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EuroSciCon Forum For Cardiology

Posted: January 3, 2018 at 6:40 pm

EuroSciCon providing for a forum for discussing present and future challenges associated with cardiac diseases at EuroSciCon Conference on Clinical Cardiology and Cardiovascular Disease going to be schedule during May 24-25, 2018 in London, UK. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Leading edge in the field of Cardiology” which will provide an international platform for discussion of present and future challenges in cardiac diseases, prevention and treatment of myocardial abnormalities, new inventions in technology. World-leading health practitioners, clinicians, educators and researchers will present cutting-edge and practical clinical techniques based upon widely accepted evidence and will introduce new and emerging research.

What’s New?

Cardiology Conferences includes international attendee workshops, lectures and symposia, including a designated registration area, a refreshment break and gala lunch. Cardiologists, Cardiovascular researchers can join the Clinical Cardiology and Cardiovascualr Disease EuroSciCon as an international member to receive discounts on registration. So come and join the leading experts and allied professionals in the International Cardiology Conferences from May 24-25 2018 in London, UK to keep up with the rapidly accelerating pace of change that is already having an impact on the field clinical cardiology and will continue to in the future.

EuroSciCon is the longest running independent life science events company with a predominantly academic client base. Our multi-professional and multi-speciality approach creates a unique experience that cannot be found with a specialist society or commercially.

Euroscicon are corporate members of the following organisations

Royal Society of Biology

IBMS

British Society for Immunology

Rare Care UK

Opportunities for Conference Attendees

For Researchers &Faculty:

Speaker Presentations

Poster Display

Symposium hosting

Workshop organizing

For Universities, Associations & Societies:

Association Partnering

Collaboration proposals

Academic Partnering

Group Participation

For Students & Research Scholars:

Poster Competition (Winner will get Best Poster Award)

Young Researcher Forum (YRF Award to the best presenter)

Student Attendee

Group registrations

For Business Delegates:

Speaker Presentations

Symposium hosting

Book Launch event

Networking opportunities

Audience participation

For Companies:

Exhibitor and Vendor booths

Sponsorships opportunities

Product launch

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The EuroSciCon will be holding its Clinical Cardiology and Cardiovascular Diseases May 24-25, 2018 London, UK

Posted: January 2, 2018 at 2:37 pm

The EuroSciCon will be holding its Clinical Cardiology and Cardiovascular Diseases May 24-25, 2018 London, UK. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Leading edge in the field of Cardiology” which will provide an international platform for discussion of present and future challenges in cardiac diseases, prevention and treatment of myocardial abnormalities, new inventions in technology. World-leading health practitioners, clinicians, educators and researchers will present cutting-edge and practical clinical techniques based upon widely accepted evidence and will introduce new and emerging research. The registration prices for the mentioned conference are €399 for students, €599 for academics and €699 for business.

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Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiac Medications
Pediatric Cardiology
Heart As Functional Syncytium
Cardiac Surgeries
Congenital Heart Block
Cardiac Remodeling
Advanced Devices Used To Treat Cardiac Diseases
Stem Cell Therapy In Cardiology
Invasive Techniques For Diagnosis And Treatment
Non Invasive Imaging
Nano Technology In Cardio Science
Diabetes & Heart
Cardio-Oncology
Current Research In Cardiology
Nuclear Cardiology
Sports Cardiology
Cardiac Nursing
Cardiac Regeneration
Clinical & Experimental Cardiology
Electrocardiography
Cardiovascular Genetics
Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Pediatric & Geriatric Cardiology

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Medical practitioner Conferences

Posted: November 21, 2017 at 10:32 am

The purpose behind this message is to welcome you at the upcoming “May 21-22, 2018 Osaka, Japan” which will be held on May 11-12, 2018 at Osaka, Japan.

This gathering manages the one of a kind technique for Medicine and its inventive procedures. The conference is a two-day event, comprised of Keynote Presentations, Poster, Oral talks, Symposia, Workshop, Scientific meetings and Exhibitions in the field of Medicine and Surgery, for an Exhibitions and workshops.
Sessions at the conference are designed to cover a broad spectrum of subjects in oncology and you are free to choose one and inform us at your convenience.
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New Advancement in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Research

Posted: October 17, 2017 at 3:29 pm

A recent change in how well we understand stem cells may make it easier for scientists and researchers to gather stem cells for use in scientific research as well as medical application. A new study was released in the research publication, Cell, which was performed by representatives from the University of California San Francisco.

One of the issues which hinder the use of stem cells as a more widespread treatment or field of research is that researchers and patients have a bottleneck of available healthy stem cell lines which can be used for research. Researchers hope that this new discovery will allow future scientific discoveries and applications in the areas of creating new and healthy tissue for patients with kidney failure or any other form of organ tissue failure. The future of medical therapy lies with Stem Cell Research, but many other forms of treatment, including Hormone Replacement Therapy, are already in practice today.

Researchers have discovered that it is possible to essentially “flip a switch” in an adult cell, reverting it back to the preliminary state at which cells existed in one of the earliest stages of development—the embryonic stem cell. Medical researchers hypothesize that Stem Cell treatments could be used for a variety of medical health issues which plague the world today, including kidney failure, liver disease, and Type-1 and Type-2 Diabetes.

Use of Embryonic Stem Cells Contentious

There is an ethical issue in Stem Cell Research today. Many Pro-Life Advocates are vociferously against the use of Embryonic Stem Cells harvested from procedures such as fertility treatments designed for conception. They believe that the use of embryonic stem cells harvested from donors and couples looking to conceive is unethical.

Using current research, it may be possible to bypass this ethical quandary completely by using adult cells and converting them into embryonic stem cells. Furthermore, because these stem cells are genetic derivatives of the patient from which the adult cells were harvested, this potentially paves the way for patient-specific medical treatments using stem cells.

After adult cells have been converted back into Embryonic Stem Cells, it will be possible to convert them into any possible cell that the patient needs or would benefit from.

Hijacking the Blueprint of the Cell Allows Scientists to Revert Adult Cells to their Earliest State

Researchers have increased the capacity to produce Embryonic Stem Cells by identifying previously unrecognized biochemical processes which tell human cells how to develop. In essence, researchers have discovered how the body blueprints cells, and can change the blueprints so that a new cell is made.

