Another week has gone by and we at Bel Marra have another weekly health news roundup for you. It has been quite an informative week, as we have learned about lumbar spondylosis, ways to improve vision, as well as discussing the latest news in depression treatment. For those who enjoy more detailed topics, we have also included articles on anuria, a condition that results in a lack of urine production, and infectious colitis, a discomforting gastrointestinal disorder.
Lumbar spondylosis is a degenerative condition that develops gradually over time, being more common in older individuals. This condition can also be referred to as spinal osteoarthritis. It occurs due to the wear-and-tear of the bones that happens from normal everyday movement. The lower spine is composed of disc-like structures that are cushioned by soft gel-like sections in between them. The purpose of these sections is to promote flexibility and absorb the load of stress applied to the vertebra.
Degeneration of these areas causes a loss of elasticity and a propensity to be torn or damaged. If this type of damage were to occur, it may lead to a condition called disc prolapse, disc herniation, or a slipped disc—a common feature of lumbar spondylosis. Continue reading…
Your eyes are your windows to the world, and like all windows, they are subject to fogging… as such, they need constant maintenance. However, that’s where the similarities end. While window panes can become squeaky clean and absolutely clear with a bit of Windex and a thorough rub-down, your eyes are a bit more complicated.
Caring for our eyes starts at a young age with good nutrition. Foods such as carrots, berries, and nuts provide plenty of vitamin and antioxidant support for the eyes.
While nutrition continues to play a very important role in eye health (if you are not getting enough eye health support from your diet, you should supplement it), many health-conscious people are exploring all sorts of other options like yoga, detox diets, fruit cleanses, and eye exercises in an effort to boost eye health. Continue reading…
Anuria is the inability to urinate or discharge urine. The word itself literally translates to “no urine.” It can be a symptom of various metabolic and volume status disorders, or it can be a problem stemming from an abnormality of the kidney’s themselves, or even of the heart in certain circumstances.
Depression can take a huge toll on a person’s life. It differs from occasional sadness as it is persistent, preventing you from experiencing enjoyment at all times. Chronic cases of depression can even manifest as physical symptoms such as frequent back pain or constant headaches.
While anti-depressive medication can be an effective treatment, there are people who are immune to their benefits. This has led researchers to explore alternatives to the traditional methods for treating depression, with yoga recently coming into focus. Continue reading…
The term infectious colitis sounds awful, and it can be. Infectious colitis is inflammation of the main part of the large intestine (colon) and can lead to sudden lower abdominal pain. In some cases, the pain can be severe.
While inflammation is a common medical term and may not seem all that serious, the reality is that when left untreated, it can lead to complications and has the potential to be deadly.
Infectious colitis is not to be confused with other types of colitis, such as ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease, but its causes are normally due to infections from bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungus. The term colitis refers to the main symptom, which is diarrhea. Continue reading…