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This Is What Recent Studies Reveal About Tinnitus

By |Tinnitus|

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With tinnitus, the continuous ringing in the ear — even when there is pin-drop silence — is quite unnerving. It often causes sleepless nights, and even has the potential to spark anxiety and depression. As a result, there have been significant efforts to find out more about this condition. Medical intervention and other methods, including natural remedies, have been pursued. Unfortunately, there is still no sure solution for tinnitus. This has led to even more research.

A recent study was carried out to investigate how tinnitus affects the effort expended in listening. The following post highlights the findings of the research:

The Effect of Tinnitus on Listening Effort in Normal-Hearing Young Adults: A Preliminary Study

Purpose The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of chronic tinnitus on listening effort.

Results Listening effort significantly increased in the tinnitus group across listening conditions. There was no significant difference in listening effort between listening conditions, nor was there an interaction between groups and listening conditions. Subjective listening effort did not significantly differ between both groups. Read more at Asha…

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Looking more closely at the possible remedies, there are now studies which indicate that tinnitus can sometimes be gene-related, as explained in the following post:

Study: Gene to ‘turn off’ Tinnitus found

Researchers studied a ‘glutamate transporter’– a protein that removes glutamate where neural communication occurs – to determine how it is connected to tinnitus, and other problems such as seizures.

By identifing the molecules behind tinnitus, researchers see it as a first step toward finding a treatment to silence the phantom noises.

“Removing excess glutamate from the synapse is vital for healthy neural function. We discovered that without normal function of the Glutamate Aspartate Transporter (GLAST) gene, animals are more prone to develop tinnitus,” says Cederroth. Read more at Hearing Like Me…

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There are also drug therapies that have been found to offer relief for some tinnitus sufferers, as described in this article:

New Study Shows MDMA Could Help Manage Tinnitus & Its Symptoms

Tinnitus is an all-too-common occurrence among revelers who frequent festivals and loud concerts. Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in ears that someone experiences when there is no noise to be heard. For concert goers, tinnitus occurs because the eardrum is being overworked and the little hairs in the ear, called cilia, are dying when listening to all that loud bass. Fortunately, a study done in New Zealand has come across a promising remedy.

For the past two years, the University of Aukland in New Zealand has been conducting trials for remedying tinnitus with MDMA. The idea to begin these trials was presented to Grant Searchfield, the leader of the research team, when his patients reported their tinnitus was lessened after taking ecstasy. Read more at Your EDM…

Advanced research has also led to another recent revelation about tinnitus: It can be caused by problems related to the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), the “hinges” that connect the jaw bone to the skull. This is easily one of the most overlooked causes of the disease. An accurate assessment of whether you have TMJ-related tinnitus can be given by a specially-trained doctor or dentist.

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Jaw Pain – Associated Complications And Remedies

By |Jaw Pain|

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A painful jaw can make life miserable. It’s easy to understand why when you realize that problems with the jaw joint can make it difficult to do things as simple as speak and eat. Discovering the cause of one’s jaw pain is a necessary step to finding a solution. It can be tricky, however, because the pain is often felt elsewhere in the body; this is known as “referred pain” or “projection.” In such situations, you might be misled to try and treat the area where you are physically feeling the pain. Unfortunately, this won’t yield the desired results since the wrong area is being targeted for treatment.

Let’s start by taking a closer look at some of the possible causes of jaw pain. The following post describes them in detail:

Jaw pain: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

As there are so many potential causes to jaw pain, correct diagnosis is vital. Doctors need to identify the exact cause in order to provide the best course of pain-relieving treatments…

Causes

There are several possible causes of jaw pain and these may be related to physical injury, nerve problems, or blood vessel problems.

The most commonly reported cause of jaw pain is temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). The condition affects up to 12 percent of people. Nearly 5 percent seek medical treatment due to the severity of the problem. Women of childbearing age are most commonly affected by TMJ. Read more at Medical News Today…

So, as you see, some people experience jaw pain due to osteoarthritis, while others have it due to bruxism (teeth grinding) or other issues.

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As mentioned it’s possible that the jaw can be the source of pain that’s felt elsewhere in the body. Check out the following post for more details:

Chronic Neck & Shoulder Pains? Check Your Jaw Right Away

“I never knew there was so much about the jaw other than for chewing food!”

That was what a client said to me when I explained to him how the jaw affects the body.

Most people would pretty much hold the same view. After all, it is not something that you jaw about all the time.

Bad puns aside, what did I share with my client?

Disclaimer: The following may get technical, but the devil is usually in the details, isn’t he? I will try to break it down as much as I can. Read more at Genesis Gym…

When your jaw is healthy, it means that many other functions in your body will be in good condition as well, including your breathing and posture.

