Medical Articles

Hepatitis Part I – What Causes Hepatitis

Hepatitis is characterized by the destruction of a number of liver cells and the presence of inflammatory cells in the liver tissue caused by excessive alcohol drinking, disorders of the gall bladder or pancreas, including medication side effects, and infections. There are many other infectious agents that can cause inflammation of the liver, or hepatitis.…

Cirrhosis of the Liver – What is This Condition?

Cirrhosis of the liver comes as a consequence of chronic liver disease in a patient. Certain issues characterize the disease, including medical problems such as the following: liver tissue replacement via fibrosis, scar tissue, nodules that regenerate, and progressive loss of liver function. This topic reviewers various issues related to the disease, with basic details.…

Kidney Stones Cause And Treatment

Kidney stones, also called renal calculi, are solid concretions or aggregation of crystals of dissolved minerals in the urine. The most common type of kidney stone is composed of calcium oxalate crystals. Other types of renal calculi are composed of struvite (magnesium, ammonium and phosphate); uric acid; calcium phosphate; and cystine. Kidney stones are one…

Dog Labor Symptoms – What You Need to Know

Well, it's almost time is not it. You get a sense that her behavior and actions are telling you that after close to three months of being pregnant, it's almost time. During the pregnancy you might have seen her rearranging her most comfortable spot. The spot where she will most likely have her pups. Maybe…

Amaranth: Soak It For Maximum Nutrition

Amaranth is nutritious and high in zinc, iron, and calcium. Amaranth has a nutty flavor and serves as a good complement to many bean dishes but it also makes a good main dish when combined with tasty vegetables as does the grain bulghur when turned into tabouli. The catch is that to get the most…

The Cause of a Stomach Ulcer – The Mystery Solved

Gnawing, burning, aching … oh the pain of a stomach ulcer! The pain of a stomach ulcer is generally felt in the upper middle abdomen and is often mistaken as just your basic garden variety heartburn. But make no mistake, even though heartburn can certainly turn out to be quite serious, a stomach ulcer can…

Detox – Beneficial or Barbaric?

It has been stated that detox diets and products – do neither harm, nor good! What is Detox? It is supposedly the cleansing of the kidneys, liver, bowel and stomach. It usually combines an eating and exercise program with herbal supplements … to purify and purge your body of all 'toxins'. To cleanse the colon…

Respiratory System Disorders – Diseases of the Diaphragm

Diaphragmatic paralysis The diaphragm is supplied by the phrenic nerve which has a long intra-thoracic course. Involvement of this nerve anywhere in its course is a common cause of paralysis of the diaphragm. The paralysed dome is pushed up by the intra-abdominal pressure. It moves paradoxically with respiration ie, during inspiration, it is drawn up…

Surgery For Aortic Stenosis

Such is the case for patients diagnosed with aortic stenosis, a life-threatening disease in which a heart valve narrows due to calcification, wear or infection. Ultimately, aortic valve stenosis can lead to thickening of the cardiac muscle and heart failure. To treat aortic stenosis, highly skilled cardiothoracic surgeons perform open heart surgery in which the…

Pseudotumor Cerebri

Pseudotumor Cerebri, also called benign intracranial hypertension or idiopathic intracranial hypertension, is a condition in which the pressure inside the skull increases without any obvious reason. Most commonly, it affects obese women of childbearing age. Most of the symptoms are related to: 1. Increased intracranial pressure. 2. Papilledema: a swelling around the optic disc (the…

Treatment For Pneumonia – Natural Vs Pharmacological

People would most likely opt for a pharmacological medication as a treatment for pneumonia. But what really works as well as these medications? Pneumonia is the medical term used to refer to the infection that occurs in the lungs. This is caused by microorganisms which include fungi, viruses and bacteria. This condition usually starts in…