What are Corticosteroids?

Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory medicines that have the exact properties as cortisol. Cortisol, for those who don’t know, is a hormone naturally produced by the body that has anti-inflammatory properties. Most commonly, corticosteroids are also termed as steroids. However, they are quite different from steroids that athletes sometimes use to enhance their performance. Corticosteroids are…

What Are Anticonvulsants?

Anticonvulsants, also known as antiepileptic drugs, are medicines usually used to control or prevent seizures or a series of seizures. This is the reason why they are also called anti-seizure drugs. Some of the anticonvulsants are also used for treating bipolar disorders. Types of Anticonvulsants Anticonvulsants comprise a very large family of drugs and are…

Antidepressants

Antidepressants, in simple words, are a range of drugs used in the treatment of pain and emotional conditions, particularly depression & other mental conditions. These medicines adjust the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain and send signals of relief to the body. Neurotransmitters are responsible for regulating mood and emotions. For people with chronic pain,…

Opioids

Opioids are drugs having natural or synthetic opiates that impact the nervous system to relieve pain. Excessive use of opioids can lead to addiction, physical dependence, and devastating symptoms. There are different types of opioids and heroin is just one of them. Opioids include various pain relievers such as Oxycodone, morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, and many…

What is Penicillin?

Since its initial discovery, penicillin has saved millions of people around the world. Penicillin is a group of antibiotics that are used to cure a wide range of bacterial infections. One of the best benefits of penicillin other than its ability to treat bacterial infections is that it can be used in multiple ways. You…

What is the Zika Virus?

Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transferred or transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. This mosquito-transmitted disease is not like malaria and dengue but not more fatal than the latter one. Although Zika spreads through infected mosquitoes, you can also get Zika virus through sexual intercourse even if the partner does not have any symptoms. …

Traumatic Brain Injury

Consequences of traumatic brain injury can be very devastating provided the fact that our entire body is controlled by the brain. Even our personality can get disturbed because of this type of injury. Contrary to traumatic brain injury, other injuries do not have such consequences and once healed, the body can perform the normal actions.…

What is Lupus?

Lupus is a rare and complicated disease; it attacks the immune system of human body. In this disorder, the immune system starts attacking some parts inside our body instead of protecting them as it mistakes them for foreign substances. The disorder can prove to be fatal for the patient, who is suffering from it as…

What is Gluten?

Gluten is found in numerous grains. It is a group of proteins, are found in abundance in rye, barley or wheat. Gluten causes bread to be fluffy and airy as it makes the dough sticky. It is known as a “sticky” protein due to the fact that it holds the nutrient storage spaces together in…