By utilizing these newly recognized pathways, it is possible to create new stem cells more quickly than ever before. One of the researchers explains the implications of this research. Dr. Miguel Ramalho-Santos is an associate professor of obstetrics, medicine, and cancer research at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Ramalho-Santos is also a member of the Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research.

He explains that these stem cell discoveries have the ability to alter the way that the medical sciences can take advantage of stem cells with regard to both cancer research and regenerative medicine. Dr. Ramalho-Santos was the lead researcher for this study, and the research was largely funded by the Director of the National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award, granted to promising young researchers which are leading highly innovative and promising medical research studies.

Dr. Ramalho-Santos’ research builds off of earlier research which discovered that it was possible to take adult cells and turn them back into embryonic stem cells. These stem cells don’t have any inherent aging processes, and they can be turned into any other kind of tissue. In the process of this conversion, the adult cells lose all of their unique characteristics, leaving them in an ultimately immature and malleable state.

This earlier research was conducted by researchers from UC San Francisco in partnership with Dr. Shinya Yamanaka from Kyoto University and Gladstone Institutes. These entities all gained a piece of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine from their part in the study.

Pluripotent Stem Cells vs. Embryonic Stem Cells

Thus far, we’ve described these cells as Embryonic Stem Cells, but in fact, the more accurate term for these cells are Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (IPS). These cells are biologically and functionally similar to Embryonic Stem Cells, but have a different name because they are sourced from adult cells. The difference between Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells and Embryonic Stem Cells is that Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells do seem to retain some of the characteristics of their previous state, which appears to limit their ability to convert into any other type of cell. This new research identifies new pathways by which it may be possible to increase the number of cells that an individual IPS Cell can turn into, perhaps allowing them to convert into any other kind of human cell.

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells are not explicitly considered an alternative to Embryonic Stem Cells, but are considered a different approach to produce similar cells. If researchers fully uncover the mechanisms of how to reprogram these cells, it will lower many barriers to stem cell research and the availability of stem cell treatments.

As of today, researchers have figured out how to make these Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, but the percentage of adult cells which are reverted successfully is quite low, and frequently, these cells still show some aspects of specialization, which limits their use.

How Do Scientists Make Stem Cells From Adult Cells?

There are genes within every cell which have the ability to induce pluripotency, reverting the cell to an earlier stage of specialization. The initial stage of this process is the result of activating Yamanaka Factors, specific genes that initiate this reversion process.

As of today, this process of de-maturation is not completely understood, and researchers realized from the start that the cells they created were not truly identical to Embryonic Stem Cells, because they still showed signs of their former lives, which often prevented them from being successfully reprogrammed.

The new research conducted by Dr. Ramalho-Santos appears to increase our knowledge regarding how these cells work, and how to program them more effectively. Dr. Ramalho-Santos and his team discovered more genes associated with these programming/reprogramming processes, and by manipulating them, they have increased the viability and range of particular stem cells.

It appears that these genetic impulses are constantly at play to maintain the structure and function of a cell, and that by systematically removing these safeguards, it is possible to increase the ability to alter these cells.

This research increases researchers’ ability to produce these stem cells, by increasing the ability of medical scientists to produce adequate numbers of stem cells, while also increasing the range of potential treatment options by more effectively inducing the total pluripotency which is available in Embryonic Stem Cells. This research may also help scientists treat certain forms of cancer which are the result of malfunctions of these genes.

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New Stem Cell Cancer Treatment on the Horizon?

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Stem Cell Research is an amazing field right now, and promises to be a powerful and potent tool to help us live longer and healthier lives. Just last month, for example, Stem Cell Therapy was used to restore sight in patients with severe retinal deterioration, allowing them to see clearer than they had in years, or even decades.

Now, there is another form of Stem Cell Treatment on the horizon—this one of a very different form. Stem Cells have now been used as a mechanism to deliver medical treatment designed to eliminate cancer cells, even in hard to reach places. One issue with current cancer treatments is that, treatments that are effective at treating tumors on the surface of the brain cannot be performed safely when the tumor is deeper within the brain’s tissues.

Stem Cells have the fantastic ability to transform into any other kind of cell within the human body, given the appropriate stimulation. As of today, most of these cells come from Embryonic Lines, but researchers are learning how to backwards engineer cells in the human body, reverting them back to their embryonic state. These cells are known as Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells.

How Does This Stem Cell Cancer Treatment Work?

Using genetic engineering, it is possible to create stem cells that are designed to release a chemical known as Pseudomonas Exotoxin, which has the ability to destroy certain tumor cells in the human brain.

What is Pseudomonas Exotoxin?

Pseudomonas Exotoxin is a compound that is naturally released by a form of bacteria known as Pseudomonas Aeruginosa. This chemical is toxic to brain tumor cells because it prevents polypeptides from growing longer, essentially preventing the polypeptides from growing and reproducing. When used in a specific manner, this toxin has the ability to destroy cancerous and malignant tissue without negatively impacting healthy tissue. In addition to its potential as a cancer treatment, there is also evidence that the therapy could be used for the treatment of Hepatitis B.

PE and Similar Toxins Have been Used Therapeutically in the Past

As of now, this chemical, which we will refer to for the rest of the article as PE, has been used as a cancer treatment before, but there are major limitations regarding the use of PE for particular cancers, not because of the risks of the treatment, but because of the lack of an effective method to deliver the medication to where it is needed.

For example, similar chemicals have been highly effective in the treatment of a large number of blood cancers, but haven’t been nearly as effective in larger, more inaccessible tumors. The chemicals break down or become metabolized before they can fully do their job.

How do Stem Cells Increase the Effectiveness of PE Cancer Treatment

Right now, PE has to be created in a laboratory before it is administered, which is not very effective for these embedded cancers. By using Stem Cells as an intermediary, it is possible to deliver the medication to deeper areas of the brain more effectively, theoretically highly increasing the efficacy of the treatment.

The leader of this Stem Cell Research is Harvard researcher Dr. Khalis Shah. His goal was to find an effective means to treat these deep brain tumors which are not easily treated by methods available today. In utilizing Stem Cells, Dr. Shah has potentially found a means by which the stem cells can constantly deliver this Cancer Toxin to the tumor area. The cells remain active and are fed by the body, which allows them to provide a steady stream of treatment that is impossible to provide via any other known method.

