CELIAC DISEASE – COMMON YET RARELY DIAGNOSED

FULL OF GLUTEN

          A nursing friend and former colleague of mine has had celiac disease (CD) for quite some time.  I didn’t know much about the disorder until she went to Italy for a whole month and I learned about her eating habits while she was gone.  This is a disease that is more common than one would think.  It actually affects 1 in 133 people in the United States, and only 3% of these are diagnosed.  I also learned that it is an inherited disease, there is no cure, it can Continue reading

THE DEVASTATION OF HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE

          Huntington’s disease (HD) is a progressive, inherited and degenerative brain disorder that produces physical, mental and emotional changes.  Named after George Huntington, the physician who first described the illness in 1872, Huntington’s disease was formerly known as Huntington’s chorea, from the Greek for choreography, or dance.  The name refers Continue reading

CYSTIC FIBROSIS

          Cystic fibrosis or CF is an inherited disease involving epithelial cells.  Epithelial cells are found lining the skin, sweat glands, and respiratory, gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts.  In people with cystic fibrosis, the epithelial cells do not function properly.  These impaired cells cause abnormal regulation of the flow of salts and water.  The result is abnormal secretions such as a thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs.  It is a life-threatening disorder that causes severe lung damage and nutritional deficiencies.  The affected gene, which is inherited from a child’s parents, is a recessive gene.  With recessive genes, children need to inherit two copies of the gene, one from Continue reading