In the intricate dance between genetics and environmental factors, addiction finds its roots. While genetic predisposition sets the stage, it is the environment that orchestrates the movements, determining whether an individual succumbs to the allure of addictive substances. Let’s embark on a deeper exploration of the multifaceted ways in which genetic and environmental factors interweave,
You’re ready to become a parent. You replaced birth control pills with prenatal vitamins, expecting to be expecting any day now. After a few months, you begin to think your early pregnancy tests are defective since there’s no “+” sign or blue line in sight. Next up, you visit the infertility specialist for some tests.
What Is Epilepsy Epilepsy is a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Research A review on the available evidence concerning MTHFR C677T and susceptibility to epilepsy was studied by Wu et al (2014). Ten studies were examined, with
What is High Homocysteine? Homocysteine is a common amino acid (one of the building blocks that make up proteins) found in the blood and is acquired mostly from eating meat. High levels of homocysteine are related to the early development of heart and blood vessel disease. In fact, it is considered an independent risk factor
What Is Blood Clotting? Some people are born with an increased tendency to form blood clots, which increases their risk for developing blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) and in the lungs (pulmonary embolism). The medical term for a blood clot is a thrombus (plural= thrombi). When a thrombus is formed as part
What Are Migraines? Migraines and other types of headaches, such as tension headache and sinus headache, are painful. Migraine symptoms include a pounding headache, nausea, vomiting, and light sensitivity Research This research was undertaken to review the link between the MTHFR C677T and migraine risk. Collective results showed the 677T allele was significantly associated with
What Is Vitiligo? Vitiligo is a condition in which white patches develop on the skin. Vitiligo is caused by a loss of pigment in the skin, due to destruction of pigment-forming cells called melanocytes. The exact cause of the destruction of these cells is not known. One possible explanation might be that the body’s immune
What Is Cervical Dysplasia & Cervical Cancer? Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix, the narrow neck at the lower part of a woman’s uterus, just above the vagina (Figure 1). It connects the uterus to the vagina. Approximately eight out of 10 cervical cancers originate in surface cells lining the cervix (squamous cell carcinomas).
What Is PCOS? PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome, is a common hormonal disorder in women that with interferes with the growth and release of eggs from the ovaries, or ovulation. It is the most common cause of infertility among women. PCOS occurs when a woman’s body overproduces sex hormones, called androgens. The hormone imbalance prevents
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