Thursday, May 23, 2013
Learning About Tuberous Sclerosis
In the human body, there's a tiny structure that houses a huge amount of information: it's - the human gene. A gene is a length of DNA and helps to shape much of who we are. So, if something should go wrong with one of these smallest of elements, a giant-sized problem can result. And that's the case in the genetic mutation that causes a condition known as tuberous sclerosis, or TS. As you'll see in this episode Tuberous Sclerosis is a mysterious disease that causes lesions or tumors that can invade major organs. And though TS tumors are typically benign, they can bring on alarming consequences such as learning disorders, seizures, even autism.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Restless Leg Syndrome: An Uncontrollable Urge to Move
It's the end of the day, you're home relaxing, and getting ready for a good night's sleep, when an irresistible urge to move your legs creeps in and keeps you awake all night. This could be caused by Restless Leg Syndrome, a neurological condition that creates a deep urge in the legs; a force that drives a person to have to move. For those with RLS it is an everyday, or every night occurrence. And it can have a profound influence on the person's ability to get a good night's sleep. But as we'll see in today's program although there is no cure for RLS, there are a number of therapies available today to help control the symptoms.