Head lice infest an estimated 6 to 12 million kids in the United States each year. Although they are not dangerous and do not spread disease, head lice are very contagious and can spread easily, causing countless missed days of work and school. Many parents are concerned about the toxicity … Read More
Do you feel as if you've been experiencing more short-term memory loss lately? Interestingly, what many of us think of as short-term memory—for example, recalling in the afternoon what we had for breakfast that morning—is actually defined by scientists as long-term memory.
Short-term memory is technically limited to … Read More
You’re feeling spent, listless, and/or exhausted after work almost every night—and the next morning. You can’t seem to break out of a pattern of dragging through the day and collapsing into bed at night. You're looking to get some zip back in your step—and to learn how … Read More
From head to toe, nerve damage can affect any part of the body. The condition is surprisingly prevalent—20 million people in the U.S. alone. Half of all people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage, according to the American Diabetes Association, and diabetic neuropathy is just one of more … Read More
What is ehrlichiosis? It's a bacterial disease of the white blood cells. Spread by ticks, ehrlichiosis affects all mammals, including people. Two bacteria in particular are known to cause the disease—Ehrlichia chaffeensis and Ehrlichia ewingii. A third, Ehrlichia muris, is being evaluated as another cause. According to the U.S. National … Read More
Alzheimer’s disease does not affect just the elderly—sometimes it can attack people in their 50s, 40s, and even 30s. And when it does, the effects can be devastating. So what is early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (EOAD)?
Simply put, EOAD involves the onset of Alzheimer’s before the age of 65, when it will … Read More
Ticks are eight-legged arachnids—meaning they're not actually insects—that feed on the blood of mammals. When they feed, they usually spread disease. Nasty critters. If you've experienced the discovery of a tick on your pooch, your instinct likely was: Grab it! Before you dig in, though, it helps … Read More
Today’s Parkinson’s treatment options address the symptoms of tremors, stiffness, and slow movement to improve quality of life. However, they do little to slow the progression of this disease. Fortunately, research is helping us better understand Parkinson’s. While early signs of Parkinson's disease can be overlooked, once … Read More
Ticks are nasty bugs that transmit a number of diseases, among them anaplasmosis. What is anaplasmosis? It's caused by the bacteria Anaplasma phagocytophilum, which the tick shares when it bites a host. Anaplasmosis is the second-most common tick disease, after Lyme disease. While the incidence of Lyme … Read More
Multiple sclerosis (MS) disrupts communication between the brain, nerves, muscles and other parts of the body. It is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the myelin sheath—the protective covering around some nerve cells which speeds transmission of nerve signals. This results in slowing of nerve impulses and … Read More