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Epilepsy is in the news this month, as television personality and co-host of E!’s “Fashion Police,” Kelly Osbourne, was hospitalized for five days after experiencing a seizure at work. The media went into an immediate frenzy, calling the episode an, “epileptic fit,” and referring to Osbourne as, “an epileptic.” Osbourne has since been released, with one of her representatives telling E! News, “Doctors ran numerous tests and determined that this was most likely a onetime episode of which there are no conclusive results.”
MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a commonly used diagnostic tool in hospitals and Emergency Rooms. MRIs operate using pulses of radio wave energy and a magnetic field to generate images of internal body structures. While many of these structures can be seen with other tests such as CT scans, x-rays, and ultrasounds, MRIs often provide additional information that other tests cannot offer.
Tomorrow, March 26, 2013, is American Diabetes Association® Alert Day®. The ADA explains that their Alert Day® is a chance for Americans to take the Diabetes Risk Test, which is designed to help people find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. In particular, the American Diabetes Association is encouraging those over 45 and people who are sedentary and/or overweight to take the test. Why? Because people in these categories are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, but, “diagnosis often comes seven to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even deadly complications have had time to develop. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.”
Asthma is a fairly common condition, slightly more prevalent in children than adults and more common in girls and women than in boys and men. Nearly 8% of the US population has asthma, although the severity of the condition varies by person. As well, the prevalence varies regionally and by ethnic group.
Von Willebrand’s Disease, sometimes called “Von Willebrand Disease” or simply “Von Willebrand’s,” is a form of Hemophilia. It is a genetic bleeding disorder found in people who lack the Von Willebrand factor in the blood, which is responsible for helping platelets clump up together when forming blood clots. There are several different types of Von Willebrand Disease, and they are all grouped together under the Hemophilia umbrella group, along with Hemophilia A and Hemophilia B. There are a variety of treatments available, but not all treatments are effective.
An arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat. Typically, arrhythmia is not serious or life threatening, but that is not always the case. The three main types of arrhythmia are:
When your spouse is ill, life is difficult. Not only is there tremendous stress because of the constant doctors’ appointments and ever-present medical bills, but also there is the very real fear of losing your spouse, which, of course, makes people think about their own mortality as well. It’s one of life’s hardest challenges, and there is no easy solution or answer as to how to handle it.
When a child has a disease, disability, allergy, chronic health concern, learning challenge, or other need for accommodations within the school system, most parents and guardians stop by the guidance counselor or nurse’s office and ask for advice. These two professionals are usually great resources, and they can help guide you through the process of establishing an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and/or 504 Plan for your child.
Medical science and pharmaceutical engineering continue to provide us with more and more treatment options every year. These advances often help save lives and help us live better and healthier. But sometimes, drugs cause more problems than they solve. This happens when we experience drug reactions or develop drug allergies.
An extremely rare disorder, septo optic dysplasia is a congenital disorder in which the optic nerves do not properly develop during gestation. Also called optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH) or DeMorsier Syndrome, septo optic dysplasia is characterized by underdeveloped nerves between the eyes and the brain, brain structure abnormalities, and, commonly, an underperforming pituitary gland. Because septo optic dysplasia impacts so many different bodily functions, children with this disorder need a whole team of medical professionals to help them reach their personal potential:
Robin L. Watkins lives in a town smaller than some high schools: Neodesha, Kansas, population 2500. Mom, grandma, and former Registered Nurse (RN), Robin is now a full-time homemaker who volunteers at the local public library and has been wearing a Lauren’s Hope medical ID bracelet since 2009.
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