This research is still in its early stages, and has not yet reached human trials, but in mice, the PE Toxin worked exactly as hypothesized and was able to starve out tumors by preventing them from replicating effectively.

Perhaps this might seem a bit less complicated than it actually is. One of the major hurdles that had to be overcome was that this Toxin would normally be strong enough to kill the cell that hosted it. In order for the Stem Cells to release the cancer, they had to be able to withstand the effects of PE, themselves. Using genetic engineering, Dr. Shah and his associates were able to create a cell that is capable of both producing and withstanding the effects of the toxin.

Stem Cell delivered medical therapy is a 21st century form of medical treatment that researchers are just beginning to learn how to effectively utilize. Essentially, this treatment takes a stem cell and converts it into a unique symbiotic tool capable of feeding off of the host for energy in order to perform a potentially life-saving function. It’s really quite fascinating.

How Does PE Not Damage or Kill Brain Cells Indiscriminately?

You might be concerned about the idea of a patient having a toxin injected into the brain to cure a disease. It sounds almost like a dangerous, tribal, homeopathic remedy. In reality, the researchers have been able to harness the destructive power of the toxin and re-engineer it so that it directly targets cancer cells while having limited negative effects on healthy, non-cancerous tissue.

The toxin does its damage after it has been absorbed by a cell. By retooling the toxin so that it does not readily absorb into healthy cells, the dangers associated with having such a potentially dangerous toxin in the brain are seriously and significantly mitigated.

Beyond that, Dr. Shah and his associates have been able to take steps to effectively “turn off” PE while it is inside the host stem cell, and only activates when it has entered the cancerous tissue. Dr. Shah explains that, although this research has only been conducted in animal subjects, there is no known reason why the effectiveness and safety of the treatment would not be applicable to human patients.

In this treatment, surgeons remove as much of the tumor as possible from the brain, and insert the engineered Stem Cells submerged in a sterile gel in the area where the tumor was removed or partially still exists. Researchers found that, when they used this treatment on laboratory rats, they could tell through imaging and analysis that the modified PE toxin effectively killed the cancer cells, and that this cancer treatment effectively lengthened the life of the rat, as compared to control subjects.

What’s the Next Step?

Of course, cancer treatment is far more complex than a single treatment, no matter how effective that treatment may be. Because human cancer treatment is a comprehensive therapy approach, the end goal of this research is to create a form of therapy in which the method used in animal subjects is combined with other existing approaches, increasing and maximizing the effectiveness of the comprehensive treatment.

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Cerebral Palsy – Learn Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment

Posted: January 16, 2018 at 9:42 am

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a blanket term for several disorders that affect normal, healthy movement. Over 10,000 children are diagnosed each year.Cerebral Palsy Defined

Cerebral palsy (commonly referred to as CP) affects normal movement in different parts of the body and has many degrees of severity.

CP causes problems with posture, gait, muscle tone andcoordination of movement.

The word cerebral refers to the brains cerebrum, which is the part of the brain that regulates motor function. Palsy describes the paralysis of voluntary movement in certain parts of the body.

Some children with CP also have coexistingconditions, such as vision and hearing impairment. These disorders are caused by brain damage and are not a direct result of onescerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy does not generally affect life expectancy. Depending on how the condition is managed, motor skills can improve or decline over time. Whilesymptoms and severityvary from case tocase, mostpeople diagnosed with this condition go on to leada rich, fulfillinglife.

The brain controls all types of motor functions that allow people to live as independently as possible. Motor control can be voluntary, such as reaching out to shake someones hand. It can also be involuntary, such as the reflex when a doctor taps a spot just below a patients knee.

When the motor control centers in the brain are damaged, voluntary and involuntary motor skills do not function properly. This can present an array of challenges related toones ability to walk, talk or completeeveryday tasks independently.

Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood physical disability

There are 4 main types of cerebral palsy:

CP is a non-progressive disorder,

2 in 3people

3 in 4 people with CP are able to verbally communicate.

Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the fetal or infant brain. It occurs when there is neurological damage before, during, or within five years of birth that prevents the brain from developing properly.

Damage to the parts of the brain that control motor function causes children with CP to struggle with posture, balance and movement. Although this disability affects muscle tone and movement, it isnt caused by problems with the actual muscles or nerves it is strictly the result ofdevelopmental brain damage.

The first question many parentshave following a recent CP diagnosis iswhat could have caused their childs brain injury. Its important that parents work with doctors and specialistsin order to concludewhich factors may have contributed to their childs condition.

Common causes of CP include:

Not every case of cerebral palsy has a clear cut explanation. Its estimated that 20 to 50 percent of cases have unknown causes. Clinical trials are just one techniquebeing used to conduct further research on the potential causes of CP.

Some children develop cerebral palsy as the result of a birth injury caused by medical negligence. While rare, these casesare usually the product of a delivery room meltdown. Parents who suspect their childs condition is due to negligence on the part of the doctors, nurses or hospital facility may wishto pursue a free legal case evaluation.

A cerebral palsy lawyercan evaluate the details of your casein order to determine if there is enough evidence to suggest medical neglect or malpractice took place. For parents who areconsidering filingfor a case evaluation, it is essential to seek outan attorney specializing in birth injury cases caused by negligence.

Could filing a lawsuit help cover the cost of your childs treatment?

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Infants born prematurely are at a higher risk of developing cerebral palsy because of the complications that arise in thesebirths, such as bleeding in the brain. Estimates show that 10 to 30 percent of people with cerebral palsy were born prematurely. A low birth weight canalso increase the chances of developingCP.

Some additional risk factors include:

Thesymptoms of cerebral palsy are different for every child. Some symptoms are hardly noticeable, while others are more intense. The severity of a childs brain injury will ultimately determine the symptoms that develop.

The most common signs of cerebral palsy are:

Damage to the developing brain can cause an array ofhealth complications, in addition to CP. There are a number ofcoexisting conditionsthatoccur more frequently among those with cerebral palsy when compared to the general population.

