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Apr - May 2018

Travel Tips for Those with Chronic Illness

Vacations are a great way to recharge your batteries and relax, but they take planning, even for healthy people. For those who suffer from chronic illness, planning is particularly important. How much planning is needed depends on the severity of your illness and your travel destination. Just be sure to give yourself plenty of time to avoid getting overwhelmed with the logistics. Following these tips can help you have a safe and enjoyable trip.... full article

Exercises to Improve Balance

The bad news is there isn’t always a clear-cut solution to improving balance. This is because a number of factors can contribute to poor equilibrium, including conditions that impact the inner ear and vestibular system; central nervous system involvement (e.g., cranial nerves, the cerebellum and other regions of the brain); neuropathies of the peripheral nerves; genetic and acquired neuromuscular conditions; impaired vision; alterations in blood sugar and/or blood pressure levels; and reduced muscle strength due to deconditioning. Nonetheless, the good news is even though the solution may not be straightforward, just about everyone can develop better balance.... full article

Specific Antibody Deficiency and/or Impaired Polysaccharide Responsiveness

SAD is a primary immunodeficiency (PI) characterized by recurrent infections, normal immunoglobulin levels and normal antibody responses to protein antigens, but impaired antibody responses to polysaccharide antigens.1,2 These antigens are typically those present in the PPSV23 Pneumovax vaccine.... full article

Understanding NK Cell Deficiency

NK Cell Deficiency (NKD) involves a group of primary immunodeficiency diseases (PIs) in which one specific part of the immune system, the natural killer (NK) cells, is defective. Patients with NKD are susceptible to viral infections, most notably infections with two types: papillomaviruses that cause warts and herpes viruses. Common herpes viruses causing problems in patients with NKD are the varicella zoster virus that causes chickenpox, cytomegalovirus (CMV), Epstein Barr virus and herpes simplex virus (HSV). Patients with NKD typically have more of these infections and unusual consequences from them.... full article