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How to diagnose and treat narcolepsy

How to diagnose and treat narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder characterized by the instability of sleep/wake transition patterns. Symptoms commonly seen in people suffering from narcolepsy are daytime sleepiness, muscle fatigue, even paralysis while sleeping and hallucinations. People with this condition typically struggle with the inability to sleep for long periods of time. As well as weight gain and obstructive sleep apnea. Narcolepsy can lead to negative psychological consequences such as safety driving issues, including high risk of being in a motor vehicle accident while driving. Narcolepsy can also effect schooling performance if you are a student. Your doctor will suspect the diagnosis of narcolepsy...

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The link between osteoporosis and depression

The link between osteoporosis and depression

Bone loss and osteoporosis can result from a variety of conditions, including Vitamin D deficiency and diabetes. High cortisol levels resulting from an overproduction of cortisol by the adrenal glands can also promote loss of bone, and even osteoporosis if the levels of cortisol remain high for a long period of time. Two of the most common causes of high cortisol are chronic stress and depression. This explains why chronic depression, including depression related to thyroid disease, might induce bone loss. Chronic stress and depressive conditions are often associated with high cortisol levels. Research has indeed demonstrated that osteoporosis and...

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Hypothyroidism in Newborns, Children and Adolescents

Hypothyroidism in Newborns, Children and Adolescents

Children and adolescents can be affected by hypothyroidism as well. The symptoms are more or less the same as in adults; however, pay attention to concentration issues, low-grade depression, and weight gain. It is interesting that at puberty, the occurrence of hypothyroidism in girls increases. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in children and adolescents. As a mother, if you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, you should have your child tested if they start experiencing any symptoms suggesting low thyroid. Research has shown that children and adolescents of mothers diagnosed with hypothyroidism are more likely to be...

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Iron deficiency and hypothyroidism in pregnancy

Iron deficiency and hypothyroidism in pregnancy

Recent recent research suggests a strong association between iron deficiency & hypothyroidism in pregnant women. In a study published in the European Journal of Endocrinology testing 1,900 women in a hospital in Brussels, Belgium, throughout the first three months of pregnancy, researchers found something interesting. About 35% of the women had low iron levels and among that group, around 20% had subclinical hypothyroidism and about 10% had high thyroid antibody levels, indicating immune system attacks on the thyroid (typically from Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or Graves’ Disease). In contrast, about 16% of women with normal iron levels had low thyroid function and...

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