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A brain aneurysm is a bulging area in an artery in the brain. Its walls may be weak and thin and is prone to rupturing. In other words when blood passes through the weakened blood vessel, the blood pressure causes a small area to bulge outwards like a balloon.

Ruptured brain aneurysm usually cause bleeding into the space around the brain. Here are some of the common signs and symptoms: 

  • Severe headache

  • Nausea

  • Stiff neck

  • Blurred vision

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Seizure

  • Vomiting

  • Drooping eyelid

  • Pain above and behind the eye

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Confusion

  • Weakness and/or numbness

If a brain aneurysm is detected before it ruptures, treatment may be recommended to prevent it rupturing in future. Factors that affect whether treatment is recommended include your age, the size and position of the aneurysm, your family medical history, and any other health conditions you have.  If treatment is recommended, this usually involv...

Based on studies conducted by The Brain & Spine Foundation of London. Here are several facts gathered: “Dizziness” is a general term to explain the feeling we have when there is something wrong with our sense of balance. Many people who experience dizziness find it difficult to explain exactly how it makes them feel. For example, some people who feel dizzy, light-headed, giddy or off-balance describe the feeling as if they, or their surroundings, are spinning around. Doctors use the term vertigo to describe this spinning, revolving form of dizziness.

Dizziness & Vertigo are not diseases in themselves. They are symptoms of a distinct condition or cause. There are many different conditions that can cause dizziness. Most cases of dizziness and vertigo are caused by problems with the balance systems located in the inner ear. The widely-held belief that our sense of balance comes from the inner ear is largely true.  

Dizziness can often be short-lived, and can ease on its own accord. For shor...

Migraines are very common. According to studies, almost 20% of the population have at least one migraine attack every month. Half these attacks interfere with your daily life. It is one of the most common neurological disorders in the country today. 

One proven way to treat / prevent migraine attacks is medication. Unfortunately medication is just part of the treatment; it is very important to know and understand migraine attacks a person. 

Here are a few practical ways on how to prevent migraine from attacking:

1.  Maintain a regular sleeping pattern

2.  Turn off or dim the lights during your sleep

3.  Avoid skipping meals

4.  Avoid food that triggers your migraine

5.  Lessen the brightness level of your mobile phones

6.  Drink a moderate amount of caffeinated beverage 

7.  Regular exercise

8.  Take a well balanced diet

9.  Manage stress in your life

10. Maintain a migraine diary

If your migraine is connected to seizures, weight loss, fever, eye or ear problem, sudden blackouts or worsen...

The spinal cord enables communication between the brain and the rest of the body. It contains nerve cells, called neurons, and bundles of nerve fibres, or axons, that carry signals to and from the brain. All the information needed to initiate and control movement travels down the spinal cord from the brain to the muscles of the body. The majority of spinal cord injuries are due to preventable causes such as falls, road traffic accidents or sports injury.

A spinal cord injury (SCI) damages the communication pathway between the brain and certain parts of the body. Depending on the extent of the damage and its location in the cord, serious and permanent physical consequences will result in varying degrees of severity. Limbs or organs will not function as they did before. When the spinal column is damaged, for example by fracture or dislocation, the bony vertebrae can compress or bruise the fragile spinal cord. Although the initial injury leads to severed axons and the death or damage of ma...

What is a stroke?

Stroke is a medical condition in which a blood stops flowing to any part of the brain which leads to cell damage. When blood supply to the brain is interrupted it may lead to brain damage or possibly death.

What is causing a stroke?

There are several factors that may lead to a stroke. Here are a few of the items: smoking, excessive alcohol intake, poor diet, lack of exercise, Other medical conditions may also affect namely : high blood pressure, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation, irregular heartbeat & diabetes.

How to prevent a stroke?

The most practical way of preventing a stroke from happening is being aware of the various risk factors of a stroke and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Can exercise really help prevent a stroke?

Exercise contributes greatly in losing and maintaining an ideal weight and lowering blood pressure. It is on it's own a stroke reducer.

What is the most common stroke type?

