Medications for Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a disease which uses your immune system to attack your own body cells. This is also known as an autoimmune disease. What happens is that your T cells view some of the proteins (antigens) in your blood and perceive them as invaders and attack.

The problem is that the cells they attack are within myelin, the protective sheath that envelops nerve fibers. When this happens, lesions form and impair the body’s natural ability to send communications via the nerves to tell the body what to do, where to move and more.

MS is usually not fatal but it can be debilitating in varying degrees and therefore, medications are often needed to combat the symptoms. You will find that there are quite a few kinds of drugs and they fall within several types of categories.

Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that makes it known over time. To make the diagnosis, your doctor will have to be aware of more than one MS attack, which occurs in different parts of the nervous system (brain and spinal cord). To determine proof of multiple attacks your doctor will use clinical history, physical examination and testing which may include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI will be used to view organs, muscles and nerves.

Your doctor may also do a spinal tap to examine spinal fluid to see if it contains distinct proteins called oligoclonal bands. A spinal tap result of normal does not exclude the diagnosis of MS because the disease could be in the early stages. The spinal may rule out other diseases that may mimic the symptoms of MS, diseases such as Lyme disease.

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Aspbergers Syndrome Sleep Disorders Linkages

 Aspergers Syndrome Sleep Disorders LinkagesA new study from University La Sapienza in Rome shows children with Aspberger Syndrome have more sleep problems than average children. Dr. Oliviero Bruni, who authored the paper, found that children with Asperger have a high incidence of certain sleep disorders and other problems involving sleep initiation and restlessness, as well as morning problems and daytime sleepiness.

Multiple Sclerosis and Stress

All too many multiple sclerosis sufferers require stress management techniques at some point or another due to living day in and day out with a chronic, sometimes debilitating disease. You have good days but the uncertainty of what the next day will bring pain-wise can be enough to send your stress levels rising. Prolong stress can lead to a number of ailments like depression and can set off anger, hopelessness and aggravation.

People with MS are at a high risk of developing depression and it is no wonder because of the number of stress related things in their life from living with the pain to how you are going to manage getting to the store or even doing your job and earning a living. To cope with MS better, it is important to learn some effective stress management techniques to relax not only your body, but also your mind as well.

The Four Basic Types of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is not a one size fits all disease. It affects each person who has it differently and therefore must be lumped in different categories in order to delineate the progression of the disease. Doctors have studied the disease and decided that there are four main types of MS.

Some people will have mild symptoms for years while others have moderate or severe symptoms for years before it is diagnosed. In addition, MS has been known to morph from one type to another over a period of time.

Relapsing-remitting MS

The relapsing-remitting MS is the most common form of the disease and is represented by a large portion of the population of MS sufferers. In this particular type, you may experience succession of relapses when your MS symptoms seem to get worse. Then, you will experience remissions when the symptoms lessen or disappear altogether.

What is Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the nervous system. It causes a range of different symptoms that include visual problems, weakness and numbness. The cause of MS is unknown. What scientists and doctors do know is that it is an inflammatory process that attacks a certain substance in our nervous systems called “myelin”.

Myelin is the sheath-like substance that surrounds neurons, which are the active cells that make up the nervous system. We need myelin to facilitate the transmission of signals up and down neurons, just like insulation facilitates in electrical wiring. In individuals where the myelin is broken down, nerve impulses do not work efficiently enough and that is what causes the symptoms we recognize in those with MS.

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How Lasers Melt Flesh

How Do Lasers Melt Flesh The first study of ultraviolet lasers ability to cut living tissues reveals some interesting details about the physics of flesh melting.

Lasers, an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, are becoming more and more used in healthcare. Medical applications include dental drills, unwanted hair removal, eye surgery, treating wrinkles and stretch marks, pain relief, angioplasty, endoscopy procedures, and photodynamic therapy for cancer. For a host of procedures, intense beams of coherent light are gradually replacing the knife. However, there is still much that scientists don’t know about the ways in which laser light interacts with living human tissue

Tracheostomy for Sleep Apnea

Tracheostomy is a standard form of surgery which is now only done as a last resort, usually for sleep apnea patients for whom nothing else helps, or if their sleep apnea is serious enough to be considered life threatening. Even though this surgery has a high success rate, it is invasive. The procedure involves an incision in the throat that is about the size of a quarter, and may lead to a number of other health problems, some medical, some psychological.

A tracheostomy is a fairly simple operation. Basically, a surgeon makes an opening through the neck into the windpipe and inserts a tube. The opening, which is a permanent one coupled with the tube allows for the easy flow of air in and out of the windpipe (or trachea)

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