A History of Lead Poisoning in the Western World

Lead and lead poisoning in the Western world have a long history dating at least as far back to the Romans of over 2,000 years ago. For the Romans, lead was part of everyday life. Although they knew that lead could lead to serious problems, they believed that only minimal exposure would cause no harm.…

Venous Stasis Ulcers

One of the most common causes of ulcers on the legs is venous stasis. The veins of the legs normally have valves that function to interrupt the pressure of gravity on the long column of blood from the heart to the lower legs in the upright position. In patients who have had blood clots in…

What Causes Acid Reflux?

Encountering a bitter taste after savoring that yummy spicy chicken pizza is fairly common. But what if the bitter taste is a persistent thing? And worse, most of the times you often find the food particles back into your mouth every time you burp. Well, then you can be suffering from Gastroesophageal reflux disease or…

Suffering From Acid Reflux? Foods You Should Avoid!

Did you know that certain foods can intensify your heart burn symptoms? If you suffer from acid reflux and are tired of the discomfort, it is important to know what foods will improve your symptoms and what foods create havoc with your indigestion. Here are a couple rules of thumb to follow if you suffer…

Gum Disease Symptoms and Dangerous Effects

The majority of people throughout the world are unaware that gingivitis and gum disease have very dangerous effects. In fact, gum disease can result in death if the infection is left untreated. Other common symptoms include the bleeding of the gums and even the loss of teeth. There is no denying how important it is…

What is Hereditary Lymphedema?

Hereditary lymphedema is a disorder usually affecting the lymph vessels of the individual and is genetically inherited. Swelling caused on account of the pooling of the lymph on account of some trauma or obstruction in the lymph vessels is known as lymphedema. Hereditary lymphedema generally affects the legs and may be of three different types:…

Menopause – Heart Disease and HRT

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, but because men have higher rates of heart disease it has long been assumed that estrogen is what creates that difference. Heart disease is more prevalent in post-menopausal women than pre-menopausal women, so this has also helped fuel the myth that estrogen has something to…

Neurological Complications Due To Diabetes

Patients with diabetes have more complications from nerve damage, called neuropathy due to diabetes. High blood sugar can damage the nerve fibers of the entire body, but the lower limbs and feet are often the most vulnerable. Depending on how the nerve injury, but symptoms can vary from pain, loss of sensation in the lower…

Can Electric Shocks Really Restart a Heart?

There ‘s not one single television show about medicine without at least one person going into cardiac arrest, on just about every episode. Then you see the medical staff rushing in with a cart full of electronic equipment, place paddles on the patient ‘s chest, shout “clear” and restarting the heart with a shock or…

The Problem of Diabetes in Nigeria

Over the past 30 years, the prevalence of Diabetes has been increasing steadily. In 1971, a hospital survey by Osuntokun et al in Ibadan estimated a prevalence of 0.4%. In 1989, while screening for Diabetes during a World Diabetes Day (November 14) in Lagos metropolis, Ohwovoriole et al found a prevalence of undiscovered Diabetes of…

The Real Killer in H1N1 Swine Flu – Secondary Infections

Meet the real killer in swine flu, H1N1, secondary infections. Many of the people who have contracted swine flu and then came up with a secondary infection, i.e. pneumonia, have not survived. Therefore, it is imperative that you take all the necessary precautions and guard yourself against getting another infection if you should contract the…