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Diabetic neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is a sensation of numbness or tingling in the feet. Since diabetes affects the blood sugar levels, it can cause nerve damage in a pattern that initially affects the hands and feet. This impairment to the nervous system is called diabetic neuropathy and can cause direct consequences to the feet. The indications of […]

Overview on tetanus

Tetanus is a deadly infection involving the nervous system that is brought about by the Clostridium tetani bacteria. The condition can occur if these bacterial spores enter the body via an open wound that was exposed to contaminated soil. The bacteria release a poison called tetanospasmin into the body that blocks the nerve signals from […]

Rabies

Rabies is an infectious viral ailment transmitted to humans from animals. The disease is transmitted to humans from a rabid animal or one that carries the rabies infection. Skunks, raccoons, foxes and bats are the usual sources of animal-to-human transmission of the disease. Rabies affects the brain and spinal cord. Even though the primary symptoms […]

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid gland is a condition where there is insufficient production of the hormone thyroxine. The thyroid gland is positioned in the neck and releases the hormone thyroxine that regulates the amount of energy utilized by the body. Due to the insufficient amount of hormone, it causes most of the bodily functions […]

Overview on atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a form of arrhythmia where the heart beats irregularly. This is usually brought about by disruption in the transmission of electrical signals that control the regular heart rhythm. The risk is increased with age especially those at age 75 and older. The indications are not always evident but might include palpitations, chest […]

Thoracic outlet syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome involves compression of the nerves and/or blood vessels that travel from the neck up to the armpit. The compression of these structures can trigger pain, tingling, weakness and numbness from the neck up to the arm. It is important to note that the thoracic outlet is the space amidst the clavicle and […]

Group A streptococcal infections

The group A streptococcal infections are linked to various conditions. The most common infection triggered by the group A streptococci is strep throat which is common among school-aged children and teenagers. The organisms are also accountable for skin infections including cellulitis and impetigo. These infections spread if a child is directly exposed to the lesions […]

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is brought about by species of Leptospira organisms that typically infects both wild and domestic animals. The bacteria are excreted via the urine of animals and capable of surviving in water or soil for weeks or even months. Humans can become infected if exposed to contaminated water or soil often during activities such as […]

What is an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)?

An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator is a device that fixes an erratic heart rate or rhythm and prevent sudden death. This battery-powered device is inserted within the chest that is affixed to one or two wires that go into the heart via a vein. One might require an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator if he/she has experienced a serious episode […]