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Advances in MS Research

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The use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) has proved promising. Using three-dimensional imaging instead of the more traditional two-dimensional version has offered insight into whether a patient’s condition is worsening, which can lead to more accurate prognosis and more effective treatment. MS is characterized by damage along the central nervous system that causes symptoms ranging from mild tingling and numbness to serious vision loss or paralysis. Being able to view damage more vividly gives doctors critical information and expands their options. While there is no cure for MS, many patients have found symptom relief with the currently approved medications aimed at reducing nerve tissue inflammation. MS affects about 350,000 Americans.

P.S. Women are twice as likely to have MS as men .


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Developing the Shakes

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When middle-aged and older individuals develop discernible, involuntary, rhythmic shaking (especially of the hands), concerns may arise over whether Parkinson’s disease or another neurological disorder may be the cause. The fact is, however, that a common movement disorder known as “essential tremor” is more likely the reason. While it can also affect the head, voice, arms, and legs, the first sign of essential tremor usually involves a rapid up-and-down shaking of the hands. Although a hereditary component is often suspected, the exact cause of this disorder, which most often first appears at midlife and gradually worsens with age, is not known. Once properly diagnosed, essential tremor can be controlled with cutbacks in caffeine, nicotine, stress, fatigue, and anxiety.

P.S. If medication is needed to treat severe cases of essential tremor, propranolol and primidone have been proven to be effective.


Sinus Headaches

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Anyone who has suffered through a sinus headache knows how painful it can be. Symptoms range from a dull aching to deep, severe pain in the face and front of the head. Yellow, greenish nasal discharge may be present with red, swollen nasal passages. Fever and a general feeling of malaise are also common with sinus headaches. These headaches develop when the sinuses become infected with bacteria from colds or respiratory viruses. Mucus membranes swell, blocking normal drainage and producing painful symptoms. Treatment involves trying to eliminate the infection and drain nasal passages so patients feel relief. Antibiotics may be prescribed and nasal sprays and oral medications may be taken to relieve pain. Take nasal sprays only as directed.

P.S. When antibiotics are prescribed, remember to take the full course to prevent a relapse.


Neck Pain

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Many daily activities, including driving and computer work, can contribute to neck strain and pain. When neck muscles are overworked, a person may experience pain and stiffness. The best way to avoid strained neck muscles is with good posture and stretching exercises. Neck pain is also part of the aging process. Normal wear and tear over the years can produce stiffness and decreased flexibility. Osteoarthritis often produces stiffness and pain as bone spurs form due to a loss of cushioning and elasticity in the disks. Neck pain is typically harmless and temporary. In some cases, though, it can indicate a health problem requiring medical attention. If pain is severe, shooting, or chronic, or when it occurs at night, consult a doctor.

P.S. Neck pain accompanied by loss of strength, bowel or bladder changes, or chest pain or pressure should be evaluated by a doctor.


Huntington’s Disease

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Huntington’s disease is a progressive, degenerative, neurological condition that affects about 30,000 Americans. A genetic condition, individuals need to inherit just one copy of the defective gene from either parent to produce the disease. Patients typically develop symptoms between the ages of 35 and 50. Younger patients often experience more severe symptoms and more rapid progression. As the disease progresses, nerve cells in the brain deteriorate. Death occurs between 10 and 30 years after the onset of symptoms. Huntington’s symptoms include a wider gait, speech disturbances, involuntary jerking of various body parts, clumsiness, moodiness or paranoia, and compromised cognitive skills. Treatment is aimed at managing these symptoms with medication and speech therapy. Some patients require long-term care as Huntington’s progresses.

P.S. There is currently no cure for Huntington’s disease.


All About Constipation

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There seems to be plenty of interest around the topic of regularity, at least according to yogurt commercials on TV. The truth is, frequency of bowel movements is a personal issue in more ways than the obvious. Even though some people “go” three times a day, it’s also normal to have a bowel movement
once every few days. Once-a-day bowel movements are common, and there’s nothing wrong if the amount of movements varies somewhat from person to person. What is a problem is if there is no bowel movement after two weeks or if constipation comes on suddenly in a person who usually has regular movements. These instances warrant a timely trip to the doctor. You can prevent constipation by consuming lots of high-fiber foods, including fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grain cereals and breads. It’s also important to drink
plenty of water. If you’re not used to eating as much fiber, add it to your diet gradually to help reduce gas and bloating. Regular exercise, such as walking, biking or swimming, can also help to stimulate intestinal function.

P.S. Whether bright red, maroon or black, blood in the stool is always a reason to call the doctor.


Food as Medicine- Multiple Presentations

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Dr. Sadiq, President and CEO of WNY Medical, will be giving six presentations in the greater Buffalo on the following dates:

Wed., October 9 at 1 PM – Cheektowaga Senior Center
Tuesday, October 28 at 1 PM – Orchard Park Senior Center
Monday, November 4 at 1:30 PM – Clarence Senior Center
Friday, November 15 at 2 PM – Baptist Manor
Wednesday, November 20 at 8 PM – Canterbury Woods
Thursday, November 21 at 12:45 PM – Amherst Senior Center


Healthy Aging Seminar

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October 11th, 2013-Presentation with Dr. Sadiq of Western New York Medical. 1-2pm at Concord Town Hall Auditorium 86 Franklin Street Springville NY 14141.


Cirrhosis

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Cirrhosis of the liver is scarring that may be caused by alcohol abuse and different kinds of liver disease such as hepatitis. Cirrhosis can also be brought on by obesity and diabetes. Since cirrhosis is a
response to damage that occurs over a long period of time, it cannot be undone; however, if it’s caught early enough, damage caused by cirrhosis can be slowed down or halted. When cirrhosis gets to the advanced stage, the disease can be life-threatening. Unfortunately, there are often no symptoms of cirrhosis until the damage is major. Symptoms can include fatigue, bleeding and bruising easily, itchy skin, yellowed skin or eyes, fluid accumulation, loss of appetite, nausea, leg swelling and weight loss. The single best test for diagnosing cirrhosis is a liver biopsy. Treatment includes: preventing further damage to the liver,
treating the complications of cirrhosis, preventing liver cancer or detecting it early and liver transplantation.

P.S. Cirrhosis of the liver can be diagnosed with blood tests, imaging tests or a biopsy.