About 80 percent of strokes are ischemic strokes. Ischemic strokes occur whe...

Migraine is such a complicated condition that varies widely between individuals. What may work for one person may not for another. Typically it is a one-sided throbbing or pulsating headache that is at least moderately intense and can be aggravated by physical activity. It is very often associated with nausea and vomiting, as well as increased sensitivity to light, sound and even some types of smell. Doctors are unable to predict how an individual will respond to a particular treatment so this means you may need to try several different treatments until one is found that is the best at controlling your condition. 

Here are come of the most common reasons why migraine is triggered:

  • Stress

  • Lack of sleep

  • Viral infection

  • Missed or skipped meals

  • Dietary triggers (chocolate, cheese, etc)

  • Menstruation and Ovulation

  • Emotional imbalance

  • Weather change

It is always a challenge living with migraines. Majority of the people who suffers from it exper...

Sleep is equally important to our body just like drinking, eating and breathing. It is a an important element in keeping a good mental and physical health.  Sleep help a person recover from a mental and well as physical exhaustion. Sleep is thought to help keep your immune system strong and your heart and blood vessels healthy. It allows for growth and healing.


As the pace of life increases and we pack more into each day, our sleep patterns have suffered. In fact, poor sleep quality is now considered to be pandemic throughout the world. That makes teaching children about the importance of a good night's sleep particularly important, because sleep patterns acquired in childhood often feed through into adulthood.


It's not just how long you sleep that matters. The quality of your sleep is just as important. Every night you need to go through several stages of sleep - falling peacefully into a deep sleep and periodically returning to so-called REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep before ent...

Insomnia is when you find it difficult to get to sleep, or to stay asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next morning. It can affect your quality of life if you feel tired and find it hard to concentrate during the day. as you get older, you're more likely to have difficulty sleeping – half of people over 65 have insomnia at some time.

There are two types of insomnia:

  • Primary insomnia has no obvious cause. 

  • Secondary insomnia is caused by another health condition. 

Symptoms of insomnia may include: 

  • difficulty staying asleep 

  • difficulty getting to sleep 

  • waking up early in the morning

  • feeling tired and irritable

Some home remedies that you may try:

  • Take a warm milk & warm bath before heading to bed

  • Go to bed at the same time each night

  • Avoid working in the bedroom

  • No alcohol before bedtime

  • Avoid smoking at night

  • Limit the use of mobile phone before bedtime

Lightheadedness or commonly called Dizziness is a common symptom that’s not usually a sign of anything serious, but should be investigated by a doctor. The term "dizziness" means different things to different people – some use it to describe feeling lightheaded or off balance, while others use it to describe a feeling that their surroundings are spinning.  Because the symptom is quite vague and can be caused by a wide range of things, it may not always be easy to identify the underlying cause of dizziness.

Most people visiting their doctor because of dizziness will first be asked about their symptoms and medications and then be given a physical examination. During this exam, your doctor will check how you walk and maintain your balance and how the major nerves of your central nervous system are working.

You may also need a hearing test and balance tests, including:

  • Eye movement testing. Your doctor may watch the path of your eyes when you track...

A stroke normally happens when blood cannot supply oxygen and important nutrients to your brain cells. When brain cells do not get enough oxygen or nutrients, they die. A stroke can happen in two main ways: 

  • Ischemic Stroke

  • Hemorrhagic Stroke

An Ischemic Stroke occurs when a blood vessel that supplies the brain becomes blocked or "clogged" and impairs blood flow to part of the brain. The brain cells and tissues begin to die within minutes from lack of oxygen and nutrients. The area of tissue death is called an infarct. About 87% of strokes fall into this category. Ischemic strokes are further divided into 2 groups, including the following:

  • Thrombotic strokes. These are caused by a blood clot that develops in the blood vessels inside the brain.

  • Embolic strokes. These are caused by a blood clot or plaque debris that develops elsewhere in the body and then travels to 1 of the blood vessels in the brain via the bloodstream.

On the other hand, Hemorrhagic...

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