Marshmallow and Heartburn

When people start talking about marshmallows, most people tend to think about that bag of big fluffy white snacks that people like to take with them on camping trips. However before these essential components to s’mores became a mass produced snack item, they were actually made from the root of a plant that could be…

Complications of Diabetes

Diabetes is a dangerous disease. It’s a silent killer, as the symptoms are not visible for many years. However, an awareness of the symptoms can help a long way in giving a new life to the patient. Symptoms of Diabetes Diabetes comes packed with serious complications such as cataract, blindness, nephropathy, and thrombosis. The common…

Silent Heart Attack

Heart attacks are a major cause of death and disability. Most people assume that the onset of a heart attack is accompanied by a series of symptoms such as chest pain and pain in the right arm or passing out. For the victim of the silent heart attack this is not always the case. The…

Heart Disease in Senior Citizens

Heart disease is a general term that refers to various, more specific heart conditions. As we age, risk of heart disease increases. It is important that senior citizens practice heart healthy behaviors like getting enough physical activity and eating a well-balanced diet. It is just as important that senior citizens understand heart disease so that…

Eales Disease – Disease of the Eye

Eales disease is a rare disease that affects the eye of young males. It is also known as angiopathia retinae juvenilis and is distinguishing by inflammation, and hemorrhage of the eye due to abnormal growth of new blood vessels. The disease was first discovered by Henry Eales in the year 1880 and since then there…

Coal Oil (Kerosene), Lard and Zinc Lids

Eastern Kentucky had a home remedy to break up congestion: coal oil (kerosene), lard and zinc lids. I never knew why they called kerosene, “coal oil,” but that’s what we called it back home. The remedy for chest congestion: a zinc lid, a small amount of coal oil (kerosene) and a dab of lard. The…

Ouch! I Have Constant Back Pain Under My Rib Cage

The rib cage is termed as such because it houses the thoracic vertebrae and ribs, sternum-breastbone and the coastal cartilages and most importantly the heart and lungs. When you feel pain to the back side of the chest what happens is that the nerves springing out from the spine sends fiber-like signals that travels halfway…

Bone Fracture Treatments Options

As medical science advances so does our ability to treat bone fractures. For a fractured or broken bone to heal properly the bone must first be realigned. In previous years splinting or casting used to be the only viable treatment option and was used even when it was not the best method of treatment because…

The Injured Acromioclavicular Joint – Part One

The shoulder is a very vulnerable joint in many functional and sporting situations and needs careful treatment and management to recover back to its normal abilities. The main joint in this region is the shoulder joint proper, known as the glenohumeral joint, but above the shoulder itself lies the acromioclavicular joint which is vulnerable to…

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Cerebral Palsy Children

One of the treatments that is increasingly being used to treat cerebral palsy is hyperbaric oxygen therapy. This treatment involves administering pure oxygen to patients at controlled pressures in a chamber. This has been found to be very useful in the treatment of some symptoms of it as we will discuss below. What is Cerebral…

Overview of Compartment Syndrome

Compartment syndrome is a medical condition that, in some cases, is a medical emergency requiring surgery. It occurs when there is increased pressure in a certain “compartment” of the body, or area of muscles, usually in arms, hands, legs, abdomen and buttocks. The pressure is usually due to an inflammation but could also be the…