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One of the common causes of jaw pain is a TMJ disorder. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the jaw to the skull and is responsible for movement. A disorder on the TMJ can bring a host of complications. The good news is that there are several ways to deal with TMJ, as described in the following post:

Jaw Bone Stem Cells May Offer Relief for Sufferers of Painful Joint Disorder

Temporomandibular joint or more commonly referred to as TMJ, is a condition that many suffer from on a global scale. A recent study found out that approximately 10 million people, women being a majority in the US are victims to this disorder.

So what is the temporomandibular joint?

The joint that links your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are located right in front of your ear, is known as your temporomandibular joint. It acts like an axis that allows movements of your jaw that enables you to speak, chew and yawn.

If you are having trouble with your jaw and the controlling muscles in your face, it is called temporomandibular disorders or TMD. The cause of this disorder is not clearly known or defined. Probable symptoms of TMD, which dentists believe could actually be a result of issues in the jaw muscles or with the parts of the joint itself. Read more at Cord Life…

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TMD Is A Health Risk For You – But There Are Remedies For It

By |Sleep Apnea|

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Also known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, TMD is a condition that occurs at the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. The issue can be related to misalignment, overuse, toothgrinding and more. TMD sometimes leads to secondary pain that makes it difficult to detect directly. One ailment related to TMD is obstructive sleep apnea, which is often confused with snoring. In this post, we shall look at the health risks related to sleep apnea.

Snoring usually happens when there is an obstruction of the airways, so your body struggles to get enough oxygen while you sleep. This can be very risky for your heart, as described in the following post:

Untreated Sleep Apnea Can Increase The Risk Of Heart Attack, Stroke

Not treating sleep apnea and other sleep-related problems in people who have had a procedure done to open blocked arteries may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. These are the findings of a new study conducted by a team of researchers at Kobe Central Hospital in Japan.

During the study, the researchers found that Japanese patients who had undergone the artery-cleaning procedure after having an heart attack or chest pain were twice likely to heart attack, stroke or other life-threatening heart condition in case they also experienced a sleep-related problem. Read more at News Everyday…

It is critical that you seek medical advice if you have had a heart surgery but still experience sleep apnea. The heart surgery doesn’t guarantee you prevention from the effects of sleep apnea.

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Sleep apnea also creates more risk of hypertension. This is because your heart is overworked to supply the necessary oxygen that has been limited by the obstruction. The following post describes this in detail:

Study suggests ways to block hypertension in those with sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea – a disorder that affects nearly one out of four people between the ages of 30 and 70 – is a common cause of high blood pressure. In the Aug. 17, 2016, issue of the journal Science Signaling, researchers based primarily at the University of Chicago describe the signaling cascade that leads to this form of hypertension and suggest ways to disrupt those signals and prevent elevated blood pressures.

“Our results, using a rodent model, establish a mechanism that is the cause of apnea-associated hypertension,” said study leader Nanduri Prabhakar, PhD, director of the Institute for Integrative Physiology and Center for Systems Biology of Oxygen Sensing at the University of Chicago. “They also offer a novel way to block the process, preventing this form of hypertension and restoring normal blood pressures.” Read more at Medical Xpress…

The body has amazing ways of detecting abnormal activity. This includes low oxygen supply as a result of strained breathing, which could result in higher blood pressure.

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There are sleep apnea sufferers that use the CPAP machine to deal with the condition. The following post explains how this machine is limited in the prevention of health risks:

CPAP machines don’t prevent heart attacks, strokes in some sleep apnea sufferers

More than 25 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea, a dangerous disorder that causes sufferers to briefly stop breathing while they sleep, sometimes many times each night. The condition, caused by throat muscles that relax and block the airway, has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes and Type 2 diabetes.

The standard treatment, using the continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine, keeps the airway open by pumping a stream of air through the nostrils as a person sleeps. The biggest problem with the therapy is noncompliance; many people find the air mask and hose uncomfortable and give up on the machine. Read more at The Washington Post…

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At this point, the importance of finding a permanent solution to your sleep apnea should be clear. The good news is that there are treatments available from specially-trained doctors and dentists.

Overcoming Pain – Migraine Sufferers Succeeding In Life

By |Migraine|

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Migraines are not just bad headaches; they are much more intense and accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, light or sound sensitivity and more. For many people who suffer with migraine, life comes to a standstill until an attack passes.

This post is meant to encourage those who experience migraines by relating the successes of other sufferers. It is by no means a call to “learn to live with migraines.” Finding a permanent solution for your pain should remain your top priority. This is simply a spirit-lifter while you search for an answer. (See more on that at the end of this post.)