Common conditions that may be present alongside cerebral palsy include:

There are a fewdifferent typesof cerebral palsy. CP is classified by the type and location of movement problems. There are also different levels of severity among each case of cerebral palsy.

The 4 main types are:

Cerebral palsy is also grouped by the severity or location of paralysis stemming from damage to the developing brain.This is described using the suffix plegia, or paralysis, of one or more limbs.

The location of paralysis is described as:

These classifications illustratehow distinct each cerebral palsy diagnosis is.One person may be diagnosed with spastic diplegia, for instance, while another is diagnosed with athetoid/dyskinetic hemiplegia.

A cerebral palsydiagnosis usually takes place anywhere between18 months and 5 years of age. Parents and caregivers are usually the first to notice delays in a childs development, which is one of the first signs of cerebral palsy. However, every child develops at his or her own pace, so doctors often hesitate to make an immediate diagnosis until further symptoms can be observed.

Several imaging tests may be used to diagnose cerebral palsy, including:

If youre concerned that your child is showing developmental signs of cerebral palsy, parents should seek out a CPspecialistwho can conduct observational analysis and administer diagnostic tests. Once adiagnosis is received, parents can begintaking steps toward embracing a life with CP.

Treatment for CPis twofold there is treatment early in life and lifelong management.

Early treatment for children with cerebral palsy is important because the developing brain and body are more resilient.This means that there are more opportunities to correct or improve some of the childs mobility limitationsduring this time.

Treatment isnt focused on curing or fully correcting achilds CP. Rather, its about nurturing a childs development so they can live as independently as possible. Many children with cerebral palsy are completely self-sufficient and have satisfying, meaningful lives. Actively treating the symptomsthat coincide with CP is the best way to ensure the highest quality of life for a child as they transition into adulthood.

Children with cerebral palsy can improve their motor skills with the help of traditional and alternative therapy, medication, surgery and more. Parents should seek out a multidisciplinary team of specialists to effectively treat their childs condition.

The multidisciplinary team may include:

To learn more about the condition of cerebral palsy and various treatment options, try downloading our free Cerebral Palsy Guide, which includes over 60 pages of in-depth information for children and parents of a child with CP.

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Brain Injury and Drug Addiction Treatment Program Overview

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At NRI, we use the term dual diagnosis to describe the victim of a brain injury who is also struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Studies show that substance abuse is a key factor in more than a third of the accidents that result in a traumatic brain injuryand the use of alcohol or drugs prior to the injury often results in complications that require specialized treatment in a facility qualified to treat dual diagnosis patients. NRI is such a facility.

Most individuals who were addicted to alcohol or drugs prior to their brain injury continue to experience substance abuse issues during their recovery. Other individuals may become addicted to pain medications as a result of their injury. Substance abuse and addiction not only pose special mental health concerns for people who have experienced brain trauma, they pose substantial impediments to recovery as well.

As a facility uniquely capable of treating traumatic brain injury patients with dual diagnosis, NRI offers a non-judgmental and supportive environment that specifically addresses the challenges of recovery faced by those who are also struggling with alcohol or drug abuse. Our approach is based on respect for the dignity of the patients we serve and the belief that addiction is a treatable disease.

The Traumatic Brain Injury and Dual Diagnosis Programs at NRI offer specialized services such as:

To learn more about this groundbreaking program for victims of traumatic brain injury and addiction, call or request a free assessment today. The call will be kept strictly confidential.

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| Muscular Dystrophy Association

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Progress is Our Promise: 2017 in Review

In 2017, MDA helped thousands of families live better and longer lives. All of this and more was possible thanks to you. Thank you for helping make 2017 a remarkable year for families with muscular dystrophy and related diseases.

To accelerate progress in our mission to save and improve lives, MDA is proud to bring together more than 500 medical and scientific neuromuscular experts at our 2018 Clinical Conference, to be held March 11-14 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va. Register now to save your seat.

Think about the life-changing experience youre giving to that person, just by coming and running, says Stephanie Betts, a Team Momentum runner and proud mother of son Henry who lives with congenital muscular dystrophy. When you run for someone, for something, its a whole different experience. It makes it so much better when you finish.

We’re happy to announce more than $3 million in funding for 13 new research grants. They join the 29 research and development grants already announced this year in the quest to end muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases. Read on to learn about the summer 2017 grant recipients and research projects the MDA community is now supporting.

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Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury Treatment & Rehab …

Posted: January 15, 2018 at 8:42 am

Treatment of spinal cord injury may involve medication, and surgery, and always requires physical therapy. Spinal cord injury may be due to either traumatic or non-traumatic causes. Non-traumatic causes of spinal cord injury occur over time and include arthritis, cancer, infection, blood vessels problems, bleeding, and inflammation.

In the case of traumatic spinal cord injury due to an accident, immediate, comprehensive trauma care is crucial for both survival and long-term outcome. A competent trauma team can do much to minimize the spread of damage from a spinal cord injury. The long-term prognosis for a spinal cord injury depends on the nature and location of the injury, as well as the quality of care received.

If emergency medical personnel suspect you have sustained a spinal injury, they will do everything possible to prevent further injury. While medics work to stabilize your heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure, your head and neck will be put into a special brace to prevent movement and additional injury. You will be put on stiff back board to prevent injury while you are being loaded in the ambulance and taken to the hospital.

Once at the trauma center, doctors will continue to work to make sure that you are stabilized and that no further injury will occur. You will continue to be immobilized while undergoing tests such as CAT scans and MRIs; these imaging tests will help the doctors determine the extent of your injury.

In cases of severe injury to the neck area of the spinal cord, respiratory problems may occur. Doctors may need to help you breathe by giving you oxygen through a tube inserted down your throat; this process is called intubation.

Spinal cord injuries have a tendency to worsen after the initial injury. Blood pressure and blood flow may drop dramatically immediately after the injury or may remain fairly normal in the first few hours only to drop dramatically within a day or so. As blood pressure drops and blow flow decreases, inflammation sets in and nerve cells at a distance from the injury begin to die. Researchers still do not understand all of the reasons why the injury spreads in this way, but a corticosteroid drug first used for spinal cord injuries in the early 1990s may help reduce the extent of the spread.

