Being happy with a slice of pizza: medical stories worth telling

It is hard to imagine what our life would be like if we could not eat the vast majority of foodstuffs, even if we had rationed products as healthy as vegetables in our daily diet. 

We are what we eat. That is why it is so hard to put oneself in the shoes of patients with Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD). These are people who have the misfortune of having a very limited diet.

MSUD is an inherited genetic disorder. The disease appears because of an error of metabolism, which generates the accumulation of amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine) that patients eliminate through body fluids such as urine. The name of this disease, which is classified as rare (1 in every 200,000 births), stems directly from one of its symptoms: the smell of the urine of these patients is similar to maple syrup. Fortunately, the team of Dr. George Mazariegos at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, USA, has succeeded in curing the disease through liver transplantation. A treatment that provides patients the enzymes necessary to process Read more

What is a myocardial infarction, and why does it occur?

In this video, Dr. José Luis Zamorano, Head of Department of Cardiology at Ramón y Cajal Hospital, explains how the heart functions and how a heart attack, a major coronary heart disease, manifests itself.

The heart suffers without oxygen

The blockage of the coronary arteries can lead to a situation whereby oxygen does not reach a part of the heart, which becomes necrotic (dies) and subsequently causes a heart attack.

Enjoy the detailed explanation of one of the most renowned specialists in cardiology, as well as peace of mind with simple and clear information about health issues that concern you.

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We cannot turn our back on lower back pain

This cannot or should not be done from a medical point of view, as back pain is one of the problems with a wider impact among New Zealand citizens.

Why do I have lower back pain? There are a wide variety of pathologies that can cause back pain at certain moments of our lives: • Sciatica (caused by pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve) • Stretching or tear in the muscles or ligaments in the back • Scoliosis or kyphosis (curvature of the spine) • Fractures of the spine caused by osteoporosis • Muscle spasms • Herniated disc • Cancer or spinal fracture • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal that compresses the spinal cord) Pain could also stem from other medical problems: - Abnormal enlargement or aneurysm in the aorta that causes leaks - Arthritis - Infections of the Read more