhythmic gestures of the hands, head or feet is the first symptom and occurs mainly at rest and during periods of stress. Tremor is diminished during movements, disappears during sleep and is enhanced by stress and fatigue. Tremor becomes less evident as the disease progresses.
November 19th, 2014
Laryngeal cancer may also be called cancer of the larynx or laryngeal carcinoma. Most laryngeal cancers are squamous cell carcinomas, reflecting their origin from the squamous cells which form the majority of the laryngeal epithelium.
Cancer can develop in any part of the larynx, but the cure rate is affected by the location of the tumor. For the purposes of tumor staging, the larynx is divided into three anatomical regions: the glottis (true vocal cords, anterior and posterior commissures); the supraglottis (epiglottis, arytenoids and aryepiglottic folds, and false cords) and the subglottis.
Most laryngeal cancers originate in the glottis.
November 18th, 2014
Osteopenia and osteoporosis are both conditions of decreased bone density. The difference between osteopenia and osteoporosis lies in the degree of severity.
Osteopenia is defined as significant loss of bone mass. Generally, no symptoms are associated with osteopenia. A diagnosis of osteopenia is important mainly because people who have osteopenia are at risk of develop osteoporosis in the future if their bone loss continues to worsen.
Osteoporosis is a disease where the bones have become significantly brittle so that people in this group are at very high risk for debilitating bone fractures such as hip fractures and compression fractures of the bones in the spine called vertebrae.
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What is the Difference between Osteopenia and Osteoporosis?
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