HAVE you heard of Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita? Here's the lowdown on the rare condition... What is arthrogryposis multiplex congenita and what are the symptoms? Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) is a rare disease in newborns resulting in decreased flexibility of the joints. Symptoms differ from person to person, but can include lack of movement in the below: Shoulders Elbows Wrists Hands Hips Knees Feet The lack of movement does not get worse over time - but treatment is needed to prevent further impairments of the joints. There is no single cause for AMC, one known factor is “fetal akinesia” - which is decreased fetal movement in utero. Who is Liz Carr and how is the condition treated? MOST READ IN FABULOUSTAT'S BAD The worst celeb tattoos of all time, from Karrueche Tran’s zip to Cheryl’s rose GET A GRIP! New dad seeks help asking wife for an open marriage... and lives to regret it MADE IT From Megan McKenna to Izzy Judd: The BGT … [Read more...] about What is arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, what are the causes of Liz Carr’s condition and what symptoms are there?
An off-label drug thought to be commonly prescribed by doctors to treat osteoarthritis of the hand when conventional medication has failed is ineffective, researchers have said. Hand osteoarthritis is estimated to affect nearly a third of people over the age of 70. But the first-line treatments – paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or opioids – are often not effective and some patients experience adverse reactions. Doctors have instead been using hydroxychloroquine as an off-label alternative. But a study led by the University of Leeds found no benefit in taking hydroxychloroquine to control debilitating pain when compared to a placebo. Prescription drugs are licensed for certain conditions, but off-label use means doctors are using them to treat illnesses outside of that designated or authorised list. Researchers said it is not clear how often doctors use hydroxychloroquine off-label although it is believed to be a common practice. The study involved … [Read more...] about Drug used to treat hand osteoarthritis no better than placebo, study finds
A MAN is in life threatening condition after suffering a cardiac arrest. The ambulance service was called to D'arcy Road in Colchester at 11.10am yesterday. A spokesman said there were reports a man had collapsed and was not breathing. They said: "An ambulance crew, ambulance officer, rapid response vehicle and air ambulance from Essex and Herts Air Ambulance were dispatched. "They treated the man who was in cardiac arrest. Following treatment at the scene, the patient was resuscitated and was taken by land ambulance to Colchester General Hospital in a life-threatening condition." The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance was called and landed in Middlewick Range. A spokesman said: "We went to assist the ambulance service with a male patient medical emergency. "Teams worked together on scene. The patient was transferred to the emergency department for ongoing treatment." … [Read more...] about Man in life threatening condition after going into cardiac arrest
A mother from Kenilworth, Warwickshire, has urged the National Health Service (NHS) to give her six-year-old son cannabis as he is suffering from a rare condition which causes him to suffer up to 30 fits a day.Alfie Dingley is said to be the only boy in Britain to suffer from a form of epilepsy known as PCDH19 which is caused by a genetic mutation.According to Hannah Deacon, her son suffered the first attack when he was just eight months old. As he kept growing, the seizures kept multiplying."You get woken up in the middle of the night by a terrible scream. They come in clusters – between 20 and 30 seizures a day for up to five days at a time," Deacon was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.The 38-year-old mother said she had found a doctor in Holland who was willing to prescribe cannabis oil and hence they shifted there in September 2017."Nothing short of a miracle," Deacon said as the medication brought the boy's seizures down to about one a month.Deacon, a hairdresser, said as … [Read more...] about What is PCDH19 epilepsy? Six-year-old boy needs cannabis to treat rare form of seizure
0 Have your say PHRASES like ‘a bit OCD’ should be banned, according to an NHS body. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which treats children and young people in Hampshire, is asking people to stop using the phrase.Bosses at the trust say it is ‘trivialising’ the issue of obsessive compulsive disorder, which is one of the most common mental health conditions affecting thousands of people across the area.Dr Rick Fraser, chief medical officer at the trust, said: ‘As part of OCD Week of Action, Sussex Partnership is encouraging everyone to consider how they use the term ‘OCD’, such as not using phrases like being ‘a bit OCD’, which can trivialise what is a very real and distressing mental health condition for many people.’ … [Read more...] about Health boss says phrases like ‘a bit OCD’ trivialise condition