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Multiple Sclerosis

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Auto Immune Diseases

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and central nervous system. This inflammatory condition is marked by damage to the myelin sheaths that cover and protect nerve cells. Affecting twice as many women as men, it is usually diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40 years. Multiple sclerosis flareups tend to be episodic, often but not always followed by periods of remission. They vary in severity, length, and location, and symptoms may manifest in virtually every area of the body. There is no known cure for multiple sclerosis, and the drugs usually prescribed are riddled with adverse effects. Therefore, researchers are looking for promising alternatives. Read More

Lupus

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Auto Immune Diseases

Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE) is an autoimmune disease. In this and related conditions, the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues, leading to inflammation, pain, swelling, and tissue destruction. Most patients with lupus experience symptoms in the joints of the hands, fingers, wrists, and knees. However, this disorder also often presents with other symptoms, such as a characteristic rash, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, and fever. Lupus is usually treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, but there is no known cure. However, cutting-edge approaches are being studied. Read More

Crohn’s Disease

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Auto Immune Diseases

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that usually affects the intestinal tract. Symptoms, which can range from mild to severe, often come and go and include bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and impaired absorption. As a result, weight loss and nutritional deficiencies are quite common. Scientists aren't in agreement as to the exact cause of Crohn’s disease, but many experts believe it is an autoimmune disease. Patients are typically treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, diet changes, and, in severe cases, surgery to remove damaged sections of the colon. However, there is growing enthusiasm for a breakthrough approach to Crohn’s disease. Read More

Hepatitis

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Auto Immune Diseases

Hepatitis is characterized by inflammation of the liver. In some people, the underlying cause is an autoimmune attack in which the immune system destroys the body's own tissues. (These individuals may also be dealing with other autoimmune diseases.) The primary cause of hepatitis, however, is viral infection (hepatitis A, B, and C) . Other common causes include excessive use of alcohol, overdoses of acetaminophen and other medications, and bacterial infections. Whatever the cause, it is important to arrest the progression of hepatitis. If left untreated, it may progress to cirrhosis, liver cancer, and complete liver failure. Read More

Skin Conditions

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Rejuvenation & Wellness

Of all the physical changes that occur with age, none is more apparent than changes in the skin. Wrinkles, lines, jowls, and other skin conditions stare back at you every time you look in the mirror. Fortunately there are several ways to slow down the aging of the skin and improve skin conditions. Cosmetic surgeons, who have been transferring patients own fat from one part of the body to another for years, noticed that this did more than plump up and fill out treated areas. It also improved skin quality, texture, thickness, and smoothness--and benefits lasted. Now we know that this may be due to the the high concentration of stem cells that reside in fat. Read More