Saturday, 17 August 2013

10 Famous Celebrities with OCD

You must have heard of OCD, if not you can find out here What is OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder can be an incredible burden to deal with, but it doesn’t mean you can’t succeed. There are a surprising number of famous people with OCD, some of them are listed below.


David Beckham


OCD affects people in the world of sport as well, and one of the most high-profile athletes to suffer from it is soccer star David Beckham. Beckham becomes agitated if objects aren’t arranged precisely, and odd numbers also upset off his obsessive-compulsive mind. He’s even been known to rearrange hotel furniture if it doesn’t line up neatly enough for him. Beckham admits that living with OCD can be quite tiring, but he claims that not giving into his compulsions is even more exhausting because he can’t stop thinking about it.

Megan Fox


One of the most recent celebrities to come out with obsessive-compulsive disorder is the very hot Megan Fox. Fox, who recently announced that she’d reunite with Michael Bay for

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," has been struggling with the condition for years. Like many OCD people, it manifests as an intense awareness of germs. Fox refuses to use public restrooms or restaurant silverware, and displays some symptoms of agoraphobia. However, after the birth of her son Noah (not really the cleanest of events), she noted that her OCD went heavily into remission.

Marc Summers


It seems impossible that somebody who dealt with cascading green slime and other gak every day on the set of "Double Dare" would have an obsessive fear of germs, but Marc Summers somehow managed to survive it. The Nickelodeon mainstay’s OCD led him to shower immediately after each show, and then again at home the same day. His home was arranged along strict rules and he became upset when anything was out of place. Combinations of behavioral therapy and medication have helped him get it under control.


Cameron Diaz


One of the most public stars in Hollywood when it comes to obsessive-compulsive disorder, Cameron Diaz’s condition manifests itself as an overwhelming fear of germs, especially on doorknobs. In her home, the polish is worn off of every knob because she insists on opening them with her elbows. She also cleans her house daily and washes her hands multiple times every day. Diaz has generally had success controlling her OCD symptoms and it doesn’t affect her work on the set.


Justin Timberlake


It’s interesting that Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz dated for so long, considering they both have struggled with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Timberlake is self-diagnosed as having a mixture of OCD and attention-deficit disorder, which seems like a very difficult thing to deal with on a daily basis. Some of the behaviors that he has admitted publicly include making sure things are lined up at perfect right angles and ensuring that certain food items are always present in his fridge.

Leonardo DiCaprio


Actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s obsessive-compulsive tendencies first became apparent when he was a child, as he was constantly forcing himself to step on every gum stain he saw on the sidewalk while avoiding cracks. With time, he managed to overcome that compulsion for the most part, but he admits that it sometimes comes back to plague him. 

Billy Bob Thornton


The iconoclastic actor has dealt with a lot of issues in his life including dyslexia, but obsessive-compulsive disorder is one of his biggest worries. His abusive childhood instilled a number of mental safety valves. Thornton’s OCD manifests itself in repetition – he’s talked about having to take his mail out of his mailbox and put it back in three times, and he also assigns numbers to individual people and mentally refers to them by those numbers. On one of his band’s albums, there’s a song called “Always Countin’” about the condition.

Fiona Apple


It took alternative songstress Fiona Apple seven years to record her latest album, “The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.” The reason? Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Apple’s OCD makes itself known in numerous ways, from straightening out garbage in the trash can to a complete inability to drive. The intensity of her mental condition has essentially made her a hermit, rarely venturing out of her Los Angeles neighborhood except to tour.

Howie Mandel


The host of "Deal or No Deal" is one of the most public OCD sufferers in the entertainment industry. His makeup artists are required to use fresh sponges every day, he never touches handrails, and he won’t put money in his hands until after it’s been washed. Howie’s crippling fear of germs kicks off endless, circular loops of panic around the possibility of getting a disease from any surface. If you meet him, you’ll notice that he refuses to shake hands, preferring a slightly more hygienic fistbump.

