Tag: Internal Medicine

Pain

Pain

Persons perceive pain when their internal environment is threatened. Threats may occur from a variety of sources. Pain receptors are present in the skin, connective tissue, blood vessels, bony surface, and most organs. A major exception is the brain where pain is sensed rather than originated. Stimuli exiting these pain receptors travel from distant surfaces [...]

September 20, 2011 More
Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is the most common inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. The cause stems from faulty regulation of the immune system. Myelin, the insulator of nerves, is attacked by the immune system because of improper recognition. Inflammation surrounding the nerves strips the myelin from the nerve fibers and damages some of the fibers [...]

September 17, 2011 More
Living Wills

Living Wills

Beginning with California in the 1970s, all but a couple of states have enacted legislation regarding advance instruction directives for health care. These directives are commonly known as living wills, even though they have nothing to do with the distribution of property and deal with dying rather than living. Living will statutes often are termed [...]

September 15, 2011 More