Doctors may give you this powerful corticosteroid, methylprednisolone (Medrol). When given within eight hours of the initial injury, methylprednisolone has been known to prevent further damage and to promote recovery in some people. Methylprednisolone reduces nerve damage and decreases inflammation around the injury. The use of methylprednisolone is controversial. It can cause serious side effects and some doctors believe it provides little benefit; however, other doctors are convinced that the drug is worth the risks and should be used to in most spinal cord injuries.

During the first few hours and days after a traumatic spinal cord injury, doctors may need to operate remove foreign objects, bone fragments, fractured vertebrae or herniated disks that are compressing the spine (decompressive surgery). Sometimes surgery is necessary to stabilize the spine; however, the precise time to perform emergency surgery is controversial. Some doctors believe that the sooner such an operation is performed, the greater chance a patient has of full recovery. Other doctors are convinced that surgery should be postponed for several days, so that the patients condition will be more stable.

The debate over when to perform surgery is yet to be settled, but in 2008 a comprehensive study seemed to indicate that earlier invention is better. According to the Surgical Treatment of Acute Spinal Cord Injury Study (STASCIS) 24% of people who underwent decompressive surgery within a day of their initial injury showed significant improvement when measured by the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) scale. The condition of these patients improved by two grades or better on this scale. While doctors are encouraged by the studys results, it is still too early for a definitive decision on these results. More research must be done.

In the meanwhile, patients and their families desiring early intervention should understand that such a procedure is not advisable for all spinal cord injuries. If you have had a severe spinal cord injury, but experienced no problems with your heart, blood pressure, breathing, and other vital functions, you may be eligible for early intervention. Unfortunately, many people who sustain a spinal cord injury have complications which delay surgery; they frequently have other injuries beside the spinal cord injury.

There are also other surgical procedures which may help you later in your road to recovering as much function as possible. Tendon transfer surgery can sometimes help people with a spinal cord injury gain more control of their arms and hands. A nonessential muscle which still has nerve function can be transferred to a place in the shoulders or arms to assist in motor function. Naturally, tendon transfer surgery is utilized only for people in relatively good health; it requires a period of being immobile for a length of time prior to the surgery, which can cause you to temporarily lose muscle gains you have made. Tendon transfer surgery will not be considered until at least a year after the initial injury.

Adjusting to a spinal cord injury is difficult because all physical aspects of your body are affected. You may lose control of your bladder and/or your bowels and you may experience urinary tract infections. You may experience pressure sores from being in one position for long time. You are at greatly increased risk of blood clots in your limbs and lungs (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism). Lung and breathing problems are common. You may experience spastic muscles. You are also at risk for a dangerous condition called autonomic dysreflexia and at risk of experiencing a new injury because you lack sensation in your limbs. Although these conditions are very disheartening, they are not insurmountable; your rehabilitation team will help you learn to manage each problem.

The extent of bladder control problems depends on the extent of your injury. In the hospital your bladder function will likely be managed with a catheter which stays in place. A catheter is a thin tube inserted into the bladder; the tube empties into a bag. Later you may benefit from intermittent catherization. You or a caregiver will insert a catheter at regular intervals, so that your bladder may empty completely; intermittent catheterization is less likely to lead to an infection, than leaving the catheter in around the clock. Emptying your bladder on schedule and careful monitoring can help you avoid urinary tract infections; if you do develop an infection, early intervention with antibiotics can help clear it.

A spinal cord injury can cause either a lack of bowel control or constipation. A high fiber diet and medications can help manage bowel function. Your rehabilitation team will help you device a schedule to help regulate bowel elimination.

Pressure sores are a real problem for people with spinal cord injury; they can become seriously infected if left untreated. Because you must sit or lay in the same position for a long period of time, your skin can break down; since you may have little or no sensation in the affected area, you may not realize that there is a problem. Pressure sores can be prevented by regularly changing position. Once you are stable, in the hospital and rehabilitation center, you will be routinely turned through the night, generally at intervals of two hours; this not only helps eliminate pressure sores, it also prevents fluid from accumulating in one area of your body and it helps protect the lungs from pneumonia. You will be turned or repositioned in the day time as well while you are immobile. Once at you will be reminded to change positions frequently, either on your own or with the help of a caregiver.

Staying immobile for long periods of time also slows blood circulation and can cause clots to form. Clots may develop deep within the vein of a muscle (deep vein thrombosis) and these can cause an artery in the lungs to be blocked (pulmonary embolism). Both conditions are extremely risk and can cause death.

You may be given medications to thin your blood and improve your circulation. Some people benefit from inflatable pumps which are placed on the legs to increase circulation and prevent fluid build. Special support stockings can help as well.

Spinal cord injuries can weaken the abdominal and chest muscles; sometimes movement of these muscles is completely impaired. If your diaphragm muscles (chest muscles used to breath with) are completely paralyzed you will be intubated and you may have to stay on a ventilator for a period of time; some people can learn to consciously breath and can thus stay off the ventilator for periods of time.

Even if your breathing is not directly impaired, you are still at greater risk of pneumonia. You will be given respiratory exercises and medications to help prevent lung infections and improve your lung function.

You may experience muscles spasms and your arms and legs may jump. This is relatively rare and unfortunately it is not an indication that you are regaining sensation or movement in these areas. These involuntary movements occur because some of your nerves have become more sensitive, yet your damaged spinal cord will not allow the brain to interpret and regulate their signals.

If your spinal cord was injured above the middle of the chest, you can be subject to autonomic dysreflexia, a dangerous, sometimes fatal problem. Pain or irritation below your injury may send a signal which cannot reach the brain. The interrupted signal causes a reflex which constricts your blood vessels; the blood pressure may rise while the heart rate drops, leading to a stroke or a seizure. Even a simple problem such as a full bladder or irritating clothes may trigger such a signal; eliminating the source of irritation can help relieve the problem. Sometimes a change of position will help.

Because you may not be able to feel pain or other stimuli on some areas of your body it is possible to injure yourself without realizing it. People with spinal cord injuries may experience severe burns or cuts without realizing it. Extra vigilance on your part and on your caregivers part can help eliminate this danger. Be on the lookout for cuts or sores that may require medical treatment.

