COPD the Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is also referred to as the “great unknown sister of asthma”. Formerly known as “smoker’s lung” designated disease is one of the most common diseases. Meanwhile, it’s number four through the most common causes of death in US. In New York alone, a quarter of a million people have been already affected. Continue reading COPD: result of smoking
Who plans travel to Brazil soon, should be informed in advance. For example, to the Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading Carefree in the tropics with the proper vaccinations
It is the largest human organ, just under two square meters and weighs around 15 kilos. It protects our body against external influences, such as chemical agents, UV rays, microorganisms. As a metabolic organ skin separates sweat and sebaceous glands of pollutants, regulates body temperature. Your pain helps the body to take immediate countermeasures for pain. Numerous sensors on the skin allow the over vital for us touch. But they must also be protected. Sun, tattoos and other influences left their mark. Experts explain that our skin does everything and gives tips on how to get it healthy. Continue reading Problematic of our skin and rules of care
One third of all US suffering from a thyroid disorder. The small butterfly-shaped organ located in the front of the neck and is responsible for the main metabolic processes in our body. Through the hormones it secretes, it controls the operation of almost all organs, has an impact on circulation, growth and even our psyche. If with thyroid is something wrong, different diseases may result.
Overactive thyroid disorder is the most common.
In the thyroid, the important hormones produced T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine). Is the thyroid too much or too little of these hormones to the body and because of it occur different symptoms. Frequent disorder is overactive thyroid – thyroid releases too many hormones. In this case, patients are nervous and irritable, and weight loss is possible. In some cases, the enlargement of the thyroid is also visible from the outside. Cause of overactive thyroid is iodine deficiency. For the production of hormones the thyroid iodine, which are recorded only on the food needs. If this is not the case, the thyroid enlarged to also absorb the smallest iodine particles from the bloodstream.
The autoimmune disorder Graves’ disease may be triggered by an overactive. It’s leads the immune system astray, the thyroid is suddenly perceived as a foreign body.
Another fault is the underactive thyroid. Here too little hormones are produced, the performance decreases. Patients feel listless, tired, cold, and take no apparent reason to. Again, an autoimmune disease with the game be that Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which causes chronic inflammation of the thyroid gland.
Thyroid cancer is the most common cancer among the hormone-producing (endocrine) organs. Under 6,000 people in US every year got a thyroid cancer is diagnosed. Women are affected three times more often. The causes of the development are not fully understood, but in most cases the disease is easily cured.
Diagnosis and Therapy.
If you suspect a malfunction of the thyroid function, the TSH level is first checked in the blood. TSH is the hormone that stimulates the thyroid gland to produce the hormones T3 and T4. Also thyroid antibodies, indicate an autoimmune disease can be detected by blood test.
This reflects a change in value, we see then on ultrasound (sonography) whether the size or texture of fabric has changed. Here, a node visible, brings a further digestion scintigraphy. Here the patient a weak radioactive substance is injected. With a so-called gamma camera is visible how much of the substance accumulates at the thyroid.A small deposit is a sign of a decreased metabolic rate, so an underactive. One speaks of a cold knot. If, however, an increased activity to see a hot node is diagnosed, an overactive exists.
Both malfunctions easily treatable. When underactive modern medicines can balance the hormonal level. Is there an overactive thyroid, there’s the possibility of surgery. Here parts or even the thyroid gland will be removed as a whole. The patient must take the hormones for the rest of their lives in the form of drugs. A more elegant variant is the radioiodine therapy. Here the overactive parts of the thyroid are turned off, the institution itself remains intact.
Healthy eating is the most effective safeguard.
Iodine is the cornerstone of a functioning thyroid. Because the body cannot produce itself, the dietary intake is crucial. Fish is the main source of iodine, as well as rye bread, fresh fruit and vegetables and dairy products should be on the menu.
It is also important the early diagnosis: When you realizes that with body or soul is something wrong, you should see a doctor. Often a thyroid malfunction is detected late and the patients lose valuable time in the quality of life.
The hybrid OR is the operating room, which is equipped with modern medical imaging, such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Angiography Systems equipped. In the treatment of heart disease this corresponds to a cardiac surgery operating room with integrated cath lab. Surgeons, radiologists and cardiologists work hand in hand and be able to diagnose and treat at the same time if it’s necessary. Continue reading Two in one – gentle treatment of heart disease thanks to hybrid OR
Easy and Fun against viruses
Dopey! During the winter months flu and common colds are booming. If caught yourself with clapboard, scratchy throat and heavy limbs through the day. Then why so many people fall ill, has several reasons. On the one hand the cold season extended the infectivity of the virus, on the other hand the public transport system are clearly full. Tightly sitting people create situation when the viruses have an easy time finding a victim. Continue reading Stay healthy – protect yourself from the flu!
The bile ducts are a delicate transition system through which the bile is transported from their place of origin, the liver, to the intestine. Here it performs important work in digestion, especially fatty foods. Because the bile ducts are very close and branched, imaging techniques for the diagnosis of diseases such as biliary strictures, gallstones or tumors for modern medical devices are a challenge. Continue reading New method for mirroring of the bile ducts
HIV and AIDS call in us a particular fear. Opposite HIV-positive people there is still reluctance the part of society. In today’s blog post some known prejudices and fears will be reviewed. Continue reading AIDS transmission and HIV infection: prejudices and facts
Alcohol – addiction or pleasure?
Alcohol enjoys wide acceptance in our society, not least because it is in this country legally. The fact that nevertheless is a drug that is forgotten. Dancing, football matches, open air festivals or parties you can not imagine without alcohol. They belong to each other seemingly simple and the selection of mixed drinks is huge. Who does not drink alcohol, is regarded as stuffy, because alcohol makes fun and easy and also helps while relaxing. Continue reading Dealing with alcohol
We are visual people – the eye gives us more impressions from our environment than any other sense organ. If the vision impaired, we feel quickly cut off from the world. The modern technical aids in everyday life, such as smart phone or tablet computer poses major demands on our eyes. Continue reading Good vision in old age