The next three types of MS are sometimes lumped together and called Chronic-Progressive (CP) multiple sclerosis. However, more recent categorizations of the disease indicate that these sub-types are really quite distinct and should be considered separately. Continue reading »

 

Multiple sclerosis owes its name to the Greek word skleros, which means hard. The many (or multiple) areas of hardened scarring (or sclerosis) of the disease are caused by the destruction of myelin … the protective coating of the nervous system fibers. Continue reading »

 

Despite your good intentions to walk you get stuck on the phone, your kids need to get to a birthday party or your husband can’t be late for his tee time. Should you even bother going for that walk? If you have at least 20 minutes to spare, the answer is “yes.” Here are some great ways to get the most out of the little time most mothers have. Continue reading »

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Low calcium intake, poor diet and inactivity are among the common risk factors that may cause fractures in older women. Recently, researchers found that, in addition to these risk factors, diabetes may also increase the risk of fracture in older women. Continue reading »

 

Contrary to popular belief, DHEA and androstenedione supplemental hormones may not be effective in increasing body composition. A team of researchers compared the hormonal effects of DHEA with andro on body compostion, and found that these androgenic hormones showed little effect on muscle mass and strength. Continue reading »

Health and Safety

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Many people are drawn to scuba diving for different reasons. For most, the sensation of being weightless, similar to an astronaut, while enjoying the surroundings of the underwater world provides a tranquil escape from the hectic world around us. Continue reading »

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When our children argue, there’s the chance our response can actually make their rivalry worse. Here are a few things Dr. Pamela Sorensen recommends parents not say to their children: Continue reading »

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A woman with IBD who wants to have a baby needs to consider the timing of her pregnancy and the management of her disease. Doctors strongly urge women to consider beginning a pregnancy when their disease is in remission. Pregnancy that occurs during an active disease period tends to keep the disease active or even worsen symptoms. Pregnant women with active Crohn’s disease run a greater risk of premature delivery, stillbirth or spontaneous abortion. Continue reading »

Wipe Out Warts, Part 2

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May 252012
 

Further, if your warts are uncomfortable or are spreading, you should see a physician as soon as possible. Often with warts, there’s a “mother” wart that spawns “baby” warts in the same area. The best way to limit this spread is to treat the mother wart quickly before the virus has a chance to move to nearby skin.

Treatment Options
With the exception of plantar warts, most warts aren’t painful. However, they can be unsightly, and for that reason alone, many people are quick to try to get rid of them. Further, minimizing the spread of warts is important.

There are several treatment options, one of which is to do nothing. DeLapp says that if you can hold out, about 50 percent of warts go away on their own within two years. While there are several other options, such as cutting, laser vaporization, burning, freezing and other chemicals,

LeBow says there is no one treatment that is 100 percent effective. Most doctors recommend that you start with over-the-counter or prescription salicylic acids, such as Compound W or Mediplast, particularly for children who may be upset by more painful treatments. The benefit of this method is that you can do it at home, but it takes several weeks of daily application and isn’t a guaranteed success.

Steinberg says she has treated many patients who have irritated the surrounding skin and, as a result, have had warts spread rapidly in that area. She recommends that if the home method hasn’t worked within three weeks, you should visit a doctor.

Cryotherapy is another alternative that utilizes liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart. It requires a physician. It causes a blister to form and can be painful, as it tends to throb. Further, treatments may need to be repeated every one to three weeks. It’s also not recommended for plantar warts, LeBow says, because it can’t reach deep enough.

Electrodessication can be used for large warts. This entails burning the wart and your doctor performs the procedure while you’re under a local anesthetic. This method can cause scarring and there is a risk that it could cause the wart to spread.

Curettage requires cutting the inner portion of the wart. There may be scarring and the wart can recur at the edges.Laser therapy is a newer, more expensive option. As with other surgeries, it can leave a scar, a condition that would be more than cosmetic if it were to be on the sole of your foot. A scar in that area could impact your gait.

However, if done carefully, it can reach the entire wart and destroy it completely. LeBow says the yellow-dye method of laser therapy is best as it cauterizes the blood vessels that help the wart to grow.

A second treatment may be necessary on some warts.

There are other methods as well, which require the use of chemicals such as cantharidin, antibiotics and vitamin A ointments. To determine what treatment you think is best for you or a family member, consider comfort level, expense and your time commitment, as well as the severity of the
wart.

Wipe Out Warts, Part 1

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May 252012
 

Mark Twain once said you could cure warts by burying a potato in your yard. Unfortunately, it took something a bit more drastic to rid my 10-year-old of seven plantar warts on the soles of her feet, warts that were so painful she was having difficulty walking. Danielle underwent laser surgery that required numbing the area and then waiting for the wounds to heal. Within a few weeks, she was back to normal, walking without pain. Continue reading »

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