Howard Stern


It’s kind of funny that a man who has made a very good living plumbing the depths of human depravity could have OCD, but Howard Stern’s battle with the condition was no laughing matter. When he was first getting his start in broadcasting just out of college, Stern’s anxiety manifested itself as a series of obsessive rituals that he had to perform, including tapping his car radio dial a certain number of times with his right hand before turning it on.

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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Everything about Root Canal Treatment

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected.

Root canal procedures are performed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected or the pulp becomes damaged. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.

Root canal procedures have the reputation of being painful. Actually, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed.

History of Root Canal Treatment 

We can trace the history of root canal surgery (endodontic therapy) back to 1756, when Philip Pfaff published his work on gold as a filler material. A web page at the Oregon State School of Dentistry has a more complete account of the history of root canal surgery.

At the center of every tooth is a hollow area that houses soft tissues, such as the nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue. This hollow area contains a relatively wide space in the coronal portion of the tooth called the pulp chamber. These canals run through the center of the roots, similar to the way pencil lead runs through a pencil. The pulp receives nutrition through the blood vessels, and sensory nerves carry signals back to the brain. A tooth can be relieved from pain if there is stoppage of root canal when there is pain in the tooth.

Procedures for root canal

The space inside the root canals is filled with a highly vascularized, loose connective tissue, the dental pulp. The dental pulp is the tissue of which the dentin portion of the tooth is composed. The dental pulp helps complete formation of the secondary teeth (adult teeth) one to two years after eruption into the mouth. The dental pulp also nourishes and hydrates the tooth structure, making the tooth more resilient, less brittle and less prone to fracture from chewing hard foods. Additionally, the dental pulp provides a hot and cold sensory function.

Root canal is also a colloquial term for a dental operation, endodontic therapy, wherein the pulp is cleaned out, the space disinfected and then filled

Root canal anatomy consists of the pulp chamber and root canals. Both contain the dental pulp. The smaller branches, referred to as accessory canals, are most frequently found near the root end (apex), but may be encountered anywhere along the root length. The total number of root canals per tooth depends on the number of the tooth roots ranging from one to four, five or more in some cases. Sometimes there are more than one root canal per root. Some teeth have a more variable internal anatomy than others. An unusual root canal shape, complex branching (especially the existence of horizontal branches), and multiple root canals are considered as the main causes of root canal treatment failures. (e.g. If a secondary root canal goes unnoticed by the dentist and is not cleaned and sealed, it will remain infected, causing the root canal therapy to fail).

Root canals presenting an oval cross-section are found in 50%-70% of root canals. In addition, canals with a "tear-shaped" cross section are common whenever a single root contains two canals (e.g., mesial roots of lower molars). Nevertheless, these aspects of root-canal anatomy are not seen or recognized in conventional 2D radiographs, as the long axis of their flat cross section is usually directed in parallel to the direction of the x-ray beam. With the increased use of Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT), these shapes are likely to be increasingly more often seen and recognized not only by endodontists but also in the clinical environment of general practice.

When rotary NiTi files are used in canals with flat-oval or tear-shaped cross sections, a circular bore is created, while the buccal and/or lingual recesses remain un-instrumented. It takes (a) the awareness that a given canal is flat and (b) expertise in creative use of hand instruments to try to overcome this problem.
Tissue or biofilm remnants along such un-instrumented recesses may lead to failure due to both inadequate disinfection and the inability to properly obturate the root-canal space.

Why Does the Pulp Need to Be Removed?

When nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other decayed debris can cause an infection or abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the roots of the tooth. An abscess occurs when the infection spreads all the way past the ends of the roots of the tooth. In addition to an abscess, an infection in the root canal of a tooth can cause:

Swelling that may spread to other areas of the face, neck, or head
Bone loss around the tip of the root
Drainage problems extending outward from the root. A hole can occur through the side of the tooth with drainage into the gums or through the cheek with drainage into the skin.

What Are the Signs When Root Canal Treatment is needed?

Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure.
Prolonged sensitivity/pain to heat or cold temperatures (after the hot or cold has been removed).
Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth.
Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums.
A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums.