WASHINGTON — You know your cholesterol, your blood pressure... your heart gene score? Researchers say a new way of analyzing genetic test data may one day help identify people at high risk of a youthful heart attack in time to help. Today, gene testing mostly focuses on rare mutations in one or a few genes, like those that cause cystic fibrosis or sickle cell disease, or the BRCA gene responsible for a small fraction of breast cancer. It is less useful for some of the most common diseases, such as heart disease or diabetes, because they are influenced by vast numbers of genes-gone-wrong working together in complicated ways. Monday, researchers reported a new way to measure millions of small genetic variations that add up to cause harm, letting them calculate someone's inherited risk for the most common form of heart disease and four other serious disorders. The potential cardiac impact: They estimated that up to 25 million Americans may have triple the average person's risk for … [Read more...] about Multi-gene test may find risk of heart disease and more
Inflammatory eye disease
Published 8:46 am, Thursday, July 20, 2017 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Starting the conversation on conversations: Preparing for your next eye doctor visit 1 / 1 Back to Gallery (BPT) - Good conversations are critical in any doctor-patient relationship, including the one you have with your eye care professional. Knowing what to ask, and which changes and symptoms to discuss, can help make the most of your time with your eye doctor. What’s more, good communication not only helps your eye doctor take care of your eyes, it may help him or her spot signs of other health conditions that first manifest with eye symptoms. “Most people see their eye doctors just once a year for a routine eye exam,” says Dr. Neda Shamie, of Advanced Vision Care, in Los Angeles, California. “You can begin to prepare for that conversation with your eye care professional by making yourself aware of any symptoms or eye-related … [Read more...] about Starting the conversation on conversations: Preparing for your next eye doctor visit
Right away she panicked, and wondered if a tumor was growing behind her eye. Thankfully that wasn’t the case, but Nell still wanted the best “pain behind the eye” treatment. First, we had to determine the causes of the pain behind her eye. A pain or headache behind the eye is often a sign of a greater problem. That being said, the cause of the eye pain is not always easy to determine. The pain can be sharp and intense as it was for Nell, but it can also be dull. Other symptoms related to feeling pain behind the eye include a fever, tearing, redness, numbness, double vision, weakness, light sensitivity, sinus pressure, and feeling pain whenever you move your eye. What Causes Pain Behind the Eye? As mentioned, pain behind the eye is most likely not a serious problem, but the cause is important to figure out. What causes pain behind the eye? The following are many of the causes associated with pain behind the eyes. Sinusitis Sinusitis is a sinus cavity inflammation that … [Read more...] about 11 Causes & Treatments for Pain Behind Eye
Periorbital edema is the proper term for "puffy eyes." It refers to swelling in the area around the eyes, known as the eye orbit. But what causes periorbital edema and how might it be treated? People can have periorbital edema in one or both eyes. When a person has periorbital edema, inflammation around the eye causes fluid to build up. It is this buildup of fluid that gives the eye orbit a puffy appearance. Treatments for periorbital edema are dependent on the cause. This article explores the various causes and treatments for periorbital edema. Periorbital edema is not the same as having bags under the eyes, which is a natural part of aging. Instead, it is a health condition and is normally temporary. Numerous different causes may lead to inflammation around the eyes, and they all result in a fluid buildup. It is the fluid buildup that gives the eye orbit a swollen appearance. For some people, periorbital edema may come on slowly. This type of periorbital edema is described as … [Read more...] about How do you get rid of puffy eyes?
Interstitial lung disease is the name given to a group of conditions that cause inflammation and scar tissue in the lungs, making it harder for them to work. The airways, air sacs, outer aspect of the lungs, and the blood vessels may be affected as well. The condition causes people to feel breathless, and it is often accompanied by a dry cough. Diagnosis can be challenging, and there is currently no cure for the disorder. There are treatment options that can help with management of the symptoms, however. Treatment also includes lifestyle changes to slow progression, as much as possible. There are many types of interstitial lung disease, all affecting the interstitium, which is the network of tissue running through both lungs. The interstitium supports the alveoli or tiny air sacs in the lungs. Blood vessels flow through the interstitium, allowing the blood to receive oxygen and get rid of excess carbon dioxide. Disorders that affect the interstitium thicken its tissues by scarring, … [Read more...] about What to know about interstitial lung disease