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Friday, January 4th, 2019


The Different Scoliosis Locations & Types of Spinal Curvatures

Dextroscoliosis Dextroscoliosis is characterized by an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine that goes to the right, known as dextrocurvature. (When the spine curves to the left, it is called levoscoliosis.) Dextroscoliosis is one of the more common scoliosis curvatures and, depending on the degree of severity, it gives the spine an “S” or “C” shape. This form of scoliosis typically affects the thoracic spine region and usually develops in children between the ages of 10 and 15 when they go through their first growth spurt. It can also be triggered byRead More

The Different Scoliosis Locations & Types of Spinal Curvatures

Understanding scoliosis begins with identifying its location and the type of spinal curvature. Knowing this information can help predict what types of scoliosis symptoms may be experienced and howthe condition can best be treated.   There are several detailed systems for classifying specific types of scoliosis curves, but some of the most common terms identify curves based on their location within the spine and the direction they bend. Thoracic, lumbar, and thoracolumbar scoliosis all refer to location, while terms such as dextroscoliosis and levoscoliosis indicate whether the spine curves to the right or left. Scoliosis Locations Thoracic Scoliosis Lumbar Scoliosis ThoracolumbarRead More

What It’s Really Like to Have Narcolepsy

For people with this chronic sleep disorder, there is no corner of life that narcolepsy hasn’t touched. Julie Flygare’s battle with the condition, which has caused extreme exhaustion and even hallucinations, began in college—and she hasn’t stopped fighting since. For 34-year-old Julie Flygare, memories of college are somewhat of a blur. The Los Angeles resident first attributed her sleepiness during classes to the boring subject matter, but when she found herself in the bathroom every hour to wash her face and pinch her cheeks to keep from falling asleep, sheRead More

What It’s Like to Be an Empath

If you feel the earth’s pain before an earthquake or have a panic attack because someone near you is anxious, you might be an empath too. If you search for any article about “empaths“, you’ll find it has thousands of likes and hundreds of shares on Facebook, and in the comments, dozens of people claiming to be an empath themselves. Underneath “30 reasons you could be an empath” or “6 grounding tips for empaths and highly sensitives”, people lament the fact they were born an empath, welcome other newly realisedRead More

Baclofen Improves Excessive Daytime Sleepiness in Narcolepsy

  Baclofen can be an effective treatment for excessive daytime sleepiness and sleep fragmentation in patients with narcolepsy, according to results of an analysis of case presentations of 5 adolescents with narcolepsy type 1. The findings were published in Pediatric Neurology. The investigators studied the cases of 5 patients with narcolepsy associated with severe daytime sleepiness who had failed, had an inadequate response to, or had intolerable adverse effects associated with their first-line therapies. All patients who were evaluated had a positive response to treatment with baclofen, defined as improved sleep consolidation andRead More

No, I’m not wasted or being rude – I’ve got narcolepsy

Other people started to notice too. I remember my friends saying to me, “Belle, it was a joke at first and we used to laugh at it, but now you’re literally falling asleep in every class… Are you OK?” So my mum took me to the doctor. They were reluctant to give me medication at first because I was so young – and they wanted to make sure I wasn’t just staying out late at night, or playing on my phone in bed. I was eventually diagnosed with narcolepsy whenRead More

No, I’m not wasted or being rude – I’ve got narcolepsy

People point, laugh, and even film me when I’m having sleep attacks For most people, sleep is a luxury – something you indulge in on a Sunday morning, curled up in bed without the pressure of an alarm clock. But for me, sleep has become my enemy. My life is pretty routine really – I’m a personal trainer in Amsterdam, where I live with my boyfriend and two other flatmates. I love working out, going shopping with my friends, and going out for dinner. All the usual stuff. But IRead More