Category Archives: Diseases and Conditions

Diabetes is a Balancing Disease

Diabetes is a balancing disease, between monitoring blood sugars, and figuring out what

We can eat, what to avoid, and which unsuspecting foods make our blood sugars spike.

Think (Old School) when planning and shopping for meals.

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Lupus — The Autoimmune Disease

The work of the body’s immune system is to protect it from diseases and viruses. But in one extreme case, for some unknown reason, the immune system starts attacking healthy tissues—with the kidneys, blood, heart, lungs, joints, nervous system, and skin being targeted. This is called Lupus—a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the healthy tissues to become inflamed and painful. Continue reading

Symptoms How to Recognise a Stroke When It Happens

In the UK it is known that some one has a stroke every five minutes. A stroke is more common for people over the age of sixty five but it can happen at any time.

A stroke is the third most common cause of death after heart disease and cancer and the leading cause of disabilities in the UK.

A stroke happens when the normal blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. If your brain cells do not get a constant supply of oxygen from the blood the cells in the affected area become damaged or they die.

You have four main arteries which supply blood to your brain, these arteries then divide into smaller ones. When you have a stroke it depends on which artery has been affected to the amount of damage caused. If it is a small artery then you may only have minor symptoms, but if the artery is a major one then this can cause severe symptoms and even death. Continue reading

Symptoms of Asthma and How It Can Be Treated

Asthma is a common disease in children and adults in most countries around the world. This illness cannot be cured but it can be managed well enough for you to live an active, normal life. You need to avoid things that are irritants and act as a trigger to your asthma.

You or your child may have asthma and it is important to recognize the signs of it in order to treat it properly. Asthma’s symptoms can be coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath; the lungs’ air passages narrow and there can be a tight feeling in the chest; inflammation of bronchial tubes is common as they become sensitive to irritants; too much mucus in the airways; breathlessness with increased activity or exercise; allergies occurring often is also a symptom. Continue reading

The Mystery of Alzheimer’s Disease

 

The myth that Alzheimer’s is a result of old age and is akin to senility must be laid to rest. It is a degenerative disease of the brain for which researchers are seeking a cure. It relentlessly affects the intellectual processes, memory, and mental abilities in the elderly. The victim’s personality may undergo a change and depression also accompanies it. The changes it effects cannot be reversed and it is fatal in most cases. It slowly progresses over a period of five to 10 years though the rate of progression and its symptoms may vary from patient to patient. Continue reading

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, a Serious Problem for Younger Individuals

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (or IBD) affects one million Americans and as many as 100,000 youth under the age of 18. In fact, most people affected by the disease tend to be between 15 and 35 years old. Cases have even been found in infants under 18 months.

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Causes and Relieving Painful Headaches

Every one has suffered a headache at some time during their life. Many headaches can be the result of stress, eye strain or even a hangover, or they can be caused by more serious problems. Migraine is a disease that can affect people’s lives it can be so severe that in most cases the person has to lie in a darkened room and wait for the pain to disappear.

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Earache Explained

Otalgia or earache is a persistent kind of pain in the ear that is caused by an infection in the outer or middle ear. Pain can also arise as a result of infection in the area surrounding the ear such as dental problems or jaw infections, the throat or spinal area. This is called referred pain. So ear pain can be caused by any number of things so symptoms must be referred promptly to an ear specialist for a medical opinion. Continue reading

What Do You Know about Hemophilia?

Hemophilia is a rare blood disorder in which the blood will not clot. It is caused by a defective gene and is of two types, A and B. Because of this gene the body is not able to produce the blood protein or the clotting mechanism. So bleeding will be excessive and may happen spontaneously or because of an injury. Sometimes only a major trauma may cause the bleeding but if it’s a severe case of hemophilia then bleeding will occur without any cause at any part of the body. Continue reading

How Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Affects Males

One in 5000 men are affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) because of an X-linked recessive gene that they inherit from the female side of the family. Since this is an inherited disorder it is likely that there will be a family history of DMD. It is the commonest and severest form of muscular dystrophy. The disease starts showing symptoms between the ages of two and five and is identified by the rapid weakening of muscles in the pelvis and legs, linked to the loss of muscle mass or wasting, and finally affecting the whole body.

The muscle weakness progresses rapidly with frequent falling and difficulty with motor skills such as jumping and running. Sufferers will require braces to support them by age ten and will find it difficult to walk by the age of twelve. There is an abnormal development of the bones, which leads to skeletal deformities in the spine and other areas, which may add to breathing disorders. Continue reading