What is Snoring

Up to 40 percent of all American adults snore, but not many people are aware of what exactly causes snoring. How many people know what serious effects it can have on the health of you and those who live with you? Snoring is the rough sound that is produced when certain areas of the mouth…

Narcolepsy Symptoms and Treatment

Narcolepsy is one of the most unusual and rare of all sleep disorders. Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder and medical condition which causes chronic and uncontrollable instances of daytime sleepiness. A person with narcolepsy can experience the sudden onset of sleepiness and fall asleep at a moment’s notice. They may drop whatever they happen to…

Parkinson’s Disease Misdiagnosis

Even with Parkinson’s disease having quite idiosyncratic features, it is a relatively difficult disease to diagnose, especially in its early stages. There are no specific tests which doctors can do to positively diagnose Parkinson’s disease and in particular, in it’s early stages it can be mistaken for other diseases. If and when this happens, it…

Symptoms of Parkinsons Disease

The earliest symptom of Parkinsons Disease is most often limb tremors, particularly when the body is at rest. For most people diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease, their first warning comes when a leg suddenly starts shaking while theyre laying in bed, and wont stop. The tremor can involve a hand, a foot, a leg or an…

Levodopa or L-Dopa

The drug levodopa, also known as L-dopa, has been used since the 1960s as the primary drug treatment for Parkinson’s Disease. Levodopa is a natural substance that is found in both plants and animals. The compound is actually a precursor to dopamine, and unlike dopamine, it is able to cross the blood-brain barrier. As a…

Alzheimers Disease History

Named after Alois Alzheimers, a German psychologist, Alzheimer’s disease gives the impression of being a disease of the twentieth century; however, the various disorders which comprise the disease have probably existed for centuries. This disease is named after Dr. Alzheimer, but his colleague Emil Kraepelin was just as important in the discovery of the disease.…

What is a Migraine?

We’ve all heard the term before, but what exactly is a migraine headache? And how does it differ from other headache types? One way to tell it’s a migraine is by the length of time it lasts. A migraine isn’t going to go away in a half-hour. Unless you are very, very, very lucky. Chances…

Migraine Auras

Migraines come with and without auras. Neither can be said to be less painful than the other, though the aura-less may be less stressful and frightening. Although migraines are often associated with auras, in fact only about 20% of migraine sufferers actually experience any of the symptoms of aura. The aura stage is part of…