Reprinted with permission from Amy Tenderich of www.diabetesmine.com. It saddens and upsets me to have to write this. But I have to write this. Despite our community's outrage over the Doug Burns' hypoglycemia case , there are times when the lines between "medical condition" and wrongdoing are not so clear... Two local diabetic drivers here in the San Francisco Bay Area were recently involved in separate car accidents in which people were killed . Both drivers were experiencing insulin shock at the time. Both drivers were charged with "vehicular manslaughter," but the charges against one were later dropped "because prosecutors said they didn't think they could get a conviction." Santa Clara County prosecutors are still proceeding against the second driver, believing they "have a solid case" against the 52-year-old man, who killed a 20-year-old couple in a fiery crash. The newspaper pontificates : &q...
Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder that disrupts sleep hundreds of times every night. It's caused by: Obesity, which causes flabby fat deposits in the throat area that can block the air passages. Enlarged tonsils and adenoids that block air passages. Deformed or too large uvula. This is the fleshy lobe at the back of the throat. Abnormality of the soft palate or roof of the mouth. Too large or thick tongue. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or heartburn, when the stomach acid sometimes moves up into the esophagus Stomach acid can produce spasms in the larynx that can block the flow of air to and from the lungs. OSA can lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. It can also lead to excessive daytime sleepiness. An article in Medical News Today warns that: "it also increases the risk of traffic accidents by seven times. OSA has been estimated to be responsible for 5 to 10 % of all motor vehicle accidents." Some European countries take a person's sleep ...
The association between neck pain and migraines was a mystery for quite some time. After some research was published, many of us talked with our doctors and found that the neck pain we thought was triggering some of our migraines was actually a symptom of our migraines. A recent study took a look at the prevalence of neck pain in both migraine and tension-type headache .
"We assessed the prevalence of neck pain in the population in relation to headache."
A total of 797 individuals completed an interview and provided self-reported data on neck pain.
Participants with migraine (M), tension-type headache (TTH), or both migraine and TTH (M+TTH) were identified and grouped.
Pericranial tenderness was recorded in 496 participants.
A total tenderness score (TTS) was calculated as the sum of local scores with a maximum score of 48.
The one-year prevalence of neck pain was 68.4% and higher in those with migraine and TTH vs. those w...
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