Archive | June, 2016

Pneumonia: What are the indications among the elderly?

Certain symptoms similar to common cold might be an indication of pneumonia. During the cold season, many suffer from sneezing and coughing which affects individuals of all ages. Most adults simply dismiss their symptoms as a minor cold. As for the elderly, it is vital to have these symptoms checked since pneumonia can rapidly progress. […]

Treatment for emphysema

Emphysema is included in a group of lung conditions categorized as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The usual cause of emphysema is cigarette smoking but there are also other risk factors such as air pollution, secondhand smoke or occupational exposure that can play a part in its development. In this condition, the alveoli or air […]

Close look on hypoxia

Hypoxia is a medical term that means “low oxygen” but defined as reduced amount of oxygen that reaches the bodily tissues. It is different from hypoxemia where there is insufficient amount of oxygen travelling in the blood. The lack of oxygen in the tissues is called as oxygen starvation. If there is complete lack of […]

Proper care for bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis develops due to abnormal widening of the airways triggered by inflammation and infection. Once the airways are dilated, mucus accumulates which causes airway obstruction and eventually the buildup of bacteria. As the mucus and bacteria accumulates, it results to repeated cycles of infection, inflammation and airway obstruction. The objective of management is to control […]

Close look on shoulder bursitis

Shoulder bursitis and rotator cuff tendonitis involves inflammation of an area within the shoulder joint that triggers a common set of symptoms. These symptoms are correctly termed as “impingement syndrome” which occurs once there is inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons and the bursa that borders these tendons. The shoulder joint is considered complex. Impingement […]

What is cubital tunnel syndrome?

Nerve compression syndromes including cubital tunnel syndrome can trigger a variety of symptoms including numbness, pain and weakness. The nerves can become compressed for various reasons. When it comes to cubital tunnel syndrome, one of the nerves of the upper extremity specifically the ulnar nerve is pinched or compressed as it travels behind the elbow. […]

What is a navicular stress fracture?

A navicular stress fracture is a prevalent form of foot injury among athletes. Stress fractures are likely to occur among individuals who engage in sports that entail explosive movements and abrupt directional changes such as in soccer, sprinting and basketball. Why does this type of fracture occur? The navicular bone is structured with a few […]