Archive for October, 2010

Tourette syndrome, or shortly called TS, it is a neurological disorder discovered by French pioneer neurologist Dr. Geroges Gilles de la Tourette in 1885. TS is characterized by repetitive involuntary movements and vocalization also called tics.

The first signs of TS are noticed in childhood between the ages of 7 and 10 years. Even though Ts is an incurable condition, most patients experience the worst symptoms in their teens and they discover an improvement into adulthood. It affects all ethnic groups and is encountered in men three times more and in women. Read the rest of this entry

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive autoimmune disease and it is considered to be the most common neurological disease encountered in young adults. Is attacks the central nervous system and causes extensive nerve damage. The effects of multiple sclerosis start from hand tremor, muscle weakness and lack of balance and progress into inability to walk and even paralysis.

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Lithium is a soft, silver-white metal which belongs to the alkali metal group of chemical. It is used in the electrical and electronic devices, chemical and industrial components, nuclear industry, but also in for medical purposes.

In medicine it was used firstly to treat gout in the 19th century, but nowadays it is used to treat bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and major depression. As any metal, lithium intake can have side effects, the most common being hand and muscle tremor, twitching, and hypothyroidism. In large dosage lithium can be highly toxic and can cause severe damage.

As with all toxic intakes, it is very important to determine the amount, time and reason for the intake. There are 3 categories of lithium poisoning:

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Hand tremor is a symptom caused by a range of different disorders or diseases. It normally occurs in adults, but it can also appear in children. This can be a sign of a serious disorder or it can only be an isolated event with no medical content. Five of the most encountered causes of tremors in children are:

  1. Essential tremor – it normally affects the hands but it can also appear in other parts of the body such as arms or face. The essential tremor is usually inherited from family members with known essential tremor and it worsen with emotional stress and activity. The essential tremors does not require treatment. Read the rest of this entry

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder characterized by muscle contractions that cause hand tremor (in the most incipient faze) , twisting and abnormal posture. The disease can be hereditary or caused by some other factors like physical trauma, poisoning, infection or bad reaction to neuroleptics.

There are 5 types of dystonia:

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