Bad smoke also affects kidney function

In previous articles of the Best Doctors Blog we talked about smoking and its link to diseases or risks, of which we are all aware. In this new entry we will put the focus on health problems related to tobacco, which perhaps we may fail to take into consideration: the negative effects of tobacco in the functioning of our kidneys.

According to a study by the research team at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore (USA), smoking has a direct impact on kidney function of American teenagers. The research was conducted on a total of 7,516 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17. A sufficiently representative sample has been analysed in order to demostrate the harmful effects of tobacco both in smokers and passive smokers. Direct effects on glomerular filtration rate (GFR) The study concludes that adolescent smokers or those exposed to tobacco smoke as passive smokers have lower levels in their Read more

There is no such thing as a miracle diet

Summer is fast approaching and, like every year, miracle diets, which sometimes prove to be dangerous, begin to spring up in the corridors of the office, in some publications and in almost every conversation famous people have.

At Best Doctors, as always, we rely on the skills and knowledge of medical specialists dealing with any decision that may affect our health. From our point of view, nutrition is as important as any other aspect of our health which we usually tackle with more rigor. It is clear that our eating habits are key when it comes to enjoying a healthy lifestyle as well as a healthy state throughout our body. Therefore, we recommend that prior to "testing" any diet, speak with your nutritionist to evaluate your physical condition and the possible effects that the diet may subsequently cause. Food Read more

Putting the focus on epilepsy

Epilepsy is considered one of the most common chronic neurological diseases today. According to the WHO data, it affects more than 50 million people worldwide, of which 80% come from developed countries or areas.

From a medical point of view, epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes seizures in our body as a result of erroneous signals sent by our neurons.

These signals can potentially lead to unusual behaviours in patients, as well as generating sudden spasms in different parts of the body, and even causing loss of consciousness of the person concerned.

What can cause this neurological disorder? This is a difficult question to answer. There are many possible causes for this neurological disease, for example, possible brain injuries. In any event, as with other diseases, there is no cure for epilepsy.  Factors that increase the risk of epileptic seizures Among the various risk factors that can cause epileptic seizures, are the following: • Sleep disorders or exhaustion • Hypoglycaemia (reduced blood sugar levels) • High fever • Exposure to flashing/blinking lights • Menstruation A device that predicts epileptic seizures  Fortunately, significant technological advances, whose aim is to improve the quality of life of epileptic patients, continue to be made. And in Read more