What is it? Glioblastoma is a very aggressive type of brain cancer. The symptoms often get worse quickly, and they can include things like headache, personality changes, and nausea. About 15% of brain tumors are glioblastomas. Unfortunately it is very hard to treat, and the average length of survival after diagnosis is only 12-15 months with 3%-5%… Continue reading What happens in glioblastoma, exactly?
So this post is going to be a bit different but I’m so excited about CRISPR that I couldn’t resist writing about it! I hope you find it interesting 🙂 CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats – I know, let’s just stick to CRISPR!) are parts of DNA where the same code is repeated over and over… Continue reading What is CRISPR, exactly?
What is it? Alien hand syndrome (AHS) is a neurological disorder that causes hand movement without the person being aware of or able to control it. Sometimes, the alien hand can do unwanted things like grabbing and manipulating objects, to the extent that the person has to grab the alien hand with their normal hand to… Continue reading What happens in alien hand syndrome, exactly?
What is it? Hyperkalemia means an elevated level of the ion potassium (K+) in the blood. The symptoms of hyperkalemia are hard to spot because of how general they are – they include a feeling of uneasiness, heart palpitations, and muscle weakness. Hyperkalemia is typically spotted while taking blood tests for another reasons. Severe hyperkalemia… Continue reading What happens in hyperkalemia, exactly?
What is it? Migraine is a disorder characterized by recurrent headaches that are moderate or severe. The headaches typically affect one half of the head, are pulsating, last from 2 to 72 hours, and can be associated with other symptoms like nausea and oversensitivity to things like light and sound. About 60% of sufferers experience… Continue reading What happens in migraine, exactly?
What is it? Mumps is a viral infection. It first causes more general symptoms like fever, muscle pain, headache, and fatigue, but later it can lead to a painful and visible swelling of one or both parotid glands. The symptoms usually resolve within 7-10 days. About 20-40% of those infected don’t show any symptoms. Without… Continue reading What happens in mumps, exactly?
What is it? Hypochondria, also known as illness anxiety disorder, means being unreasonably anxious about being ill to the point where the anxiety negatively affects everyday life. Hypochondriacs often interpret harmless physical or psychological happenings, such as the noises sometimes produced by our intestines or heart palpitations, as a sign of a serious condition. The worries of… Continue reading What happens in hypochondria, exactly?