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13 July 2008

Mirror Syndrome: A rare disorder affecting pregnant woman

Save to Google Bookmarks! Did you know that there is a pregnancy problem in which mother manifests what the fetus is undergoing while inside the uterus? It is called as MIRROR Syndrome or Ballantine Syndrome or Maternal Hydrops.

This is a rare disorder in pregnancy.

What is maternal mirror syndrome? This problem occurs when a pregnant woman has fetal hydropic, which is abnormal accumulation of fluid in two or more fetal compartments. The disorder gets its name because the mother suffers the same symptoms as the sick fetus. She will become ill and have signs of preeclampsia: water retention, high blood pressure and protein in the urine. When this happens, doctors monitor the mother for maternal mirror syndrome. The syndrome is dangerous for both the expectant mother and her fetus. There have been cases in which the fetus died...[con't]

How does maternal mirror syndrome occur? Maternal mirror syndrome is caused by problems related to fluid retention such as fluid in the sac where the baby develops. The syndrome occurs when there is an unusually high amount of fluid in the fetal tissues. There have been various studies on this rare syndrome and what exactly causes it to occur.
What are the symptoms of maternal mirror syndrome? If an expectant mother has the syndrome, she may show symptoms include vomiting, swelling and/or fluid accumulation in her lungs. She will have to receive urgent treatment from medical professionals which could include an emergency cesarean section.
What are the risks of maternal mirror syndrome? An expectant mother with maternal mirror syndrome could suffer from bladder obstruction, bladder rupture and urine in the abdominal cavity. There is also a chance that the unborn baby could die.
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11 July 2008

Coke Zero - Just Sharing

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Hey everyone. I am sharing this to at least slow down the rumors on Coke Zero. It's not that I'm the ultimate loyalist of Coke. But friends and relatives have been asking me about aspartame so here are some facts for your info and peace of mind. Mind the second to the last paragraph. Aspartame is also being used in other products that we normally consume. Thanks!!!

What is aspartame? Aspartame is an artificial sweetener used in over 6,000 products in over 100 countries worldwide. It is used in low-calorie food and beverages to substitute for the sweetness of regular sugar but without the calories...[cont]

It has been proven safe by many international health agencies, including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Other organizations which have approved its safety are Europe’s Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (JECFA), the Scientific Committee for Food of the European Union (SCF), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the US National Cancer Institute (NCI).

According to the Aspartame Information Center, “In 1981, when the US FDA first approved aspartame, it noted: "Few compounds have withstood such detailed testing and repeated, close scrutiny, and the process through which aspartame has gone should provide the public with additional confidence of its safety." FDA has affirmed the safety of aspartame 26 times over a period of 23 years (www.aspartame.org.... 2006).”

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04 July 2008

MMGH: Where I found my LOVE.

Save to Google Bookmarks!MMGH or the Medical Mission Hospital in Tagum City was the first hospital were I worked as a volunteer nurse way back in 1999. It was there that I found my love for Operating Room. The hospital is now a tertiary hospital as it was a secondary one when I started there. Recently during my vacation, I had the chance to see my friends there again. I was so glad that I visited them and bonded with the old and new staffs...[con't] I remember my days in the operating room where lot of memories were to cherish and people to reminisce.

Mnemonic Series No. 21: Causes of HYPERKALEMIA

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The HYPERKALEMIA "Machine" - Causes of Increased Serum K+

M - Medications - ACE inhibitors, NSAIDS

A
- Acidosis - Metabolic and respiratory

C
- Cellular destruction - Burns, traumatic injury

H
- Hypoaldosteronism, hemolysis

I
- Intake - Excesssive

N
- Nephrons, renal failure

E
- Excretion - Impaired
MURDER

Signs and Symptoms of Increased Serum K+
  • M
    - Muscle weakness
  • U
    - Urine, oliguria, anuria
  • R
    - Respiratory distress
  • D
    - Decreased cardiac contractility
  • E
    - ECG changes
  • R
    - Reflexes, hyperreflexia, or areflexia

    (flaccid)
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