When you have a spinal cord injury you are sometimes able to feel pain within areas of your body that cannot feel exterior sensations. Pain can come as a result of your initial injury. Your doctor can prescribe medication to help with this pain.

If you are able to regain some mobility, such as using your arms to work a wheelchair or using a walker, you may experience muscle pain from overuse or strain. You may experience less pain as you gains strength and stamina. Your physical therapist may also be able to show you new techniques that will reduce your muscle strain.

Once your condition has been stabilized, rehabilitation can begin. It is important that rehabilitation begin as soon as possible so that your muscles do not atrophy. Today, new technology can assist physical therapists in providing you with the best chance of recovery. A number of specialists may assist your recovery, including a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a recreation therapist, a rehabilitation nurse, a rehabilitation psychologist, a social worker, and a physician specializing in physical medicine (physiatrist).

Physical therapy will begin in the hospital. At first you will be usually helped to regain strength in your arms and legs. An occupational therapist will help you with fine motor skills and you will be taught new ways of accomplishing every day tasks. You will learn to use adaptive equipment such as a wheelchair and equipment that can make self-care and every day tasks easier (such as an adaptor to help fasten your clothes and specially designed phone to facilitate dialing).

Later, according to your needs and your personal preferences, you may be transferred to a rehabilitation facility or allowed to go home and receive daily physical therapy at home. Severe injuries generally require a period of recuperation in a rehabilitation facility so that all of your medical needs can be attended to and you can receive more intensive therapy than you might at home.

At the rehabilitation center you will receive more and advanced therapy as your condition improves. You and your family will be taught techniques for managing skin care and dealing with possible urinary tract infections. You will also receive help with adapting your home to your new situation.

Newer technology can greatly assist your adjustment to your new limitations. Modern wheelchairs are lighter weight and easier to maneuver than past models. Electronic wheelchairs with adaptive controls can assist people with limited or no use of their arms. Some wheelchairs can elevate to allow you to reach objects above your head and to converse at high level with someone. Other wheelchairs allow the owner to negotiate curbs and climb stairs without assistance.

Computer driven devices can assist you with a wide-range of activities. Voice-activated computers can assist you with online bill paying and other computer work; they can also allow you to dial and answer a phone without using your hands. New computer devices also can help with personal hygiene and with reading.

In recent years an exciting technology called functional neuromuscular stimulation (FNS) has helped many people with a spinal cord injury increase their muscle strength and sometimes regain function. FNS works by stimulating intact peripheral nerves to cause muscle contractions in paralyzed muscles. Electrodes for this stimulation can be placed on the skin surface or can be implanted.

An implantable system can allow people with a certain type of spinal injury to grasp objects with their hands. The device is controlled by the shoulders position. FNS is commonly used with tendon transfer surgery.

The legs may also benefit from FNS. When electrodes are places on the skin of the legs, people with certain forms of spinal cord injury can ride a stationary bicycle. This strengthens the muscles, the bones, and the cardiovascular system. It also provides a psychological boost.

FNS can also stimulate gait for some patients. This can allow you to walk short distances with the aid of a walker. Soon FNS technology may allow people with spinal cord injuries a near return to their former level of function.

In addition to physical changes that can be dangerous, people with spinal cord injury also experience physical changes that directly affect them emotionally. Sexual dysfunction is a common problem for males with a spinal cord injury.

Although men with a spinal cord injury may still experience erections, they may have trouble maintaining an erection. The majority of men with a spinal cord injury have difficulty ejaculating. If you are a man with a spinal cord injury and concerns about your sexual function, consult a urologist or a fertility specialist.

Women with spinal cord injury are generally still able to experience intercourse and become pregnant, but sexual intimacy may not be as pleasurable. Pregnancy for a woman with a spinal cord injury is considered high risk. If you are a woman with concerns about how your spinal cord injury will affect your sexuality and ability to have children consult with a fertility specialist or an obstetrician gynecologist.

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Every year, more than 12,000 people in the United States sustain a spinal cord injury. A spinal cord injury / disease (SCI/D) changes a persons life in an instant, and can have life-changing consequences. Veterans who have experienced an SCI can take advantage of ongoing support and helpful resources and benefits through aParalyzed Veterans of America membership.

More than 5 million Americans are living with paralysis, one in 4 of them a result of spinal cord injury or disease. The spinal cord is the major channel through which motor and sensory information travels between the brain and body.

When injury or disease of the spinal cord occurs, conduction of sensory and motor signals across the site of lesion(s) is impaired, resulting in loss of motor and/or sensory function. To further define, tetraplegia refers to impairment of function in the arms as well as the trunk, legs and pelvic organs. Paraplegia refers to impairment of arm functioning is spared and trunk, legs and pelvic organ involvement is dependent of the level of injury.

Injuries are classified as incomplete if partial preservation of sensory and/or motor function is present below the level of injury, to include sensation at the lowest segment of spinal cord; and complete when sensory and motor function is absent in the lowest segment of the spinal cord.

Prior to the 1970s, life expectancy for people with SCI/D was significantly reduced, mostly because of urological or respiratory infections. Since the improved management of infections, life expectancy has increased; however, respiratory diseases and septicemia remain the leading cause of death for individuals with SCI/D. It is important for caregivers and clinicians to recognize atypical signs and symptoms of infection, including, but not limited to fever, chills, spasms, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue as warning signs of infection in individuals with SCI/D.

Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD) is a preventable condition that can result in death if not quickly treated. Those with spinal cord injury at the sixth nerve of the thoracic spine or above are most commonly at risk, and in some cases the seventh and eighth nerve. AD can affect individuals with complete and incomplete injuries.

Common signs and symptoms of AD include sudden/significant elevation of blood pressure, severe headache, profuse sweating, goosebumps, blurred vision, seeing spots, flushed skin, nasal congestion, slowed pulse, tightness in chest, and anxiety. If any of these are experienced, emergency treatment must be initiated to include: sit up or raise head to 90 degrees and remain upright until blood pressure is normal, based on individuals baseline blood pressure; check/empty bowel or bladder; loosen or remove tight clothing; monitor blood pressure every 5 minutes; and call health care professional, even if symptoms resolve.

