The function of the optic nerve is to carry images formed at the retina to the visual cortex where the brain can understand them. If the optic nerve is damaged, a person’s sight may be irreparably damaged. This article looks at the four main types of optic nerve disorders and how they are diagnosed.
In America, it is estimated that one person in twelve has diabetes. However, nearly six million Americans are diabetic but have yet to be diagnosed. There are a number of blood tests that indicate diabetes based on comparing results on blood drop samples and test sticks against reference values.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks its own healthy tissue. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness. It is often due to raised intra-ocular pressure, which causes damage to the optic nerve of the victim. This raises a question: Is glaucoma a symptom of lupus?
A woman’s fertility begins at puberty with the onset of the first menstrual bleeding and ends at the menopause. Both of these events are marked by hormonal changes in a woman’s body. The risk of osteoporosis post menopause increases due to a decline in estrogen levels. It can be treated by HRT.
Alkaline phosphatase is an enzyme that is involved in the production of bone, so it is found at higher levels in children than in adults. The enzyme is primarily produced in mucosal cells that line the bile duct. Low alkaline phosphatase levels are linked to a wide range of conditions.
There are many lung problems that cause the sufferer to experience chest pain. This article looks at some of these conditions and symptoms. The symptoms of heart attack are also provided although the cause has nothing to do with a lung problem.
In the 1970’s, testicular cancer was a death sentence in the western world; 90% of victims would die from the disease. This has been turned around with advances in cancer treatment, detection and understanding. Today, 95% of men diagnosed with the disease will survive it.
Exotropia is the name given to the condition that makes it difficult to maintain focus on an object with both eyes. One or both eyes start to drift away from the position needed to hold the object in sharp focus. This article discusses the major description of exotropia and explains common treatment
Cystoid macular edema is a condition where fluid filled cysts form at the back of the retina (macula). The symptoms may involve the perception of straight lines as being wavy and the vision may take on a pinkish hue. Usually, the condition will spontaneously improve, but it can be treated.
As we grow older, we may experience deterioration in our sight. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of visual impairment in people over the age of 65. This article discusses macular degeneration and naturopathic medicine together with the traditional treatments that can slow its progress.
Ticks are members of the arachnida family and boast over 890 species. The creatures are found almost all over the world. They live on animal blood (including human), but may be infested with a host of viruses, bacteria and protozoa which can cause a range of potentially fatal illnesses in man.
Almost all of us will have suffered stings and insect bites at some time. For most of us, it represents a painful and irritating experience, but for some, an insect sting or bite can cause an allergic reaction at once or in the hours and days following the incident – a delayed allergic reaction.
Asthma and allergies affect many people in the western world. In extreme cases, allergies and asthmatic attacks may lead to anaphylactic shock which needs urgent medical attention and can be fatal. In some cases, anaphylaxis will occur during, or shortly after, the victim has exercised.