CategoryNeurological Disorders

What Is ALS? The Ice Bucket Challenge Explained

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If you hadn’t heard of the condition ‘ALS’ before, then you probably have by now. Head over to Facebook and you’ll find that just about everyone you know has uploaded a video of themselves getting drenched in water. In fact, you may have even been nominated too and thus found yourself tipping a bucket of water over your head. This is the ‘ALS Ice Bucket...

Rhabdomyolysis: What it Is and How to Avoid It

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Rhabdomyolysis is a condition caused by the breakdown of muscle tissue and subsequent release of muscle fibre into the blood. In high enough quantities this can lead to kidney damage and failure and is potentially dangerous. Rhabdomyolysis is generally associated with traumas such as car crashes but it can also be caused by certain lengthy surgical procedures, some recreational drugs, low...

Multiple Sclerosis: Symptoms, Treatments, Tests, Causes, and Cures

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Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks the protective sheath which covers the nerves. This can interrupt communication between the brain and body and may ultimately result in a deterioration of the nerves which is not reversible. Symptoms The symptoms of multiple sclerosis vary widely depending on the nerves that are being attacked. Additionally, it can be difficult...

How Hearing Loss May Affect Dementia

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For another forum, I’ve written a number of articles lately about hearing loss, and thus have some idea how prevalent it is. Nearly one in five Americans has suffered some degree of hearing loss. And although this is a tragedy, a larger tragedy may be that this hearing loss is undiagnosed and untreated in an estimated 85% of those experiencing it. This makes it a kind of...

The Types of Paralysis

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Paralysis occurs following damage to the central or peripheral nervous system that interferes with the communication between the motor cortex and your limbs and torso. This results in a lack of control (though this is not always required to be total loss of movement to count as ‘paralysis’) and normally a change in muscle tone and often a loss of sensation. Paralysis is most often a...

What Is Sciatica and How Can I Treat It?

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Sciatica (or sciatic neuritis) is a symptom or set of symptoms, rather than a disease condition per se. That is, it’s a description of the effects of a certain condition, rather than a description of the cause of it. Sciatica, as it turns out, can be caused by a number of different things. This is why it is important, if you believe you suffer from these symptoms, to see a competent doctor...

Rhabdomyolysis Treatment

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Rhabdomyolysis is a condition in which damaged muscle tissue (skeletal muscle) breaks down rapidly and releases byproducts into the blood stream. These byproducts include myoglobin (a protein) and some others which are damaging to the kidneys and can lead to kidney failure. This then results in various symptoms which depend on the extent of the muscle damage. Symptoms include pain in the muscles...

Short Term Memory Loss Explained

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Short term memory loss means of course the loss of memory over a short term period. Someone with short term memory loss who had their long term memory still intact then might find that they were able to recall the names of everyone they knew, how to play the piano and what school they went to, but not what it was that they were just supposed to be doing… In severe cases it is possible for...

Ketogenic Diet

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You hear a lot about fad diets and why you shouldn’t use them and all of them have unusual pseudo-scientific sounding names. You’d be forgiven then for thinking that perhaps the ketogenic diet was just another such fad, but you would be off the mark. The ketogenic diet rather than being used for weight loss or muscle building is a diet used to control refractory epilepsy (particularly...

Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Motor Neuron Disease

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Motor Neuron Disease happens when upper and/or lower nerve systems are degraded over time, as the result a wide variety of symptoms appears. Common symptoms are spinal muscular atrophy, progressive bulbar palsy (PBP), primary lateral sclerosis (PLS), progressive muscular atrophy (PMA), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Post-polio syndrome is a motor neuron disease that can develop years...

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