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Today on The Balancing Act, we examine health issues and solutions for a variety of conditions and ailments.

First, we go Behind the Mystery of a rare disease, fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive, or FOP for short. One of the rarest and most disabling genetic conditions known to medicine, FOP occurs when bone forms in muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissues. We meet Nancy, a courageous patient who has lived with FOP for 60 years.  Today, FOP affects every joint in her body, except most of her fingers. At this time, there is no treatment for FOP, and the disorder will only worsen as the body continues to form new bone.

Next, we explore how to treat hair loss. From the causes, symptoms to preventative measures, scalp care and diet, many factors are involved in hair loss. Up to 40% of women experience some type of hair loss or alopecia—it’s not just an issue for men. Haircare expert Glenice Beale introduces Nioxin, a range of products designed to strengthen, nourish and repair thinning hair from the scalp, its foundation. Additionally, Brittany Cocilova shares her personal experience with hair thinning and the results she experienced while using Nioxin.

Finally, we look at Lyme Disease, an ailment that affects almost 400,000 Americans each year, a number that’s on the rise. Early detection and treatment can help resolve symptoms and prevent progression of Lyme disease. There is now a more timely solution for diagnosis. Sofia 2 Lyme FIA is the only CLIA-waived tier one Lyme test in the market.

Up next on The Balancing Act, why being your own advocate is key to managing your health. We'll hear from two patients who didn't let their diagnosis stop them from advocating for others. 

Painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy of the feet, or diabetic nerve pain of the feet, is a type of nerve damage that is a common complication of diabetes. Patients describe the pain in their feet as burning, an electrical shock, pins and needles, or stabbing and knife-like. There are three FDA-approved oral prescription treatments for diabetic […]

Myasthenia gravis (MG) means grave or serious muscle weakness, which is what patients experience with this rare, autoimmune disease. The hallmark symptom is muscle weakness that worsens after periods of activity and improves after periods of rest. University of South Florida (USF) Health Department of Neurology physician Dr. Niraja Suresh details the disease spectrum, how […]

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