Strange Medical Words

Learning how to speak medicine is kind of like learning a second language.  On my bookshelf is a thick green Stedman’s Medical Dictionary filled with almost 2,000 pages of strange medical words. As a practicing podiatrist, it is my job to translate a medical diagnosis for my patients like metatarsalgia into plain everyday English.   As…

Misdiagnosis – Heart Attacks

A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, occurs when there is an interruption of the blood supply to the heart, causing the heart cells to die as a result. Most commonly, this occurs where there is a blockage of a coronary artery or blood clot. The symptoms of a heart attack can range in severity, from…

Heart Disease – The Leading Cause of Death in America

Heart disease is the number leading cause of death amongst people in the United States. That's about 700,000 people per year.This number is usually split evenly between men and women, but statistically speaking more women die from heart attacks than men. Heart disease is one of the most preventable diseases and with the proper attention…

5 Treatments For Nail Fungus

Nail fungus happens when fungi and bacteria get into your nails through a cut or tear. Nail fungus can be a bit difficult to treat because repeated infections are common. It is also be tricky since the fungus is found under the nail and can be hard to reach. However, there are a variety of…

An Overview of the Symptoms of Tuberculosis

If the tuberculosis bacilli lie dormant in the body, a person does not get the symptoms of the disease and he can not spread it to others. However, once the bacilli get active, the symptoms begin to appear and at this point the person is infectious and can spread the disease to others. Overview of…

Nutritional Aid For Recovery From Muscle Injuries

Nutritional Aid  For Recovery From Muscle Injuries in Sports Muscle strain and injury are common among ath­letes especially due to the high commitment and intensity required by sports. The incidence of muscle injury ranges from 10 – 55% of all sports related in-juries and depending on the extent to which the muscle is damaged, return…

Early Signs and Symptoms of Walking Pneumonia

Each year more than two million people suffer from Walking Pneumonia in US. Here are some important things you should know about this disease and its symptoms. Generally, it does not affect the penitent severely as the typical pneumonia, in fact most of the patients are not given the bed rest or get hospitalized but…

Low Platelet Count (Thrombocytopenia) : What Is It?

How is it defined? Low Platelet Count is known also as Thrombocytopenia.  Platelets are the type of cells in the blood that help promote clotting when there is bleeding due to trauma or injury. Platelets basically plug the holes of blood vessels that are leaking by forming clumps of cells.A low platelet count can be…

Cat Colds

Cats experience much the same symptoms as we do when we have a cold. They get snotty runny noses, runny eyes, sneezing, temperature etc. And like humans they also are susceptible to the sinus and chest infections that are sometimes the result with a humans cold. These infections are called secondary infections. It is important…

Hernia – Signs and Symptoms of Hernia

A hernia may be likened to a failure in the sidewall of a pneumatic tire. The tire’s inner tube behaves like the organ and the side wall like the body cavity wall providing the restraint. A weakness in the sidewall allows a bulge to develop, which can become a split, allowing the inner tube to…

The Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice lawsuits are becoming a frequent occurrence in the US. In recent years doctors’ insurance premiums have increased due to the equally increasing number of lawsuits filed annually. Let us take a closer look at the alarming statistics of medical malpractice cases in the US. According to the Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report, medical…

Treatment For Cerebral Palsy

Unfortunately for any child suffering from Cerebral Palsy there is no cure; however there are treatments for this particular condition which can be used to help improve a child’s skills and capabilities. In fact the treatment of cerebral palsy has now meant than many people suffering from this particular condition are now able to lead…