As the Roman poet Horace once said, "adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant." In other words, he believed that challenges are beneficial because they bring out talents that would have stayed hidden otherwise. He thought that adversity would force a person to use their unknown talents out of desperation. Some argue that his theory is irrelevant and that a person 's skills will develop just as well without adversity if they have the capacity, but I believe that hardships will evoke and improve on their dormant talents.
In the autobiography, Laughing at my Nightmare, the author, Shane Burcaw, is diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, and the book deals with Burcaw’s life with spinal muscular atrophy. In order to understand spinal muscular atrophy, one must know the causes, the variations of spinal muscular atrophy, as well as the outlook of the disease.
There is not a cure for ALS. Even though there is not a cure, some treatment methods have proven to be effective. Doctors assign individually designed therapy for maintaining a person’s muscle function. A troubling effect of ALS is the difficulty in swallowing food and saliva. This is fixed by the insertion of a tube through the abdomen and into the stomach through which liquid food can be given. To encourage a positive attitude, emotional support from friends and family help the patient mentally (Larson). ALS is a very mystifying disease that in 90 percent of cases, scientists do not know the cause. Scientists say that nothing in the ALS patient’s diet, where they live, or how they have lived their life can be a credible case for ALS. However, in a small percent of cases, a genetic history can exist. In these cases around half of the entire family is diagnosed with ALS (Causes of
ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. A fast moving process that affects your nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. This comes from a greek language “A” means no, “Myo” refers to the muscles and “trophic” means nourishment. Nourishment means no muscles movement. Lateral are the areas in the spinal cord that make your muscles move. Sclerosis is also located within the spinal
What is it like to have ALS or a CTE? Either a progressive neurological disease that attacks your motor skills or one that attacks the cognitive parts of the brain. Each one has its own particular attack strategy. On one hand the body is rendered completely motionless while being completely conscious of the outside environment. On the other, the body stays unharmed while it slowly loses the mind, both are equally devastating. These diseases are caused by repetitive concussions & brain trauma. These can be obtained by participating in physical sports that involve being struck on the head. These are the risk that a person must be willing to consider when making decisions to be active in sports.
In 2014 the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge swept the nation and children, teens, and adults of all ages were participating in what seemed like a fun activity to support a cause no one knew about. ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a neurodegenerative brain disease that affects the motor skills in a person. ALS is most commonly seen athletes due to multiple hits to the head and concussions. ALS, CTEs, and concussions are being more and more recognized as result of athletes being diagnosed with these diseases and in many cases, dying. However, sports organizations should be doing more to educate parents, athletes, and coaches about the dangers of head trauma and ways it can be prevented as well as improving equipment used by athletes..
People that suffer from head trauma like Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) have long term consequences but how does this affect their life and what are people suggesting to do about it? ALS and CTE are two forms of diseases to the brain that causes severe symptoms such as muscle weakness, memory loss, shortness of breath, and confusion. ALS is a rare disease with fewer than 20,000 cases per year found in the U.S. This type of disease affects nerve cells in the brain and in the spinal cord. CTE is some what similar to ALS but this other disease is commonly found in athletes with a history of repetitive brain trauma. It is impressive how CTE diagnosis can only be confirmed after death. Concussions
Multiple Sclerosis is primarily a T-cell mediated immune inflammatory disease that disrupts the regular functions of our central nervous system. Our central nervous system, the brain and the spine, are responsible for many of our voluntary and involuntary movements. However, in patients with Multiple Sclerosis, the immune system attacks the myelin sheaths that protect the nerves of the CNS. After repeated attacks, the myelin sheath will fall apart, and the immune cells will continue to attack the nerves themselves, which can be irreversibly damaged. Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis include fatigue, numbness, weakness, vision problems, depression, and walking difficulties. In the United States, more than 350,000 patients
To begin, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is broken into three different terms (“ALS”). The “a” in amyotrophic means no or negative (“ALS”). The “myo” means muscle, and “trophic” means nourishment or food (“ALS”). So it means no nourishment/food for the muscles (“ALS”).
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a degenerative neuromuscular disorder that affects the motor neurons of the spinal cord and brain. Due to degeneration or destruction of the motor neurons, muscles throughout the body begin to become weak and waste away to the point that an individual has no muscle movement. In most cases, due to having muscle strength, a patient with ALS will succumb to their disease because of respiratory failure or dehydration and malnutrition. It is a progressive disease with a prognosis of 3 to 5 years after initial diagnosis. There is no cure for the disease as of now. This paper will discuss a more in depth look into the symptoms, diagnosis process, treatment options, medications, prognosis, and ongoing research.
ALS which stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks the nervous system. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease because of the famous New York Yankees baseball player Lou Gehrig, Gehrig had a strong bad and was on of the best first baseman’s. Gehrig played strong for 2,130 consecutive games, he reported physical changes halfway through the season of 1938,
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a multi-faceted injury and is considered the leading cause of ailment in soldiers and pedestrians. During injury, a surge in ROS facilitates a vicious cycle that accelerates mitochondrial damage, excitotoxicity, lipid peroxidation, and inflammation. Further, mitochondrial targeting strategies in TBI have been increasingly studied as their maintenance will potentially preserve brain function. Melatonin is one such mitochondrial targeted strategy. Melatonin is synthesized naturally with in the body. Melatonin acts as the bodies sleep and wake system, that allows it to redirect electrons to the mitochondrial ETC, thereby enhancing ATP production and promoting cell survival. In bypassing complex I-III activity, Melatonin reduces ROS production from the mitochondrial ETC, which has the potential to minimize ischemic and reperfusion injury. TBI was induced over the S1 region of the cortex in male Sprague
Should divalproex or gabapentin be used for female adolescents with partial focal seizures and decreased liver function?
“To this day I still remember my first encounter with multiple sclerosis. My family and I were at our lake house in Houghton Michigan. It was the morning of July third 2007; I had woken up in the bathroom, dazed and confused. Apparently I began vomiting in my sleep. My grandmother was the first to discover me in this state, and as a result, dragged me to the bathroom. I was only awake for a short while before I fell back asleep. The second time I woke up I was on the couch in my mother’s arms. Still very confused and unsure of the current situation, I asked my mother when we got a second TV in the living room. At this point it was very clear to my parents that something was very wrong. My mother was fast to contact my pediatrician back in our home town. He recommended that I be rushed to the hospital as fast as possible.
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that causes the demyelination of the myelin sheath which surrounds and protects nerve cells. Multiple sclerosis is a complicated and unpredictable neurological disease, and it can affect any area of the brain and spinal cord (“Multiple Sclerosis: Answers At Your Fingertips.”, 2010). According to Richman, Schub, and Pravikoff (2015) there can be four clinical types of MS, there is relapsing-remitting (RRMS), primary-progressive (PPMS), secondary-progressive (SPMS), and progressive-relapsing (PRMS). PPMS has a steady progression of symptoms. SPMS has serious progression of symptoms later throughout the disease. PRMS has a steady progression of symptoms. Multiple sclerosis usually occurs in people who