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Kennedy Disease
by Kimberly Allen, RN Kennedy disease is a member of the group of genetic diseases that are autosomal recessive known as spinal muscular atrophies.  In the US the spinal muscular atrophies are second only to cystic fibrosis as the most commonly diagnosed autosomal recessive genetic diseases.  Kennedy disease affects... Read more
Cauda Equina Syndrome
by Kimberly Allen, RN Cauda equina syndrome or CES is considered a serious neurological condition that in most cases is also a surgical emergency.  Damage to this area of your spine causes an acute loss of function in the nerve roots that extend from the end of the spinal... Read more
Medical Marijuana And Dravet DSyndrome
by Kimberly Allen, RN Despite what many critics want you to believe, the marijuana plant is one of the oldest and “most powerful plants on the planet.”  Marijuana has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.  In the mid 1800’s the use of marijuana for medical purposes... Read more
Treat Back Pain The Right Way
by Kimberly Allen, RN Low back pain is one of the leading reasons for visits to primary care physicians with 1 out of every 10 visits being for low back pain at a cost of approximately $90 billion very year and that’s not counting the economic cost of lost... Read more
Herniated Diisc
by Kimberly Allen, RN I can’t tell you how many times a person with back pain has told me they have a “slipped disc”.  The problem with that is that the discs in your spine are securely fastened to your vertebrae and can not “slip”.  However, they can herniate... Read more
Friedreich’s Ataxia
by Kimberly Allen, RN Although Friedreich’s ataxia is considered relatively rare it is the most commonly diagnosed form of inherited ataxia.  It affects approximately 1 out of every 50,000 Americans. Both males and females are equally affected. Friedreich’s ataxia is a neuro-muscular disorder that is caused by a mutation... Read more
Jewish Inherited Diseases: Tay-Sachs and Canavan
by Kimberly Allen, RN Tay-Sachs Tay-Sachs disease is considered a rare autosomal recessive genetic disease.  Tay-Sachs has always been commonly referred to as a “Jewish disease” with as many as 1 out of every 25 Ashkenazi Jews being carriers of the defective gene, however, that demigraphic is changing.  Today... Read more
The Importance of Prenatal Care
by Kimberly Allen, RN According to the CDC approximately 4 million women in the US give birth every year, of those approximately one third will experience some form of pregnancy related complication.  Women that don’t receive adequate prenatal care have a greater risk that any complications that develop will... Read more
Limbic Encephalitis
by Kimberly Allen, RN Limbic encephalitis is a type of inflammation of the brain involving the limbic system.  The limbic system is the area of the brain that controls our emotions, like love, anger, jealousy and sadness.  The limbic system includes the hippocampus, hypothalamus and thalamus as well as... Read more
What is NASH?
by Kimberly Allen, RN NASH or non-alcoholic steatohepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that is caused by a build up of fat deposits.  NASH affects approximately 5% of Americans, however, as many as 20% of Americans have a “fatty liver” but has not developed the inflammation or damage... Read more