In addition to those injured traumatically, neurologic impairment of the spinal cord (myelopathy) may predominantly occur in diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), benign or malignant tumors, spinal stenosis, arterio-venous malformations, epidural abscess, and other vascular, inflammatory, or infections of the spinal cord itself.

Similar to spinal cord injury, spinal cord disease causes various patterns of deficits depending on which nerve tracts within the spinal cord or which spinal roots outside of the cord are damaged. Common warning signs of spinal cord disease include paresis, loss of sensation, change in reflexes, and autonomic dysfunction (bowel/bladder, erectile dysfunction, loss of ability to sweat).

With increased longevity for persons with SCI/D, co-morbidities such as metabolic disease, endocrine disease, and musculoskeletal disorders are becoming increasingly common and require comprehensive specialty care for the prevention or early detection of health complications seen in the aging population.

Within the Veterans Health Administration, the Spinal Cord Injury and Disease System of Care provides an interdisciplinary team approach to manage the physical, psychological, environmental, and interpersonal support of individuals living with SCI/D. At the onset of rehabilitation and throughout life time, this comprehensive system of care helps individuals with SCI/D attain, preserve, and enhance the health and quality of life.Heres how to find one near you.

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Treatment Options | MS Living Well

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AubagioAubagio (teriflunomide) is a once-a-day tablet for the treatment of adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). The Aubagio 14 mg dose has been shown to reduce relapses by 31.5% in the TEMSO trial and 36% in the TOWER trial. Both trials demonstrated a benefit in reducing the likelihood of disability progression.Learn moreCopaxoneCopaxone (glatiramer acetate) is composed of four amino acids, the building blocks of protein. The daily injection therapy is given under the skin. Copaxone increases immune cells that reduce inflammation. In animal models of MS, these cells traveled to the brain and spinal cord to reduce inflammation.Learn moreInterferonAvonex, Betaseron, Extavia and Rebif are interferon therapies. Interferon is a natural compound that our immune cells make. Interferon treatment can help “quiet down” inflammatory white blood cells and help block these cells from crossing the blood vessel walls into the brain and spinal cord. Fortunately, this anti-inflammatory benefit does not result in increased infections.Learn moreGilenyaGilenya (also known as fingolimod, FTY720) is FDA-approved for the treatment of relapsing forms of MS to reduce the number of relapses and delay the development of disability. Gilenya is taken as a once-day 0.5 mg capsule.Learn moreLemtradaLemtrada (alemtuzumab) is an antibody treatment that is given in the vein over 5 days the first year and 3 days the second year. By reducing certain immune cells from the body for months, Lemtrada has been shown to cut relapses in half compared to interferon treatment.Learn moreNovantroneNovantrone (mitoxantrone) is a powerful medication given in the vein generally every 3 months for up to 2 years. The medication has been shown to reduce relapses by 68%, prevent new MRI activity by 85%, and reduce the risk of disability progression by 62%.Learn moreTecfideraTecfidera ( BG-12, dimethyl fumurate ) is an oral twice daily treatment with anti-oxidant properties for relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. In clinical trials, Tecfidera dropped relapses by 44-53% compared to placebo.Learn moreTysabriTysabri (natalizumab) is an antibody treatment given in the vein (I.V.) every 4 weeks. Tysabri blocks lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, from crossing the blood vessel wall to enter the brain or spinal cord.Learn more

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body – most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. It is one of the most effective practices used in traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture stimulates nerve fibers to transmit signals to the spinal cord and brain, activating the bodys central nervous system. The spinal cord and brain then release hormones responsible for making us feel less pain while improving overall health. Acupuncture may also: increase blood circulation and body temperature, affect white blood cell activity (responsible for our immune function), reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and regulate blood sugar levels.

Aquatherapy

Aquatic Physical Therapy is the practice of physical therapy in a specifically designed water pool with a therapist. The unique properties of the aquatic environment enhance interventions for patients with neurological or musculoskeletal conditions. Aquatic therapy includes a wide range of techniques allowing patients to improve their balance, muscle strength and body mechanics. Aquatic therapy works to enhance the rehabilitation process and support effectiveness of stem cell treatment.

Epidural Stimulation

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is the medical use of oxygen at a level higher than atmospheric pressure. The equipment required consists of pressure chamber, which may be of rigid or flexible construction, and a means of delivering 100% oxygen into the respiratory system. Published research shows that HBOT increases the lifespan of stem cells after injection and provides an oxygen-rich atmosphere for the body to function at optimum levels.

Nerve Growth Factor (NGF)

Nerve growth factor (NGF) is a member of the neurotrophic factor (neurotrophin, NTFS) family, which can prevent the death of nerve cells and has many features of typical neurotransmitter molecules. NGF plays an important role in the development and growth of nerve cells. NGF is synthesized and secreted by tissues (corneal epithelial, endothelial, and corneal stromal cells), and it can be up-taken by sympathetic or sensory nerve endings and then transported to be stored in neuronal cell bodies where it can promote the growth and differentiation of nerve cells. NGF can exert neurotrophic effects on injured nerves and promote neurogenesis (the process of generating neurons from stem cells) that is closely related to the development and functional maintenance and repair of the central nervous system. It is also capable of promoting the regeneration of injured neurons in the peripheral nervous system, improving the pathology of neurons and protecting the nerves against hypoxia (lack of oxygen)/ischemia (lack of blood supply).

Nutrition Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy interventions focus on adapting the environment, modifying the task and teaching the skill, in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities, particularly those that are meaningful to the patient with physical, mental, or cognitive disorders. Our Occupational Therapists also focus much of their work on identifying and eliminating environmental barriers to independence and participation in daily activities, similar to everyday life.

Physiotherapy

Physical therapy or physiotherapy (often abbreviated to PT) is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty that, by using mechanical force and movements, remediates impairments and promotes mobility, function, and quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention. We combine our PT with stem cells for maximum physical rehabilitation improvements.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Research has shown that TMS can effectively treat symptoms of depression, anxiety, neurological pain, stroke, spinal cord injuries, autism and more. This procedure is very simple and noninvasive. During the procedure, a magnetic field generator or coil is placed near the head of the person receiving the treatment. The coil produces small electrical currents in the region of the brain just under the coil via electromagnetic induction. This electrical field causes a change in the transmembrane current of the neuron which leads to depolarization or hyperpolarization of the neuron and the firing of an action potential.

