Lack of Sleep and Your Skin

Everyone knows that not getting enough sleep makes you look tired and washed-out the next day. Dark circles under the eyes and pasty skin are common effects of lack of sleep that can be seen on your face. However, these …

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disease of the brain cells that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine, called dopaminergic neurons. The cause of Parkinson’s disease is unknown, but the dopaminergic neurons are slowly destroyed and the brain suffers from a lack of …

Reye’s Syndrome

Reye’s syndrome is an acute condition involving brain swelling and liver damage, most often in children ages 4 to 12, although it can affect teenagers and adults less commonly. Reye’s syndrome is rare, but it can be very dangerous and …

Symptoms of B Vitamin Deficiency

The B vitamins are a group of vitamins including thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folic acid (B9) and cobalamin (B12). The B vitamins are all essential nutrients that must be obtained from …

Are You Lactose Intolerant?

Lactose intolerance is an inability to digest lactose, which is found in milk and other dairy products. Lactose, a disaccharide or double sugar, is broken down by an enzyme called lactase into two smaller monosaccharides, galactose and glucose. Lactase is …