I am in a large room in a downtown Toronto hotel, chairs lined up facing the front and around me are over 300 other people, most of whom are here for the same reason I am. A quick glance at hands confirm membership in the RA club - there are more swan necks than down at the waterfront! I am amongst my peeps.
We are here for an RA forum with the impossibly charming title of "The Most Exciting EVER in the History of the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis." The evening is organized by The Arthritis Society and after an introduction by our MC David West, a member of the National Board of Directors, we hear from Mary Kim, who tells us of how RA sidelined her life and then she found a career with The Arthritis Society as a Master Trainer and a leader in the Arthritis Management Program. And then it is time for the keynote speech by Dr. Edward Keystone , a prominent Canadian rheumatologist.
For the next hour and a half, the audience was captivated. Dr. Keystone is a terrific spea...
Urine collection - clean catch; Clean catch urine specimen
Normal values will depend on the specific test ordered, for example, whether you've had a urinalysis or urine culture.
What abnormal results mean
If the urine sample was sent for urinalysis, abnormal results may indicate the presence of white blood cells, red blood cells, or excessive amounts of protein.
If the urine sample was sent for urine culture, abnormal results may indicate excessive growth of bacteria, a urinary tract infection , or a bladder infection.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rapidly progressive motor neuron disease affecting as many as 20,000-30,000 people in the United States. One of the most common neuromuscular diseases worldwide, ALS affects people of all races and ethnic backgrounds, typically between the ages of 40 and 60.
ALS attacks the nerve cells (motor neurons) that control voluntary movement and strength. Motor neurons are located in the spinal cord and brain. In ALS, motor neurons gradually die which interferes with muscle control and movement, ultimately leading to death. The cause of ALS is still unknown although research has identified a genetic risk factor in familial (inherited) cases of ALS which account for 5-10% of all ALS cases diagnosed.
New research published in the Annals of Neurology suggests that the consumption of foods containing colorful carotenoids, particularly beta-carotene and lutein, may prevent or delay the ons...
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