Medical Articles

Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Hip Dysplasia

Arthritis is defined as a sub-inflammatory disease of the joint. This can occur on the following occasions: luxation (dislocation), distortion (strain), contusion (bruise), infection (after injury, after tick bites or by inflammation in the body via the bloodstream), allergies or intoxication, infections (e.g. flu-like infections with limb pain) or metabolic waste products (uric acid). The…

Rehabilitation After Calcaneal Fractures

Fractures of the heel bone or calcaneus can be very severe injuries as the joints involved in the hind foot are very complex and very important in weight bearing and walking. Most calcaneal fractures are caused by vertical loading such as falls from a height or vehicle accidents. The fractures which result from such injuries…

Early Season Recreational Skiing

As I write this, it is mid January 2010 and most of the ski areas have been open since before the Christmas-New Years holidays. As a senior, I waited for the holiday excitement to subside before venturing forth for my first outing. The first ride up the lift was invigorating as I reviewed the new…

Cerebral Palsy Exercise – Yoga

An ancient Indian practice which involves body movements and training the mind to achieve balance is called yoga. The purpose of yoga is to make an individual healthy, both physically and mentally. Practicing yoga as part of the daily routine is beneficial for persons with disabilities. The different postures or asanas, in particular the twists…

The Sleeping Disorder of Sleep Paralysis

Sleep paralysis occurs when the person is not able to move around at all as there is a problem in every action and motion including speech. This problem mainly occurs when the person is just about to sleep or he is just up from sleep. There is a feeling that relates to the fact that…

Hiatal Hernias – What Is Sliding Hiatal Hernia?

Sliding hiatal hernia is the most common type of hiatal hernia, wherein the junction of the esophagus and stomach, known as the gastro-esophageal junction, and a part of the stomach protrude into the chest due to a tear or weakness in the diaphragm. The junction may stay permanently in the chest, but sometimes it just…

Trigeminal Neuralgia – The Painful Tics

Trigeminal neuralgia is a pain of nerve origin. It is typically characterized by painful outbursts of paroxysmal nature. The second characteristic of this disease is the presence of trigger zones. Patients often report the presence of pinpoint areas on their face, touching or stroking of which causes the painful attack. Patients often live in fear…

Transitional Assessment – Periods of Reactivity For a Newborn

The newborn exhibits behavioral and physiologic characteristics that can at first appear to be signs of stress. However, during the initial 24 hours changes in heart rate, respiration, motor activity, color, mucous production, and bowel activity occur in an orderly, predictable sequence, which is normal and indicative of lack of stress. Distressed infants also progress…

Singing With A Sore Throat – Tips And Remedies

Singers and Sore Throats Singers get sore throats most often because of over singing (singing too much), a virus, or even shouting at events. Some of them just wake up with a sore throat in certain days of their life (and hopefully it isn’t before a concert). They usually wake up with a raspy, scratchy…

Can Tonsil Stones Cause Cancer Or Tonsillitis?

Tonsil stones are calcifications that form in the throat. Because they appear as soft tissue masses, they make people wonder if they may be symptoms of cancer. Others think that they may cause or will cause tonsillitis. In reality, tonsil stones have nothing to do with cancer. It is true that malignant tumors can form…

ADHD and Diabetes: What’s the Connection?

At first glance, diabetes and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) seem like two completely unrelated health conditions. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by abnormal blood sugar levels, whereas ADHD is a psychological problem signified by chronic inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Yet the connection between these two conditions is closer than you think. According to…

Obesity – What Does it Mean?

I have seen many people especially ladies stay off certain kinds of food because they are afraid it would make them obese. Others for the fear of obesity eat either once or twice a day. Ask them and the answer you get is, “I am watching my weight”. Some does not really understand what it…