What is myoclonus? According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, myoclonus “refers to sudden, involuntary jerking of a muscle or group of muscles.” It is a symptom, not a disease, affecting 8.6 people per 100,000 in its more serious presentations. A myoclonic twitch or a myoclonic jerk—when
Women Taking Prolia Rarely Have Jaw Problems
When deciding whether or not to take osteoporosis drugs, many women voice concerns about the possible side effect of jawbone deterioration (called osteonecrosis of the jaw, or ONJ). This side effect has been reported in patients taking bisphosphonate drugs, which include alendronate (Fosamax), zoledronic
A 67-year-old woman goes to her primary care physician concerned about abdominal pressure, bloating, and pain. The new symptoms were sudden, severe, and have been ongoing for several days. A blood test followed by an ultrasound revealed a mass in the patient’s abdomen, the result of late- stage malignant ovarian
Cancer Patients Face Higher Risk of Shingles; New Vaccines May Help
People newly diagnosed with cancer, particularly blood cancers, and those treated with chemotherapy have a greater risk of developing shingles, according to an Australian study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Shingles, or herpes zoster, is caused by the varicella
Tea is the most frequently consumed beverage worldwide, besides water —and for good reason. In addition to the soothing calm that a nice cup of tea brings, drinking tea also provides a range of potential benefits, from improved cardiovascular health and brain function, to diabetes and cancer prevention.
Traditional Teas. The
What is CBD oil? CBD is a non-intoxicating extract from the Cannabis sativa family of plants (which includes hemp and marijuana). CBD is just one of a family of chemicals known as the cannabinoids, shown to have anti-inflammatory, antipsychotic, anti-anxiety, and anticonvulsant properties as well as homeostatic properties (meaning it maintains
Don’t wait until your skin is bright red and burnt to start worrying about sun protection; start preventing sunburns now with these five skin-healthy foods.
Finding a lump is frightening—no matter where it is. Swollen lymph nodes are your body’s way of telling you that something’s wrong. Usually, they’re alerting you to a mild infection or illness. Once your immune system has fought the pesky invader, your lymph nodes will shrink back to their normal
By now you may realize—because all of the body’s systems are interconnected—that there is usually more than one cause con-tributing to your fatigue. When one of your body’s systems is out of balance (if, for example, your HPA axis is malfunctioning be-cause of chronic stress), then other systems (like your
The key to resolving any chronic health condition is to discover the root causes and then supply the body with the needed raw materials to correct any deficiencies or to bring the body back into balance. Therefore, you will need to become somewhat of a detective, patiently investigating each known