Why my child doesn’t suffer from spina bifida

Recently the media shared a story of the Pope blessing a teenager with spina bifida. Seeing the gesture was touching but a short time later when shared by the media I was saddened to see the headlines read, “Touching moment Pope Francis blesses girl, 17, in a wheelchair who is suffering from spina bifida and wants to be an actress”. I’ve lost count of the times that the media refers to those living with spina bifida, or most disabilities, as […]

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10 things I know about…living with multiple sclerosis

Today I’m excited to introduce our very special guest, Carol Cooke. Carol is a Paralympian gold medallist, a world cycling champion, 2013 Victorial Cyclist of the Year, and an Order of Australia recipient. Oh, and she also has multiple sclerosis (MS). Here, Carol shares what she knows about living with MS. 1. The initial diagnosis is very, very scary. When I was diagnosed with MS at the age of 36, the neurologist told me to ‘Your life as you know […]

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A Guide To Quick Recovery From Bell’s Palsy

“The 68-year-old Montgomery Village man whose Bells Palsy clinic treated thousands of people over a 20-year period was sentenced to spend the next seven months in county jail after an emotional hearing in Montgomery County [Maryland] Circuit Court last week… Judge Marielsa Bernard sentenced Robert Scott Targan on Nov. 14 to more than 90 years in jail for 24 separate charges, but suspended all but 10 years, then assigned the terms to run concurrently, leaving Targan with a nine-month sentence. […]

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5 Complicated Things Only People With Bipolar Disorder Understand

1. Every time you say “I’m bipolar” people respond with a chuckle, until they realize that you’re serious. Describing someone as bipolar has become such a popular saying that I don’t even think people realize that it’s an actual mental illness. The depictions of people with bipolar disorder in the media doesn’t help either. People with bipolar disorder are usually portrayed as angry, over-exaggerated, constantly irritable, and un-approachable. But in reality most people with the disorder are able to live […]

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Mother films ‘horrifying’ pat-down of her disabled teenage son by ‘power tripping TSA agent who left him traumatized for several hours’

A furious mom has blasted the TSA officers who she says gave her disabled son an ‘unnecessary’ and ‘horrifying’ pat-down in a Dallas airport on Sunday. Jennifer Williamson says that her son Aaron, who has sensory processing disorder, was detained for more than an hour at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport despite not setting off the metal detector. And although she asked the TSA agent not to perform a pat-down, saying it would upset the boy, the agent went through with it […]

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Natural Remedies to Help Prevent Blood Clots

There are a number of natural blood thinners (anticoagulants) that will help prevent blood clots.  Many of these natural remedies will provide other health benefits as well.  Treating an existing blood clot, however, is a medical emergency requiring a doctor’s treatment and supervision. What Is a Blood Clot? A blood clot is a buildup of blood and tissue inside one of your veins or arteries, a natural bodily function that can quickly become a deadly killer.  When blood fails to […]

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The Medical Minute: Detection and treatment of aneurysms bring challenges

Whether an aneurysm appears as a ballooning and weakened artery in the brain or in the body’s biggest blood vessel, the aorta, the results can be serious — even deadly. Yet not all aneurysms are created equal. Cerebral and aortic aneurysms often occur for different reasons and require different treatments. Dr. Faisal Aziz, interim chief of vascular surgery at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, said aortic aneurysms have a strong genetic component and are more common among […]

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AIDS vaccine may be ‘functional cure’ for some

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON—Positive results from small clinical studies without control groups often get dismissed as anecdote, and for good reason: Many don’t pan out in more rigorous trials. But when a field suffers as much failure as the search for an AIDS vaccine has over the past 30 years, researchers sometimes celebrate glimpses of hope. That’s what happened here last week when scientists showed that a vaccine may have helped five people already infected with HIV keep the virus in check—a […]

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Tiny £10m robot hand could transform spina bifida surgery in the womb

Scientists have launched a £10m project to create a tiny surgical robot hand that could transform the treatment of children with spina bifida and other congenital conditions. The aim of the research, which is being carried out by engineers at University College London (UCL) and KU Leuven in Belgium, is to create a minuscule device that would provide 3D images of a foetus while it is still in the womb which will also act as an automated robot hand. This […]

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Time to start loving it? How a daily slice of Marmite on toast may help prevent you getting dementia

For some, it’s a loathsome brown sludge that is unbearable to smell across the kitchen table. But for Marmite-haters, it may be worth getting over their qualms to grin and bear the sticky yeast extract. Because despite its bitterly divisive taste, Marmite could help prevent memory problems linked to dementia. Starting the day with a slice of toast covered in Marmite boosts a chemical vital to ‘calm’ the brain. Eating a teaspoon of Marmite a day for a month was […]

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