British Heart Foundation – Family history and heart disease

I am Anil Gumber. I live in Leamington Spa. I am 54 years old. I have a beautiful wife and two lovely children. I was born and brought up in India. I came to the UK in October, 2001. I have got a family history of diabetes. My grandfather was diabetic. My father was suffering…

Pompe disease – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology

Pompe disease, also called glycogen storage disease type II, is a genetically inherited condition caused by insufficient functioning of an enzyme called lysosomal acid alpha-1,4-glucosidase, or just acid alpha-glucosidase, due to a mutation of the GAA gene. It’s named after the Dutch pathologist, Dr. J.C. Pompe, who first described it in 1932. Glucose is used…

Herpes (oral & genital) – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology

Most of the time, when herpes simplex virus or HSV infects a person, there are no symptoms. In fact, it also usually moves from one person to another in the absence of symptoms, so it can therefore it can move through a population silently. Once in a while, though, it can cause symptoms, and typically…

Tay-Sachs disease – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology

Tay-Sachs disease, or TSD for short, is a lysosomal storage disorder caused by a mutation in a gene on chromosome 15, which codes for a lysosomal enzyme called beta-hexosaminidase A, or HEX-A for short. This enzyme normally breaks down a lipid called GM2 ganglioside. GM2 is found mainly in neurons, so without HEX-A, it accumulates…

2002-0402 Talk on psychosomatic diseases at doctors’ conference, New Delhi, subtitles

I bow to all the seekers of truth. Speaking before the doctors, I think of My college days, while I was also studying medicine but luckily or unluckily our college stopped completely, in Lahore and I had to give up My studies. Not that I had no faith in this western education of medicine but…

Phenylketonuria – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology

Phenylketonuria or PKU is a rare metabolic disease that can lead to severe brain disorders caused by the accumulation of the amino acid phenylalanine to toxic levels in the blood and brain. Amino acids are the basic building blocks that make up proteins. Phenylalanine, or Phe, is one of the essential amino acids. It is…

Exercises for sciatica: piriformis syndrome | NHS

EXERCISES FOR SCIATICA PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME My name is Sammy Margo and I’m a chartered physiotherapist. I’m going to look at exercises for sciatica caused by piriformis syndrome. Piriformis is a tiny-weenie muscle in your buttock that gives us a lot of aggravation. Simply because of its anatomical position. It’s very closely aligned to the sciatic…

Von Hippel-Lindau disease

Von Hippel-Lindau or VHL is a genetic disease that affects people of all ethnicities and is characterized by tumor development in the CNS, kidneys, adrenal glands and pancreas. Okay, the VHL gene is a tumor suppressor gene on the short arm of chromosome 3. It codes for proteins that degrade hypoxia-inducible transcription factor, or HIF.…

How YOU can help stop Alzheimer’s Disease

Pretty much everybody knows somebody with Alzheimer’s Disease. A grandparent, an uncle, a friend’s mom. The disease is distressingly common. And as the Baby Boomer population continues to age, the number of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease is only going to continue to go up. It exceeds cancer, it exceeds heart disease with regard to cost…