AIS (Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome), previously known as testicular feminization, is a genetic disorder that makes people who are genetically male (have one X and one Y chromosome) resistant to male hormones called androgens (due to a loss-of function mutation in the androgen receptor gene on the X chromosome). The person then has the physical characteristics of a normal … Read More

The featured image above shows a CT scan of the brain of a patient with hydrocephalus (left) versus that of a normal brain (right). Hydrocephalus is a condition associated with a buildup of excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain, causing an increase in pressure on the brain tissue. Normally, the cerebrospinal fluid surrounds the brain and spinal … Read More

Glomerulonephritis is a type of kidney disease that damages the kidneys’ ability to remove waste and excess fluids. Glomerulonephritis can be acute (sudden) or chronic (gradual). It can also be primary or secondary. Secondary glomerulonephritis means that it is caused by another disease, such as lupus or diabetes. There are several problems of the body’s immune system that … Read More

LED Light therapy, also known as phototherapy, is a skin treatment that combines blue and red visible light to accelerate skin healing. It’s known to reduce acne, scars, sun damage and even wrinkles. It evens out the complexion, reduces redness, gets rid of fine lines, and shrinks the appearance of pores. Unlike the UV spectrum … Read More

Addison’s disease is a disorder caused when your adrenal glands (located on your kidney) cannot make cortisol or aldosterone. To understand the disease, let’s take a look at some anatomy. The adrenal glands have two parts: the interior (medulla) which produces adrenaline-like hormones; and the outer layer (cortex) which produces a group of hormones known as corticosteroids as well as androgens (male sex hormones). … Read More

Back pain, a relatively widespread condition, is often discounted, and its inconveniences are often downplayed. Still, this condition, chronic or acute, can greatly affect an individual’s life and restrict his or her flexibility and freedom to engage in several everyday activities. About 80% of adults experience lower back pain. It is the most common work related … Read More

A caffeine nap (also known as a coffee nap) is a type of sleep hack. A coffee nap is simply taking a quick 15-20 minute nap immediately after drinking a cup of coffee. Several studies have shown that caffeine naps provide better post-nap alertness than caffeine or a nap alone. One study found that coffee naps were the most effective in improving … Read More

Although the holiday season is seen as a time of cheer, family, and delicious food, winter time, for some, also marks the beginning of an internal battle against seasonal depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal Affective Disorder is more than just winter blues. It’s a form of clinical depression that occurs during all … Read More

Every year in the United States, about 2.6 million people have some type of brain injury. It’s a no-brainer that an injury to the brain can be one of the most traumatic injuries to overall health. After all, the brain is one of the most important organs for one’s necessary and daily functions. Brain injuries can result in consequences that … Read More

Did you know there once was a time when 70% of poultry had been fed arsenic-based drugs in this country? If you didn’t know, arsenic is one of many poisonous elements that can cause harm to the human body. Thus, it is important to note the diet you follow. Many people, even today, fail to … Read More

What is TB? Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infectious disease of the lungs. It is caused by the bacteria, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and can be contracted through exposure to airborne pathogens from coughing or sneezing. TB is largely resistant to the drugs used to treat it, forcing patients to take a cocktail of medications over an extended period … Read More

Flu season has started. Better start popping multivitamins, right? Well, not quite. Multivitamins have been a surprisingly controversial topic in the past few years. Traditionally, multivitamins have been considered the best source for getting our daily dose of vitamins. But, it turns out you can have too much of a good thing. Overdosing on multivitamins … Read More

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