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June 25, 2018
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Jun

What causes Alzheimer’s disease?

As we grow older, unwanted waste chemicals start accumulating in our brain. These are almost like the plastic trash bags you would see floating around some if your garbage was not removed regularly. These waste products clump together and form large aggregates. They then start destroying normal brain cells around them. Some of the waste...
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25
Jun

Do I really have Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is very common. But before making that diagnosis, it is very important to rule out other causes of thinking and memory problems. This is very important because there is no 100% accurate test for Alzheimer’s disease. Let me tell you first about 3 common diseases whose diagnosis is often missed! 1. Depression: When...
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25
Jun

What ear diseases can cause Vertigo / Dizziness?

There are many ear diseases that can cause vertigo, but I will talk about the 4 most common ones: 1. Benign Positional Vertigo: This disease is usually seen in older people (usually above 60). One of the small stones (otoliths) gets dislodged and stuck in the wrong place. Every time the patient moves his head,...
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25
Jun

Is botulinum toxin (Botox) useful for migraine?

Botox or “botulinum toxin” is a liquid that relaxes muscles. It is injected into multiple muscles in the back of the neck, and sometimes over the face. The procedure takes only a few minutes, is not very painful and is extremely safe. The effect of Botox starts about 1 week after injection, and lasts for...
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25
Jun

Should you go to a hospital if you have a severe headache?

If you do not have a history of severe headaches, then the answer is a definite YES. A sudden headache frequently indicates a severe, possibly life-threatening problem. If you have severe headaches in the past, then the answer is more difficult. Many people who have headaches such as migraine and cluster headache can easily recognize...
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25
Jun

How can you prevent attacks of migraine?

Migraine patients frequently complain that one of the following 4 things precipitates a headache: 1. Improper sleep: This is probably the most important precipitant. Often it is the lack of sleep that precipitates a migraine, but sometimes sleeping too much can precipitate a migraine as well. Therefore, it is important that people with migraine go...
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25
Jun

What are the symptoms of a stroke?

One thing to remember is that in a stroke, these symptoms often develop suddenly or within a few hours: 1. Weakness of a hand or leg: Often patients notice that they cannot grasp something that is even slightly heavy e.g. a glass of water. Sometimes they may not be able to lift their arm above...
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25
Jun

What can you do to prevent another stroke?

It is very important that you play an active role in preventing another stroke. There are many things that you can do, the most important one is to give up smoking if you smoke. 1. Take your medications on time: If you often forget to take your medication, you can buy a “pill box” and...
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25
Jun

What should I eat if I have Meniere’s disease?

You should make the following changes in your diet to lower the severity of your Meniere’s disease: 1. Lower the intake of salt: This is the most important thing, and also the most difficult to do. Ideally, patients with Meneiere’s disease should eat less than ½ teaspoon of salt in the entire day. There are...
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25
Jun

What surgeries are done for a stroke?

Please note that there are two types of stroke, as you can learn here. The information here applies to the kind of stroke caused by obstruction of a blood vessel. In medical terms, this is called an “Infarct”. Frequently, a few hours or days after a hemorrhagic stroke, the pressure inside the head increases tremendously....
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