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OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNOEA (OSA): CASE STUDIES

Posted on September 14th, 2010, by admin

One of the physician’s tasks in the sleep disorders clinic is to distinguish between patients with potential sleep apnoea and those with other complaints which adversely affect the quality of sleep. Stress related insomnia, for example, has no place in the laboratory dedicated to sleep related breathing disorders. The following case studies are fairly typical [...]

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CHRONIC CONFUSION: DEPRESSION

Posted on September 14th, 2010, by admin

Depression in the elderly is also called ‘pseudo-dementia’, i.e. false-dementia; this is because the symptoms and signs of depression can be very difficult to separate from those of some of the dementing illnesses. Depression is common in old age, and the elderly have the highest rate of successful suicide attempts. Depression often accompanies physical ill-health [...]

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THE EFFECT OF MOVING ON PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH

Posted on June 1st, 2010, by admin

When we say Mr. Smith’s heart attack was caused by the stress of retirement, blame our brother’s death on his anguish over being widowed, or nod ruefully when we catch the flu the week we move, we are agreeing to a belief as old as ancient times: that major disruptions in the pattern of life [...]

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CHANGING RESIDENCE: NOT MOVING – THE NORM

Posted on June 1st, 2010, by admin

Older people do not move even once, however. In spite of their reputation as migrants, people over sixty-five are the least likely to change residence of adults of any age. Our early twenties, not our sixties, are the time of life when we are most likely to move. As the years pass and we establish [...]

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YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH/BONE AND JOINT DISORDERS: FRACTURES (BROKEN BONES) TREATMENT

Posted on September 11th, 2009, by admin

If you suspect that your child has a fracture, see your doctor. Most fractured limbs need to be splinted or put into a plaster cast. This enables the bones to unite and mend without being disturbed by any movement. If the fracture is a complicated one, or it is open to the surface, your child [...]

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YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH/BONE AND JOINT DISORDERS: BOW LEGS AND DISLOCATION OF A JOINT

Posted on September 11th, 2009, by admin

BOW LEGS Young babies commonly have marked bowing of their legs, especially if they are of a rather sturdy build. When the child stands with his feet together, the ankles touch but the knees are separated. This is considered to be a normal variant, caused by poor alignment of the bones of the thighs and [...]

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YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH/BONE AND JOINT DISORDERS: CURVATURE OF THE SPINE (SCOLIOSIS)

Posted on September 11th, 2009, by admin

Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of any part of the spine, and most commonly occurs in preadolescent girls. The cause of scoliosis in this group of children is unknown. Rarer causes of scoliosis include cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. Scoliosis is usually discovered during routine screening at school. It rarely causes problems during childhood, [...]

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YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH/BONE AND JOINT DISORDERS: CLUBFOOT (TALIPES EQUINOVARUS)

Posted on September 11th, 2009, by admin

Clubfoot is a deformity of the foot which is present at birth. The baby’s foot is turned inward, with the inner edge turned upwards. The calf muscles may be poorly developed. This condition occurs in approximately 1 in 1000 births. The cause is uncertain, but the condition is probably due to an abnormality of the [...]

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YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH CARE: HEALTHY TEETH

Posted on May 21st, 2009, by admin

You can help your child to have healthy teeth by ensuring the following: • Check to see if the water in your area is fluoridated. If not, add fluoride supplements to the baby’s diet. Your dentist can recommend the correct dose and form. • Do not let your baby or young child go to bed [...]

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VITAMINS – B-SERIES

Posted on May 18th, 2009, by admin

Nicotinamide, or Vitamin B7, is also widely distributed in most foodstuffs. Lack of this vitamin — and usually wittf an associated lack of riboflavin — produces the disease known as pellagra, and this usually is seen in those whose staple diet is maize and little else. Vitamin B6, or pyridoxine, is required for the proper [...]

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