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Brain Concussion. What You Need To Know.

Brain concussion is also known as the mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). In this high velocity era, the emergency department often receives cases of traumatic brain injuries. They can be from motor-vehicle accident, a fall, sports accident, or due to assault. Although the skull is a very tough bone carrying the important role of protecting the fragile brain, high-velocity collision injuries can be severe enough to cause certain extent of damage to the brain, causing the patient to experience various symptoms. Continue reading

GERD – Gastroesphageal Reflux Disease – Treatments and Complications

Although gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common condition and well known among the public, not only the recognition of its signs and symptoms should be emphasized, but also the pathophysiology – how it occurs – its treatment, and also the complications that can possibly bring about if GERD is not being managed properly. Continue reading

GERD – Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease – How Does It Occur and Its Top 5 Symptoms

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in relation to the digestive system, where the content from not only the stomach, but also from the gall bladder and pancreas, back-flow up into the esophagus. This disease causes various symptoms that people might miss out and with time as the disease progresses, the symptoms might become bothersome or severe. It is indeed a very common phenomenon among the public. Words like “heart burn” or “acid reflux” are well known complaints that we often use. But what is really going on? Continue reading

BPH. Facts About Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is known as one of the most common medical condition in aging men. More than 50% of the male population by the age of 60 is diagnosed with BPH and by the age of 80 years old, the percentage of prevalence is as high as 90%. The development of this condition can start as early as by the age of 40 years old. The disturbing symptoms that BPH bring about cause many problems to patients, which include urination problems, sleeping disturbances, and even daily routines. Nonetheless, this is a treatable disorder. If appropriate management is engaged, complications and mortality are rare with regards to BPH. Continue reading

Varicose Veins and Deep Vein Thrombosis. What is the Difference?

Varicose vein and deep vein thrombosis are two diseases that are often heard or read in news or magazines. Obviously, they are both diseases of the vein. But what exactly are they? What are the differences between these two venous conditions? Continue reading

7 Common Risk Factors Contributing to Osteoarthritis

When one ages, it is not uncommon to hear complaints of body aches and painful joints from the elderly. Just like any machine which undergoes wear and tear over a period of time, so does our body. But what makes us special is that our body also has its own repair system. Osteoarthritis is a dynamic phenomenon which involves destruction and repair of the cartilage tissues in the joints. Continue reading

Runny Nose and Nose-Block. Why?

Do you wake up every morning sneezing your nose away?

Do you feel that you are only breathing through one nostril instead of both?

Does your runny-nose or nose-block come back after you stop using nasal decongestant spray?

If your answer is “yes” in any of the questions above, perhaps you would want to find out why. Continue reading

Critical Heart Conditions That Require Urgent Medical Attention

The heart is one of the most vital organs in the human body. Question is:
Which cardiovascular conditions are the ones that need immediate medical care in order to prevent death?  Continue reading

Palliative Care: The Myths and Misconceptions

Palliative care is an integral part of medicine. However, it is commonly misinterpreted by the public which includes the patients and their families. Unfortunately medical students and even doctors are also misled by the misconception about palliative care which further deteriorates the scenario.  Most people come to know the term palliative care as merely a form of pain management given to those with an incurable disease. While this is true, palliative care is so much more than that. Continue reading