THE RAPID-AGING DISEASE

Progeria is a rare genetic condition that causes a child’s body to age progeriavery fast. Most children with this disease do not live past 13 years of age. These children die of atherosclerosis (heart disease). Progeria affects both sexes and all races equally. It affects about 1 in every 4 million births worldwide. It is not inherited or passed down in families. Progeria is actually caused by a mutation in the LMNA gene, which results in an abnormal production of a certain protein. This abnormal protein makes it more likely that the cells of the body will die prematurely. What is odd is that children with progeria look normal at birth, but then at about Continue reading

THYMUS CANCER

I had a friend that died a couple of years ago and he had thymus cancer. It is a really rare cancer and the tumors start from thymic epithelial cells. I was an oncology nurse for 3 ½ years and I had never had a patient with this type of cancer. In fact, these tumors occur at a rate of only 1.5 cases for every million people each year in the US. It should be noted that the thymus is a small organ located just behind the breast bone (sternum) in the front part of the chest. The thymus is a part of the chest known as the mediastinum, the space in the chest between the lungs that also contains the heart, part of the aorta, the esophagus, part of the trachea and many lymph nodes. The thymus sits just in front of and above the heart and is actually Continue reading

DERMATOPHYTOSIS – WHAT IS THIS?

ringwormIt seems as though there have been a lot of people with ringworm these days. Dermatophytosis, also known as ringworm in humans, is a relatively common superficial fungal infection. Dermatophytes are microscopic organisms that live on the dead outer layer of the skin and stays on the outside of the body at all times. There is no actual worm involved and this infection can affect anyone at any time. In recent years, ringworm has increased substantially in humans. This is partially due to the rising number of people with immunocompromised conditions including things like cancer, AIDS and diabetes. This fungus is also more prone to people that live in a warm, humid climate and have direct contact with active lesions on someone else (like a pet).  Further, individuals with eczema, children before the age of puberty and boys seem Continue reading

ZOFRAN AND BIRTH DEFECTS?

I found this information and thought it may be helpful to some of my readers. This is a guest post by attorney Charles Brown……

Zofran

Birth Injury Guide
Recently, many questions have been raised about the anti-nausea medication known as Zofran. This drug has been prescribed to thousands of women to curb morning sickness, specifically nausea and vomiting, but recent studies and research suggest possible adverse side effects from using the drug during pregnancy.

Zofran’s History
When Zofran (also known as ondansetron) became available from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in the United States in 1991, it received approval from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for use in treating nausea in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, as well as for postoperative nausea. But the Continue reading

UNDERSTANDING PULMONARY FIBROSIS

Pulmonary fibrosis (also known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis) is a pulmonary fibrosiscondition in which the tissue deep in your lungs become scarred over time. The cause of this disease is often not known, but some causes include certain medications, environmental pollutants, some connective tissue diseases (autoimmune diseases) and interstitial lung disease. Some of the drugs linked to pulmonary fibrosis are drugs used to treat infections, heart diseases, seizures and cancer. The most common drugs in this classification are nitrofurantoin, Continue reading

FEMORAL ENDARTERECTOMY

femoral endarterectomyA friend of mine is having a femoral endarterectomy at the end of this month. As we get older, it is fairly common to develop atherosclerosis. This is the build-up of fatty deposits (called atheroma) within the wall of the arteries within the body. When this build-up occurs in the arteries in the legs, it is called peripheral arterial disease. The narrowing or even blockage of the arteries in the legs can cause a variety Continue reading

PANCREATIC CANCER

It seems as though this terrible disease is hitting more and more pancreatic cancerpeople. In fact, I have had two friends die recently due to pancreatic cancer. So, what is it? How many are affected? Are there risk factors? What are the symptoms? What is the prognosis? Can it be treated? These are all good questions and I will start by telling you that more than 43,000 people are diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas in the US every year. Most often it hits people over 65 years of age. There are actually two types of pancreatic cancer – exocrine and endocrine pancreatic cancer. Exocrine Continue reading

NURSING TO IT? NOT AT THIS AGE!

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For the past week I have been trying to figure out how to make my website better for my readers. I give up! I’m really from the old school and have no idea what I am doing in the IT department. Finally a friend of mine said to stop trying to re-invent the wheel and get some help. For those of you who know me, it drives me bonkers when I don’t understand something. If it is related to medicine, business or law – bring it on! But this new era of search engine optimization, Meta tags, affiliate marketing, AdSense, etc. is rather overwhelming to me. So, long story short, I have hired someone to revamp my site – make it fresher, more crisp and friendly to any app you are using. The new site will be ready at the end of the month and I will start my newsletter June 1st. I also had an email from a reliable source that wanted to do a guest post on the drug Zofran and how it can harm those that are pregnant. That is something I want my readers to know about, and so I will allow some guest posts with prior approval. Continue reading

FROM GUT TO GOUT!

goutI have a friend that has gout and is in a lot of pain. He read the post from last week and told me to write about gout next time. I listen to my readers and so this week’s post is about gout. Gout is characterized by sudden and severe pain, redness and tenderness in the joints, most commonly in the base of the big toe. The condition is a form of inflammatory arthritis and is most common in men. Women become more susceptible to the disease Continue reading

PANCREATITIS – A PAINFUL DISEASE

I remember years ago when I was a medical/surgical nurse, I had a acute pancreatitispatient with acute pancreatitis. The pain was just incredible for this individual and I hoped that I would never experience that pain. The pancreas is located in the abdomen – just below and behind the stomach. The pancreas produces chemicals called enzymes, which are needed to digest food. The main functions of this gland are to secrete chemicals that help break down food in the small intestine and to produce insulin Continue reading