Rickets are defined as the softening of bones in children, due to the deficiency or impaired metabolism of Vitamin D, phosphorus, or calcium. Rickets can lead to fractures or deformity and is the most frequent type of childhood disease in many 3rd world countries. The lack of calcium in a child’s diet may lead to Rickets, which can be cause by severe diarrhea, vomiting, or severe malnutrition.
Can a pain in your joints really predict the weather? Up to two-thirds of people with arthritis believe this to be true because the decrease in temperature or increase in moisture can worsen a person’s symptoms. There are not many scientific studies supporting this claim and healthcare providers do believe that this claim is often misguided.
The skeletal system is made up of 206 bones, hard dense tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. Bones have adapted over time to provide support for the body, anchor muscles and allow them to contract, and allow limbs to move. Additionally, bones act as the body’s source of calcium and are always going through changes under the control of hormones.
The Ancient Mayans practiced medicine in several different ways, blending mind, body, religion, ritual and science. The shamans, or medicine men, had vast medical knowledge and often times were able to suture wounds with hair, repair fractures, or perform dental surgeries using jade or turquoise for fillings.
Cloning, once limited to science fiction novel fantasies, became reality in 1996 with the debut of Dolly. Scottish scientist Ian Wilmut cloned Dolly, a sheep, and ethical principles behind cloning came to the forefront of scientific debates. Since Dolly’s cloning cows, goats, pigs, rats, mice, rabbits, cats, dogs, horses and mules have also been cloned.
Recent earthquakes and subsequent nuclear plant failures have increased radiation levels significantly in Japan’s Fukushima region. High radiation levels have been found in food grown up to 75 miles from the crippled nuclear plant, and many locals have been evacuated from towns surrounding the plant.