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Thyroid Dysfunction

What are Thyroid Disorders? A deficiency of thyroid hormones can affect virtually all bodily functions as the thyroid gland hormones regulate metabolism in every cell in the body. The two most common thyroid dysfunctions are hypo- and hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism is the underproduction of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Hypothyroid disorders may occur as a […]

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Schizophrenia

What is Schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a sever mental disorder (or group of disorders) characterised by a disintegration of the process of thinking, of contact with reality, and of emotional responsiveness. Delusions and hallucinations (especially of voices) are usual features, and the individual usually feels that their thoughts are being controlled by, or shared with, others. Individuals […]

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Spina bifida

What is Spina bifida? Spina bifida is termed a ‘Neural Tube Defect’ (NTD), and is a developmental defect in which the newborn baby has part of the spinal cord and its coverings exposed through a gap in the backbone. The symptoms may include paralysis of the legs, incontinence, and leaning disabilities from the commonly associated […]

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Recurrent Miscarriage

What is Recurrent Miscarriage/ Pregnancy Loss? Recurrent pregnancy loss is a condition distinct from infertility, and is defined as two or more failed pregnancies. A miscarriage is defined as a baby who dies before 20 weeks gestation and/or has a birth weight of less than 400g. Babies who die after 20 weeks are classified as […]

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Pulmonary Embolism

What is a Pulmonary Embolism Pulmonary embolism describes an obstruction  of the pulmonary artery, or one of it’s branches, by a clot, usually derived from a thrombosis somewhere in the leg veins. Large embolisms result in acute heart failure or sudden death. Smaller ones can cause death of sections of lung tissue, pleurisy of coughing […]

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Parkinson’s Disease

What is Parkinson’s Disease? Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, degenerative neurological condition that affects a person’s control of their body movements. It is not contagious and is thought to have a genetic aspect. Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are caused by the progressive degeneration of nerve cells in the middle area of the brain. This causes […]

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Neuropathy

What is Neuropathy? Neuropathy describes any disease involving the peripheral nerves, usually weakness and numbness. It can either affect a single nerve or many nerves, and the symptoms depend on the distribution of the nerves involved. Research It is known that Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) is one of the most common chronic complications of diabetes. […]

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Neural tube defects

Neural tube defects are a group of congenital abnormalities  caused by failure of the neural tube to form normally. For example, in spina bifida the bony arches of the spine, which protect the spinal cord and its coverings, fail to close. More severe defects of fusion of these bones will result in increasingly serious neurological […]

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

What Is Multiple Scelerosis? Multiple sclerosis or MS is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, resulting in loss of muscle control, vision, balance, and sensation (such as numbness). With MS, the nerves of the brain and spinal cord are damaged by one’s own immune system. Thus, the condition is called an autoimmune […]

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Infertility

What Is Infertility? Infertility is defined as being unable to conceive after 12 consecutive months of attempting to do so. Male infertility is just as common as female infertility, and can be due to a larger range of hormonal, environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors. Researching Linking Infertility & MTHFR Varicocele is the presence of widened […]

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