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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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. […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

Erectile Dysfunction

What is Erectile dysfunction? Erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. Causes include medications, chronic illnesses, poor blood flow to the penis, drinking too much alcohol, or being too tired. Research The MTHFR genes play important rolls in the metabolism of folate and homocysteine. Mutations in the […]

Continue reading

Down’s syndrome

What is Down’s Syndrome? Down’s syndrome is a condition resulting from a genetic abnormality in which an extra chromosome is present, giving a total of 47 rather than 46 (at the 21st chromosome). Currently, the strongest risk factor associated with Down Syndrome is maternal age, with the chances of having a child with this syndrome […]

Continue reading