Myocarditis – Definition, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle. Myocarditis is collection of diseases of infectious, toxic, and autoimmune. Myocarditis may develop as a complication of an infectious disease, usually caused by a virus. It can occur in people of all ages and is diagnosed more often in men than in women. Myocarditis is likely caused…

Childhood cancer: Neuroblastoma

Neuroblastoma is a tumor of the sympathetic nervous system. Neuroblastoma is a malignant tumor that develops from nerve cells called the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible, among other things, for functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, sweating, or digestion. Such a tumor is found usually in the adrenal glands and…

How Can you Know When you are Infected With a Viral Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection caused by viruses, bacteria, and fungi which affects the human lungs. Pneumonia is a contagious disease and it can spread in the air. By breathing other healthy people bring the germ into their lungs and most of them develop the illness. Sometimes there appear epidemics inside small collectivities. Pneumonia generally occurs…

Mitral Valve Prolapse: Truth vs. Fiction

“There is nothing to fear except the persistent refusal to find out the truth.” – Dorothy Thompson One of the chapters in my recent book, “Courageous Confrontations,” describes my experience with a patient named Emma Jorgenson. Shortly after sitting down in my consultation room, she said, “I hope you can help me, Doctor. Those other…

Interesting Facts about Ringworm

In spite of its popular name, the actual cause of ringworm is infection with fungal organisms. These infectious fungal organisms are called dermatophytes and the medical term for ringworm is dermatophytosis. Sometimes ringworm is also known as tinea. The fungal infectious organisms responsible for causing ringworm are widespread in nature and they commonly populate the…

Living With Chronic Bronchitis

Bronchitis is an inflammation or infection of the lung’s airways, or bronchial tubes sometimes called the bronchi. Bronchitis, can be classified based on length of time someone has symptoms as either acute or chronic. Chronic bronchitis is longer term and is closely associated with cigarette smoking. The smokers cough is symptomatic of chrnic bronchitis. This…

Botulism – Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

Definition Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin. It is happen due to the Clostridium botulinum. There are three main kinds of botulism: Foodborne botulism Infant botulism Wound botulism All forms of botulism can be fatal and are considered medical emergencies. Foodborne botulism can be especially dangerous because many…

A Growing Epidemic in Women: Osteoporosis (fragile Bones)

What is Osteoporosis? The term Osteoporosis comprises of two words osteo meaning bone and porosis- porous/fragile/weak. It may be defined as a skeletal disorder affecting the bone strength and predisposing it to increased risk of fracture. In this disorder there is structural degeneration of the bone tissue leading to low bone mass, fragility and increased…

A Psychological Profile of Tony Soprano

Tony Soprano is one of the most intriguing and enigmatic characters in the history of television. Understanding him psychologically is a difficult proposition, although many of the shows other character’s have proffered some ideas. In one early episode, Dr. Melfi’s husband Richard refers to Tony as Alexithymic, the short definition being “the inability to talk…

Polygonum Multiflorum (Root) for Hair Loss – Does It Work?

Many popular hair loss treatment options today based on the experienced traditional Chinese medicine such as hair restore advanced and shou wu pian contain the “active” ingredient polygonum multiflorum root. It can also be purchased as a standalone supplement in most herbal stores. But the question of whether or not it can effectively treat baldness…

The Importance of Perseverance

Thomas Edison refused to give up when his first efforts to discover a filament for his carbon incandescent lamp failed. Edison continued his search by doing countless experiments with a variety of materials, but each failed. With each failure, Edison, perhaps out of pure frustration, tossed the worthless element out the window until the pile…