What are the Four Types of Diabetes?

October 25th, 2014

Results from the body’s failure to produce insulin, the hormone that unlocks the cells of the body, allowing glucose to enter and fuel them.

It is estimated that 5-10 % of Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.

Having type 1 diabetes increases your risk for many serious complications.

Some complications of type 1 diabetes include: heart disease (cardiovascular disease), blindness (retinopathy), nerve damage (neuropathy), and kidney damage (nephropathy).

Type 2 diabetes

What is Lyme Disease and Why is it so Dangerous?

October 24th, 2014

Lyme disease (Lyme borreliosis) is an infectious disease caused by at least three species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia.

Early symptoms may include fever, headache, and fatigue. A rash occurs in 70–80% of infected persons at the site of the tick bite after a delay of 3–30 days (average is about 7 days), and may or may not appear as the well-publicized bull’s-eye (erythema migrans).

The rash is only rarely painful or itchy, although it may be warm to the touch. About 20–30% of infected persons do not experience a rash. Left untreated, later symptoms may involve the joints, heart, and central nervous system. In most cases, the infection and its symptoms are eliminated by antibiotics, especially if the illness is treated early.

What are the Early Signs of Dementia?

October 23rd, 2014

The first of the three stages of dementia may present with memory problems that the individual is able to hide. Other signs of dementia may exhibit as depression, lack of interest or initiative in some individuals, or in other words the inability to carry out plans.

Still others may begin to have some personality changes and begin to have difficulty with expressing emotions.

An inability to find the right word in conversations, resulting in halted speech and incomplete thoughts is something we all deal with from time to time. In people with early and moderate dementia, this becomes a normal form of conservation with them making it hard to communicate well and carry on a mutually satisfying communication.

How Serious is Kidney Cancer?

October 22nd, 2014

Kidney cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the cells in the kidney.

The two most common types of kidney cancer are renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and urothelial cell carcinoma (UCC) of the renal pelvis. These names reflect the type of cell from which the cancer developed.

The different types of kidney cancer (such as RCC and UCC) develop in different ways, meaning that the diseases have different long term outcomes, and need to be staged and treated in different ways. RCC is responsible for approximately 80% of primary renal cancers, and UCC accounts the majority of the remainder.

What are the Warning Signs of Testicular Cancer?

October 21st, 2014

Not paying attention or not necessarily understanding the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer which can be a damaging situation for males.

But even with the understanding of the risks males nonetheless dismiss its importance. If diagnosed in the early stages this kind of cancer can be tempered and defeated much easier than if found in its latter stages.

You probably know the disadvantages connected with just about any cancer which often if untreated can lead to death. Guys are quite unwilling to get checked out, specifically if it comes to his personal spot but it is important that you do so specially if ones family members contains a history of the ailment.

Why is Esophageal Cancer a very Serious Illness?

October 20th, 2014

Esophageal cancer is cancer arising from the esophagus—the foodpipe that runs between the throat and the stomach.

Symptoms often include trouble swallowing and weight loss. Other symptoms may include pain with swallowing, a hoarse voice, enlarged lymph nodes (glands) around the clavicle (collarbone), a dry cough, and possibly coughing up or vomiting blood.

The two main sub-types of esophageal cancer are squamous-cell carcinoma, which is more common in the developing world, and adenocarcinoma, which is more common in the developed world.

What are Some of the Treatment Options for Skin Cancer?

October 19th, 2014

As a quick refresher, the most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and Squamous cell carcinoma.

These are sometimes referred to as non-melanoma skin cancer.

Both of these cancers are carcinomas that actually begin in the cells that either cover or line an internal organ.

The rate of basal cell carcinoma in patients, accounts for 90 percent plus of all skin cancers that are diagnosed in the United States and this is the most common of all cancers. This type of cancer is generally a slow-growing cancer and rarely spreads to other parts of the body.

What is Epilepsy and What Causes Seizures?

October 18th, 2014

Epilepsy is a group of long-term neurological disorders characterized by epileptic seizures. These seizures are episodes that can vary from brief and nearly undetectable to long periods of vigorous shaking.

In epilepsy, seizures tend to recur, and have no immediate underlying cause while seizures that occur due to a specific cause are not deemed to represent epilepsy.

In most cases the cause is unknown, although some people develop epilepsy as the result of brain injury, stroke, brain cancer, and drug and alcohol misuse, among others. Epileptic seizures are the result of excessive and abnormal cortical nerve cell activity in the brain.

What is Prostate Cancer and What are the Symptoms?

October 17th, 2014

The prostate is a gland found only in men, which lies just below the bladder. The tube through which urine flows from the bladder when you pass water goes first through the prostate gland then out through the penis.

The prostate gland can become enlarged in many men as they get older which then causes difficulty with urination.

The job of the prostate gland is to produce fluid which forms part of semen and helps to nourish sperm. The prostate gland sits in front of the back passage or “rectum” which is why if a doctor wants to examine the prostate gland they feel it by putting a finger into your back passage.

How Does Crohn’s Disease Wreak Havoc on your Body?

October 16th, 2014

Crohn’s disease, also known as Crohn’s syndrome and regional enteritis, is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus.

Symptoms often include: abdominal pain, diarrhea (which may be bloody if inflammation is severe), fever and weight loss.

Other complications may occur outside the gastrointestinal tract and include: anemia, skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, and tiredness. The skin rashes may be due to infections as well as pyoderma gangrenosum or erythema nodosum. Bowel obstruction also commonly occurs and those with the disease are at greater risk of bowel cancer.

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