Alzheimer’s disease: causes

According to Dr. Edward Francis, exist several types of dementias and are classified by the cause of its generation, but all have in common the destruction of brain cells.

The causes are multiple: the accumulation of amyloid in Alzheimer’s dementia, cardiovascular disease (hypertension) in vascular dementia, neurological disease (Parkinson’s disease), infectious diseases (HIV / AIDS), dementia due to toxic substances (eg alcohol), trauma (cranio-cerebral) and so on.

Currently, there are not known the factors of the illness. Currently 2 hypotheses are discussed, as predominantly a disease of genetic nature, or influenced by environmental factors

Alzheimer’s disease has 2 main categories of risk factors: genetic and environmental. Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s disease: general information

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease, which involve different kinds of progressive changes in the brain, thus causing loss of intellectual abilities of the individual and social value. This is a social disorder with conduct to another disorder, which determine the state known as dementia. Dementias is a loss of cognitive abilities of a subject – impaired memory, concentration and capacity to make judgments, impoverishment of language, loss of sense of orientation. This state lasts longer than 6 months, without altering consciousness and affects social and professional efficiency of the individual.

In European countries it is estimated that Alzheimer’s disease commonly occurs in people older than 85 years, 2-3% of cases occur in the age of 60 years and 6% in persons over 75 years. According to statistics, the incidence of mental disorders increased from 605.2 persons per 100,000 inhabitants in 1975 to 883.3 persons/100.000 inhabitants in 1993, without having data on cases of dementia. Continue reading

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Cystitis – discomfort or illness?

A problem that affects us, especially women, cystitis is a bladder infection, commonly seen and painful enough to disrupt the rhythm of daily activities. Although many representatives of females prefer to ignore the symptoms, hoping that “will pass” or be treated “by ear”, cystitis can give serious complications, including damages to kidneys.

Recognize cystitis. A particularly vexing health problem, affecting a lot of women, cystitis shows a combination of symptoms consisting of thick urine, cloudy urine and burning when urinating. According to the doctor, there must be simultaneously all three symptoms to say you have cystitis. In more serious cases, the urine is foul-smelling or contains blood. Continue reading

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High heels, a danger to your health

We feel much more feminine and more elegant when wearing a pair of high heels. But that pleasure has its price. Depends how you’re willing to pay …

Don’t wear any new high heels that have a negative effect on our health. Joints, muscles and bone structure will greatly suffer. However, many women choose heels every day. Question that we should ask is what to choose between elegance and health.

One in three women wear heels at least once a week, and one study showed that three quarters of them fell and were injured while wearing heels. Continue reading

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Couperose is the enemy of your skin

This is a chronic disease with progressive evolution. Couperose represents the second stage of rosacea, a skin disease of inflammatory nature. The four stages are:

  • Transient reddening of the face caused by various stimuli such as cold, sudden thermal variations, alcohol, hot drinks, spices, this is due to an exaggerated vascular reactivity.
  • Erythemato-teleangiectatic cuperotic, where the redness becomes permanent due to irreversible dilation of blood vessels, which is seen through the skin and in the form of red veined.
  • Papulo-pustular stage: appear white-yellow blisters filled with pus.
  • The last stage is called fima and refers to the increase in volume of the nose (Rhinophyma), chin (gnatofima) or ear (otofima).

Factors favoring development of Couperose are very pale skin, or sedentary life. Besides the unsightly appearance, may be associated with local burning sensation. Continue reading

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Hepatitis B treatment

Effective treatment helps to prevent complications! There is no medicine that can cure chronic hepatitis B, but there are treatments that help prevent development of severe complications or complications that endanger patients’ lives. Some drugs work by increasing the immune response to infection. Other acts directly with the process by which the virus multiplies in the cell, reducing the amount of copies of virus in the blood. Treatment goals include:

  • Reducing the amount of virus in the blood;
  • Maintaining it as low over time.

To avoid complications, early detection of disease is necessary. Detection of HBV infection is important not only because of individual health consequences, but also because infected people can spread the disease. Continue reading

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Varicose veins – prevention and treatment

Varicose veins can become very annoying. Summer is the season in which the disease gets worse, because high temperatures. It is therefore very important to know some methods of prevention and treatment.

What are varicose veins? In case the veins no longer provide an adequate circulation of blood, they can expand, creating real “lakes” of blood. When are located superficially, these veins become visible, dilated and often produce symptoms – fatigue, weight or pain sensation to that member. In severe cases, varicose veins may break or may give rise to ulcerated lesions, open skin. Continue reading

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Migraines – possible causes

1. Physical factors

Lifting heavy objects or exercise can cause a migraine. Constipation is another factor which favors the appearance. It is therefore important to have a healthy and balanced life. Hydrate and eat enough fiber to get rid of constipation. Do not ever skip meals and eat as much as possible to fixed hours. If you decide to quit smoking, you’d better ask the advice of a professional to advise you that giving up tobacco after a long period of smoking can also cause migraines.

2. Hormonal changes

Headaches that feel women during the menstrual cycle is called “menstrual migraine” may disappear with menopause when estrogen levels start to drop. Pregnancy and childbirth can reduce migraines in some women, but for others it may increase them. In general, if you suffer from migraines, taking contraceptives should be determined by your doctor. Thus, we recommend the use of pills that have a very low dose of estrogen. Contraceptive pill, along with hypertension and tobacco increases the risk of stroke in women who have migraines. Continue reading

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Chronic pain can be treated!

One in five Europeans suffer from chronic pain, suffering on average seven years, and some people said that sometimes the pain is so strong that in those moments they want to die. Although a negative experience, felt physically, pain is absolutely necessary for our body’s signal problems. Without pain, our body could actually destroy itself without realizing.

Pain can be of two types: acute and chronic. Acute pain has a positive role, determined by an obvious cause and can be treated easily with analgesia

19% of adults in Europe suffer from chronic pain. On the other hand, chronic pain has a negative role, as this without knowing the causes that lead has a cyclic evolution and persists after removal of the case. A study in Europe, which included more than 46,000 people showed that 19% of adults in Europe suffer from chronic pain of moderate and high intensity. Continue reading

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Smokers disease (COPD) makes hundreds of thousands of victims

Most people who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are smokers. Those of them who smoke for a long time, cough daily but not consider a symptom of this disease. They end up in hospital when it is too late, and treatments for chronic patients, including more hospitalizations per year, reaching 3,500 euros per patient per year.

Early lesions appear around the age of 25 years, but the disease itself is installed after 40 years. COPD is a main consequence of smoking. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential for long-term objective – preventing disease progression. Positive diagnosis of COPD is established based on symptoms and validated by spirometry. Pharmacological interventions may reduce the impact of COPD. Continue reading

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