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Traumatic brain injury – Diagnosis and treatment – Mayo Clinic

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Diagnosis

Because traumatic brain injuries are usually emergencies and because consequences can worsen swiftly without treatment, doctors usually need to assess the situation rapidly.

This 15-point test helps a doctor or other emergency medical personnel assess the initial severity of a brain injury by checking a person’s ability to follow directions and move their eyes and limbs. The coherence of speech also provides important clues.

Abilities are scored numerically in the Glasgow Coma Scale. Higher scores mean less severe injuries.

If you observed someone being injured or arrived immediately after an injury, you may be able to provide medical personnel with information that’s useful in assessing the injured person’s condition.

Answers to the following questions may be beneficial in judging the severity of injury:

Tissue swelling from a traumatic brain injury can increase pressure inside the skull and cause additional damage to the brain. Doctors may insert a probe through the skull to monitor this pressure.

Mild traumatic brain injuries usually require no treatment other than rest and over-the-counter pain relievers to treat a headache. However, a person with a mild traumatic brain injury usually needs to be monitored closely at home for any persistent, worsening or new symptoms. He or she also may have follow-up doctor appointments.

The doctor will indicate when a return to work, school or recreational activities is appropriate. It’s best to avoid physical or thinking (cognitive) activities that make things worse until symptoms have resolved. Most people return to normal routines gradually.

Emergency care for moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries focuses on making sure the person has an adequate oxygen and blood supply, maintaining blood pressure, and preventing any further injury to the head or neck.

People with severe injuries may also have other injuries that need to be addressed. Additional treatments in the emergency room or intensive care unit of a hospital will focus on minimizing secondary damage due to inflammation, bleeding or reduced oxygen supply to the brain.

Medications to limit secondary damage to the brain immediately after an injury may include:

Anti-seizure drugs. People who’ve had a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury are at risk of having seizures during the first week after their injury.

An anti-seizure drug may be given during the first week to avoid any additional brain damage that might be caused by a seizure. Additional anti-seizure treatments are used only if seizures occur.

Emergency surgery may be needed to minimize additional damage to brain tissues. Surgery may be used to address the following problems:

Most people who have had a significant brain injury will require rehabilitation. They may need to relearn basic skills, such as walking or talking. The goal is to improve their abilities to perform daily activities.

Therapy usually begins in the hospital and continues at an inpatient rehabilitation unit, a residential treatment facility or through outpatient services. The type and duration of rehabilitation varies by individual, depending on the severity of the brain injury and what part of the brain was injured.

Rehabilitation specialists may include:

Explore Mayo Clinic studies testing new treatments, interventions and tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage this disease.

A number of strategies can help a person with traumatic brain injury cope with complications that affect everyday activities, communication and interpersonal relationships. Depending on the severity of injury, a family caregiver or friend may need to help implement the following approaches:

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Ulcerative Colitis-Topic Overview – WebMD

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Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are the most common types of inflammatory bowel disease. Ulcerative colitis affects only the colon and rectum. Crohn’s can affect any part of the digestive tract. To learn more about Crohn’s disease, see the topic Crohn’s Disease.

Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes inflammation and sores (ulcers) in the lining of the large intestine (colon ). It usually affects the lower section (sigmoid colon) and the rectum. But it can affect the entire colon. In general, the more of the colon that’s affected, the worse the symptoms will be.

The disease can affect people of any age. But most people who have it are diagnosed before the age of 30.

Experts aren’t sure what causes it. They think it might be caused by the immune system overreacting to normal bacteria in the digestive tract. Or other kinds of bacteria and viruses may cause it.

You are more likely to get ulcerative colitis if other people in your family have it.

The main symptoms are:

Some people also may have a fever, may not feel hungry, and may lose weight. In severe cases, people may have diarrhea 10 to 20 times a day.

The disease can also cause other problems, such as joint pain, eye problems, or liver disease.

In most people, the symptoms come and go. Some people go for months or years without symptoms (remission). Then they will have a flare-up. About 5 to 10 out of 100 people with ulcerative colitis have symptoms all the time.1

Doctors ask about the symptoms, do a physical exam, and do a number of tests. Testing can help the doctor rule out other problems that can cause similar symptoms, such as Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and diverticulitis.

Tests that may be done include:

Ulcerative colitis affects everyone differently. Your doctor will help you find treatments that reduce your symptoms and help you avoid new flare-ups.

If your symptoms are mild, you may only need to use over-the-counter medicines for diarrhea (such as Imodium). Talk to your doctor before you take these medicines.

Many people need prescription medicines, such as aminosalicylates, steroid medicines, or other medicines that reduce the body’s immune response. These medicines can stop or reduce symptoms and prevent flare-ups.

Some people find that certain foods make their symptoms worse. If this happens to you, it makes sense to not eat those foods. But be sure to eat a healthy, varied diet to keep your weight up and to stay strong.

If you have severe symptoms and medicines don’t help, you may need surgery to remove your colon. Removing the colon cures ulcerative colitis. It also prevents colon cancer.

People who have ulcerative colitis for 8 years or longer also have a greater chance of getting colon cancer. The longer you have had ulcerative colitis, the greater your risk.2 Talk to your doctor about your need for cancer screening. These tests help find cancer early, when it is easier to treat.3

Ulcerative colitis can be hard to live with. During a flare-up, it may seem like you are always running to the bathroom. This can be embarrassing. And it can take a toll on how you feel about yourself. Not knowing when the disease will strike next can be stressful.

If you are having a hard time, seek support from family, friends, or a counselor. Or look for a support group. It can be a big help to talk to others who are coping with this disease.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy – Hormone Doctor | Elite HRT

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Our fully personalized age management and wellness programs, incorporating Physician prescribed Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), wellness coaching and program monitoring will help to slow down and even reverse the signs and symptoms of aging so you can look and feel your absolute best at any age. How you look and feel as you age is entirely up to you, you can make the years to come the best years of your life. Take the first step toward a fitter, younger and healthier you. Our team of expert Physicians and wellness consultants are here to guide you every step of the way. Together, well help you to look better, feel younger and stay healthier.

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