Friday, September 19, 2014

Myasthenia Gravis one of many causes of weakness

Excerpt from Chapter 12 , Evaluation of Patient with Weakness
Disorders of the Nervous System - Reeves and Swenson

Causes of weakness
There are many potential causes of weakness. Each of these conditions is explained in greater detail in the third section of the book and we will only briefly touch on the differential diagnosis once a decision has been made as to whether the weakness is due to damage to upper motor neurons, lower motor neurons, the neuromuscular junction or the muscle.

Muscle diseases. Muscle diseases are most often productive of proximal and symmetrical weakness. As described in the previous section, there may be EMG abnormalities and creatine kinase levels are often elevated. Some of these conditions are primary, with the pathologic process essentially restricted to the muscle, and some secondary,

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fear of Sex Sometimes Accompanies Chronic Illness

The fear of  having sexual relations is called genophobia. It's a physical or psychological fear of having sexual intercourse or any type of sexual relations. The fear of sexual relations can take a psychological toll on an individual – causing strong panic-attack-like feelings just before a possible sexual encounter or sometimes by just thinking about it. If these feelings of fear and panic are not confronted and corrected, an unnatural fear of sex can lead to a life of loneliness and isolation.

The natural intimacy and joy that is experienced

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Scientists in UK discover how to 'switch-off" autoimmune disease

Press release issued: 3 September 2014
University of Bristol

This new discovery, while big news in the scientific community, may or may not be applicable to myasthenia gravis patients but it will certainly be a breakthrough for several other autoimmune diseases.

Research scientists have made an important breakthrough in the fight against debilitating autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis by revealing how to stop cells attacking healthy body tissue.

Rather than the body’s immune system destroying its own tissue by mistake, researchers at the University of Bristol have discovered how cells convert from being aggressive to actually protecting against disease.