CategoryNeurological Disorders

Rhabdomyolysis: What it Is and How to Avoid It


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...

What Is ALS? The Ice Bucket Challenge Explained


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 Treatment


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...

The Types of Paralysis


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...

Short Term Memory Loss Explained


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...

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


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...

Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Motor Neuron Disease


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...

Problems Faced by People With Multiple Sclerosis


Living with multiple sclerosis (MS) or other chronic, progressive disease is a complex challenge. Life can be difficult when you’re healthy and it is even more so when you have MS. If you are among millions people, who are affected by MS, there could be so many issues that you are probably facing in your daily lives. Multiple sclerosis is not equal to the end of a meaningful life, but if...

How to Help With Seizures


The term seizure refers to a sudden malfunction or a temporary disturbance of the brain that causes a person to convulse or collapse. It can also include uncontrollable muscle spasms, loss of consciousness, or unusual sensations depending on the part of the brain suffering from the malfunction. Some seizures may be hard to notice since they do not involve abnormal body movements. They may consist...

What Is Sciatica and How Can I Treat It?


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...

Juliette Siegfried, MPH

Juliette Siegfried, MPH

Juliette Siegfried, MPH, has been involved in health communications since 1991. Shortly after obtaining her Master of Public Health degree, she began her career at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Juliette now lives in Europe, where she launched ServingMed(.)com, a small medical writing and editing business for health professionals all over the world.

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