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Left Arm Pain

Just like all the other parts of the human body, it is advisable to pay good attention to left arm pain, which may mean a more serious medical condition. Based on research, this type of shooting pain is closely connected to various kinds of heart conditions such as cardiac arrest and heart attack. However, it can also mean less serious illnesses like tendinitis, post-herpetic neuralgia and intersection syndrome. Because of such uncertainty, it is much better for people to know the different symptoms,...

Growing Pains

Growing pains are aching symptoms that are commonly felt by children. The pains are usually felt in the muscles and are experienced at night or late afternoon. The severity of the pains can range from acute to chronic. The conditions can be recurrent and can be absent from several days to months. These may not be associated with serious illnesses but the symptoms can be disturbing and it can affect the life of children so parents are advised to seek medical help from pediatricians. To learn more...

Wilson’s Disease

Wilson’s Disease is a genetic disorder that prevents the body from getting rid of extra copper. A small amount of copper obtained from food is needed to stay healthy, but too much copper is poisonous. In the case of Wilson’s Disease, copper builds up in the liver, brain, eyes and other organs. Over time, high copper levels can cause life-threatening organ damage. Symptoms of Wilson’s Disease Wilson’s Disease first attacks the liver, the central nervous system or both. A buildup...

What Causes Lyme Disease?

According to the Bailliere’s Nurses Dictionary, Lyme is a disease of animals that is transmitted to humans. They refer to this transmission as a zoonosis. Common zoonosis diseases include anthrax, cat-scratch fever, and of course Lyme. Lyme disease got its origin when it broke out in Lyme, Connecticut in 1975. This disease is associated with high fever, headaches, fatigue, and skin rashes known as erythema chronicum migrans (otherwise called bull’s eye due to its appearance). If it is left untreated...

What Causes Seizures?

A seizure is an involuntary and uncontrolled movement of the muscle. A person experiencing a seizure falls and becomes rigid while this uncontrolled voluntary movement is been experienced. This uncontrolled movement comes unexpectedly on the victims and may impose serious health risks to the victims. This is because the person has no control over their actions they can end up injuring themselves. Also they may start frothing at the mouth and in some cases lose control of their bladder and/bowel movement....

What Causes Low Platelets?

Platelets, or thrombocytes, are described as “small, irregularly-shaped anuclear cells (i.e. cells that do not have a nucleus containing DNA), 2-3 µm in diameter which are derived from fragmentation of precursor megakaryocytes”; megakaryocytes are bone marrow cells and the platelets are able to enter the bloodstream through broken megakaryocytes caused by thrombopoietin (hormone that maintains the platelet count). Platelets, red cells and plasma largely make up the composition of human and animal...

Hypothermia Treatment

Defining Hypothermia Hypothermia is a condition where a person’s core body temperature goes down far below the temperature required for normal metabolism. A human being’s body temperature is almost always constantly maintained at 36.5 to 37.5 degrees Celsius or 98 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This constant body temperature is maintained through thermoregulation or otherwise known as homeostasis. Understanding this condition is essential in hypothermia treatment. Causes of Hypothermia Hypothermia...

What Causes Purple Lips?

Purple lips also know as Cyanosis is a medical condition that causes discoloration and bluing of the skin and membranes. Linked to lack of oxygen, cyanosis may be attributed to underlying lung or breathing problems. Often seen in infants with birth defects or lung problems, cyanosis also affects the elderly. Although human blood is always a shade of red, the optical properties of skin distort the dark red color of deoxygenated blood to make it appear bluish purple. Cyanosis can occur in the fingers,...