To begin, let’s take a look at history where we’ll find many people who have achieved great things despite their pain. This post highlights some migraine sufferers who rose above their affliction to create great art:

 Famous Artists With Migraine Throughout History

Migraine is a debilitating disease, but it doesn’t keep people with Migraine from accomplishing great things. People with Migraine are leaders, thinkers, painters, writers, artists, influencers, and parents. Migraine may bring a host of symptoms and challenges, but sometimes it inspires greatness. The following artists are brilliant in their own right, but their creativity in the face of a debilitating disease makes then even more impressive.

Famous Painters and Composers With Migraine

George Seurat – The French post-Impressionist artist is well-known for his painting technique of pontillism (in which small, colorful dots are combined to form an image). It is rumored the artist also had Migraine, in part because of the similarities between his art and a visual migraine aura. In fact, some medical researchers refer to scotomata, or scintillating aura, in Migraine as the Seurat Effect. Read more at Migraine Again…

Feeling inspired? You should, because these accomplished artists show us that you can still make a mark in the world even if you are battling migraines.

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Looking for more inspiration to remain positive in the face of migraine pain? Check out the following post. It tells the stories of numerous people who have dealt with this ailment and still found success in life:

15 Successful People Who Suffer From Migraines

A migraine is more than just a simple headache. If you’ve ever been unlucky enough to have had a migraine episode, we feel for you. The experience tends to be different for each individual migraine sufferer but it’s always horrible and painful. Those with chronic migraines have to deal with the affliction on a regular basis. The usually one-sided pain can take many forms. Sometimes, the pain is so bad people are unable to perform daily tasks. If you’re a migraineur, it might help to know that there are quite a few famous people out there who suffer from migraines too. Despite having to deal with this severe type of headache, they’ve managed to become successful. Our medical conditions should never define us. These 15 people are a testament to the fact that it’s possible to take control and rise above the pain. Read more at The Clever…

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As we stated, the purpose of this post is to help you stay positive while you look for a method to end your migraines. A powerful treatment you may not be aware of addresses one of the most overlooked causes of migraines: problems with the temporomandibular joint, the “hinge” that connects the jaw to the skull. Patients with TMJ disorders (TMD) often experience migraines. Unfortunately, many healthcare providers are not aware of this connection so the problem goes untreated. Your task is to find a specially-trained doctor or dentist who knows how to treat TMJ-related migraines.

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How To Deal With Sleep Apnea Effectively

By |Sleep Apnea|

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There are several reasons you should seek a solution for your sleep apnea. It is not just a snoring-related noise issue for anyone you may be keeping awake. Sleep apnea can also cause serious health complications for you. It can even be fatal in severe cases.

Many people reduce sleep apnea to simply snoring at night. he truth is more complicated than most people think. Sleep apnea is a condition in which the air passage becomes obstructed when you sleep. An obstructed airway means the supply of oxygen to your body is limited, which can be detrimental to your health in a number of ways. Take a look at the chart below for a list of concerns.

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Beyond creating an environment in which proper sleep is facilitated, you can try some natural remedies to improve a mild case of sleep apnea. The following post describes a few of them:

Natural Remedies For Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a type of sleeping disorder where a person’s breathing is disrupted or interrupted while sleeping. This can last for 10 seconds or more and can happen regularly when sleeping. This sleep disorder may be due to a blockage or narrowing of the airways in the mouth, throat or nose. It is also possible that the brain fails to send signals to the breathing muscles hence sleep apnea occurs.

Among the symptoms of sleep apnea include daytime sleepiness, lack of proper sleep, loud snoring, gasping for breath, insomnia, and dry mouth just to name a few. For those who have sleep apnea, these natural remedies might help alleviate your problem so that you will be able to get a good night’s sleep. Read more at Health Digezt…

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If your sleep apnea is caused by mucus obstruction, you will find the following post very helpful:

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that implies that they may stop breathing for short periods during sleep and 75% of people who snore suffer from this.

Heavy snoring happens when air passes through relaxed tissues in your throat, leading it to vibrate as you breathe causes the sounds when you snore. It can be also cause of the mucus in your throat that results to a whistle sound.

Experts warn about using over the counter prescriptions medicines in remedy for sleeping habits or problems like snoring. There are better and healthy natural home remedies for your problem. Read more at The Artikulo Uno News…

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These home remedies are proposed as possible ways to improve sleep apnea — and they may help. However, oftentimes a very specific type of therapy is required. For instance, this is the case with an often overlooked cause of sleep apnea that involves problems with the TMJ, the “hinge” joint that connects the jaw to the skull.

Fortunately, there are specific treatment protocols for addressing the TMJ and the surrounding muscles, restoring them to proper function and eliminating your sleep apnea in the process. Locate a specially-trained doctor or dentist who understands the relationship between the TMJ and sleep apnea.