Sciatica


What is Sciatica Sciatica is the old-fashioned word for what is now universally recognised as “nerve root pressure” of the giant sciatic nerve. Once it was believed that the sciatic nerve was involved in an inflammatory process or neuritis, and this was responsible for the severe pain that ensued. However, a better understanding of the…
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Stress Management Techniques


Nearly all people have stress. Stress is a consideration of the nervous system. This includes the brain, the spinal cord and the nerves that emanate from it. We shall also spend time discussing the muscles, for many nerves finally go to muscles and muscle groups and activate them into movement. Stress Symptoms Symptoms are often…
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How to Create a Beautiful Outdoor


The most comfortable and visually pleasing garden rooms are usually the result of careful planning. You will need to consider how best to use the available space, the vista, and the ambience before you prepare the ‘canvas’ for the decorative touches. You will probably want somewhere to sit and, perhaps, eat or even entertain. If…
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How the Lungs Work


Breathing is the vital meeting of fresh air and blood, this gaseous exchange suddenly takes place. Carbon dioxide rapidly leaves the blood and diffuses through the microscopically thin membrane separating the blood cells from the oxygen-rich air in the air sacs. Simultaneously, oxygen seeps from the air spaces across the membrane and into the blood…
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Hyperkeratosis


What is Hyperkeratosis? Hyperkeratosis is a very common skin lesion characterized by a roughening of the skin in small areas. These may coalesce and form larger areas. At first they may be small so as to escape detection, but they may often be felt if the fingers run light over the affected area. This is…
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Normal Blood Pressure


It is generally considered that the life insurance offices hold the world’s most accurate statistical evidence on the outcome of hypertension. Most houses now use these figures, and in recent years, the 135/85 upper level has been in increasing use. Life-insurance companies are in business to make money, and the voluminous statistics they have been…
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Dicot Facts


Dicotyledons are one of two basic classes of flowering plant. The other class is monocotyledons. Dicotyledons are also known as dicots or Magnoliopsida. Dicots are plants that sprout two leaves from their seeds. There are about 175,000 dicots – over three-quarters of all flowering plants. Dicots include most garden plants, shrubs and trees as well…
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Common Cold


What is a Common Cold? By far the hands-down winner of the most prominent diseases of all time throughout the world, the simple, old- fashioned common cold must take the prize. It’s also the most common complaint of children. It goes by all sorts of fancy names, such as acute coryza (by the medics who…
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Covering Floors


When covering floors, consider the purpose and frequency of use for the area(s) and who uses it since coverings vary having different characteristics or features to meet different needs. Depending on the use of the room, a covering that repels liquid, one that is stain resistant or one that does not chip or ignites easily…
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Pilate and Jesus Story


Matthew 27:15-18; Mark 15:6-11; Luke 23:13-17:John 18:39 Pilate was not happy when he saw the guards bringing Jesus back to him for he knew Jesus had done nothing wrong. The religious leaders were jealous of how popular He was with the people. Pilate thought and thought about it, until he had an idea! There was…
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Leptospirosis


What is Leptospirosis? Spirochaetes is a member of the Leptospira and is responsible for a zoonotic bacterial disease called Leptospirosis. The term ‘zoonosis’ refers to any infectious disease that can be transmitted from both wild and domestic animals to humans; it is sometimes transferred via a vector or small organism. When humans pass on bacterial…
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How to Make a Table Cloth


Both square and round tablecloths are quick to make. For practical uses choose a washable fabric, either plain or patterned, in a shade which matches or co-ordinates with the general color scheme of the room as well as any favorite tableware. Cotton and synthetic blends are easy to sew, require practically no ironing and so…
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Solution Facts


A cup of tea is made up of the solvent, water, and a number of solutes: the tea, milk and perhaps sugar. A highly saturated solution produces strong, sweet tea. A poorly saturated solution produces weak tea. Tap water is rarely pure water; it usually contains invisible traces of other substances. This makes it a…
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Fog Facts


Fog spreads slowly upwards from the surface of the water seen here over the Ganges in India. Like clouds, mist is billions of tiny water droplets floating on the air. Fog forms near the ground. Mist forms when the air cools to the point where the water vapour it contains condenses to water. Meteorologists define…
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Death by Drug Overdose


In today’s world of the “fast fix,” so called “recreational drugs” are extensively used in the belief that such use will highlight pleasurable experiences and give added perceptions and a “high” transcending of the ordinary happenings of every day. Because of the tremendous variation in quality of drugs illegally obtained and supplied by dealers, drug…
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Enuresis


The term enuresis is the one doctors use when talking about bed-wetting. The definition of this is “inappropriate voiding of urine at an age when control of micturition is to be expected.” (Micturition is passing of the urine.) Most children achieve bladder control by the age of three years, after they have learned to walk….
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Subacute Combined Degeneration of the Spinal Cord


In this serious disease of the spinal cord, the so-called white matter gradually degenerates and produces symptoms due to this fact. It is caused by a deficiency of vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin), and is frequently associated with Pernicious Anemia. It is now seen much less often, probably due to the widespread use of the vitamin B…
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